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This Week in Self-Hosted (18 August 2023) 5 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (18 August 2023)

Industry activity, software updates and launches, and a spotlight on OliveTin, an application for executing user-defined shell commands via web interface

By Ethan Sholly
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Industry Activity

It's 2023 and Cloudflare Can't Believe People Still Regularly Fall for Phishing Attacks

Cloudflare published their 2023 phishing report this week, which is an interesting read for any self-hosters publicly exposing services for their users (regardless of whether you utilize Cloudflare's DNS capabilities). The report summarizes three key tactics behind most successful phishing attacks – deceptive links, identity deception, and trusted organization impersonation. will never ask you for your credit card information – but might...

Stop Trying to Make 'Zoom' Happen

Zoom has been a hot mess since earlier this year after they updated their terms of service to note that user participation in meetings and calls might be used to train AI models. They've since backtracked and amended their terms to state they'll no longer do so, but the damage has already been done. Now all sorts of open-sourced software foundations are calling on communities to abandon Zoom in favor of more privacy-friendly software. Jitsi Meet, Nextcloud Talk, or MiroTalk, anyone?

How exactly does Mastodon work, anyway?

Like many of us also trying to escape Twitter X, Sebastian Jambor didn't completely understand the underlying protocol behind ActivityPub, so he did what any normal person would do – educated himself and wrote an in-depth series of blog posts about it. Sebastian does a great job at breaking down the various aspects of ActivityPub in a way that's easy to understand, and in the most recent post published earlier this week, he explores how replies, boosts, and likes work on Mastodon.

Software Updates

New Software

How we reduced the cost of building Twitter at Twitter-scale by 100x
I’m going to cover a lot of ground in this post, so here’s the TLDR: We built a Twitter-scale Mastodon instance from scratch in only 10k lines of code. This is 100x less code than the ~1M lines Twi…
Privacy friendly ESP32 smart doorbell with Home Assistant local integration – Tristam
Celebrating 500K Downloads: The Podman Desktop Journey 🎉
Hello Podman community! Today is a special day for all of us – we’ve officially hit 500,000 downloads of Podman Desktop! We want to say a big thanks to each and every one of you. …

Self-Hosted Spotlight: OliveTin

Meet OliveTin, an application that allows users to execute pre-defined shell commands via touch-friendly buttons from a web interface. The project's repository lists two primary use cases for OliveTin: Server administrators can utilize it to give non-admin users and guests access to basic commands (restart Plex, etc.) or to simplify complex commands used on a frequent basis (ping specific devices via MAC address, etc.).

Features include a touch-friendly UI for on-the-go access, easy configuration via a YAML file, multiple options via dropdown menu, dark mode, and low resource usage. As a bonus, the team provides a number of options for running OliveTin – bare metal, Docker, Kubernetes, and more.

Note: Please consider and research the implications of exposing administrative commands to non-admin users before exposing OliveTin externally.

Screenshot from the project's GitHub repository

Links: Site, GitHub

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