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The Best Self-Hosted Alternatives To Popular Services

Most of us use services like Gmail, Feedly and Instapaper to get through the day — but that means giving up privacy and locking into a service you don’t control. Hosting your own services at home used to be reserved for nerds, but it’s easier than ever. Here are the best services that you can host yourself.


Host Your Own Blog On A Server You Control With Virtualbox

We’ve discussed some of the best blogging platforms and web hosts, but if you prefer to really control your data, there’s no reason you can’t do it all at home. All you need is Virtualbox, a virtual machine (VM) as your web server, and a shared folder for your posts and blog content. Maymay shows us how it’s done.


Development Lessons From The Healthcare.gov Debacle

The attempt to roll out universal health cover in the US has suffered a major setback with performance issues on the Healthcare.gov site used to allow consumers to sign up for individual plans. Forrester analyst David Aponovich points out that all web projects can learn from the mistakes made rolling out the site.


WordPress Now Has An Australian English Install

Bonza. You’re no longer stuck with the almost-but-not-quite approach of using British English or the all-too-common-default of US English when installing WordPress. There’s now a full Australian English version to use instead.


Why Data Sovereignty Is Still Making Australian Companies Panic

The most obvious technical argument for hosting cloud services in an Australian data centre is the improved latency. Yet when it comes to making that choice, concerns over data sovereignty and whether data will be accessed by US governments remain a key issue.


Ask LH: How Can I Take Control And Host My Own Photos Online?

Dear Lifehacker, I want to share my photos with friends, but I’d prefer to create my own portfolio and gallery rather than trust the Facebooks and Yahoos and Googles of the world to host them for me. How can I take control of my photos and host them myself?


Why Forced Web Shutdowns Are A Good Argument For Cloud

The government shutdown in the US means that many agencies are being forced to ‘bring down’ their web sites, even though actually leaving them in place would probably be cheaper. Those unusual circumstances deliver a lesson for everyone: using a demand-based cloud service can ensure you don’t end up stuck with excessive bills if you are forced to stop running sites or applications.


HP Moonshot And The Future Of Servers

HP’s Technology at Work day-long event is filled with interesting insights, and it’s definitely worth heading along to the Sydney event next week if you have the chance (quite aside from the potential to win an HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 if you head along). Of the various ideas presented in the opening keynote at Melbourne, the one that has kept me musing all day is HP’s Moonshot web server line.


Google Upgrades Webmaster Tools Interface

Google has revamped its interface for Webmaster Tools, dividing the tools into four main areas (crawl, index, traffic and appearance) and making it easier to access administrative tools from the Settings menu.


iiNet Hosted Exchange: Can It Fight 365?

ISP iiNet has launched a hosted version of Microsoft Exchange aimed at small business users. That puts it in direct competition with the Telstra-delivered Office 365 service, but despite similar pricing there are some differences between the two products.


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