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I think the most useful point in this article is that if you are going to criticize Apple for its closed ways (fully deserved) you ought to apply a similar set of standards to Google ... and they are anything but a saint. Trying to own a TLD, let alone many of them, is just the latest in a long parade of violations of their "do no evil" motto.

I have heard developers who have said they don't feel the same need to compete with Google that they do with Apple or Microsoft*, and I wish they'd open their eyes and mind and reconsider that the world is not sorted into friends and enemies but people with motivations and companies driven by amoral (and often, sadly, immoral) directives.

*which is an amazingly skewed reason to be involved with Free software; but that's another topic for another day ...
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It's not simply the fact that they try to apply for "some" TLDs. This only one side of the "cube". This Enterprise reached a size where they are able more or less silently reposition them self in a certain area, getting control of it and afterwards they are able to steer this sector the way they want it to be managed. They key word here are Size and Steer. As of its size they can simply do it. And if a job doesn't run the way they want to have it, they try to influence the resistance from another side. And the next side in this cube picture is that have to do it as they forced by their size (if they want to be recognized also in future as the one of the big ones) to act this way. Or others they allready have studied Google way to make decisions will simply continue and taking place instead of Google. Thats the really odd thing for me on this business: one (Google)/had found ways to become "the" global player been recognized as "good" while they create binding's in our life's which will many people bring onto the barricades if they suddenly no more available when this enterprise is under regulation in any way. That's same with Apple and a small number of other ones.

Edit: My key point might not come out here. In general I love it to see if their are innovations such like Google and other created but I think there is not need to control everything which might help an Enterprise to dictate the market in every direction. I'm also using some Google invented technologies but I would have the feeling AND the choice to select what service I'm using without being on a leash.
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I respect his wife for dealing with his considering this a birthday gift, even if it's tongue-in-cheek ;-)

Congrats on the release to all of Kolab - and to Jeroen on the birthday of his wife :D
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Seen the pic below on my tram ride this morning which left me cringing... "An Indian does not know pain." Erf.... where I grew up that would be considered so racist that such an ad would see widespread condemnation, press coverage, protests against the company/media agency/public transit authority and perhaps even more.. just ask Ralph Lauren.. but here.. well.. yeah, the cultural context is different... I still can't help but find it deeply offensive, however, on multiple levels.

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Never thought about this, but I guess you are right. For all the german speaking people who don't understand: Replace  the "Indianer" with "Jude" and think about how that would make you feel.
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I admit to having a soft-spot for the "find calendars" feature as it was based on a suggestion I made last year prior to joining up with Kolab Systems ... but I really love the QuickView thing (which I had nothing to do with :) as I have a silly number of calendars, nearly one for each topic going on in life, and being able to quickly zoom in on just one is absolutely fantastic.
 
Having as many calendars as you want is great, sharing them with others is even better. To help make life easier for people with many calendars to juggle, Kolab Now has a few tricks in the Calendar list ...

Click on the "magnifying glass" search icon to get an inline search that will search for all calendars you have access to by name, which makes finding and either quickly looking at or subscribing permanently to calendars much easier.

There is also the new QuickView icon next to each calendar which lets you quickly view just that calendar, hiding events from all the others until you click the QuickView icon again. Extremely handy for quickly shuffling between calendars.

The usual sharing, viewing and subscription status icons are also there, along with the the color associated with each calendar which can be edited in the settings for that calendar.
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Oh, that satisfying moment when you notice that there are more tasks in the "Done" column on your project's kanban board than elsewhere ... great way to end a Monday.
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Am I in that tasks list? :P
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From what I can see, there were 3 posts to this community in 2014. Meh! We're going to do a LOT better this year, and you can help!

a) let us know in the comments below what kind of things you'd like to see more of here, and I'll make sure it happens :)

b) post interesting things you come across that you think are relevant within the context of Kolab

c) reshare with your circles / contacts which you think would be interested

p.s. With this post we're already 66% the way to meeting last year's posting total. ;)
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All you Python (the programming language, not the British comedy troop) fans out there: What would you say are the top things about Python that keep you coming back to it?
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Make Python3-KDE5 PyKDE5 already !
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A quick update on my little media center box (because I know you all are on the edge of your seats about it eye roll at my own self-indulgence) ... it all went far too smoothly to be fun. (All you computer geeks know what I mean!) I dropped Kodi Linux (the new name of XBMC) on there, synced a few hundred GB of media (yay rsync!), installed a control app on my phone, played with ssh / smb / web access (see screenshot below for latter) .. and there's even an add-on for the local Swiss Internet TV, +Zattoo Live TV ... I remember friends hacking their XBOX (the orginal ones) to put this new mediacenter thingy on it back in the day, so this is 50% nostalgia and 50% "ohyeah!" for me :)
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+Guillaume de Bure It's in the Add Ons for remote web interfaces in settings, under Services. The name of it is "Chorus"
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On Friday I ordered a low-end Intel NUC for use as a home mediacenter and it arrived today .. slapped in the 4 GB of RAM I also ordered and then the drive from my last laptop which I was still using for tertiary backups and other random things.  This took approximately 30 seconds; the design of this device is rather nice like that.

Turned it on and even though the disk was from a completely different machine (laptop -> desktop with a different main board, cpu, etc. ... even display went from an internal LCD + VGA out to only HDMI), it booted flawlessly into Plasma Desktop and connected to the network as if nothing had ever happened. The last project I was working on before decommissioning the laptop even started up automatically. Gotta love Linux :)

Well, almost perfectly ... Synaptiks popped up a "No touchpad found" error window. Indeed ... ;)

Can't wait to play around with this tonight.
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+Chad McCullough BeOS from 1999 can still do some things better than any OS today. One is complete responsiveness to the user. None of that "sure, I'll respond to that mousexlick, as soon as I'm done with this.". At this point, I don't even hope it'll happen anytime soon.
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Interoperability with all the protocols! :)
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This is a major gap which #diaspora ought to be reaching out agressively to fill:

"organic reach – that carefully built engagement of followers that took so long to build – is now a thing of the past. You cultivated the relationship, but Facebook decides how often you get to connect with them. They have become the social chaperones of the digital age."

Yes, I'm posting this on The Other Big Social Network (though I did post it first on Diaspora) because hopefully, maybe it will get a couple more people out of the tarpit that are centralized / monopolized "social networks" and onto something more sustainable (read: bottom up and decentralized) like Diaspora.

See you there? You can follow me on Diaspora -> aseigo@nerdpol.ch
Two weeks ago we made the decision to delete our Facebook presence.Unlike some companies that have left the social network in a huff, we aren't angry. We aren’t bitter or resentful. No angst.We approached our decision from a business-like perspective, carefully analyzing the return on investment. The same way we do for other forms of marketing and advertising; you know, the way any company should evaluate the channels it uses. We saw it just wasn...
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I follow you there now. thumb up
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