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Setting up a Matrix chat server

Last time I started writing this post, I ended up explaining how federated services work in general, and what Matrix can do in particular. This post will describe how to set up a homeserver of your own and join the Matrix chat network. Initial considerationsI will be using the reference server implementation, Synapse. It offers two options for data storage: Postgres or SQLite. Since I only plan to use it myself, and even then I'm not sure whether I'll actually end up using it much (any chat platform is only useful if people you want to talk to actually use...

Privacy, data ownership, federation, and the Matrix chat network

Matrix is a federated chat network. If you already know what it means, feel free to skip ahead a bit. Otherwise, here's the (very terse)[1] gist of it: The gist of it There are a number of issues with chat apps. Let's disregard those of accessibility or usability - there are plenty of tools with great user experiences, so everyone can find something just right. Let's just focus on two common issues: privacy and ownership. Privacy - and I also include security in this, since you can hardly have privacy if your communication lines aren't secure[2] - determines...

Getting Started with Github Actions for .NET Core

When I pushed my recent Ghoplin mini-project to GitHub, it automatically offered to define a build action. I really liked the user experience here: GitHub offered the Action feature, detected my project type and generated a file, with project-appropriate defaults and in the correct folder. I updated the dontnet version in the script and tried it; everything works and the task reports a success. name: .NET Core on: [push] jobs: build: runs-on: ubuntu-latest steps: - uses: actions/checkout@v1 - name: Setup .NET Core uses: actions/setup-dotnet@v1 with: dotnet-version: 3.1.10 - name: Build run: dotnet publish -r...

Trying out Passbolt (with Docker)

A step-by-step guide for getting from a clean Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to a running Passbolt instance with a simplistic Docker setup....

Tinkering with Transposit (beta) and AirTable

Transposit is an interesting new service that aims to help when you're trying to connect various apps (or, more specifically, their APIs) together. But it does it in a novel way: it lets you query various data sources as if they were SQL objects. That is an ingenious idea: most of us already know SQL and it maps quite well to what we're trying to achieve with many of the APIs. To illustrate: Transposit lets you treat various services as SQL schema and query them; not only that, it lets you perform joins and other operations and mix them with...