Nextcloud and Netdata

I’ve been using Netdata on my servers to monitor many system parameters for quite a while now. What missed so far is Nextcloud. I filled this gap with a plugin for Netdata. The plugin uses the API which is provided by the “Monitoring” app to display the number of active users.

You get the source and description at Github.

Nextcloud and OnlyOffice in Android

As reported at OnlyOffice, you can now also use OnlyOffice in Android with Nextcloud, although you do not need a separate app for Android – it is part of the current Nextcloud app for Android. On the server you need at least Nextcloud 18 and the latest OnlyOffice integration for Nextcloud (4.1 or newer). OnlyOffice also runs collaboratively in the same way as in the browser – all changes are sent directly to the server and if other users are also editing a file at the same time, their changes can be seen immediately.

However, there is one thing to note:

If the file has not yet been downloaded (no green check mark), tapping the file name will open it in OnlyOffice. If the file already exists on the device (green check mark), it is opened directly when tapped – i.e. if an another office app is installed on the device, that app will be used to view or edit the file.

In addition, you can also use the context menu, which opens when you tap the three dots on the far right and then select “Edit”. In this case the file is always opened with OnlyOffice.

Update 2020-03-09

The free open source version does not provide editing functions any longer – neither in the app nor in the browser. If you need this, you have to buy on of the packages of the “Integration Edition” (currently beginning at 935 EUR one time payment per server for a maximum of 50 concurrent connections).

Update 2020-03-20

After I created a feature request at Github to get back the mobile editing or at least a cheaper license for private and home users, Ascensio decided to offer a cheaper “Home” license for 99 USD. Also see the comment at Github.

We are all humans

On February 19, 2020, 10 people were murdered in Hanau by a man for racist reasons.

I would like to express my sympathy to the relatives, friends and colleagues of the victims and wish them the strength to cope with this bad time.

In reports there was also a brief reading of “Shisha-Morde” at Focus and as reported on bildblog.de, the Bild newspaper first found in its live reporting that the victims are mostly Kurdish and Turkish people and spread wild speculation that the perpetrators were people from the “Russian sphere” and that extortion of protection money was possibly a reason for the murders.

No, there weren’t any Russians involved and no, it wasn’t about extortion!

Presenting the murders in this way and spreading such speculation is a gross disregard for the dignity of the victims! Such speculations pretend that the murdered are virtually to blame themselves, because as a visitor of a shisha bar one must expect that acts of violence will also take place there and that all those involved come from a “Milieu” in which such acts are quite conceivable.

Stop it!

Humans have died – humans like you and me. Help those who are affected, show solidarity with your fellow citizens and stop to put people with a migration background to a box with which you personally have nothing to do.

New year, new illegal copy of Periodical

New year, new scroungers who think they can easily make money from my work. Again an illegal copy of Periodical with plenty of advertising, published at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.boom.peri (February 11, 2020. If this URL is no longer available, it has already been deleted):

As usual there are no sources available and every reference to the original source was removed.

Update 2020-03-25

Meanwhile Google responded to my notice and the app was removed :-).

Renoise in 4K

Many years ago I discovered Renoise – a so called “tracker” to create music on the computer. Eventhough I haven’t really looked into this I still have a valid license and checked if the project still exists.

Indeed Renoise is still active even after nearly 20 years. Since version 3.2 it also supports native resolution and scaling in 4K:

New features for Lightbox with PhotoSwipe

Meanwhile Lightbox mit PhotoSwipe exists for more than two years and has about 6000 active installations :-).

Compared to the original version I extended PhotoSwipe by a number of features:

  1. Endless loop is also possible with only two pictures.
  2. If the endless loop is not active the arrow buttons for next or previous image will be hidden for the first or last picture.
  3. Full screen view can be activated by pressing the key “F”.
  4. When changing pictures using the arrow buttons or cursor keys in the desktop view the change from one picture to the next is done using an animation similar to the swipe gesture in the mobile view.

In addition it is now also possible to display WordPress galleries or Gutenberg gallery blocks in their own lightbox.

Collaborative text editor in Nextcloud

Nextcloud text editor, sharing options

In June 2019 Nextcloud introduced an interesting text editor which uses Markdown as format but does not show this optically – the user interface is very tidy and text will always be shown and edited formatted. You can use Markdown syntax when entering text but in addition there is a toolbar at the top of the editor. To create a new file you can use the “+” symbol in the Nextcloud file manager as usual.

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