A cloud in pants or how to live a paranoid in the 21st century

We all somehow managed to live up to the 21st century and, in our everyday hustle and bustle, missed that simple fact, that we live in the world of the future. And this, itself imposes certain obligations. In particular, the obligation to treat information more responsibly. Of course, there are dozens of services around us that offer fast and almost free saving of our favorite pictures., video and other unique content, which we create with our mobile devices. However recent confusion with Adobe – this is just another signal that “do not trust anyone” and “there are people who are already making backups, and people who don't make them yet”. That's exactly what I would like to talk about backups today.

Despite the fact that I and my family members are active users of the iCloud cloud and we sync all our phones there, professional deformation forces me to keep my own cloud as a safety net. This way all of our photos are automatically uploaded to Apple's cloud in near real time.. However, once every couple of days, my wife throws away my or her completely garbage photos and keeps those, that they deserve to become part of the family photo archive, so to speak – on our small personal server. And when I say personal- I mean the box, what's under the TV in the living room, but it is included and available 24/7.

For our format of use, in recent years, we have developed the following “semi-manual” mode, although, in principle, the software allows you to make a complete backup of the photo library in a fully automatic mode. Besides – on the same server, there are various documents that have accumulated over several years and may be needed spontaneously, but at the same time it is not necessary constantly. Like distributions of some kind of software, or archival documents.

Over the years I have tried various combinations – at the moment the bundle is working most stably “single Board computer” + Nextcloud. This combination allows for little money to have a constantly turned on server that synchronizes our data in real time between a dozen devices. On my way to this combination, I went through a varied number of iterations: external USB drive, shared folder on computer, a separate Windows PC, with a specific set of software, various third-party utilities like SyncBuddy, BOX-sync и OwnCloud, all kinds of versions of RaspberryPI with specific assemblies of operating systems such as OpenMediaVault / FreeNAS / ReadyNAS and so on.

As a result, the RockPro64 single-board computer and the Nextcloud PI operating system in combination with local clients for synchronization on computers and smartphones became the most adequate platform in terms of cost and performance.. This combination consumes little electricity while covering almost any adequate requirements a home user may have in terms of backing up and copying personal data..

In the comments, I would like to understand how interesting this topic is in principle to readers., and if you have any questions – I would be happy to answer them in the following posts.

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