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[Freedombox-discuss] blogging in the FB (was Re: Roadmap Brainstorming)

On Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 2:28 PM, Les Orchard <l.m.orchard at pobox.com> wrote:
> On 3/18/11 8:41 AM, Bjarni R?nar Einarsson wrote:
> There's also the privacy goal of the FB, for which you really need the
> ability to put layers of indirection between your personal IP and the rest
> of the world. Pagekite, at a minimum, but the more options the better.

You can actually connect over Tor to your PageKite front-end
(where-ever it is, doesn't have to be the pagekite.net service).  This
slows down your site quite a bit, but gives you lots of indirection
and means even your front-end provider doesn't know where your origin
server is. :-)  If you use TLS for your PageKite tunnels and serve
only a HTTPS site, both the Tor exit nodes and the PageKite front-end
are completely blind.  I don't think many will need this level of
privacy, but it's already implemented and covers all the bases, I

> As for the performance thing, well, just don't say anything interesting.

Of course. I'm talking about sites where people might actually
password-protect everything by default.  FreedomBox is after all a
very privacy oriented effort. For a traditional, open to the world
blog, the existing cloud stuff is in many ways perfectly suitable.

> The first time you get linked-to from someone like John Gruber on Daring
> Fireball, your personal access to the net gets swamped. If that's a mesh
> network, you probably take down everyone around you, too. A residential ISP
> in the US might raise an eyebrow, too.

Assuming people are sticking with clear-text HTTP (arguably a bad
idea), whatever in-the-cloud help is provided (PageKite or otherwise)
could also do some caching and take the top off the spike.

That's on my road-map, but not high on the list because that sort of
thing is always a massive source of bugs and I consider usability to
be more important at this early stage. If people start hosting HTTP
origin servers on cell phones, priorities could change pretty quickly.

Bjarni R. Einarsson
The Beanstalks Project ehf.

Making personal web-pages fly: http://pagekite.net/

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