@kev @oranje booked in for next Saturday to get the penguin on my forearm, can't wait!

@nickchuckwalter @scully @laura I use Zoho for mail, it's like $10 a year for mail, calendar, etc. Privacy-focussed and custom domain support

@desantis The world is completely crazy right now!!

Glad to hear it man and perhaps the silver lining is that you may have already beaten it πŸ˜… Hmmm, does that have something to do with anti-vax movements per-chance?

@WhoNeedszZz true, however the t instances also do CPU credit madness which can cause prices to fluctuate depending on server usage (using my VPS for more than just blog hosting may have caused me to tickle thresholds at times).

Also data egress costs are tiny but add up depending on usage. All-in-all, I'm just happy to have a single price-per-month and not have to worry about little things that can fluctuate

@desantis I don't think there's a facepalm big enough to react to that. People be crazy.

Hope you're hanging in well over there!

@WhoNeedszZz Prices still fluctuate from things like I/O an the like. I'm aware of the t3a instances but, also, think that these instances can be pretty pricey for what they are which is why I like to take advantage of the spot stuff

@WhoNeedszZz well, I was just running a small system like that and had *thought* that I had configured my spot request to accept even the normal price for the instance and, turns out, I probably didn't (no way to tell now as the launch group and any config I had done for it has literally disappeared).

Not married to the idea of using AWS, in fact, I'd be kinda glad to get away from it (I use it enough for work as it is!) and use something that doesn't leave me worrying about bill fluctuations.

@chris makes sense, any backups are better than the minimal backing up I was doing previously (nagios configs and site content). Appreciate the clarification 😊

@chris Great info, cheers. An initial look at their pricing is very attractive. Will jump in with Linode and get something back up tonight (after losing my server like this, I think backups are more important to me as it stands). Thanks for your time!

@chris Thanks Chris! Will check both of them out... Anything that particularly sways you either way between them or is it just as deals come and go?

Whelp, looks like I've misunderstood how my spot instance reservation was working for my VPS on AWS, bye bye website... Thank goodness for config backups but now thinking of alternatives.

What VPS hosting services would you recommend?

(Don't really have the infrastructure to run a home server like I'd ideally want to rn...)

My wife and I are going through a bit of a rough time at the moment. We're privileged to be in a better position than a lot of people right now, but we're stuck indefinitely outside our country of residence (China) and surfing from couch to couch. Most of our money is in a Chinese bank account we can't access while outside China (looong story). If anyone can offer me some paid work I can do remotely from #Aotearoa (#NZ), that would really help.

If the only way you can help is a boost, cool :)

@tomosaigon You're probably right! I figured that ActivityPub was aiming for a sort of decentralized account that could interact with everything (as it can just through the one site instead of being able to login on others)

Yes - I wrote all of this out before breaking it up and posting as separate toots.

Yes - I really do need help.

Yes - I'm procrastinating work.

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Finally, I suppose I initially misinterpreted how ActivityPub worked, I thought of it as a sort of "decentralized login" such that I would be able to go and visit other ActivityPub sites, logging in with my user credentials from here and then using the platform over there. This, I'm now aware, is completely wrong. But I wonder if the ideals of "one decentralized account to rule them all" is possible still?

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Further to the above, how do things like PeerTube work the other way around? It's all great being able to subscribe to PeerTube channels and see them in my feed but what if I wanted to post some content in a similar manner? Would it be more appropriate to just upload a video in a toot, or should I actually create a PeerTube instance for hosting content? Would audience reach be better on one than the other?

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Afaics, I can follow people from various mastodon instances. I can also, seemingly, follow people on PixelFed instances. What interests me next is how these 2 integrate, it makes total sense that a PixelFed post would appear in my feed with no issue, but how would text-only posts look on PixelFed if someone from there were to follow me?

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Another day, another request for this awesome community.

I'm currently struggling a bit to understand the limits/thresholds of overlap between various ActivityPub projects (Mastodon/PixelFed/Peertube).

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@stem4u The Fairphone does look good, especially the modular/replacements model. I'm (for some reason) really set on stepping back to a physical keyboard πŸ˜…

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