I no longer have to rely on or pay for Flickr, YouTube, iTunes, or Google Calendar. Some of the replacements I’ve installed are actually much better than their free alternatives. It was a major hacking challenge getting everything working on BlueHost’s servers but it’s finally stable.
Some benefits of DIY:
Gallery v2 – I don’t have to pay for Flickr Pro. The uploaded video (flash) isn’t subject to quality or length limitations like YouTube.
Ampache – This is blowing my mind. My whole MP3 library is now online and I can listen to it from any computer with a web browser and Internet access. Some people have this working on their Internet capable mobile phones meaning storage is no longer an issue.
WebCalendar – Not many benefits over Google Calendar but it’s easier for people to see my public events (just click the link to the right).
My argument: Everybody will have a similar setup in a few years but it’ll be vastly easier to configure. It’ll also be seamless meaning fewer logins for the various services and they will be connected and social using OAuth and OpenID.
Photo by BridgePix, click for credit.