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Interesting Reads of the Week

Here are a few things I've been reading this week:

On self hosting email:

After self-hosting my email for twenty-three years I have thrown in the towel. The oligopoly has won.
Many companies have been trying to disrupt email by making it proprietary. So far, they have failed. Email keeps being an open protocol. Hurray? No hurray. Email is not distributed anymore. You just cannot create another first-class node of this ne
I have been self-hosting my email since I got my first broadband connection at home in 1999. I absolutely loved having a personal web+email server at home, paid extra for a static IP and a real router so people could connect from the outside. I felt like a first-class citizen of the Internet and I learned so much.

Over time I realized that residential IP blocks were banned on most servers. I moved my email server to a VPS. No luck. I quickly understood that self-hosting email was a lost cause. Nevertheless, I have been fighting back out of pure spite, obstinacy, and activism. In other words, because it was the right thing to do.

But my emails are just not delivered anymore. I might as well not have an email server.

Some cool AI Art:

My friend Alex has been finding AI generated art and sharing it on twitter. Some of them are absolutely fascinating. I particularly like the selfie from the French revolution:

Selfie at the French Revolution

Check out this twitter thread, there's some awesome stuff in there.

That's all for now, see you in the next one!