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Current posts

Companies waste billions with unused software – Five good reasons for the cloud

August 8, 2014
The european mid-sized companies waste billions of IT investments with inefficient use of the solutions they bought. This is the devastating result of a study done by software vendor Sage. If we take a closer look to the different reasons of this disaster we find out five good reasons for the cloud. Continue reading »

How to track Bing ads in Google Analytics

March 24, 2014
Bizible Bing Ad-Tagger
The SEA guys say that you will reach more potential customers when you target both Google and Bing. This is right. But if you have ever set up a Bing ads campaign in you may have asked yourself if it's worth the struggle. Bing Ads does not only have a bad user interface (see how much Google spoils us) but also tracking these ads with Google Analytics is not possible. Bing ads are registered as organic traffic. But there is a possibility to handle this problem. Continue reading »

Embedded Jetty: How to upgrade from version 6 to 9

February 6, 2014
Some say you might never change a running system. In case of our servlet container Jetty this might have been right, since we haven't updated it for more than five years. There was no need to. It worked fine. Nevertheless the change had to come someday and this is how we managed to update a 5+ year old running servlet container without any trouble. Continue reading »

Cloud evolution: Will the PaaS vanish?

January 30, 2014
Cloud Layer
The classic three layer concept of cloud computing has often been up for debate. The latest thesis is that borders between IaaS, PaaS and SaaS will constantly blur which results in the disappearance of Paas. Let's discuss this with the example of our own cloud platform SoftwareDEMO. Continue reading »

Internet Explorer 7: Update or get a new computer

January 29, 2014
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Internet Explorer causes a lot of headaches to many web developers. Our SoftwareDEMO development team also struggles with the browser's incompatibility and sometimes strange behavior. A US based online job portal offers all customers that are bound to IE7 to adopt the costs for new hardware that enables recent web browsers. Continue reading »

How to set up a split depot in OPSI software distribution that separates public from custom files

January 30, 2012
OPSI Software Distribution
If you install OPSI packages on the OPSI server, they will be extracted to the depot directory/opt/pcbin/install. For some packages it's necessary to place customized files inside this area. In this situation, OPSI depot and packages are mixed up with private, individual files. The solution for this is a split depot which prevents custom related files from mixing up with OPSI packages. Continue reading »

QNAP NAS: configure rsyncd/rsync with extended ACL rights

December 21, 2011
NAS rsync installation
Some Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers like the QNAP-419 NAS do not support extended ACLs in their rsyncd. To fix this issue you can install a new ACL enabled rsyncd to your original one. This is a guide of how to install the new ACL enabled rsyncd. Continue reading »

How to fix routing problems with OpenVPN and DMZs

December 13, 2011
Routing problem with OpenVPN and DMZs
Using OpenVPN to connect different DMZ can cause trouble because the OpenVM is located in the same DMZ as the web server. IP packets will be sent not using the default gateway. As a result of this, the web server does not know about the VPN client network and the answer packets are blocked by the iptables based firewall. This is how you can fix this problem... Continue reading »