Episode 217

Self Hosting Photos


January 27th, 2021

56 mins 18 secs

Your Host

About this Episode

With all the changes Google is making there's never been a better time to to self host your own stuff! This week we dive into replacing Google Photos!

-- During The Show --

00:45 Minutes In

Email 1 - Setting up Federated service instance - Brian
  • What decentralized services could you support using a $5 Droplet or similar virtual server?

  • It is never be set and forget

  • Built in backups are good but don't rely on them

  • What can run on a $5 DO Droplet

    No - Peertube needs more resources
    Yes - Mastodon can run, might want more resources
    Sorta - Matrix could but really should have more resources
    Yes - Tor relay works really well
    Yes - VPN node works really well

  • Best practice to run each service on its own VPS

06:50 Minutes In

Email 2 - USB WiFi 5 or 6 Dongle? - Cory


Plugable WiFi Adapter

  • All Plugable gear is great

08:55 Minutes In

Email 3 - Suggestion for Chat programs - Charlie
  • XMPP Best Prior to matrix
  • XMPP Functionality is dependant on add-ons
  • XMPP Slow or a battery hog

  • Delta Chat - chat over email back-end

  • Luke Smith has good video on his peertube server explaining how to setup a email server over at
    Link 1
    bitchute link

  • PS If anyone is looking for cheap VPS providers, I recommend checking out Low End Box Community forum

13:00 Minutes In

Email 4 - Linux Jobs? - Matt
  • Focus on skills not certs

  • Be willing to work for less or free

  • If you want to go the route of certifications

  • RedHat RHCSA

  • Linux Essentials (010-160) USD 120.00

  • LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 (101-500, 102-500, 201-450, 202-450) USD 200.00


18:15 Minutes In

Pick of the Week


  • All your chats in one place

  • Uses matrix on the back-end

21:30 Minutes In

Gadget of the Week


  • Use any device with web browser as second screen for your computer (using Display Dummy Plug)

  • Works accross WiFi or LAN

  • Supports multiple screen sharing sessions to as many devices as you want

  • Supports changing picture quality while sharing a screen.

  • Picture auto quality change supported. (for performance boost while watching youtube video for example)

  • End-to-end encryption

  • Dark mode UI support!

  • Available for Windows / Mac / Linux

24:30 Minutes In

Kickstarter for Solo Key V2

Solo Key v2

  • Reversible connector for both USB-A and USB-C

  • Touch buttons

  • NFC

  • Firmware Upgrades

  • Supports advanced authentication, PIV (FIPS 201)

  • Each device comes with both a P256 and Ed25519 attestation certificate

30:15 Minutes In

Mobian Community Edition

  • Mobian Blog Post

  • Posh gnome UX for phones (Originally developed for Purism Libre 5)

  • Setup Process allows you to set your user password and setup full disk encryption

  • Pine64 Store

33:15 Minutes In

Beagle Five

  • Opensource/No patents Single Board Computer

  • Source code for it is available under a BSD license

  • Built around a dual-core 1.5 GHz StarFive SiFive U74 processor with 2MB L2 cache

  • A neural engine for hardware-accelerated computing

  • video decoder/encoder able to handle 4K 60 FPS video decoding.

  • HDMI out port (30fps 1080p)

  • 4 regular USB 3.0 ports

  • ethernet

  • audio

  • microSD card slot

  • USB Type-C port for power

  • Integrated Wi-Fi 2.4GHz b/g/n

  • Bluetooth 4.2

  • 40-pin GPIO connector

  • 2 MIPI-CSI connectors (camera connector)

  • MIPI-DSI connector (display connector)

  • Only the $149 8GB model (sans GPU) is available right now

  • You currently have to sign up for the chance to buy the BeagleV

  • OMG Ubuntu blog post

35:50 Minutes In


  • JingOS

  • JingOS Github

  • UX designed for tablets

  • JingOS is based on Ubuntu 20.04, KDE v5.75, Plasma Mobile 5.20

  • They will replace the framework from Plasma Mobile to JDE(Jing Desktop Environment) later this year.

  • Trackpad Gestures

  • Full Function Desktop Apps

37:55 Minutes In

Main Segment

  • Microsoft switched their edge browser to be based on Chrome

  • Current browser market share:

Chrome = 69.28%
Edge = 7.75%
Safari = 19%
Firefox = 03%
Samsung = 03%
Opera = 02%

  • One company controlling this much of the browser market is bad

  • Google is discontinuing API access

  • Nothing changes for you if you don't sign in now

  • Google is holding firm and is misleading in their marketing announcements

  • Firefox, Vivaldi, Opera and others have their own sync systems

Google is killing unlimited google photos

Awesome Selfhosted

  • Best model is Free Trial>Paid Hosting or Self Hosted

  • PiwiGo checks all the boxes

[Piwigo Software Project](piwigo.org)

[Piwigo Service Provider](piwigo.com)

  • 1yr / €39 / $47 / yr
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Photos Only
  • No Ads
  • Give you a custom domain

  • Business Plans

  • 50G / €45

  • All file types

  • €250 / 1TB

From the Piwigo privacy policy:

"Piwigo.com business model relies on subscriptions from clients. Personal data we store (such as email address in order to contact you or IP address for technical reason) are never used outside the hosting service operations. Your data are never sold or exchanged with any partner. Never."

  • Multiple accounts in one application
  • Extentions System

53:00 Minutes In

Caller - Jared

  • Thompson Reuters Workpapers CS
  • Needs SQL server
  • Error messages keep changing
  • Maybe help getting SQL going on Linux

-- The Extra Credit Section --

For links to the articles and material referenced in this week's episode check out this week's page from our podcast dashboard!

This Episode's Podcast Dashboard

Phone Systems for Ask Noah provided by Voxtelesys

Join us in our dedicated chatroom #AskNoahShow on Freenode!

-- Stay In Touch --

Find all the resources for this show on the Ask Noah Dashboard

Ask Noah Dashboard

Need more help than a radio show can offer? Altispeed provides commercial IT services and they’re excited to offer you a great deal for listening to the Ask Noah Show. Call today and ask about the discount for listeners of the Ask Noah Show!

Altispeed Technologies

Contact Noah

live [at] asknoahshow.com

-- Twitter --

Support Ask Noah Show