This page is a succinct overview of the tools I use, manage, and self-host. I try to use open-source where possible.
Primary Computer & Development.
- Operating System: Pop!_OS, dual booted with Windows 10 for the odd times.
- Browser: Firefox as a daily-driver, Chromium for additional browser testing and Google-specific PWAs.
- Search Engine: Searx.
- Email: Fastmail (referral link) — previously Migadu
- Code Editor: VS Code
- Terminal (Shell): GNOME/Windows Terminal running
- Image Editor: Photopea, Affinity Photo
- API Testing: cURL, Insomnia, Postman
- Database GUI: DBeaver CE
Tools to Manage My Life.
Instead, I rely on a mix of free and proprietary tools here:
I self-host many services on Hetzner.
I do this as a way to have more freedom and control over my own data, as well as to cater to my personal-professional needs.
Small detour about my setup.
The server runs Ubuntu on top of which I installed Docker. Using Docker and docker-compose, writing the build files (
docker-compose.yml) where necessary, I run the following apps/tools.
These are accessible behind a Caddy reverse proxy.
My domain is configured on a separate domain registrar.
Backups are performed first by some bash scripts creating ephemeral docker containers and running the required commands in those containers, then, using restic, are automatically backed up off-site to Backblaze’s B2 Cloud Storage at intervals decided by me, using cronjobs.
Feed reader — Miniflux.
Miniflux is a minimalist and opinionated feed reader.Miniflux’s marketing site
I have written plenty about the feed reader now and then — for the curious.
Bookmark manager — linkding.
Self-hosted bookmark servicelinkding’s GitHub page
I don’t think written that much about it — it mostly just works!
Publishing platform — WordPress.
WordPress is open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.WordPress’ marketing site (self-hosted)
I have been asked why I use WordPress. While there is no single post elucidating this point, the following series of posts might help:
- Waving a thankful goodbye to: static-websites and more.
- Three months later: a follow-up on ditching my static site and IndieWeb.
I am able to run 2 instances of WP on my server. 🙂
Federated micro-blogging — Hometown.
A supported fork of Mastodon that provides local posting and a wider range of content types.Hometown’s GitHub page
Hometown powers SmallCamp. I spend my free time on running and managing it, and it runs on a bare system installation (instead of Docker) as an exception.
Filtered Reddit consumption — Reddit Top RSS.
Generate RSS feeds for specified subreddits with score thresholds.GitHub page
I have also written about this:
There are also more services I use that are worth a mention. These may be hosted by friends or a generous company and such. 🙂
Open instant messaging — XMPP.
XMPP is the open standard for messaging and presence. XMPP powers emerging technologies like IoT, WebRTC, and social. No one owns XMPP. It’s free and open for everyone since 1999.XMPP’s marketing site
I’m a big fan of Snikket. This is generously hosted and maintained by a friend. 🙂
Page last updated on 28 September 2021.