DNS provider change + starting the CDN testing

Since my last post, I got some questions and concerns from admins and users of Masto.host hosted instances and as I was also having second thoughts about the testing, I decided to take a couple more days to think about it. About the DNS provider, it was simple. I just ended up moving to ClouDNS and I am happy with … Read More

Testing CDN for media files and changes to DNS provider

For the past weeks, I have been thinking of implementing a CDN solution for Masto.host shared hosting media files. This could speed up image/video loading on countries that are far from Europe and could also reduce the requests/downloads from OVH Object Storage. As I pay per GB downloaded having a CDN (cheaper than OVH) and that could speed up the … Read More

I had to block some external instances

There is a bug that in a very specific situation, instances running version 2.3.x (not sure if others) can get a stuck Sidekiq request to /users/___username___/collections/featured This causes an endless loop of that request and could bring my servers to an halt. So, I had to make the decision to block several instances that were causing a massive amount of … Read More

Connecting OVH Public Cloud VLAN to Dedicated Server

I couldn’t find any tutorial that explained how to connect a Dedicated Server to a Public Cloud VLAN on OVH and even support couldn’t help a lot with the specific software configuration. After several trial and errors and putting together bits and pieces from information found online, I finally got it to work. So, if you have a VRACK with … Read More

Cookie Consent

As I was starting to look into GDPR, I went back to the basics, cookie consent. It really annoys me to see the cookie consent notices whenever I enter a website. As such, I decided to forego some cool features (like Analytics and other tools) to make Masto.host cookie free. There is one exception, when you click Buy Now you … Read More

Masto.host Year One

When I started Masto.host I was thinking that I could help a couple of people, learn a bit more about sys-admin and just have fun with it as a side project. One year later, Masto.host has become something else, it is almost a part time project and it has been requiring a lot of my time. It was fun to … Read More

Mastodon PgBouncer Guide

I did some changes to the initial commit by Nolan to the documentation of Mastodon PgBouncer Guide. As my pull request is still waiting to be approved, I leave it also here because I had some trouble to get it to work with the instructions that were initially shared. Installing PgBouncer On Ubuntu/Debian: sudo apt install pgbouncer Then: nano /etc/default/pgbouncer … Read More

New website

I finally managed to get around and do a better website for Masto.host. As all things with Masto.host it is still a work in progress but I think it looks much better. Also, the old website was just an HTML theme I found online and that I adapted to the service I wanted to offer but without any experience on … Read More