5 min read · Sep 2nd · Tired of Big Tech monopolies, a community of hobbyists is taking their digital lives off the cloud and onto DIY hardware that they control.
the internet didn't always have services with a billion users and quasi-monopolistic control over search or shopping. It was once a loose collection of individuals, research labs, and small companies, each making their own home on the burgeoning world wide web.
But while self-hosters may never number enough to put a serious dent in Big Tech's offerings, there is aclear need and benefit to this alternative space. And I can't think of a better model for the kind of DIY community we can have, when left to our own devices.
curiosity and wanting to learn; privacy concerns; looking for cheaper alternatives; and the “betrayed,” people who “come from platforms like Dropbox or Google Photos or Photobucket or similar, after major outages, major policy changes, sunsetting of services, or other dramatic changes to the platform that they disagree with
~12 min read · Jul 21st · For a small slice of time, being online was a thrilling mix of discovery, collaboration, creativity, and chaotic potential. Then Google Reader disappeared.
From my desk in a high-rise office building at the southern end of Manhattan, I click and scroll and scroll and click. Sometimes idly, with one eye on the clock; sometimes desperately, in lieu of the work I know I ought to be doing. I skim the sweaty Getty images on the celebrity fashion blog Go Fug Yourself and peruse the latest tidy musings from Felix Salmon, an arch Reuters blogger who covers high and low finance alike. I read everything published on The Awl (tagline: “Be less stupid”) and most things published on Consumerist. (Emboldened by that site’s recurring pieces of advice, I decide to push back one day, out there in the real
workhorse of a site launched in 2005 that uses pre-existing RSS feed protocols to turn the chaos of the web into a pleasant lazy river of content. Google Reader is not the world’s first RSS newsreader, nor will it be the last, and over the years plenty of internet power-users will sniff that it’s not even the best. But it’s the one that caught on. And using it requires little effort to
Online is no longer primarily a furtive escape or a cherished outlet. It’s just where everyone always is: