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The choice of a proper Office-suite is a difficult one and needs to fit to the personal needs which are, as we know, often different. While Microsoft Office is surely THE standard for many, there are good alternatives around and especially when you are working with Nextcloud, two Office-solutions may be the ideal fit for you.

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Nextcloud and ONLYOFFICE — a great combination!

First of all: Everything depends on your needs and — also — on your personal taste. If you don’t like the Microsoft-way or don’t want to pay for a subscription, Nextcloud fortunately offers two famous Office-distributions: First, Collabora Online with its Libre Office-background, strictly tied as the „out-of-the-box“-Office from Nextcloud 19 on. My preferred alternative is ONLYOFFICE which made it to a Nextcloud-standard installation in Nextcloud 18 — both have their pros and cons but personally I managed to get better along with ONLYOFFICE.

Anyway, while you may activate the desired solution and its integrated Document Server in the „Apps“-section of Nextcloud, my preferred choice always was to use a Docker-ized version of the desired Office-suite so let me show you how you may integrate ONLYOFFICE founding in a Docker-image in the late Nextcloud Hub 20.0.1! …


A firewall is a nice and essential security building block. While it is mainly used as the perimeter to and of your network, dividing the Internet from your intranet, there are also software firewalls which can be installed on Macs and PCs.

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Little Snitch-Logo — Photo Credits: Objective Development

While using different types of firewalls often depends on the personal use case and/or the customer’s needs, it may be doubted if a hardware-firewall should be combined with a software-derivate. Anyway, while the hardware-version is mainly used to stop the malicious traffic before it reaches your network, a software-firewall may serve yet another need: The goal to make visible what tries to send data from your computer into the World Wide Web. One of the software components accompanying my Macs for many years is Little Snitch by Austrian developers Objective Development.

So far, Little Snitch 4 was not able to work in the new macOS 11 Big Sur-beta due to the way Apple now handles some extensions, but just before Big Sur may see the light of the day sometimes in the near future, Little Snitch 5 is being crowned to be fully-compatible with macOS 11. …


Outlook is a monolith in the Windows-world and although Microsoft is heavily trying to catch up with the Windows-app when it comes to the Mac-derivate, there is still a lot of work to do.

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The new Outlook Experience on the Mac — Picture Credits: Microsoft

A next step of closing the lines has now been made while other, ground-solid features, have been removed — but let’s talk about that later. First of all, Microsoft is further pushing the on-premises-app for macOS to match the new lookalike of the forthcoming macOS 11 „Big Sur“ as Forbes quoted. Second, it may be a coincidence, but it fits quite well that the new version if being distributed to the customers while the support for older versions has been put to the grave.

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Anyway, Microsoft Outlook for Mac-users might already have stepped over the pop-up message showing the „Introduction to the new Outlook“. If you haven’t: Don’t worry, it may be just a matter of time — I reproduced the effect by downloading the latest Outlook-version from the App Store. After connecting my Microsoft 365-Family account and my Outlook-com-E-Mail-account likewise, I didn’t see anything specific. After closing the app and opening it again, the dialogue appeared and I was — literally spoken — able to make the „switch“ to the new user experience. This — of course — may be reverted at any time by swiping the switch to the left at the upper right corner of the app-window, putting everything back into the old optics after a mandatory restart. …


Just hours after the initial release of iOS 14.1, an old companion seems to have dropped the mic: Apparently, Apple has pulled its first-party iOS-app „Remote“ from the App Store.

Friends and users of Apple TV’s may — or may not — have used this app for quite some time. In my use case, it was always a good companion when I didn’t have the will to fiddle with the — sometimes — unwilling physical Apple Remote. As for now, it seems that Apple has put the app to its grave to rely on the control-function provided in iOS’ Control Center.

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Although Apple has integrated this feature into iOS two years ago with iOS 12 already, the app was still available in the App Store but ceased to exist at the time of writing. Last year’s update fetched some new clothes in form of a new icon, but additional updates were rather rare anyway. In addition, all further references to the app seem to have disappeared from Apple’s website with support pages now directly linking to the official documents telling how to enable the remote control functionality in Control Center. …


Although Microsoft does many things right, there are always a few aspects ruining the good overall impression.

