Since then many things happened: Nextcloud and OnlyOffice have announced their partnership in November 2018 and meanwhile the desktop version of OnlyOffice also offers the integration of Nextcloud.
What if the Samsung Galaxy Fold had been invented 1990ies? The guys from Sqirell Monkey created a video about this:
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 ;-).
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 :-).
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:
On https://aresluna.org/segmented-type/ you find an emulator for that which displays different variations from 8 to 93 segments per character. You can type any text on your own and select different display variations with the displayed text.
Does anyone still remember the time when the first pinball machines started using 14 segment displays which allowed to show not only the current scores but also any kind of messages?
Many years ago I already had look at OwnCloud, which was first released in 2010 and claimed to offer an alternative to commercial services like DropBox or Google. The idea was good, only the implementation and the security was lacking at the beginning, which had kept me back from permanent use.
For exchanging files I later discovered Seafile as an alternative. For addresses and appointments I used Baïkal to synchronize the data between my Android devices and different computers with CalDAV and CardDAV. Added to this is Roundcube as a webmail client with an extension for using the Baïkal address book via CardDAV.
Although this constellation basically worked, there were some drawbacks: a browser-based calendar does not exist at all and Baïkal has no longer being actively developed for some time – the latest version is from August 2016 (see release page at Github).
If you are using wireless mice and keyboards you should be aware of the risks. Also see this article at Computerworld.
At least Logitech provides a firmware update which fixes the problems:
The program also checks if there is an update needed at all. So I found out that even the Unifying Receiver of a new keyboard (K270), bought in January 2018, was still shipped with an outdated firmware.
Only when the update tools displays a message that all found devices are up to date, there is no risk.
For a long time there had been an SVN archive of Thing at atariforge.org. Unfortunately this website is not online any longer. But I’m happy to announce that the commit history of the SVN archive could be rescued and the sources are now available at Github: https://github.com/arnowelzel/thing
Thanks to Miro Kropáček for his support in preserving the commit history from the old SVN repository.