Re: Still somone else's computer
"tl;dr: running servers (file servers, mail servers, web servers, whatever servers) is superficially easy. Doing it in a safe, sustainable, secure way is absolutely not and it very often *is* the best idea to pay someone else who does it at scale to do it for you."
All very true - but you need to ensure the person you are paying to do it for you actually does a better job of it than you would as well.
I don't see any point in paying someone to cockup a task on my behalf when I'm quite capable of doing so for myself at a fraction of the price.