No more VPS

A little of history

For a really long time I was using Contabo VPS as my main server. I was really happy with it. Good thing was, I bought it long time ago, before changes in packages, so I had few cores more then you may have right now for the same price. Similar story was with system memory. Ok, disk storage was lower then you will get now, but it wasn’t important for me. In my case, most of the space is used by images, and all of them are offloaded into S3 bucket anyway.

S3 and Ccloudflare

Because I’m using S3 bucket as a storage for offloaded images, I don’t need a lot of space and transfer. But… if I will serve images directly from S3, it will not look nice from the url point of view. So I mixed S3 (as storage) and Cloudflare with custom sub-domain (as CDN – Content Delivery Network).

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Youtube movies as a podcast?

Yes, it’s possible!

Some time ago, my friends from the telegram group asked if we may have a solution which will make a podcast from youtube videos. You may ask why, but answer is really simple:

Podcast applications have a rich functionality for content delivery – automatic download of new episodes, remembering last played position, sync between devices and offline listening. This functionality is not available on YouTube. But still – how to do it?

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Apple Siri and ChatGPT: Revolutionizing AI Chat Technology

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The article on https://www.nytimes.com discusses the collaboration between Apple’s Siri and OpenAI’s ChatGPT to enhance the capabilities of the virtual assistant. I found it really intresting.

Advancements in AI Technology: A Look at Apple’s Siri and ChatGPT

In the ever-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, companies like Apple are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible. One of the most recent advancements in AI technology is the integration of ChatGPT into Apple’s Siri virtual assistant. This collaboration has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with AI systems and could pave the way for even more sophisticated AI applications in the future.

ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is a state-of-the-art language model that uses deep learning techniques to generate human-like responses to text inputs. By incorporating ChatGPT into Siri, Apple has significantly enhanced the virtual assistant’s ability to understand and respond to natural language queries. This means that Siri can now engage in more complex and nuanced conversations with users, making interactions with the virtual assistant feel more natural and intuitive.

One of the key advantages of integrating ChatGPT into Siri is its ability to generate contextually relevant responses. This means that Siri can now better understand the context of a conversation and provide more accurate and personalized answers to user queries. For example, if a user asks Siri for restaurant recommendations, the virtual assistant can now take into account the user’s location, preferences, and past interactions to offer more tailored suggestions.

Another significant benefit of this integration is the improved conversational capabilities of Siri. With ChatGPT, Siri can now engage in more fluid and coherent conversations with users, making interactions with the virtual assistant feel more like chatting with a real person. This enhanced conversational ability not only makes Siri more user-friendly but also opens up new possibilities for how AI systems can be used in various applications, such as customer service and virtual assistants.

Furthermore, the integration of ChatGPT into Siri has the potential to improve the overall user experience of Apple’s ecosystem. By making Siri more intelligent and responsive, Apple can enhance the functionality of its devices and services, making them more valuable to users. This could lead to increased user engagement and loyalty, as well as a competitive edge in the AI technology market.

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Build your own NAS

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Build Your Own NAS: A Comprehensive Guide

In today’s digital age, data storage has become a crucial aspect of our lives. From personal photos and videos to important work documents, we rely heavily on our devices to store and protect our data. However, with the increasing amount of data we generate, traditional storage options like external hard drives and USBs are no longer sufficient. This is where Network Attached Storage (NAS) comes in. A NAS is a dedicated storage device that connects to your home network, allowing you to access and share files from multiple devices. While there are many pre-built NAS options available in the market, building your own NAS can be a cost-effective and customizable solution. In this article, we will guide you through the process of building your own NAS.

Why Build Your Own NAS?

Before we dive into the technicalities of building a NAS, let’s first understand why it might be a better option than buying a pre-built one.

  • Cost-effective: Building your own NAS can be significantly cheaper than buying a pre-built one. You have the freedom to choose the components that fit your budget and needs.
  • Customizable: With a pre-built NAS, you are limited to the features and specifications provided by the manufacturer. Building your own NAS allows you to customize it according to your specific requirements.
  • Expandable: As your storage needs grow, you can easily upgrade and expand your DIY NAS by adding more hard drives.
  • Learning experience: Building your own NAS can be a great learning experience, especially for those interested in technology and networking.

