UPDATE FOR 6.0 – ownCloud with its latest release 6 is getting better and better, especially with its CalDAV and CardDAV implementation which is a good and free alternative to, e.g. Google Apps, for synchronizing your calendars and contacts with your phone. Now how can you install it on One.com, an inexpensive and good hoster, overcoming the errors and incompatibilities which you would encounter with the standard installation instructions.
Full-blown telephony solutions are just a few steps away, and that all with open-source components and your AVM FritzBox as a trunk to connect via your existing ISDN or analog lines and DECT or analog telephones. With a US$35 investment into a Raspberry Pi, FreePBX, an Asterisk variant, and this manual. Continue reading →
Mac OSX’s iCal is able to show birthday entries based on your address book. However, at least in the German localization you cannot read the person’s name at first glance, but only “36. Geburstag vo” – also in the notification center. This post resolves the problem and provides help to show birtdays as “* Frederic Miller (36.)”. Read how. Continue reading →
I use Synology’s DiskStation as my central media server which streams via UPnP to my media renderer (T+A E-Series music player) and Sonos. Read on how I keep playlists and songs in sync between my iTunes on Mac and my NAS. Continue reading →
A lot of people complain that Apple’s Mail application is not formatting emails properly – there is no way to ensure that the right default font type and sizes are used. You CAN define it for the signature, but the remaining text would not show up in that font. After some playing around I found a working solution. However, the ultimate solution would still be that Apple fixes this, it’s a shame that stylish Macs create horribly lay-outed mails. Continue reading →
I’ve shown you how to use rsync for a fast and reliable backup of your Mac files to your DiskStation. One draw-back is that rsync always asks for a password to access your DiskStation which makes it uncomfortable and impossible to use in scripts. See how it works without passwords, securely. Continue reading →
UPDATE – I am using a Synology DS107 as my preferred network-attached storage device. The Synology devices have a lot of easy-to-use features (probably as a lot of other current models from LaCie or other manufacturers), such as streaming your music to wherever you are (iTunes, Web or UPnP streaming), giving access to your files (using FTP, Samba/SMB file share or other protocols) and acting as a reliable backup device. However, the classical ways to backup your Mac or other computers via copy and paste software like iBackup are all very slow and not reliable. Rsync may help you. Continue reading →
Most mobile phones only support to synchronize your personal calendar on an Exchange server to your phone. Unfortunately, often companies use group calendars to manage their joint appointments which then do not get on your mobile phone – unless you manually copy and paste the relevant entries to your personal calendar. This article shows you how to create an individual synchronization routine from group to personal calendar with built-in filter function in Microsoft Outlook.
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Google Mail follows the philosophy, to archive all deleted messages instead of erasing them forever. Especially for confidential messages this is a bad behaviour, and typically everyone who deletes something wants it deleted and not archived. Now, how do I delete all those automatically archived messages in Google Mail? Continue reading →