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The year was 2013. It was a very dark time for me. Google had abandoned me and took my Google Reader that I used to read my RSS feeds on.

Google had stomped on my heart. I felt betrayed. The loss of my favorite news reader sent me spiraling down into a severe depression. I started listening to crappy emo music. I tried to write shitty poems. I started adopting cats. It was pretty ugly for a while.

But I learned from that experience. I realized you can't just go around life aimlessly with your head in the clouds. Especially when said cloud doesn't belong to you! No longer would I simply rely on the charity of a large data collecting faceless corporation to make my life complete. I pulled myself back up onto my feet, grabbed a much needed shower, and learned to make my own clouds!

Now my past endevours into home brewed solutions haven't always "worked out as planned" or were "abominations of nature". But hey, 3rd...4th? ... 37th time's a charm!

And you can too! Learn to stop relying on data slurping cloud services to do all the cool things you like to do on the interwebs. And with cheap hardware like the Raspberry Pi, the barrier to entry is lower than ever.

With the rising level of uncertainty regarding our privacy these days...

Scratch that. With the full on tin-foil hat level of paranoia Bob and I believe is necessary for modern living, we are starting our series of presentations that I've just now decided to call "The Nephology Project".

At this Friday's STL2600 + DC314 meetup, we are going to walk through the centerpeice of this project: Nextcloud. If you don't already know what Nextcloud is, here is what I unapologetically copy and pasted from Wikipedia:

"Nextcloud is a suite of client-server software for creating file hosting services and using them. It is functionally very similar to the widely used Dropbox, with the primary functional difference being that Nextcloud is free and open-source, and thereby allowing anyone to install and operate it without charge on a private server."

Deviating for our traditional "stand up and jabber" style, this next meeting will be more of workshop format. That means if you want to follow along then bring your own Raspberry Pi, external hard drive, and everything you need to run both of them. We'll walk you through step by step in setting up and securing your own instance of Nextcloud.

Oh, and afterwards the meetup, Bob and I have plans to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, 10:00 at the MX theater downtown. Feel free to order tickets and join us if you want.

Here is an unrelated cloud joke:

https://youtu.be/YOOb_o06adA