Coming soon to a desk near you--a personal server named Maya. Protonet, a German startup, wants to make simple yet secure private cloud servers for small teams and self-employed peoples everywhere (and with their recent $1M in crowdfunding they'll be able to do so much faster.)
When I first read this article, my first thought was--what's a server? And my second was--why would someone like me who freelances need one? It's both sad and amazing that for someone whose entire livelihood depends on the intricacies of the internet, she has no idea how it actually works. As I began to do some research into the world wide web, however, I realized that there weren't a lot of non-tech blogs out there that explain technology in a way that (pardon my derogatory term) "normal" people will understand.
Here is my clumsy attempt at explaining personal servers and the interweb:
What is a server:
A server is a powerful computer that delivers things such as games, web pages, and files to personal computers. The computer you are using right now is essentially telling Squarespace's server to send you pages from my website.
What does Maya do:
- Maya has a massive storage capacity (like a souped up version of your thumb drive).
- Maya is a powerful, internal wireless router.
- Maya has a Protonet Soul Operating System which combines file-sharing (think, Dropbox) and communication (think, Skype.)
Do I need one:
Probably not. However, if you are as concerned as Germany and the European Commission are about the NSA internet-based snooping, then you might want to consider saving your money for the July 4th launch. I see what you did there, Protonet.
Details about Maya:
Maya is a clean, modern orange hexagonal box that looks like something you would find in the basement of Ikea. Before you run down to your local Best Buy keep in mind that prices will probably be in the $4000 range (although I am finding mixed reviews on this.) Server will feature 8GB of RAM and an Intel Celeron processor and will include equivalents to services such as Dropbox and Skype. Everything will run directly from Maya versus some data center somewhere. Want more details? Keep reading here.
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