The Cost of Making it Look Easy

I caught myself watching different timelines and being struck by people asking for the cheapest email service, social media hosting, etc. “Has to be cheap, has to be reliable, service has to be awesome/responsive, has to handle multiple domains, has to be ethical, has to guard my privacy, has to be…, and ~ by the way ~ $50 a year is way too much!”

I’ll admit that, from time to time, I’ve considered “leasing out” available space on different servers, as in, “my CPU load is low on my mail server, VPN server traffic is low, the database server is underutilized, there’s plenty of room on the social server, … ~ I could probably let some other folks on board and help support my cloud habit…” But then I see those discussions. 😝

Think of the costs in dollars and intangibles: Maybe $5-10/mo to keep a VPS CPU humming; keeping the reputation of static IP addresses up and off the blacklists; liability for whatever a lunatic posts or sends or does; legal issues around data retention, encryption, and interception; plus being on-call to deal with these “high maintenance” customers? For less than $5/month? God bless the folks who can take on *that* business model. I figure there are better odds of me removing large Digital Ocean CIDR blocks from some of my blacklists… you know, those low cost, disposable VPS ranges that are filled with folks trying to hack away at your systems around the clock?

Anyway, it does make me curious: What price would be feasible for custom deployments & administration… even if just getting things installed and turn-key running on their own equipment for the would-be operators and DIYers? What prices would respect the value of expert knowledge & experience required to make it look easy? 🤔 #curious

By Joe

Puzzle Wrestler & Mountain Herder. Math & Computer Nerd since the 80s. Longtime linux (current debian, ubuntu, raspian, centos, gentoo), currently fighting feebsd. Over-complicates networks for fun, occasionally secures them for profit. Develops own tools & services (cli, web services, and lately some android). Degrees in Math, Belts in Aikido. Zen, Motorcycle, Ham Radio, Homebrew (Ale, not Radio), Coffee & Tea, some Mandolin & Fiddle, MDA Advocacy (son with Duchenne), …

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