I have been using the Brave browser as my main browser for almost two months now. One of its privacy-enhancing features is automatic HTTPS upgrades, which I feel should be a default for all browsers.

This weekend I reviewed my email backup strategy and decided to make daily backups of all my accounts directly on my NAS. Since they are all Google-based, I went with gmvault on my Synology server. Here’s a walkthrough.

OpenStack lets you rescue an instance, by launching a rescue VM with a temporary root password. You can then mount the filesystem, and perform whatever fixes you have to do, such as replacing a lost SSH key. On OVH however, the password shown in the Manager is invalid.

No one seems to agree on the actual losses due to adblocking. Instead of informing a critical debate about the future of web advertising, and more broadly, online monetization, I would argue that recent estimates mostly serve the agendas of companies selling adblock mitigation services.

OVH has a public cloud offering, based on OpenStack, with an excellent price-performance ratio. With data centers in Europe and Canada, they are a great choice for standard compute, networking and storage needs. But there’s a catch: you absolutely must tighten security up.

I had a few VMs configured with ssmtp to relay a small number of emails, usually from cron jobs. Unfortunately, this project is no longer maintained so it’s unfit for production, and while Postfix is a solid piece of software, I was looking for something very lightweigth.