My Office 365 subscription is up for renewal so it’s time to decide if I want to keep doing this (ehhhhh) or go back to hosting my own mail (ehhh) or look at another provider (ehhhhh)
@lightweight I run most of my stuff, yeah, but despite not minding it, it's not a simple task to maintain :/
@Firesphere I suppose it's not simple, but it's not rocket science either. Been running my own services for a bit more than 20 years. (I used Google for a few years before it became apparent that 'do no evil' was a farce, and still have a Google Apps domain, but it's mostly gathering dust these days).
@sj_zero @Firesphere Heh - yes, the programmer's/sysadmin's crone: "I did it, not because it was easy, but because I thought it would be easy". That said I don't spend much time on my email stack - I've been helluva impressed with Mailcow (I run it dockerised) - I run several instances (and a half a dozen NextClouds with OnlyOffice, for various folks)...
@car @fincham @Firesphere my stack (replicated for my work along with a few extras): https://tech.oeru.org/oeru-web-services-february-2021
@lightweight @car @fincham Used to...
I kinda build the Solr8 supporting search module, because I was fed up with running on Solr4 :P
@Firesphere I worked with Solr quite a bit over the years (ran a Drupal dev shop) and am still maintaining a few instances, but I don't go out of my way to use it.
@lightweight It's that Solr4 is large EOL, so... stubborn me made a more useable Solr8 module for it :D
@lightweight @fincham @Firesphere I'd been doing so for a long time when I quit IT three years ago, and decided I could neither afford two EC2 instances any longer, nor be arsed. But ProtonMail's client has always been strangely unloved, and lately I've had the odd email got missing somewhere between Namecheap and ProtonMail. I've got backups containing perfectly serviceable Postfix and Dovecot config. I'll stand up a single Lightsail secondary, primary at home, that'll do.
@Firesphere @lightweight @fincham yeah, I remember there being a teething period where stuff was being filed as spam, but that was years ago. I guess I'll have to start over again. Once that passed they continued to occasionally reject stuff as spam, but not consistently for long enough that deliveries failed. I found it grimly amusing, they passed me more spam than I ever handed them.
@fincham I can highly recommend Fastmail. I'm an ex employee, but I didn't start using it for my personal mail until I left the company, and I really love it. Their website goes into detail of their privacy and security conditions.
@mattcen hey that’s actually a really nice recommendation, thank you. I conveniently use Fastmail already for my “backup” e-mail account…
@fincham I hear that! And I personally never would've chosen Fastmail for myself if I hadn't worked there, just because I (a) probably wouldn't have been bothered to investigate it and (b) it was great to see behind the scenes how it so works. That said, there's mostly enough info on their website to detail their infrastructure etc.
I'd host my own mail, but I just *really* can't be bothered; it's too hard to get right and too important to not have good uptime.
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