Advantages of Online Automation
There are many online automation services now. These mostly fall in the category of connecting other online services somehow, with one acting as a trigger and the other acting as an action.
The services I refer to are IFTTT, Zapier, Integromat, Automate.io.
These aren’t the only ways to automate online, but they are the simplest for any beginner to get into, and even very advanced automations are possible with some of these services.
I’ve recently erred on the side of data safety and security, which ultimately meant having total control over my data. This, in turn, led to very much being locally based rather than an online service for how I use my data. This doesn’t necessarily mean local only, as you may have seen with my other writing on using Obsidian. But that local forms the foundation.
When it comes to automation, especially as it’s my yearly theme, I will first focus more on the online side. If there is some task that could be done equally locally or online, in this case, I will choose online. There are disadvantages, but significant advantages are covered in my approach to systems design resiliency.
The main advantage is that the automations will run under any circumstances that would be a failure locally. These are loss of power, loss of internet, and simply not having your computer or device switched on. So something that can run 24/7 without you effectively having to have your always-on server. This also gives you far more physical mobility. Your automations happen no matter where you are.
These things can happen to a service such as IFTTT, but the risk is far smaller given their much larger infrastructure, and this is what they make money to do.
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