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Photo by Bram Van Oost on Unsplash

It’s quite difficult to grasp if it is some kind of strange behavior or a special kind of marketing, but as Windows 10 continues to be a modern operating system which gets a big update semi-anually, the question rises wether the user in front of the device is still in the driver-seat or not. Forced reboots for updates, a nasty DNS-bug in Build 2004 preventing internet access or the latest effect of web apps being forcibly installed on a system raise concerns if Windows-users are just a bunch of beta-testers for new features.

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News Apps in Microsoft Edge — Photo Credits: Bleeping Computer

To be specific, voices raised that, at the moment, Microsoft is seemingly performing a test where the company is installing a suite of Office progressive web apps (PWA) in Windows 10 without asking permission from the user. A progressive web app is a kind of app which is designed via a web-based delivery so there is no need for a classical installation in form of executables. When executed, the well-known „wrapper“-style (remember Microsoft Teams being deployed via the Electron Framework?) is presented so that the native web app feels like a Desktop-version although rendered with the browser-engine of, in this case, the new Chromium-based edge. …


It has been a tremendous ride with Nextcloud for the last four years after the company appeared on the stage for the first time.

Anyone who thought Nextcloud that kept a fast pace so far may have been surprised this weekend as the Conference 2020 brought up a lot of interesting news, showing that the top hasn’t been reached at all. …


On September 15th, Apple has not just released a new iPad Air or the Apple Watch 6 and SE. The expected bundle of Apple Services has shown up as well and is destined to complete your journey into Cupertino’s microcosm, putting all the stuff you monthly pay for anyway into a lovely bundle. This all sounds just to great and if you ask me, there is still room for more which may be the reason Apple One hasn’t absolutely convinced me… yet!

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One! — Photo Credits: Apple

Some months ago I reflected on the importance of services and — in another article — on the long-overdue overhaul of iCloud. While I love being completely captured in Apple’s world (call it „locked up“ or not), there are still aspects I rather dislike. Apple One, which rumored throughout the web some days ahead of the event, could have implemented some stepping stones towards a freshened iCloud but — as you may have guessed and already know — it is „just“ a bundle of services that existed anyway. Unfortunately, without the requested overhaul which I was desirous of over the last months and years. …


After accompanying Sophos for quite a long time, the security vendor seems to be stuck between two worlds lately when it comes to its two firewall-editions. There is space for alternatives anyway!

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pfSense-Login screen

Besides of that, getting hold of an outdated XG-appliance is still a great deal to build another firewall upon a solid and tested hardware. Putting the common SG/XG-discussion away, deploying an open source-based solution like pfSense or OPNsense could be a no-brainer — if there weren’t some obstacles. Let me show you how to build a firewall on your own on solid hardware nevertheless — it’s not that difficult!

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The object of desire

I got hold of a worn-out Sophos XG 115 (rev.2) which is basically still a great piece of hardware: Rack-mountable, fueled by a two-core Atom-CPU, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB of SSD-storage and four Gigabit-LAN-Ports are the key facts this device comes along with. On older SG-devices, it was no problem to boot from an external medium to install the firewall of your choice. Here, the installation of both OPNsense and pfSense freezes while booting from the medium, making it (seemingly) impossible to equip the XG-appliance with non-Sophos software. …


With the release of the latest Nextcloud-clients in the 3.x-branch, the (formerly) experimental End-to-End-Encryption was finally welcomed. This is a brief tutorial showing you how to implement it!

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The feature itself has been there for quite some time now but was always considered as experimental. Now, combining the 3.x-clients and Nextcloud Hub 19, you are finally able to make data and files accessible from your desktops or mobile apps only. …


„Malware is Windows only“ is a statement I often hear when talking with less-informed Mac-users. This may have been true some years ago, but the times, they are changing: With a wider distribution and more people using Macs, this platform is on target as well.

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Two Apples and a Worm — Photo Credits: The Art Of Mac Malware

„But my Mac is safe?“

While the market share of Macs is — by far — not comparable with those of Windows-systems, the amount of percentage of Mac desktops- and notebooks ranges around 9,4 percent which is little more than a tenth of the 87,7 percent of Windows-systems Netmarketshare shows for July. …

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