Some of you may already have seen https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2018/09/how-to-build-a-lowtech-website/ . It is a re-design of Low-Tech Magazine that I did together with Marie Otsuka and Lauren Campbell. After a few months of working on it I'm happy its out in public, survived the attention and creating discussions!
@rra What I'd love to see is some idea of how much the current draw from the hardware you use for the site device varies over time.
I was curious if we could use a similar technique (in my region, the wind is often above 10mph so we might consider homemade microturbines as well as solar) for running a custom, minimal ActivityPub server, so that people could have a purely off-grid mastodon instance.
@rra I'm trying to work out what a slightly more sophisticated processor load would look like in this case.
Hi @endomain I've written some technical documentation about the project over at https://homebrewserver.club/low-tech-website-howto.html
The power statistics of the server are actually published here: https://solar.lowtechmagazine.com/api/stats.json
From what I've experienced running in hosting the post.lurk.org mastodon instance, you'd need a much beefier machine and probably would also need to attach an external hard drive. Pleroma is actually designed to be run from RaspberryPi-like machine so perhaps you'd like to start there?
@rra Thank you! I'm reading this now.
As for the available power; I'm woking on writing an ActivityPub implementation compatible with Mastodon's rules that does not have any interface and uses tricks I know in my capacity as a distributed systems engineer to reduce I/O loads.
I only just learned of Solid, but it's in a similar design where your workstation terminal would provide the UX independently.
Most modern web browsers support Cache & SW, and they represent a considerable power savings in mobile contexts for clients. I had never considered it before, but I suppose it'll amortize the cost of sending the JS and result in server power savings quickly.
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