Next week I’m going to CloudFest. CloudFest itself is hard to describe. It is an Event and the successor of World Hosting Days. So a large part of the worlds hosting industry will be “there”. The first time I was there was in 2016. I’m writing a weekly blog post for NovaTrend, a hosting company from …
I was in Rome at the Joomla World Conference. The stay wasn’t planned. I was the lucky winner of two conference tickets including all evening events. Thanks a lot to a company called Aesir who paid the tickets! The other ticket I gave to Maryna Shandak Because of the way I got this ticket I was thinking a …
Heute musste ich noch im Baumarkt etwas kaufen und der nächste größere Baumarkt ist in Düsseldorf. Auf der Rückfahrt bin ich über den Rhein gefahren und habe viele Fahrgeschäfte gesehen – die Rhein Kirmes. Ich war schon lange nicht mehr auf einer Kirmes und hatte (wie immer) Hunger auf Bratwurst und Softeis 🙂 Ich fand …
1976 (also vor 40 Jahren) kam ich in der Schule das erste mal mit Punks in Berührung. Sie hatten vom System die Nase voll und machten ihr eigenes Ding. Das konnte “Bier trinken” und “schräge Klamotten tragen” sein, aber auch Gedichte schreiben, Ratten dressieren, ausgefallene (mit Bier) gestylte Frisuren und ähnliches. Mehrere Punker waren damals in meiner Klasse und ich fand das gut. Das was mir gefiel war die Auflehnung gegen Leute, die dir sagen wollen wie du zu leben hast. Also so ziemlich jeder in der Schule …
Bands wie die Sex Pistols waren “in” aber doch sehr weit entfernt von der norddeutschen Tiefebene. Trotzdem, weil es so schön ist – Anarchy in the UK mit explodierenden Flugzeugen und durchaus kommerzieller Cleverness.
Obwohl ich nie wirklich in die deutsche Punkkultur involviert war, bekam ich die Anfänge in Norddeutschland ganz gut mit, weil in Hannover damals die Chaostage waren. Hier ein ganz rührender Bericht von “Hallo Niedersachsen” aus dem Juli 1983.
1983 war die Punkkultur, die ich kannte, bereits lange vorbei. Leute wie Vivienne Westwood stellten ihre ersten Modekollektionen in Paris vor. Ihr geschiedener Mann MalcolmMcLaren (Manager der Sex Pistols) entdeckte Scratchen und HipHop.
Gestern nun war ich bei Turbostaat, einer Band aus Husum, die 1999 gegründet wurde und Punk Musik macht. Sie haben seitdem sechs Alben veroeffentlicht, spielen immer wieder live und koennen von ihrer Musik leben. Trotzdem bekommen sie den Spagat zwischen Systemkritik und Nutzung des System wohl ganz gut hin (Interview mit der Band).
Auszug: „Die gleichen Freiheiten und Qualitäten behält man wahrscheinlich nur, wenn man versucht, so viel wie möglich selbst zu machen. Ich denke, es geht gar nicht anders, in einem Indie- oder Punkrahmen größer zu werden und davon zu leben, als so. Ich kann mir nicht vorstellen, dass es funktioniert, wenn man sich der großen Mechanismen bedient. Vielleicht geht‘s ja doch, aber für mich nicht.“
Das Publikum war eine erfreuliche Mischung aus alt und jung. Die Musik war einfach, gut und laut. Die Texte habe ich selten verstanden aber wenn, dann ging es um Gefühle, Aufruhr, Konsum, Gesellschaft beispielsweise so etwas:
Es ist ein nettes Haus
nur für euch allein
und die Karre davor
noch nicht mal gebraucht
Und der grösste Teil ist auch noch gespart
Zum Glück würde einer töten
für ein kleines
Und dann im Februar
auf dem Weg nach Kandahar
liegst du zitternd auf dem Boden
während Andere ins Kino gehen
Ich hatte oft Gänsehaut. Einerseits von den Bässen aber auch von der Stimmung dort. Das Konzert war gut und macht mir Hoffnung das zwischen all den Konsumzombies noch ein paar “normale” Leute sind.
Today the contributor conference started. Yesterday was more business oriented, today the “get things done phase” starts.
Jos opened the conference with a few words, Frank, Joe and Jane repeated their announcements of the Nextcloud box and 50 boxes are available to buy here at the conference for 70 Euro. The missing RaspberryPi is provided for free. Frank said, that he’s looking for a possibility to sell Nextcloud Box as a complete package.
Some lightning talks were held to introduce Nextcloud people, their responsibilities and offer possibilities to contribute (Lukas Reschke , Morris Jobke, Bjoern Schiessle). Bjoern did an additional and inspiring talk about “what’s special in Nextcloud”.
Michael Meeks gave answers to very detailed questions from the audience. I didn’t understood everything but the way collabora office suite works is now a bit clearer for me. There was a longer discussion how to integrate Collabora in Nextcloud in a “better, easier and faster” way.
Fair web services – Cornelius Schumacher
Fair web services was the last workshop I attend and the topic reminded me why I’m at this conference. Years ago I wanted to backup my photos on Flickr. Backup in the sense of keeping album structures and EXIF data. I tried OwnCloud but it didn’t work. I discovered that OwnCloud was a perfect solution for other projects of mine and so I used it until June. The Flickr backup problem is still unsolved. It’s possible to access my data via API but so far I found nothing that really works for me (may be time to write a Flickr import app for Nextcloud). Today there is also an additional “iTunes Cloud Match” problem. But back to the talk.
