Phil Hilger
by Phil Hilger


  • Info
  • News


  • about

Peer-Z is a project I have envisioned for years, whose main purpose is to provide a safe and secure access to information to people who needed it. I decided to transform the idea into some concrete development in January 2016, under the codename “Peer-X” […]

The original idea was to develop the project in Golang, and a web service that would provide APIs to apps to use to communicate with peers. I eventually quit my full-time job the same year, with not much progress on Peer-X, and eventually shelved the project to focus on another one in 2017, but also started working on a completely different area that year, focusing on firmware development.

Eventually, after letting the domain go to the hands of greedy buyers (still registered and unused to this day), I decided to go back to the project, around 2020, and eventually came up with the name “Peer-Z”, which I found sounded even better. After buying the domain, I reworked a big part of the code, this time adding some integrated services on an embedded web server. The way I was seeing things, a pure network layer would hardly get any traction if not bundled with some useful tools, so I decided to add a few base services. Strong of my previous self-taught experience with (now dead/dormant) I integrated these service using VueJS:

  • messaging, some equivalent of peer-to-peer self-hosted email service
  • profile, a way for people to create a basic about me template
  • web, an extension of the profile that would allow anyone to host their own mini-webserver
  • checkers, a game of… checkers?
  • chess, a game of… chess! You got the idea.
  • storage, a service allowing to easily share data with peers

Here is where things went, with pictures: Home Messaging Checkers Chess

Then I got busy again…

Fast-forward to 2023, when my workload slowed down and my search for a full-time job picked up, rather than a contract, I decided to get back to it again, hopefully this time with more concrete results.

The plan is now to:

  • upgrade the web services to Vue3 and TailwindCSS/TailwindUI
  • use Vue Router
  • fix/improve the network layer and protocols
  • set up a few relay hosts in the cloud that will provide a base core layer for the network.

Here’s a preview of some light design changes (WIP) Home Messaging

Hopefully, some good news before the end of the year!

And a call to fellow coders: if you want to be part of this, feel free to contact me here