Episode 215

Self-Hosting Your Platform


January 12th, 2021

56 mins 22 secs

Your Host

About this Episode

Self-hosting has always been a good idea but when your platform doesn't want to serve you, we have some self-hosted options that will. A Reddit user has Linux booting on an iPhone 7, a man was quoted $50K to run fiber to his house, so he built his own fiber ISP!

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00:30 Minutes In

Email 1 - Feedback from EP 212 Bluetooth and Drawing Tablet - David
  • HSP/HFP designed for phones not computers

  • Bluetooth support on Linux is difficult due to the way blue-tooth works (uses modem commands on mobile)

Possible Solutions that bypass Linux blue-tooth stack

Links to the 1Mii USB Bluetooth Adapter for PC

This is Creative's version if you are looking for a more popular brand name.

  • XP-PEN came up and they have a driver for Linux. It is a little bit hokey in the sense that their configuration application needs to be running in order for it to work.

  • It does not always survive suspend/resume, but it is easy to launch again.

  • Their non-display models also have good support for left-hand versus right-hand drawing

  • When used as a display, there is no left-hand mode because it relies on dm to configure the display

  • We purchased an xp-pen innovator 16 It is a 1080p 15.6 inch matte screen with hardware buttons connected via HDMI and 2 USB ports

  • XP-PEN seems like a good company

  • Link to first photo made with the tablet

06:00 Minutes In

Email 2 - VPN Recommendation? - Ira

What is the best VPN company?

private internet access

They have a track history of NOT turning over user data, they get called into court they say we'd love to comply but we don't have the documents.

affiliate link

08:30 Minutes In

Email 3 - Matrix Support Spreading - Charliebrownau
  • Mind.com is supporting Matrix Protocol


  • [Mind.com](mind.com) is an alternative to Facebook and other big social networks

09:20 Minutes In

Email 4 - Censorship - Rob
  • What are your thoughts on Mozzila's blog post

11:15 Minutes in

Pick of the Week


  • Fully featured open source video and media CMS

  • Built mostly using the modern stack Django + React and includes a REST API

  • No federation

14:00 Minutes In

Gadget of the Week

Dell's new thunderbolt dock

Dell WD19TB

  • Built in thunderbolt cable
  • Additional rear facing thunderbolt pass-through port
  • 2x Display Ports
  • 1x HDMI
  • 2x Rear USB
  • 1x Front Facing USB

Dell's USB C dock

Dell WD15

17:00 Minutes In


  • Guy by the name of Daniel Rodriguez managed to boot Linux with Gnome on an iPhone 7

  • YouTube Video

  • Reddit write up

  • Phone that was given to him by his grandparents as a junk device, He saved it from the landfill!


21:00 Minutes In

Jared Mauch Built his Own ISP

Jared Mauch didn’t have good broadband—so he built his own fiber ISP

Arstechnica link

  • AT&T's advertised plans for his neighborhood topped out at a measly 1.5Mbps

  • Eventually switched to a WISP that delivered about 50Mbps

  • Comcast told him it would charge $50,000 to extend its cable network to his house

  • Mauch built his own ISP (buried the fiber for 10,000)

  • As of early January, Mauch has 30 homes and 10 homes to hookup

  • Large corporate Business are not afraid of government and government regulations

  • ISPs are going to learn, do it or get replaced

  • Starlink is becoming a thing, Amazon satellite internet is coming

27:30 Minutes In

Main Segment De-platforming / Self hosting

Honorable Mention

  • TeamSpeak 5 is going to be switching to the Matrix protocol for chat

  • Will not federate

  • Mumble is a better option

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