Why DAVDroid was renamed to DAVx5

For synchronizing address books and calendars on my Android smartphone I’v been using  DAVDroid for quite a while. It is Open Source and also available on F-Droid. However it is now called DAVx5 – why?

The reasons are explained in this tweet – using “droid” as part of a name violates a trademark of Lucasfilm. Also see this extensive article at Priceonomics. Therefore the creator of DAVDroid decided to change the name to “DAVxxxxx” and replace “xxxxx” by “x5” – even though the official statment says something different ;-).

Fast internet connection

From now on I have a fast internet connection using VDSL100 which nominally provides 100 Mbps downstream and 40 Mbps upstream (before: 50 and 10 Mbps).

Eventhough the achievable speeds are slightly lower, uploading data is still more than three times as fast as before :-).

Periodical in Hebrew

For some time now I have been using the online translation service Crowdin for translations of Periodical. This service is free to use for open source projects without any commercial intentions. There I have already received Polish as an additional translation (thanks Tomasz!).

Now another translator has contacted me via Crowdin and offered do the translation for Hebrew. Apart from the fact that there are not many applications that directly support this language, this is also interesting because Hebrew is written from right to left and I may have to do adjustments in the software to support this.

Thanks to all translators for their help!

Again an illegal copy of Periodical

A while ago someone informed me about an illegal copy of Periodical which was modified without providing sources of the modified version. This copy does not exist any longer.

But there are also business-minded people who create their own version based on the existing sources (as from August 2017) that contains paid ads – of course only after deleting all references to the true origin:

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BBC Computer Literacy Project

In the 1980ies the BBC explored the world of computers as part of the national initiative “The Computer Literacy Project” and produced numerous programs for almost a decade.

This material is now available as an archive where you can watch all the old programs again.  You can also run the software developed in the past for the “BBC Micro” in an emulator directly in your browser:

https://computer-literacy-project.pilots.bbcconnectedstudio.co.uk/