Nextcloud is a personal cloud server, you’re not relying on Apple cloud or Google or Dropbox to hold and secure (laughable) your data. If you have a Raspberry Pi at home you can host your own cloud server. There are desktop apps for Windows and Macs and apps for almost ALL mobile operating systems too.
I’ve gone for the personal route because I find the free cloud server really don’t offer enough storage space, and security is a joke for most of them. Plus with the SSL guide you can make sure your is as secure as possible.
I remember seeing something about an advert blocker for the raspberry pi but I can’t find the original post, so some googling later and I found pi-hole. https://pi-hole.net/
It took less than a minute and it kicks Ad Blocker Pro’s arse then beats it while it’s down. It’s amazing, not one single damn advert gets through, and those that do you can add to a black list.
So if like me you’re sick to death of adverts and you don’t mind spending a few quid getting a raspberry pi then this is a must.
Once complete, change the DNS server of the client (PC, phone, laptop, tablet or just about anything that uses your internet connection) to your rasperry Pi’s IP address.
Well… technically it won’t boot from a hard drive, it has to be the boot partition on the SD card, but that’s actually just a small script setting up the root partition of the SD card.
The raspberry Pi is brilliant and every iteration has made it better and faster, all except one thing, the SD card. It still requires an SD card to boot up and run, but now you can run Linux from an SSD!
What I will show you is how to copy the contents of this root partition to an external drive, be it a USB memory stick, USB hard drive or like I have, an external USB Solid state drive.
This is actually a VERY VERY easy thing to do and aside from copying the contents from one drive to another, very quick too.
So the first thing to do is attach the USB drive to the Pi. For easy install I’ve already partitioned and formatted the drive to linux EXT4, all I need to do is discover where it is in the file system.