VerpackG – a guide to German packaging law

VerpackG: The new German Packaging Act of 2019

 

From 2019, a new packaging law will be enforced in Germany, with implications for international sellers who retail to the German market. Any sellers whose goods come in packaging are required to comply with this new law. The purpose of the law is to make competition fairer and to...

 

Geo-blocking ban

Geo-blocking ban: what’s behind the new EU regulation

 

Since April 2018, Netflix and Spotify users have been able to use their accounts across borders in the EU. Thanks to the Portability Regulation, geo-blocking technologies used presently will no longer be permitted. With the geo-blocking regulation in December, the ban will also...

 

PHP 5.6 Support

PHP 5.6: Support stops at the end of 2018

 

Security support for PHP 5.6 ceases at the end of the year. Although developers had already postponed the end date by a year, many website operators still seem to be unprepared. A large number of websites still run on PHP 5.6. From January onwards, these websites will be at risk....

 

The best Alexa Skills

Amazon Echo upgrade: the best Alexa Skills

 

So you think Alexa can do a lot? Well, it’s now possible to add even more capabilities to the smart Amazon Echo speaker. If you network it with external providers, you can extend the pre-configured functions with different applications. With Amazon Alexa Skills, Alexa becomes a...

 

WordPress Gutenberg

WordPress Gutenberg: What does the new editor do?

 

The upcoming version 5.0 of WordPress will use the Gutenberg editor to make some changes to how articles are created. Gutenberg uses “blocks” instead of HTML and CSS. The act of creating an article has a playful element, with the author assembling their articles block by block....

 

Perfect out of office message: Examples and templates

How to create the perfect out of office message

 

The out of office message is a crucial part of email communication in the workplace. If you don’t have access to your email, your contacts will want to know when you’ll be back and whether or not you’ll be represented by someone else in your absence. An out of office reply may be...

 

The best WhatsApp alternatives

The best WhatsApp alternatives

 

Invitations to dinner parties; updates about work; an away day with the college football team: if you’re not using WhatsApp, you run the risk of missing out on important information. With more than a billion worldwide users to date, the app is more popular than almost any other...

 

Captcha: codes, images and puzzles for spam protection

For years, the captcha has been a necessary evil for securing interactive web applications (e.g. online forms) against spam. The fully-automatic public Turing test distinguishes between computers and humans. The test exposes which automatic queries are performed by spam robots, which then minimizes the administrative effort needed for interactive websites. We present the most common types of...

Flush DNS: how to clear your DNS cache

Various operating systems, such as Windows or macOS, automatically save information about address resolution from systems and applications in the network in a DNS cache. For Linux there are also corresponding services, though they have to be installed by the user. The purpose of this practical cache is to speed up network traffic, which is particularly important on the internet. Why it’s useful to...

ERR_CONNECTION_RESET: how to fix the 101 error in Chrome, etc.

If you can’t connect to the website you want to access, an error message will be displayed listing possible causes. Sometimes these aren’t of much help. For example, the message “ERR_CONNECTION_RESET” simply reveals that the connection has been reset, however the reasons why and possible solutions are not given. We explain why the error occurs and how to fix ERR_CONNECTION_RESET.

ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED: How to fix the connection error

If Chrome displays the message "ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED" instead of the website you want to access, it means that the contacted server has interrupted the connection. Reloading the URL is often not enough to fix the problem. Unfortunately, determining the source of the error is anything but a simple task. To fix the "ERR_CONNECTION_CLOSED" error, you need a good amount of patience.

View old website versions: a look at the Wayback Machine and two alternatives

You want to find old versions of websites? Travel back in time with us - almost to the dawn of the internet. Or perhaps you’d rather visit your own old website to track its progress. If you save your website in a web page archive, the contents are not lost and can still be viewed years later. Archives like the Wayback Machine are an amazing resource for all web users- whether SEO experts,...

Fog computing: decentralized approach for IoT clouds

Traditionally, cloud solutions are designed for central data processing. IoT devices generate data, send it to a central computing platform in the cloud, and await a response. However, with large-scale cloud architectures, such a system inevitably leads to bandwidth problems. For future projects such as connected cities and smart manufacturing, classic cloud computing is a hindrance to growth. The...

An introduction to virtual machines

Virtual machines are extremely practical and versatile: Do you want to set up an isolated test environment, run a Linux application on your Windows computer, or provide different operating systems for cross-platform software tests? With the right virtualization software and an appropriate image file, this is easy. We will introduce you to the basics of hypervisor-supported hardware virtualization...

Golang: the simple programming language from Google

Google is best known for its search engine, but also for services like AdWords, Maps, or Gmail. Since 2012, the mega-corporation has had its own programming language in its product range: Go. Also known under the name Golang, it has drawn attention to itself through its simplicity. But how does it differ from established representatives like C++ or JavaScript? And when does it make sense to...

Ads.txt: what’s the function of the file?

Ads.txt is meant to help fight a scam in programmatic buying: the scam of domain spoofing. The underlying concept is as simple as it is efficient: publishers are given more control over who can trade their ad space, and control this via a simple text file. We explain what this file is all about, how you can easily create an ads.txt file yourself, and how you can make sure that it’s working as...

Using, creating and customizing Word styles

It’s often very time consuming to format each and every heading of a document individually, especially for lengthy, complex documents. Font, font size, font color – these features, among others, must be consistent within a document to achieve a uniform layout. Word styles allow you to easily format and edit a text, making significant and otherwise tedious adjustments to features such as a table of...