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Self-Hosting Your Own Cloud – Part 7: Building a Personal Private Network with WireGuard

About a year ago, I wrote about how to use OpenVPN to provide secure remote access to your home network and its resources to start building your own private cloud. I have been incrementally adding network services since. Recently, I’ve started using WireGuard instead of OpenVPN. I’ve found that the configuration is far simpler, while also letting me create what I’ve started to call my “Personal Virtual Private Network”...

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Self-Hosting Your Own Cloud – Part 3: Note-taking with Nextcloud & Syncthing

In my previous post, I described how to set up an SMB file server with automated backups using Rsync/Rclone. In this post, we’ll be setting up a privacy-focused alternative to cloud note-taking services like Apple Notes, Evernote, or Google Keep. This is the third post in a series about protecting your privacy by self-hosting while attempting to maintain the conveniences of public cloud services. See the bottom of this post for a...

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Making Your First Game in Phaser 3 with TypeScript

I recently got a chance to use Phaser 3 and TypeScript to build Root Maker with my Ludum Dare team. It worked out great. Phaser is one of the best frameworks around for HTML5 game development, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t. I wanted to write this tutorial to help others get their Phaser 3 and TypeScript projects up and running as quickly as possible. 1. Setting Up your Environment IDE Phaser is compatible...

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It’s Okay to Use Public WiFi; You Don’t Need a VPN

Personal VPN services have been advertising aggressively. Listen to just about any podcast or radio show for a while, and you’ll hear a message like: “If you leave your internet connection unencrypted, your passwords and credit card numbers could be vulnerable to bad people or Batman…” (I kid you not). https://spin.atomicobject.com/wp-content/uploads/20190610221714/C3954FAE-FC1B-43CD-B58A-9381D6BF0916.m4v That’s good ad...

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Connecting a Raspberry Pi to a Laptop Display

After purchasing a Raspberry Pi and an SD card, you might not feel like going out and buying a display, mouse, and keyboard just to create a simple project. No worries! Together, a laptop and an internet connection are sufficient to get started on your Raspberry Pi. How? 1. Make Sure the OS Is Installed on the SD Card Your SD might have Raspberry Pi Operating System installed. Otherwise, you can easily download the Raspbian Operating...

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Self-Hosting Your Own Cloud – Part 2: SMB File Server with Automated Backups using Rsync/Rclone

In my previous post, I described how to access a private network remotely by creating a VPN server using OpenVPN and a Raspberry Pi. Now that we can connect to our local network remotely, we can set up a system to serve files outside our network. This is the second post in a series about protecting your privacy by self-hosting while attempting to maintain the conveniences of public cloud services. See the bottom of this post for a...

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Deploy a Static WordPress using AWS & Cloudflare, Part 2: Downloading Your Static WordPress & Deploying to AWS S3

Hosting a WordPress site can be insecure and expensive. Making it static is a great way to optimize these downfalls, and hosting it in S3 can reduce costs even more and allow for more fine-grained security configurations. The steps below will walk you through how to generate static files from your WordPress site and host them in a new and configured AWS S3 bucket for a custom domain. This is Part 2 in a series about creating a static...

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Deploy a Static WordPress Using AWS & Cloudflare, Part 1: Building a WordPress in Docker

Basic websites are often made in insecure ways with plugins and features available through frameworks like WordPress. A lot of times though, these websites don’t need these features when they go live because they’re just static sites. For example, if you have a portfolio or personal website, it probably doesn’t have any fancy features that require more than HTML and CSS (and maybe a bit of JavaScript). Despite all its plugins,...

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Automatically Tracking Bicycle Commutes with iBeacon

One benefit of working at Atomic Object is our bicycle commuter reimbursement program. Although the benefit’s origin is a 2008 tax law that is no longer in effect, Atomic has decided to continue the program. The gist is that for each month that you bike to work at least 10 days, you can be reimbursed for $20 of related expenses. Although it’s a pretty awesome benefit, it’s a bit of a hassle to track. You have to remember to...

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Self-Hosting Your Own Cloud – Part 1: OpenVPN

This is the first post in a series about protecting your privacy by self-hosting, while attempting to maintain the conveniences of public cloud services. I recently became very concerned about online privacy when I discovered that Google was maintaining a list of everything I’ve purchased and every flight I’ve taken. I had known that Gmail sorts and filters emails for advertising purposes, but seeing everything consolidated was a...