It's probably naive, but I genuinely wonder where we'd be today re: people "self-hosting" servers if IPv6 had already seen wider adoption, more upload bandwidth were generally available, and "decentralization" had focused more on "sync eventually" instead of, like, XMPP-style.

@zkat it'd be better and easier, but still means "run your own server", which is the domain of a pretty small group of people.

(Yeah, that kind of stuff makes it a lot easier, but it's still on par with "doing your own car maintenance")


@astraluma @zkat i like to think there's an opportunity for a "progressive web service" that starts living in your phone and can be easily migrated to a generic (or specific) compute service with a few clicks and some currency.

But the devil's in the details I'm sure.

@astraluma @zkat ideally the end user would never see the word "server" unless they like digging in computer bits. ;)

@brion @zkat the problem is ~all apps benefit from connecting with multiple devices.

I was working with a partner on an e2ee, open participation application sync platform (like, if signal had an API and application instances could use it as a channel to synchronize), but unfortunately you need many spoons to invent that kind of cryptography.

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