I’ve always been a fan of self-hosted solutions. It’s a bit ironic, since I’m working on ArrivalApp, a fully hosted SAAS app for tracking event attendance, but that’s another story. Until recently, I’ve never really considered the concept of “owning” my own data. Sure, I’ve always preferred a self-hosted product over a hosted product, but I attribute that to being a tinkerer.
I’ve had a Mac mini hosted at MacMiniColo for almost three years, and servers on my home network for much longer, so it’s been extremely easy for me to run as many self-hosted products as I want without having a huge hosting bill.