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Add-on: Video Conferencing Services January 10, 2018

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Here comes a quick add-on:

A while ago I wrote about appear.in a free video conferencing and screen sharing service. I do have strong sympathetic feelings for these kind of startup stories. But when I actually used appear.in in my line of work (some month ago) I believe we conferenced more than 4 people together. Now when I read the details again it occurred to me that the free version of appear.in only supports up to 4 participants in a call. 4 people is not much. So I wanted to share some ideas on alternatives.

The best solution I found at quick glance:  Jitsi (an open source platform for video calling and conferencing solutions).

Specifically I’ve liked their product Jitsi Meet.

It’s not as easy to set up and use as appear.in but if you install the free iOS or Android app then it’s a great and similar user experience.


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:


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.


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:


Quick Tipp: iOutBank vollständig auf neuem iDevice einrichten November 30, 2013

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outbank2-150x150Ich nutze iOutBank. Außerdem bin ich ein großer Fan des mTan = mobile Tan Verfahrens. Dabei wird für die Legitimation einer Transaktion ein Code an eine vorher festgelegte Handy Nummer geschickt. Mit diesem Code gibt man dann die Transaktion (z.B. in iOutBank frei)

Auf meinem neuen iPad war leider dieses Verfahren noch nicht eingestellt (für mein relevantes Postbank Konto). Ich habe ein wenig gegoogelt aber leider nichts konkretes gefunden. Daher hier eine kurze Anleitung wie man auf einem neuen iDevice dieses TAN Verfahren wieder aktivieren kann.

Voraussetzungen: Konto welches mTan unterstützt – und die komplette Einrichtung des Kontos und des HBCI Zugriffs auf das Konto hat funktioniert.

  • Start von iOutBank
  • Oben links das Menü anwählen
  • Bankkontakte wählen
  • Auf die relevante Bank (zB Postbank oder Deutsche Bank tippen)
  • ganz nach unten scrollen
  • IMG_6012
  • Auf TAN-Verfahren tippen
  • Bestätigen dass der Verfahrenscode geändert werden soll
  • mTan Postbank Code wäre 901
  • Speichern
  • Unten auf Synchronisieren Tippen
  • Noch einmal auf TAN-Verfahren tippen
  • mobileTAN (901) antippen
  • Für Postbank nun beispielsweise Alphanumerische TANs auswählen
  • Dann sollte unter dem TAN Verfahren eine neue Zeile auftauchen: TAN-Medium
  • Dort kann die Handynummer ausgewählt werden die man vorher mit der Bank freigegeben hat



iPad 3 – German provider Simyo – Internet Tethering August 5, 2013

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If you have an iPad third generation / iPad with Retina display and 30pin Sync port then you can in fact activate internet tethering.

The trick is described her:


  • Make Sure you have at least iOS 6.1
  • Go to: Settings > Cellular Data > APN Settings
  • You should see two sections: “Cellular Data” and “Internet Tethering”
  • Make sure in both sections there is just the following entry:
  • internet.eplus.de
  • (no additional passwords etc.)
  • Then even tethering should work (exit settings app) .. go into Personal Hotspot activate personal hotspot and connect with a device of your choosing. The top bar should color blue. If that does not work immediately check APN settings again exit settings app again and try hotspot feature again.

Long Term Value September 7, 2012

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If you split up the web and check what engine is powering which site – then you quickly find out that around 17% of the world’s websites are powered by wordpress.

Forbes recently published a very interesting story about the development of wordpress and the inception of “automattic” – the company driving wordpress.com.

The article neatly describes how automattic as the company behind wordpress (and still a huge supporter of open source wordpress.org) grew slowly and always focused on the core ideas of wordpress. Several opportunities were presented to Matt Mullenweg and Toni Schneider – the co-founders of the company – to cash out but they refused.

Even though the user base grew and many many sites rely on wordpress they still balance out the movement of open source compared to making money and focus on a small modern company.

As a personal interpretation I find this focus on long term value remarkable. So many .com companies are born and quickly sold for many millions. Then investors dissect the core idea behind the original product and a potential evolution is stopped.

I hope the evolution of wordpress yet continues for many more years!

Product Watch List from CES 2012 January 10, 2012

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Here are a couple of newly introduced products to watch out for:

Samsung Camera WB850F


D-Link All-in-One Mobile Companion (DIR-505)

  • lightweight
  • Wireless-N router, network repeater
  • USB recharger
  • Media streamer (with an external HDD)
  • 75 USD


Samsung Series 7 Monitor

  • integrated TV Tuner
  • 1080p
  • Wireless connectivity (strange interfaces though)
  • brilliant computer monitor


Elgato Portable Thunderbolt Drive 120/240

  • Portable / no power brick
  • SSD quick and should be durable
  • Pricey 399euro and up


Migrate to a different Photo Service July 11, 2011

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If you ever wondered how complicate it is to switch your photo “cloud” service.. worry no more. Alexander Lucas has got you covered with his great little desktop application “Migratr“. It supports many many services including the very popular Google/Picasa and Flickr.

And this here is also an interesting guide if you want to do it without Migratr:


Better and Better: Google Sync for iPhone updated June 20, 2011

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finally the Exchange implementation of Google Sync for iPhone and iPad got updated so you can now accept and decline appointments from your main google calendar directly on your device:

Read the full post over on the Google Mobile Blog: http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/06/three-new-updates-to-google-sync-for.html

Gorgeous Publishing Site April 26, 2011

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While reviewing the latest documents on the Energy transition towards renewable sources I came across a gorgeous (self-)publishing Site.


The overall media also responded quite positively to Issuu.

Presentation and design is just remarkable. It seems to work well on multiple platforms too. I will check it out in more detail – in the meantime if you have used it – share your experiences in comments.

Community Shopping in Germany November 18, 2009

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Now as with many Internet-Hype topics the Germans are not the fastest people in the world to adopt this modern stuff.

In the last weeks however quite a large number of specific shopping concepts turned up in the German Webspace. Some sites focus on a Game and Shopping experience (aka Entertainment Shopping) where you have to play / fight for your bargain goods.

What has become widely popular even among my friends are shopping communities which offer a limited product range but very decent prices.

Here I have gathered some links to such shopping communities:

General Daily Series



coming soon…

Nokia E72 in the Works June 14, 2009

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Via an employee video uploaded to youtube.com the new Nokia E72 has been leaked. It is estimated that this smartphone successor of the E71 will see turn up for order in September 2009.

Here is what we know from the leak:

  • 5 Megapixel camera (with Carl Zeiss branding)
  • Relocated headphone jack – to the front left corner – possibly a 3.5mm jack
  • What looks to be an optical mouse instead / touch pad scroll device (in place as D-pad)
  • Relocated speaker (on the back next to the camera)

Here are some images and the video link curtesy of IntoMobile:









Update – The media already confirmed the launch of the Nokia E72 for Q3 2009 – and is already boiling high with speculations about the usability of the phone.. Also comparing it to the larger competitors like the Blackberry Tour.


Finally… Google Contacts as a separate App May 4, 2009

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Finally it is now possible to access the Google Contacts Manager as a separate application. This means you do not have to open your huge Gmail Inbox view in order to just quickly look up a friend’s phone number.

You can access the Google Contacts with this URL


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