By Ev Bogue - December 1st 2014
For the longest time I avoided running my own email server.
There were all sorts of reasons not to. Why wouldn't I have wanted Eric Schmidt to suck up all of my data and spit it to the NSA between the years of 2004-2012.
And then all sorts of boring things such as Snowden happened, and I began to realized that the only way I was ever going to have email autonomy was to run my own email server.
Now, there is credit where credit is due. A small handful of my readers encouraged me to run an email server. I felt perplexed by the whole thing, because I attempted to installed Postfix and it didn't work out of the box, and I couldn't find a decent manual for the damn thing.
So I kept putting off running my own email server, until I became obsessed with the whole thing, and I banged my head into a the wall that is the digital world until I figured out how to get a god damn Postfix server to work.
And now I can get a postfix server up and running in less than 15 minutes.
Do I think I'm a master of email? Hell no. The whole thing perplexes me. I don't understand how anything works. I'm not even 100% sure how I get these postfix servers up and running.
But what I do know is I don't want my email being channelled through a centralized provider.
Security Through Obscurity!
If they want my emails, then those motherfuckers better damn well dig for them.
Because the other day I deleted an email off my email server without reading it, and you know what. It was gone. Done. Listo. Finished. Nope. I couldn't get that email back.
And that made me feel content, because I knew that my email was at least a little more secure from those cocksuckers who don't want anyone to have any freedom anymore. You know who I'm talking about.
Anyway. Let's talk email servers.
A handful of you have requested that I write a product about launching a VPS and deploying an email server. This is a good idea.
The trouble is, I'm only 70% sure I can describe the process. I'm also only 30% sure that any of you will pay me to create said product.
I'm hesitent to create such a product. I have a few reasons...
Yes, I do want to write the damn thing, but I also know it'll be a lot of work, and why do work if there's no payoff? That's capitalism.
So this is what I want to say. If you want me to create this product, give me a shout. It'll probably cost cashmoney for an un-co-pilot version, and more-cashmoney if you want me to dick around on your VPS when you run into trouble.
If you're into this, give me a shout. You can hit up my postfix server at this email address mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org