Self-hosted Email with Docker and Mailcow

Whenever someone suggests self-hosting their emails there’s always a wave of people saying it’s too difficult or too much hassle, I took this information and decided to give it a go.

In this article I am using a DigitalOceon droplet, the reason for this is my homelab is on hardware that isn’t on all the time and on internal-only access which isn’t much use when you expect emails to arrive 24/7. You can host this in your home but you would need to set up port forwarding, firewall rules and if you’re in the UK like me probably DDNS.

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Bringing life back to an old Macbook PRO

In this post, I will talk about how I upgraded my old HDD to a cheap and fast SSD, and also upgraded and installed the MacOS onto the drive.

Back in 2012 I purchased an 13″ Macbook PRO, I used it heavily for many years but as time went on it got slower and slower to the point where it was replaced by a desktop PC and an array or laptops before onto my Surface Pro.

After leaving it wrapped in bubble wrap during my last 3/4 hour moves over the course of 4 years I finally decided to bring some life back to the machine and use it as a media center for my home entertainment downstairs to access my applications to download and stream, movies, tv, and music to the different systems I have set up in the house.

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