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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

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T-Mobile Germany issue: Stop calls from their marketing departments May 24, 2013

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Deutsche Telekom GmbH and their various brands in Germany reach out to many households. From TV service provider to the popular mobile phone services, chances our you came in contact with “the Telekom” in one or the other way.

If you even have a contract for one of their products, chances are even higher that you automatically opted-in to be contacted for marketing and product-offer purposes.

With this post I would like to give a bit of background how annoying that can be and how you can opt-out.

First of all what is Telekom trying to do? Well in my case the used the toll free numbers 08007238102 /103 to contact me and try to persuade me to buy additional SIM cards “for my family”. The calls were very frequent and spread out through the whole day (from early mornings to almost bed-time).

I contacted Telekom support and I received the shallow answer: I need to go into my customer center to deactivate the information service.

So after several tries for me as a mobile phone customer this helped:

  1. go to https://mein.t-mobile.de/
  2. on the left hand side navigation pane – select: “InfoCenter”
  3. on that page (“Information und Betreuung”) uncheck all the contact measures you see
  4. you need to confirm the request and after an unspecified amount of time the Telekom should stop bugging you

Background:

In my personal opinion that so called service of the Telekom is more than questionable. Why is every online client automatically opted-in?

Furthermore European and German regulations have clearly moved towards explicit confirmations by the clients before a company can call us and talk to us about any offers.

German court (LG Bonn) even clearly set up a fine for companies contacting fellow citizens without permission.

See:

http://www.perspektive-mittelstand.de/Unerlaubte-Werbeanrufe-Urteil-bremst-Telekom-bei-Telefonwerbung-aus/management-wissen/4546.html

and:

http://openjur.de/u/452885.html

 

Dead Pixel Test October 18, 2011

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download all the following images – view them full screen and enlarged and check for dead pixels

 

 

Specifically designed ultra-portables… June 4, 2008

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Due to recent trademark related discussions I renamed this post and will try not to use the term netbook anymore. As this terms trademark is owned by psion teklogix.

Needless to say that these items (at least one of them) are also on my wishlist!
MSI Wind Product Color Change Wave 1
I am a fellow and faithful gadget online magazine reader. It feels like these publications have been buzzing since a long time about the topic of netbooks. Actually these netbooks are only available since about 6 month.
Asus Eee PC 1000 eventually a future model of ASUS
ASUS was so genius to start this niche product line again. Apple tried earlier but did not really succeed. And now with the Mac Book Air we have a sort of netbook but it does not quite have the price of a regular netbook.
Acerone acer\'s new netbook
Netbooks supposedly are smaller notebooks (8-11inch screens) with rather weak specs. But they have excellent mobility, excellent connectivity and usually a reasonable price.
Netbooks
I think they are definitely nice to carry around with you and I think the Mac Book Air should wrap up or at least make it cheaper. I am definitely planning a trip to the US again and if I feel like it I will return with a $300 netbook. How about the pink one?
Acerone acer\'s new netbook

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