I guess my main problem with Danny O’Brien’s thinking about running web-based services from home is a kind of category uneasiness. The kind of services Danny wants us to run belong, for me, to the same category as electricity, a working phone line, gas supply. They’re utilities and they need to work all the time. I don’t trust myself to provide a stable power supply, a properly installed mail server, enough redundant hard disk for all my files. Some services just need to be nearer the centre. The extreme fringes (my kitchen, for instance) are not the best place to provide guaranteed or high-availability services. I want someone else to worry about all that. And besides, who would I complain to?
Danny O’Brien’s been talking about making good use of an always-on home connection to replace all those web-based services we’ve become dependent on and that are about to start charging. I’m looking forward to seeing his conclusions. So far I’ve got that ‘Apache installed here’ screen up on the Cube in our kitchen but I’d love to be able to fix it so I can see my MP3s from the office (or wherever). Only total UNIX-fear prevents me from sorting it out.