Back in the day before Gmail I used to run my own email server in my house. It was a bit of a pain to maintain, but it satisfied the geek in me. There is a company that is selling an IoT-like email server that costs $500. I’ve never heard of the company and therefore can’t vouch for it, but I find the appliance intriguing. Just found an article on Ars Technica about this product.
The solution, called Helm, sounds a lot like Pogoplug, which was a personal cloud storage device that is no longer available. The risk of using a product from a small company that might not stay in business to store and access personal data is something one has to take in to consideration.
Out of curiosity, I looked for the oldest message in my Gmail archive, its from when I first got an account in May, 2004.