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Live stream today at 15:00 German time, 16:00 Irish time.

Watch live from: small-tech.org/videos/small-te

I am speaking at Interactive Future Exhibition 2020 held by the students of the Interactive Media Design course (@imd) at the Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

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If you missed the talk (I almost did – thanks, timezones 🤦) you can watch the recording on the same page:

small-tech.org/videos/small-te

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@aral Great talk! Site.js looks like an awesome tool, and Pagekite sounds like a great solution for local servers!

@aral FYI, visiting your test site after your talk was over using Firefox gave me this:

@Alamantus Hey Robbie, that’s to be expected: it’s what you’d see when I don’t have my dev machine exposed/a server running on it :)

@aral A side note -- maybe use UTC time? I bet everyone in tech circles knows own timezone...

Great talk, thanks for that! Question: (linux sysadmin) 

@aral Running your own VPS of course gives you a lot more control but also some more responsibility. How do you, for example, keep your VPS patched (updated)? Configuring so called 'unattended upgrades' and proper handling of failing upgrades (email notifications?) is something that is not entirely trivial to configure yet very important, especially when using the VPS as a communications hub.

Question: (linux sysadmin) 

@aral

Maybe I am already thinking too far ahead but I can imagine this being a hurdle down the line. SaaS (think S3/Netlify for example) solves this very neatly. In the spirit of small tech: we obviously don't want to use those.

Have you thought about this? Do you think this should be something that sitejs facilitates somehow?

Great talk, thanks for that! Question: (linux sysadmin) 

@metabever Agree entirely. Unattended updates is a must. Site.js also auto updates. Notifications is a harder one as it can add a lot of complexity. Easiest way is probably to surface them in a future web admin interface. Email is a world of complexity.

Great talk, thanks for that! Question: (linux sysadmin) 

@aral agreed. I have been fiddling with an Ubuntu VPS and configuring auto-updates through apt was a breeze. Configuring email through postfix so I can get a message when the updates fail was a shit show. Definitely offputting for unexperienced people that just want to make sure their server doesn't get hacked.

@aral another great one. Always energising to hear your passion. Also that mini side rant on Vim was amazing. 😂

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