No Clouds

Everyone has to start somewhere when it comes to writing about something they are interested in. This is where I’m going to start writing about home automation. And, specifically home automation without any cloud(s).

When I first got started with computers it was in the days of 300 baud modems. So yes, that makes me a bit old. But experienced. Over the course of my career thus far I’ve been very fortunate to work for Linux based, open source companies. While I’m not a expert in network security, I know my way around packets and everything associated with that. This means I’ve also been around to watch social networks grow and become what they are today. Even now I find it amazing to think 20 years ago everyone was worried about the government or someone spying on them. Be it listening to their phone calls or any number of things. Looking at today’s technology we all have at least 2-3 microphones that are on all the time. Even though we’re assured they are listening to help us, that is simply not the case. There are numerous examples but a few that come to mind are the fact that it was revealed that voice snippets recorded by Alexa were accessed by third party contractors. Similar things have happened with video(s).

Am I more paranoid than your average bear? There’s no doubt that I am. But I have my reasons.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to start writing and documenting my experiences with home automation. There is no shortage of people writing about this of course. But what I wanted was a way to write exactly what I want with no one being able to censor or otherwise modify what I’m writing. This is my own blog, on my own server in a data center.

Updates will be….well, when I update.

Why am I writing this when there’s so much out there already? To have something of my own. For my own notes, my own research and to look back on. That’s all for now. I needed to start somewhere, and I have

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