This site is closing

This site will close soon, probably at the end of this months billing cycle, in around 3 weeks.

The reasons:

  1. Constant hacking attempts, as many as 200 per day. They’re coming from all over the world, so a script kiddie trying to get access by using incorrect usernames. I have a firewall in place that bans them after one failed attempt, this is fast becoming a very large part of the database and .htaccess file.
  2. The site at certain times of the day can take an age to load. This is unnaceptable and throwing money at the problem won’t help.
  3. I’ve contacted several retailers and manufacturers to see if they’ll loan me a bike for a few days so I can expand the reviews to cover other models… none have called me or emailed me back.
  4. I can’t be arsed updating with new posts. There’s also little to cover if I can’t get hold of loan bikes to test and review.
  5. I might one day setup the site on my local network on a raspberry pi, and yes believe it or not, it would be faster than the current host.
  6. I’m also considering selling my bike. I am a carer for my uncle who is mentally handicapped, I get 3 days a week when I have a respite carer come in and look after him for a few hours. So of course riding is dependent on the weather and if I have other errands to run in my spare time. As things are. I don’t want to get soaked, cold and miserable during this time.

Install Nextcloud cloud server on a Raspberry Pi

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.

The most popular self-hosted file share and collaboration platform

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.

For easy reference:

Code:

sudo apt-get update

Code:

sudo apt-get install apache2

Code:

sudo apt-get install apache2 php7.0 php7.0-curl php7.0-gd php7.0-imap php7.0-json php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-mysql php7.0-opcache php7.0-xmlrpc libapache2-mod-php7.0

Code:

sudo service apache2 restart

Download link: https://download.nextcloud.com/server/releases/nextcloud-14.0.0.zip

Code:

sudo wget https://download.nextcloud.com/server/releases/nextcloud-11.0.2.zip

Code:

sudo mv nextcloud-11.0.2.zip /var/www/html

Code:

cd /var/www/html

Code:

sudo unzip -q nextcloud-11.0.2.zip

Make a folder for the data!!!

Code:

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/html/nextcloud/data

Code:

sudo chown www-data:www-data /var/www/html/nextcloud/data

Code:

sudo chmod 750 /var/www/html/nextcloud/data

Next, set the correct ownerships on Nextcloud “config” and “apps” directories:

Code:

cd /var/www/html/nextcloud

Code:

sudo chown www-data:www-data config apps

Create a Login for Nextcloud

In a browser, surf to your new Owncloud web page. Use the URL:
http://your Pis IP address/nextcloud

For example, the address of my Pi is 192.168.1.9. So I go the the URL: http://192.168.1.9/nextcloud

Increase upload size from 2mb

Code:

sudo nano /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

Change these two lines:
post_max_size = 8M
upload_max_filesize = 2M
to:
post_max_size = 20M
upload_max_filesize = 20M

Code:

sudo service apache2 restart

Now setting up your own cloud isn’t good enough, you also need to secure all traffic and data, to encrypt the data on the drive use the plugin in the admin panel, for SSL use this tutorial.
Check domain and hostname

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domainname -b mysite.ddns.net

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sudo nano /etc/hostname

Make the domain name stick

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sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf