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Learn about the CMS used by media upstart Vox December 4, 2017

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Here is an interesting write-up of the CMS “Chorus” an in house developed super tool for vox media.

https://pfauth.com/publishing-platforms/vox-medias-chorus/

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Excellent Summary of Discounts (Germany Black Friday) November 24, 2017

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I am getting really distracted by all of these Black Friday deal adverts. My gut feeling is that many retailers really stepped up their game: E-Mail marketing (lots), instagram adverts, even updated shop apps which reflect special icons / banners to guide shoppers to the “crazy discounts”.

In my quest to bring order to the chaos I found this brilliant blog which nicely lists prices and discount offers grouped by item category. So one can really decide what one needs and look it up.

http://www.schimanke.com/

 

OwnCloud and External Storage via Dropbox.com September 29, 2017

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I know I am late to the game. But just recently I discovered “OwnCloud“. In my view OwnCloud is mainly a well designed server software which can be used and installed freely. The suite also includes some client-side Apps and some extensions – some of these additional tools require a purchase. When you install your own cloud server you essentially get a nifty cloud file storage solution with easy ways to upload through a browser, manage files and documents, share stuff and keep track of versions and basic collaboration features. You can check out all the details on their official site:

https://owncloud.org/

As I said I am fairly new to that game. And I just recently installed an OwnCloud server on a backup webspace that I maintain since Uni. It works really well and it is a good extension to my regular drobobox and onedrive accounts. Over the weeks I casually looked through the features and discovered nice ways to extend an OwnCloud installation. You can access it through many clients and out of the box it supports the WebDav protocol. Also I would like to mention: The mobile and desktop web client is also really really good.

One nice way to expand is to add your external storage providers. I’ve done that with my Dropbox account and I was quite happy with having everything in a nice view through the lean web interface of OwnCloud.

However since one or two days or so this solution stopped working. I.e. there were error messages in OwnCloud and I could not open my Dropbox folder via OwnCloud.

It turns out that this OwnCloud external storage solution seems to use the OAuth 1.0 protocol as part of the Dropbox API v1. I feel that OwnCloud is already a fairly complex product and many enthusiasts work on the code and tirelessly want to improve the core and key features. The external Dropbox  solution seems to be a lower priority and it seems it was left untouched as Dropbox API v1 continued to work in parallel to the new Dropbox API v2. But just now on 28-September-2017 Dropbox really switched  off API v1.   :-(   for me this means – the just discovered option to use  Dropbox from within OwnCloud does no longer work.

https://blogs.dropbox.com/developers/2017/09/api-v1-shutdown-details/

I believe work will continue on that piece but I may need to stay patient. So OAuth 2.0 and consequently the new Dropbox API v2 needs to be incorporated in OwnCloud. People are already talking about this challenge and work has started:

https://central.owncloud.org/t/gsoc17-dropbox-v2-integration/5901

Video Conferencing and Screen Sharing – easy and seamless September 20, 2017

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I’ve recently had the opportunity to meet some talented developers from the distinguished city of Nuremberg. It was inspiring to learn how they specialized on certain skills and how distributed teams work together seamlessly.

I generally observe that freelance developers and smaller companies can tap into new and innovative tools much quicker than large companies (partly of course due to regulatory reasons applied to large institutions).

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For easy stand-up-meetings and to pull distributed teams together they used “appear.in“.

Their tag-line says it quite well: appear.in  –  one click video conversations. But it can do even more. It can share your screen and it works nicely on an Android device or on an iPhone. I tried it out and I was surprised how easy, hassle free and quick it is.

Essentially you:

  • go to their site: https://appear.in
  • pick a name for your room (any kind of name – I know there may be Security concerns for confidential meetings but for quick team huddles it is really nice)
  • and a second later you’re in your meeting room (which seems to use a nice web standard front-end / no flash or plugins needed)
  • you can invite others and start chatting
  • there is easy text chat and screen sharing capabilities as well
  • and as far as I can see: it’s free!

 

And to cater just a little bit for the fine print: they seem to be based on Norway and their terms of service states that they don’t store any transcripts or call content on their servers. Also they have a nice blog and seem to be a cool bunch of people :) go say hi.

go try it out and let me know what you think in comments.

Great Spots Showcased: Awwwards June 13, 2017

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Always on the run for inspiration and for great spots on the world wide web. Now I found one little service that makes for a good starting point.

http://www.awwwards.com

In my own words: it’s a website aggregator which allows users and jury members to assign grades (1-lowes 10-highes) to website projects. It’s updated daily and provides a great overview of well designed or very usable websites. A good place to skim for inspiration.

 

Great Spots on the Web – made with Squarespace May 2, 2017

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Just yesterday I met with a friend who is planning to start her own business. It was an inspiring afternoon with lots of great ideas and the true free spirit of getting things done and working on things who make sense.

This inspired me and I brainstormed some of my own ideas again. So here we go – directly from the brainstorming session: Some great examples of sites which use Squarespace:

sites made with squarespace (illustration)

quick observation: apparently everyone needs huge images :-)

 

German Startups to watch (Top Startup Growth 2016) December 19, 2016

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Informative Twitter Account to watch: https://twitter.com/bilanz_de

Brief list of fast growing German Startups (value = growth given in relative percentage):

1. Lesara (Berlin): 1.425 percent
fashion and interior online retail

2. Gastrohero (Holzwickede): 1.345 percent
appliance / tool sale for the food service industrie

3. Uberall (Berlin): 754 percent
marketing software

4. Unu (Berlin): 725 percent
e-scooter sale

5. Rebelle (Hamburg): 660 percent
used clothes and accessories sales

6. Contentful (Berlin): 646 percent
content management solutions

7. Thermondo (Berlin): 638 percent
modernization of heating systems

8. Foodpanda (Berlin): 567 percent
online food delivery service

9. Digidip (Berlin): 564 percent
marketing focus on online shop links

10. Montredo (Berlin): 520 percent
time pieces online retail

11. About You (Hamburg): 516 percent
online retailer for clothes and accessories

12. Schmuck-Elfe (Leipzig): 477 percent
online retailer for jewelery and accessories

13. Smartpatient (München): 473 percent
advice concerning medication use

14. Koro-Drogerie (Berlin): 456 percent
online retail for groceries

15. RNTS-Media (Berlin): 444 percent
online marketing and advertising

16. Amorelie (Berlin): 425 percent
online retail for erotic products

17. Metacrew Group (Osnabrück): 381 percent
strategy advice for online retailer

18. Brillen.de (Wildau): 380 percent
online retailer for glasses

19. Hellofresh (Berlin): 363 percent
delivery service for food & groceries

20. TVsmiles (Berlin): 305 percent
Sales raffles and coupons

21. Finanzchef24 (München): 273 percent
insurance comparison

22. Yieldlove (Hamburg): 264 percent
online advertising comparisons

23. Sentinel Systemlösungen (Hamburg): 239 percent
IT security and system administration

24. Applause (Berlin): 223 percent
App testing

25. Deematrix (Fürstenwalde): 216 percent
energy storage (focus on renewables)

26. Allbranded (Hamburg): 201 percent
online retail for promitional products

27. Newsletter-2-go (Berlin): 199 percent
E-Mail marketing

28. Pickawood (Hamburg): 197 percent
customized furniture online sales

29. Mobisol (Berlin): 195 percent
online sale of photovoltaic equipment

30. Meinunterricht.de (Berlin): 190 percent
lesson preparation for teachers

31. Ecratum (Berlin): 186 percent
tool in order to optimize supplier relations for small shops

32. Honestly MT (Köln): 180 percent
non-public review system

33. Golf-Post (Köln): 175 percent
online magazine for golf topics

34. Screwerk (Lüdenscheid): 169 percent
screw sales

35. Blacklane (Berlin): 163 percent
chauffeur services

36. Data-Virtuality (Leipzig): 161 percent
database system for data analytics

37. Springlane (Düsseldorf): 161 percent
kitchen- and kitchen tools sale

38. Cerascreen (Schwerin): 151 percent
lab-test / health-test sales

39. Fincite (Frankfurt am Main): 149 percent
development of financial algorithms

40. Travador (München): 137 percent
travel package sale (short trips)

41. Webdata-Solutions (Leipzig): 132 percent
peer-group- / competition analysis

42. Fastbill  (Offenbach am Main): 118 percent
billing for freelancers

43. Greenyogashop (Wyk auf Föhr): 115 percent
Yoga items sales

44. Finanzcheck.de (Hamburg): 104 percent
online loan comparisons

45. Streetspotr (Nürnberg): 98 percent
analysis for mini-sales-portals

46. Myposter (Bergkirchen): 97 percent
online printing (focus: large format)

47. On-apply (Frankfurt am Main): 94 percent
job applicant management software

48. First-Colo (München): 92 percent
server and computing-services leasing

49. Windeln.de (München): 90 percent
online retail for toddler products

50. Milk-the-sun (Münster): 82 percent
services for photovoltaic products

Domain Name Server settings for times of need November 28, 2016

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Recently a large German telecom provider suffered some technical issues in its network. Several publications traced the issue back to an outage of the company’s DNS Servers. So in cases of need please find some information below how to configure your devices to use an alternative DNS Server.

