Well, my ownCloud server has been sitting idle since April, and this week I decided to revisit it. Mostly because Calgary experienced the worst flood in recorded history. The Bow River estimated flow at it’s peak was 1740 cubic meters per second, which is greater than the flood of 1932 (http://people.ucalgary.ca/~hayashi/geog515/lectures/515_0609.pdf). The result was that Downtown Calgary was shutdown and my office was without power for six days. During this time, I was unable to access some of my files as I hadn’t sync’d them in a week. This was nothing more than a minor annoyance, but it got me thinking about syncing my files.
So, I finally got ar0und to installing the Desktop client (get them here), and within a few minutes, my files were syncing. It was just as easy as Dropbox (which I love btw. I’m just not willing to pay for it). While setting up the sync, I noticed that I had not setup SSL and decided to tackle that. I found a good tutorial here, with a few changes.
- Move the owncloud.crt to /etc/ssl (not /etc/pki/tls/certs/)
- Move the owncloud.key to /etc/ssl (not /etc/pki/tls/certs/)
- the virtual host entry gets added to the /etc/httpd/conf.d/httpd.conf file (not the owncloud.conf file
Lastly, I enabled the Bookmark app. I have been trying out Diigo and delicious, but I’m just not happy with them. So far, I haven’t found a good way to condense these sites to show more than a dozen bookmarks. Both show you between 5 and 10 links at a time. You could easily fit 35 to 50 if you tried. I created my own startup page that have very neat, clean, small dropdown list for my most frequent bookmarks but it’s very cumbersome to update, and doesn’t sync. The bookmarks app for ownCloud is cool, but it’s yet another real estate hog.
As I was looking around, I just noticed Draggo. That’s what I’m talking about, but I want my own version of that.