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Docker alternatives at a glance

Alternatives to Docker: an overview of the container platform

Docker is currently doing very well for itself, but there are many forerunner technologies and competitor products following in the market leader’s wake. They also offer attractive alternative solutions for resource-saving virtualisation on an operating system level. We give you an overview of the most important options in the container industry, and introduce established container formats and...

Traceroute: your digital pathfinder for data packages

What is Traceroute (tracert)?

Whether at home or at your business: network issues can really grind one’s gears. When ensuring that all the cables have been connected and the settings have been checked multiple times is of no help, it may be time to make use of traceroute or tracert. These help users find the source of all their frustration.

Introduction to netstat

What is netstat?

Various computer networks are connected with one another via the internet. In order to build up such connections, both the sending as well as the receiving systems have to provide transfer interfaces, or ports. Netstat allows you to find out which ports are opened by your own system and which active connections exist — all of this helps reduce the risk of undesired access attempts.

Mumble server setup

Set up a Mumble server – a how to for mumble server hosting

Whether it’s a multiplayer game or a podcast project, the Mumble voice chat software is becoming increasingly popular. The open-source solution has an appealingly simple structure without scrimping on functions. Another advantage is that anyone can create their own Mumble server. We’ll explain all the steps of the installation, from choosing the right server package to the final configuration.

Make a bootable USB drive

Make a bootable USB drive and save your computer

Optical installation media are yesterday’s news. A bootable USB drive is not only faster and more practical than a CD-ROM, it can also do a lot more: For example, create a portable operating system with which you can use Windows as well as Linux computers. The most important function, though, is the ability to boot and repair a PC following a serious system problem. To make such a bootable USB...

Export Gmail contacts

Export Google Contacts: How it works

With the free “Contacts” application, Google provides a first-rate address book for storing all your important contact information. Anyone who, for backup purposes, would like to store their contact data in another location or have it transferred to a mail program other than Gmail, can export their personal Google contacts at any time. We’ll show you how it’s done.

Adobe Acrobat alternatives

The best Adobe Acrobat alternatives

Adobe Acrobat is the most well-known program when it comes to working with the popular PDF format. But there are reasons you might be looking for an alternative to Adobe Acrobat. For some users, the huge range of functions is simply unnecessary. Others want to avoid the yearly subscription costs and are looking for a more affordable solution. In our overview you can find out which Adobe Acrobat...

Photo editing software: testing free tools

Testing the best free photo editing software

If you want to edit images, you don’t always need to pay for a pricey tool like Photoshop. The market offers various image processing programs that are both free and highly functional. As well as classic desktop programs, online applications are playing an increasingly important role. But how do you find the software that best suits your needs? Our guide provides you with information and tips...

Read Word aloud

Read Word aloud – here’s how

With Microsoft Word, you can easily have text read out loud to you. This can help you to check a text for potential improvements, if for example you want your text to flow nicely when you read it aloud later. It can also help if you want to use a Word document accessibly. We’ll show you step by step how to listen to a Word document and - if necessary - change the output language.

Convert ODT to PDF

Convert ODT to PDF: step-by-step instructions

Using the free OpenOffice or LibreOffice Writer you can create, edit, and save documents in the ODT format. However, before sharing it with other users, it is recommended to convert your ODT file to a PDF file. PDFs are compatible with all devices and operating systems. In addition, you can avoid unwanted edits and the creation of multiple versions. We explain three simple ways to convert .odt to...


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