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This Week in Self-Hosted (12 April 2024) 7 min read
This Week in Self-Hosted

This Week in Self-Hosted (12 April 2024)

Self-hosted news, software updates, launches, and a spotlight on Receipt Wrangler - a self-hosted platform for receipt management

By Ethan Sholly
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This Week in Self-Hosted

Acquisitions were the name of the game this week. The privacy-focused platform Proton announced it's acquiring the note-taking application Standard Notes, and Automattic – the owner of WordPress, Tumblr, Pocket Casts, and more – announced it's acquiring Beeper, the consolidated chat app that leverages Matrix bridges for its backend (and yes – they're also the faux iMessage people).

In content, I've received a ton of great suggestions for new software to add to the recently-launched, and recently started soliciting feedback for a sister project I'm planning to launch next week.

Thanks, and happy!

In the News

Standard Notes is Now a Part of Proton Privacy-Focused Offerings: Is it Good or Bad?
Standard Notes is now a part of Proton family. Expect integrations, and more benefits to your existing subscriptions!
Beeper has been acquired! The team has joined Automattic and will continue to build Beeper.

Software Updates

New Software

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Weekend Discussion (@[email protected])
Weekend Discussion 💬 Are you self-hosting no-code database software in your homelab (NocoDB, Baserow, Grist, etc.)? If so, what are you using it for? #selfhost #selfhosted #selfhosting #homelab #opensource #homeserver #discussion #nocode #database

Community Content

Release v4.6.0: The end · pivpn/pivpn
Hi everyone, It’s time to say goodbye. This is the final official release of PiVPN. I inherited this project from @0-kaladin and @redfast00, who moved on with their lives. I maintained it as my own…
Ansible — Infrastructure as a Code for building up my Homelab
I have been using Ansible to manage my homelab infrastructure. It’s a great tool to automate the deployment and configuration of servers and services. Let me share with you how I use Ansible to manage my homelab.
Building My First Homelab Server Rack
What I learned building a rack for my home server infrastructure.

Content Spotlight: Receipt Wrangler

Meet Receipt Wrangler, a self-hosted platform for scanning and managing receipts. Similar to other document management systems, Receipt Wrangler utilizes OCR – along with AI – to scan and extract the relevant details from your receipts for expense categorization and reporting. Other features include support for multiple users, splitting receipts, uploads via email and web app, bulk uploads, and dashboard views. The repository's roadmap also states that a mobile app is currently in early access and YNAB integration is in the works.

Receipt Wrangler can be installed via Docker and requires a SQLite, MySQL, or PostgreSQL database for storage. The platform also supports self-hosted OpenAI compliant models for AI functionality.

Screenshot of the platform's dashboard with a listing of demo receipts
Screenshot from the project's repository

Links: GitHub, Docs

What We're Watching

Smart Home and Automation

Video: Remotely access Home Assistant via Tailscale for free
In our latest video, we walk through how to remotely access your Home Assistant by adding it to your Tailscale network.


The end goal isn’t to have zero passwords, says Bitwarden’s passkey expert
Bitwarden’s Passwordless Director Anders Åberg explains everything you want to know about passkeys
Google One will kill its VPN service later this year
Google One subscribers, your unlimited VPN access will go away later this year

Upcoming Events

Nextcloud Hub 8 launch event
Nextcloud Hub 8 will be launched on April 24th in an online event. Register now to participate in the live prentation and be among the first to experience it!

Command Line Corner: factor

Use the factor command to list prime factors for a specified number directly from the command line:

/$ factor 14
  14: 2 7
/$ factor 46
  46: 2 23

Click here to view an archive of commands shared in previous newsletters.

Developer Week 2024 wrap-up
Developer Week 2024 has officially come to a close. Here’s a quick recap of the announcements and in-depth technical explorations that went out last week
US ISPs must display broadband ‘nutrition’ labels from today
US internet service providers with over 100,000 subscribers must now display standardised broadband labels that lay out the true costs, speeds, and data caps for their services.

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