are the alternative to Google/Samsung contacts I used previously.
Im also able to stream music from Nextcloud to my phone, using Nextcloud music For the client, you can use anything compatible with Ampache or Subsonic. My choice is Power Ampache Im not streaming a lot of music though. I always have 30-40 GB of MP3s on my phone that I rotate every now and then.
All the data from Nextcloud is in sync with Synology at my home via CloudSync. A big plus is a nice dark theme for the web UI:
Im a developer and more than I need the air to breathe and coffee to drink, I need version control. My weapon of choice is git, which is lucky because there are a lot of hosting solutions for it out there. I was thinking about this one for a while and it boiled down to GitLabvs Gitea
For my needs, GitLab was overkill, so I went with Gitea. Its lightweight, easy to update, and just works. Its interface is clean and easy to understand, and because UI is similar to that one of GitHub, people that I collab with find it as a seamless switch. On the negative side, if you want to customize it, it can be a pain in the butt.
Monica CRM / Kanboard
is a personal CRM. Some people think Im weird because Im using a personal CRM. I find it awesome. After I meet people, I often write down some information about them that I would otherwise forget. I sometimes make notes about longer phone calls if I know the information from the call will come in handy later on. Colleagues and friends birthdays, ideas for their presents, things like that they go into the CRM.
I mention Monica in my post on how you should not ignore rejection emails where you can see another example of how it helps with my flow.
is a free and open-source Kanban project management software. I use it to manage my side projects, but I also use it for keeping track of books I read, some financial planning, study progress tracking, etc. Its written in PHP, its easily customizable and it supports multiple users. Usually, when I do some collaborations, I will immediately create an account for that person on both Gitea and Kanboard.
Development tools & Analytics
is my choice for analytics that I use on several websites that I own. Its lightweight, its open-source, and most importantly it respects your privacy.Theres a how-to that I wrote on how you can install it on an Ubuntu machineyourself. The bonus thing is that I really like developers approach to running a business. They have a cool blogwhere you can read about it.
Development tools that Im mentioning are basically a bunch of scripts I have developed and gathered over time. Text encoders/decoders, color pickers, WYSIWYG layout builders, Swagger editor, etc. If I use something often and its trivial to implement on my own, Ill do it.
Desktop PC and NAS are part of my home region.
Desktop is nothing special. I dont play video games, and I dont do any work that needs a lot of computing performance. Its the 8th generation i5 with integrated graphics, 1TB SSD, and 16 gigs of RAM. OS Im using is Ubuntu the latest LTS version. Its installed on both the desktop and laptop.
Everything except the OS and the apps is synced in real-time to Synology by using the Synology Drive Client.
Im using is the DS220j. Its not the fastest thing, but again, it works for me. I have two Western Digital Reddrives (shocking, huh?), 2TB each.
Every last weekend of the month, I will manually backup all the data to Blu-ray discs. Not once, but twice. One copy goes to a safe storage space at home and the other one ends up at a completely different location.
This is my everything is fucked, burnt or stolen situation remedy. Im not particularly happy with the physical security Ive set up at home, so one of the concerns is the theft of disks and backups. Other than moving to a different location where it would be easier to work on upgrading the physical security, my hands are tied regarding this subject (not for long hopefully).
Other things could happen, like fire, flood, etc. Of course, its a bit of a hassle, but I believe in being prepared for any type of situation, no matter how improbable it may seem.
Laptop & Smartphone
When youre self-hosting, it will, naturally, also reflect on the apps that you use on your portable devices. Previously, my phones home screen was filled with mostly Google Apps calendar, keep, maps, drive. There were also Dropbox, Spotify/Deezer. Its different now.
I have De-Googledmy phone, using /e/and F-Droid.There are compromises youll have to make if you choose to go down this path. Sometimes it will go smoothly, but sometimes it will frustrate the hell out of you. It was worth it for me. I value my freedom and privacy so much more than an occasional headache caused by buggy software.
This is the list of the apps I use frequently that are related to self-hosting: