Tools

An Overview of the Best iTunes Alternatives

If you want to listen to music from your computer, or organise your digital music collection, iTunes is the most popular choice of tool. However, even iTunes has its weaknesses, and that is why we are providing a list of good alternatives. These media players specialise in different features and address different user groups. So, what are the good iTunes alternatives and what distinguishes them? [...]   

The best alternatives to the VLC media player

VLC is the most popular program when it comes to playing music and videos. The tool opens almost every file and is installed on most computers. But what are the alternatives to VLC, and are they worth it? Our guide will help you find the right program for your needs if you’re looking for more than a simple media player.   

Tar backup: How to create an archive with Linux

Regular backups are one of the most important factors of IT security. With Linux systems – which are often the backbone of a webserver – you can very efficiently create backup copies with the program tar. What can the archiving program do? We explain to you how tar functions and what its special features are. So that you’re able to create regular backups with tar in the future, we explain step by [...]   

Learn MySQL in simple steps

Along with Oracle and Microsoft SQL server, MySQL is one of the most popular management systems for relational databases. Nowadays the software developed by MySQL AB belongs to the product portfolio of the Oracle Corporation and is proprietarily marketed under a dual license. Since 2009, an open source MySQL fork, known as MariaDB, has also been available from the original developers. Here we give [...]   

VPN server set-up via Raspberry Pi and OpenVPN

If you set up your own VPN server, then you can access your local network from any internet connection, not to mention allowing you to move around the internet more securely, while also being encrypted, from public WLAN networks. This tutorial shows that the Raspberry Pi mini-computer and the already established OpenVPN programme are perfectly sufficient for the creation and operation of a VPN [...]   

What is Google AdWords?

Google AdWords is the most popular advertising platform for search engine displays. It also offers a portal to advertising space on various third-party sites through the Google Display Network. But how does Google AdWords actually work? How much does Google AdWords cost? And how can Google AdWords help you?   

What does WYSIWYG mean?

WYSIWYG: This strange sequence of letters has become the standard for most editor programs. This is why many users can’t imagine how these programs work without the 'what you see is what you get' principle. In the field of HTML editors, there are different approaches and opinions. We explain exactly what is behind the acronym, show you the advantages and disadvantages of the principle, and [...]   

What is Twitch? TV for the gaming scene!

Despite slipping under the radar for many internet users, video streaming platform, Twitch, has quietly established itself as a new form of online entertainment, enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Using this platform, people can watch each other play video games, chat to other players, and celebrate the celebrities of a scene that many don’t even know exists. So, what is Twitch? In [...]   

Web app of the week: Can I Stream.It?

Nowadays, there’s an online search engine for practically every kind of product and service imaginable, whether it’s the nearest shopping mall, the best restaurants in town, or the perfect video stream. In order to find and compare legal streaming services and find the best selection of videos, films and series on offer, it’s worth checking out our web app of the week, CanIStream.It.   

Archiving and Compression Using Linux

Archiving and compressing files contributes positively to the security and stability of a system. For Linux and other unix-like systems, there are countless free programmes with which you can create unaltered or compressed archive files over the command line and extract them as well. One of the classic packing programmes for Linux is tar. Today, the tool still counts as one of the leading [...]