There are a number of attempts to solve the problems of freedom of web services. This is a list of relevant references.
None of the solutions is complete yet or has enough traction to serve as a widely accepted solution … The idea is to create criteria for a certification of services. The certification would allow providers to show that they respect the freedom of users and give users a guideline about what services to use.
“I have read and agree to the Terms” is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that. https://tosdr.org
In the workshop I met Marcos Garcia Pedraza, Co-Founder of Patria Digitalis. He wants to offer “fair” services, so it starts and I have a good ok feeling!
At the airport
As I mentioned above I’m not able to attend the whole week, so meanwhile I’m at the airport Berlin Schoenefeld, my Laptop was scanned for drugs, I had to show every piece of my Nextcloud box to the border police. The boarding pass that I printed out in France had the wrong “format” and the plane has a delay. The good news is that Dennis and his friends will come next week to Fitou for a short vacation.
Now I have a little bit time to think about this project that started 6 years ago to make the world a better place.
So far it was an interesting journey!
I had no idea what to expect from this conference but something inside said to me
Go to Berlin, it’s important!
So I went to Berlin to attend at least two days of the conference at Technische Universität. The Berlin Technische Universität is one of the largest and most prestigious research and education institutions in Germany and for a whole week the center of the growing Nextcloud community.
The future of Nextcloud
In Frank Karlitscheks talk about the future of Nextcloud he also talked about sustainability and the way how Nextcloud will develop in the next 20! years:
During the talk, he showed Nextcloud 10 features und someone from the audience asked when this version with all these nice features will be released (easy answer, it was released a few weeks ago). In the meantime Klaas tweeted two feature request
Lukas Reschke talked about Nextcloud security architecture. I liked the idea that the same developers who wrote the code are responsible for fixing their own bugs.
Bjoern Schiessle is working since four years on the federation subject and showed an overview of the ideas behind the concept and it’s future.
In Nextcloud, it’s possible to share your files with a remote user. A remote user is a user in another personal cloud installation that supports the federation concept (e.g. Nextcloud, OwnCloud, Pydio). To share a file you have to insert the cloud ID of that user [username]@[domain] and Nextcloud sends a notification to the remote user. The remote user can decide whether he wants to accept the share.
You find your own Cloud ID in your Nextcloud profile page. Share it!
Oli Sennhauser (FromDual) gave a talk about MySQL database scalability. The interesting thing for me was that he was not familiar with the Nextcloud software. So he asked users and developers in the audience questions how Nextcloud is handling this and that. Based on the answers he described possible problems and solutions.
After the lunch break I missed half of Artur Schiwons talk about User Management in Nextcloud. Nextcloud has a variety of authentication mechanisms needed to fit comfortably in the diverse enterprise authentication landscape. I learned some new abbreviations: LDAP, SAML, ODP, ….
Nextcloud Scalability with a concept design for 10.000 users
This talk was interesting too because Dennis Pennings (360ict.nl) is planning to set up a huge Nextcloud installation. He researched a lot about possible solutions and he had plenty of question that were discussed at the end together with Frank and the audience.
If you are in Berlin this weekend use the opportunity to join us (Straße des 17. Juni 135)! Don’t miss Friday 6pm – We’ll gather in the main room for the announcement of… well, a surprise!
After that: free drinks and snacks!
Any idea whether charity or business needs at a collage of these 5 elements, to grow. In fact, so many of underrate one of the elements, but if once neglected, however much the idea will develop, it may completely fail when it finds a stumbling block. The Idea, The Labour, The Skill, The Market and The Capital are such elements which foster a developing cause/product/service. They are largely equivalent, and are none is bigger, none is smaller which means a good entrepreneur must balance them in his/her eco-system to experience success and sustainability.
How does network get’s it way in. A relevant network is the only way we have those elements in abundance. In this network some are buyers (market) also talk good of us and what we do, some are business partners or charity partners – they invest/fund, some are your employees providing skill and labour, while others could are innovators creating and building ideas. Your Network is your Net Worth so how can you build and sustain it?
Focus on your interests.
Because you need good people around you, it doesn’t mean any famous or popular individual is worth having in your circles. Some have achieved through by hurting others and you don’t want to involve that character in your own personal life or brand life. Because at anytime it can hurt. So know yourself first, know what you are interested in and build your brands are that too. As you do that the people you will attract will most likely have similar interests who posses the qualities of the interests you know you need.
I also suck at this but am doing my best to improve. When you get a new friend or have an old friend, he/she deserves to know you care. Press that phone call or send that text, email once in a while you never know the nourishment it may bring. This is also necessary, when these people reach out for you. Be that someone that is not focusing to impress everyone but just being there when it’s necessary. And the emotional attachment will improve.
Some day, I was having a Facebook chat with my friend from France. We were discussing about the class I was going through and I hinted on the award winning. Then he hinted that I should be careful about awards. This meant a lot of me, it showed my friend from a far is supportive to me and wishes me the best. Many people who have money desires think such support like a word or two is not that important. For me it’s important.
To me honesty is key and a person who is honest has a unique character. It means to be true to yourself as well as others everywhere. This eliminates unnecessary doubts, and it’s fuel to great networks. Just keep calm and always be who you are.
Go to events
If there is anything to be done, can only be done out there – Ortega Ian, a friend of mine said this to me. Choose the events about the causes you love, attend them because chances are; you will meet inspiration there and make new networks.
They are more things you can actually do to build networks and sustain them, feel free to share with the world. By sharing them through comments.