The most commonly known alternative to the legacy telco servers is the google DNS server:

  • 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4
  • beware of privacy issues though

Secondly I came across the Chaos Computer Club which provides some information regarding open and privacy safe DNS Servers:

 

Three current tips for designing UI February 26, 2016

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My general approach to user interface design was simple: Grab a couple of assets and Photoshop and get on with it. A couple of weeks ago I participated in a little Hackathon. I had to realize I was quite slow designing a handful screens for quite a simple App. I occasionally glanced over to the team next to us. I was impressed. They used some fancy software and they were just pushing out fancy screen after screen after screen. So I’ve done a little research and I must say designing screens with Photoshop seems to be very 2001. Now there are different solutions:

 

 

https://www.sketchapp.com

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http://www.invisionapp.com

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http://www.axure.com/

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Excellent (German) Blog with LED lighting knowledge May 26, 2014

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Everyone needs to safe energy. I recently decided to exchange my ancient conventional light bulbs with conventional LED retrofit lamps.

Well to cut a long story short: It’s not so easy. I got nice super efficient Zenaro retrofit lamps but for me they are extraordinary heavy and the light temperature is very cold (although I got warm white versions).

I should have consulted the wonderful blog of Mr. Messer first. Tons of useful information rg. LED lighting.

http://fastvoice.net

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Nirgendwo Reue February 16, 2014

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ABMHNG

In der letzten Zeit war es vergleichsweise ruhig rund um die offiziellen Gestalten im RedTube Abmahn-Krimi. Leider wird die Situation komplexer und volle Aufklärung ist nicht in Sicht (die Rechtsorgane arbeiten eben langsamer).

Was ich festhalten kann: zumindest die Deutschen Beteiligten der verschiedenen Kanzleien geben weiter Interviews und zeigen nirgends Reue. Es wird weiter betont, dass man ja zum Wohle der Mandantschaft (THE ARCHIVE) gehandelt habe und dass die gesammelten Adressen ja zu Menschen gehören, die wohl einfach mal ein paar Euro sparen wollten.

Meine Einschätzung: Furchtbar – diese Menschen vernetzten sich um Unsicherheiten auszunutzen und hunderte Tausende Euro von unsicheren Menschen einzusammeln.

Aktuelle Details:

Die Zeit über die Praxis von Rechtsanwalt Daniel Sebastian (der ja im oben verlinkten Interview null Reue zeigt):

“Hätte die Wahrheit in den Anträgen gestanden, dass es sich bei RedTube um ein Streamingportal handelt, wären sie wohl alle abgelehnt worden. ” 

Oder anders interpretiert Hr. Sebastian hat die Warheit laut Zeit bewusst verschleiert um an die Adressen von tausenden Menschen zu kommen.

Und weiter noch eine Watsche für den unschuldigen Anwalt der nur das Beste für seine Mandanten möchte:

“Inzwischen hat das Landgericht diesen Fehler festgestellt und seine Beschlüsse aufgehoben.”

heißt: verschleierte Wahrheit führte zu Adressen und damit dann für irgendjemanden in der Abmahnmaschine zu Geld (mind 250€ pro bezahlter Abmahn-Forderung) — volle Wahrheit führte zum aufheben der Beschlüsse und damit hätte es nie eine Adresse gegeben.

Im Interview weicht Hr. Sebastian auch aus und verweist darauf wie schädlich das Anbieten von Pornos doch für die jungen Menschen unserer Gesellschaft ist – doof nur, dass er diese Dinge nicht verfolgt sondern im Namen von dubiosen Mandanten einfach verschleiernde Briefe an das LG Köln schickt.

“Die Kölner Richter sagen denn auch, Sebastian habe nicht ‘mit offenen Karten gespielt’. Die Staatsanwaltschaft Köln hat Ermittlungen wegen falscher eidesstattlicher Versicherungen aufgenommen. “

Und zum Thema Rechtekette schreibt die Zeit:

“Oliver Hausner […] ins Spiel. Er hat zwei Verträge unterschrieben, die The Archive dem Gericht via Sebastian vorlegte, um nachzuweisen, dass das Unternehmen die Rechte an den Pornofilmen besitzt. Doch die Firma Hausner Productions, die die Verwertungsrechte laut Vertrag ursprünglich hielt und an The Archive weiterverkaufte, gibt es nicht. Es hat sie auch nie gegeben, im Berliner Gewerberegister war sie nie verzeichnet. Die im Vertrag aufgeführte Firmenadresse ist falsch. “

 

Picking up on places to go to: Frankfurt Maxie Eisen January 22, 2014

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Recently brought to my attention: Apparently the New York Times mentioned in a segment tagged places to go 2014 the NYT mentiones Frankfurt Germany on position 12.

Explicitly they seem to be excited about the renewed trendiness of the “Bahnhofs”-quarter. Maxie Eisen is mentioned as a deli style café and a buzzing bar at night.

https://www.facebook.com/maxieeisen

That place totally seems worth a look. Also mentioned is the Pan-Asian restaurant Moriki and Spanish inspired place Lamoraga. I passed by both of these places recently and they totally seem over-hyped.

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