Components Needed for Building a NAS

Now that we have established the benefits of building your own NAS, let’s take a look at the components you will need:

  • Computer: You will need a computer to act as the central server for your NAS. This can be an old computer that you no longer use or a new one specifically built for this purpose.
  • Operating System: You will need an operating system (OS) to run on your NAS. Popular options include FreeNAS, OpenMediaVault, and NAS4Free.
  • Hard drives: The most crucial component of a NAS is the hard drive. You will need at least two hard drives to set up a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) configuration for data redundancy and protection.
  • Network Interface Card (NIC): A NIC is required to connect your NAS to your home network.
  • Power Supply Unit (PSU): A PSU is needed to power your NAS and its components.
  • Case: While not necessary, a case can help protect your NAS and keep it organized.
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Changes in my Smart devices

Some time ago I decided to stop wearing an Apple Watch. In fact, I decided to give up smart watches in general. I knew I would miss being able to dictate a reply to a message directly into the watch, I knew I would miss being able to leave the house without my phone and still stay in touch (I had the cellular version), but I was sad to see my poor Timex lying in a drawer instead of being worn on my hand.

What I really didn’t want to give up were the fitness functions. I started researching the market and came to the conclusion that a smart ring could be the solution for me. Unfortunately, the prices of such solutions were terribly high.
But what about Aliexpress? A bit of searching and I found the Smart Ring R02 at a low price with fast and free delivery, so I decided to take a risk and buy it 🙂

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Big changes in my home server

For a long time I was using Proxmox as my server OS. On it I had few VMs. One with Arch Linux (I’m using it as my daily OS through RDP), another one with Home Assistant, another one for media (Jellyfin app, Calibre, etc). And some created ad-hoc when needed for testing. But from some time I was thinking about big change. And finally it happened during this week.

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Homelab

HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

Some time ago I wrote about a home server. This time it is about my home lab. When choosing a server, I looked at size, capacity and power consumption. And I ended up choosing the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8. I did some quick research and it turned out that the best I could choose was the Xeon 1265L-V2 processor (best power to TDP ratio) and 16Gb ECC RAM. To this I added a total of four Seagate ST2000VM003 3.5″ drives, each with a capacity of 2TB.

This HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is a powerful and reliable option for those who need a microtower server. Featuring an Intel Xeon E3-1265L v2 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads, 2.5GHz base and 3.5GHz boost and 16GB ECC DDR3 RAM (maximum possible). The operating system is installed on a Kingston A400 SSD 2.5″ SATA 960GB (SA400S37/960G) for agility and performance.

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Users in EU will have a choice

Google has just announced a change for users in Europe that will allow them to decide exactly how much data sharing is right for them. The new policy, which the company says is in response to the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), allows users to opt out of data sharing for all, some or none of Google’s selected services. The services listed include YouTube, search, advertising services, Google Play, Chrome, Google Shopping and Google Maps. However, the policy is not airtight – Google will still share user information when necessary to perform a task (for example, when you pay for a purchase on Google Shopping using Google Pay), to comply with the law, to prevent fraud or to protect against abuse.

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Nextcloud wins the Acteurs du Libre European Award 2023

Nextcloud has won the European Award of the Acteurs du Libre contest! This is a huge recognition for the community, the Nextcloud team, and the visionary leaders behind the project.

What is the Acteurs du Libre contest?

The Acteurs du Libre contest is part of the Open Source Experience event, which celebrates the achievements of Free Software companies, entrepreneurs, projects and associations. The contest awards six prizes every year, each honoring a different aspect of FOSS development, management or implementation: the Committed Public Service Award, the European Award in collaboration with APELL, the Business Development Award, the Best Open Source Strategy Award, the Open and Ethical Digital Award, and the Jury’s Special Award.

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