periodic posts and projects

RIP, Pi-Man

Feb 9, 2021

After just 9 months, a few thousand downloads and many compliments along the way, I’ve decided to “sunset’ my Pi-hole Management App, Pi-Man on 31st March 2021.

It wasn’t such a difficult choice, there’s some great alternatives available right now1 from developers who’ve spent much more time on their solution than I did on this particular one and my work commitments just didn’t make this a viable long term project.

I can however look back on this little App with fondness, I’m pleased to say that it led the way and was the first to market with a dedicated Apple Watch App for managing Pi-hole but I’d like to concentrate on my other Apple Watch project(s) which I have some exciting plans for this year.

NextDNS - The new firewall for the modern Internet.

Although I’m a huge fan of Pi-hole, I’ve recently decommissioned the one I had running in my own network and in its place I’ve been using NextDNS which I have to say, is ridiculously good.

Although I ran my own Pi-hole on a Raspberry Pi 4 with Unbound, the move to NextDNS is almost night and day in comparison. My network feels snappy and responsive and with native Encrypted DNS support in iOS14 and macOS Big Sur it’s an absolute game changer for me, I now have fully encrypted and privacy focused protection both inside and outside my network on all my Apple devices.

It is absolutely worth £18 a year but, if you’re interested yourself, their free plan is a great place to start.

  1. It’s interesting to note just how functional some of these Pi-hole Apps have become. In my view a Pi-hole, or any other service of this type, should be silent, doing it’s job with little management or tinkering required. ↩︎