My single-user Mastodon instance has been ticking away at phocks.eu.org for a while now, over a year at least. All up, I’ve paid zero dollars to keep it running. I’ve had a few people ask me to write up something about it, so here it is.
If you’re comfortable logging into a Linux server via SSH and running commands you shouldn’t have any major troubles setting it up, but it will take a few hours of work. Enjoy!
TL;DR: to pass SSH through HTTPS you need to tweak client and server sides as the following:
Source: trofi’s blog: SSH over HTTPS
Switching browsers just got more enticing. Firefox introduces support for Chrome extensions import for better experience.
Source: Firefox Welcomes Chrome Extensions with Open Arms (DebugPointNews)
Similar: Firefox now allows importing extensions from Chrome (Winaero)
RSS feeds help you quickly digest headlines from different sources, but not all sites have one. Here’s how FiveFilters can create a feed for any site.
Source: How to Use FiveFilters to Create RSS Feeds for Any Web Page (MakeUseOf)
(Note that TechNotes does have a RSS feed, at https://tech.iprock.com/?feed=rss2)
boringproxy is a combination of a reverse proxy and a tunnel manager.
What that means is if you have a self-hosted web service (Nextcloud, Emby, Jellyfin, etherpad, personal website, etc.) running on a private network (such as behind a NAT at home), boringproxy aims to provide the easiest way to securely (i.e. HTTPS and optional password-protection) expose that server to the internet, so you can access it from anywhere.
Switching from your ISP’s offering to a custom DNS server can be beneficial. As many have experienced, these public DNS servers from the house of Google, Cisco, and others offer much better performance in terms of latency and features. ….. So, if you’re looking for some good custom DNS servers, here we have compiled a list of the most popular and reliable public DNS servers in the market.
Source: 5 Best DNS Servers (2020) – Free Public DNS For Speedy Connections (Fossbytes)
Bypass URLs that make you wait, do something or track you with this browser extension.
Apache gets an undeserved bad rep from outdated guides—learn to set it up right.
Don’t know how to share files online without any cloud storage? Check the list of best free file sharing sites which is the best way to share large files.
Source: Top 14 Best Free File Sharing Sites Without Any Cloud Storage (TechNorms)
A reminder for the new year: You can use these muted strings to force Twitter to be better.