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Social media analysis with FKIE and CONET


How can the Internet and how can social media in particular be monitored? How is it possible to find out relevant information, incorrect information, opinions and trends in a timely manner and to analyze them in relation to one’s own needs? With NewsHawk®, Fraunhofer FKIE has developed a tool for this task. With a platform based on this, CONET plans to make the results of the researchers usable for customers in all areas. In this blog post, we outline what can result when state-of-the-art research is combined with a service-oriented way of thinking.

The platform in detail: From data acquisition to data visualization

The targeted platform can collect, record, analyze and visualize content relevant to the user. It will be great for monitoring social media. The platform can be used in a variety of ways for various questions. It consists of three building blocks:

  • data collection: In the first step, relevant posts are recognized and stored in a smart database. Each user can set their interests individually using keywords that can be prioritized, regularly linked and updated at any time.
  • data evaluation: In the second step, the platform processes the contributions statistically and analytically. Connections are worked out using various methods, such as statistical processes, natural language processing (NLP), but also machine learning / deep learning.
  • data visualization: In the third step, the recognized results, connections and contexts that contribute to a complex of topics – such as communication networks between social media users – are visualized in a user-friendly way. Using the interactive, graphical user interface, even inexperienced users can quickly identify information and read the results relevant to their questions. This is guaranteed by the consistent implementation of ergonomic principles.

Depending on the needs and the type of analysis question, different analysis modules are combined and interconnected. The modules are suitable for both online and complex offline analyses.

Application areas of the analysis platform

The analysis platform is a flexible tool and basically suitable for all applications where:

  • unstructured or semi-structured large amounts of text present,
  • there are relationships between the individual texts that are not directly recognizable,
  • in large amounts of data connections and abnormalities should be specifically identified.

through the Cooperation of CONET with Fraunhofer FKIE The latest scientific findings and processes, for example in the areas of NLP and machine learning, which are NewsHawk® proven, adapted and are thus available to users of the platform.

The NewsHawk® visualizes main topics and networks, for example follower networks. (Source: Fraunhofer FKIE)

Example: social media analysis

A central application of the analysis platform is the Observation of social networks (specifically Twitter). After entering possible keywords for the first time, the relevant keywords and hashtags are quickly recognized so that the keywords are adapted. After that, real-time monitoring of the social networks can be used to identify the following aspects, for example:

  • Topics are discussed more intensively
  • certain networks of users occupy a subject area
  • Influencing the topic by individual users (influencers) within the social network
  • Shifting the topic of discussions (e.g. from positive to negative perception)
  • Identification of important (influential) individual tweets

The platform will run on a central server and be addressed via a web interface. With the appropriate access rights, the tool can be used and configured individually. The example shows how CONET combines process and technology know-how with many years of project experience. This opens up unexpected – and sometimes unusual – potential and opportunities for our customers.

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Photo: Prof. Dr.  Ulrich Schade, research group leader, Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schade is a research group leader at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE

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Ulrike Pick heads the Data Intelligence solution area at CONET Solutions GmbH. The state-certified computer scientist has extensive experience in application development, solution design and project management in the areas of data analysis and information quality, business analytics and big data.

Source: https://www.conet.de/blog/auf-dem-weg-zur-monitoring-und-analyse-plattform/

Robots could heal us from within


Researchers at Stanford University have developed a method that mini-robots can use to heal our bodies from the inside out. Medication can also be dispensed. The backgrounds.

Technology is changing the quality of medical care. While some time ago only a few experts were able to carry out sometimes complex processes and operations, robots are now already taking on some tasks completely independently.

But one thing has not yet been realized: the targeted use of a robot in the human body. However, that could soon change due to the work of researchers from Stanford University.

The scientists have developed a tiny robot that performs treatments inside a human. Locomotion is not a problem for the machine.

Robot moves in the body thanks to magnetic fields

The robot moves in the body through magnetic fields. The use of lithium-ion batteries in the human body would be too dangerous, which is why an alternative solution had to be found. The researchers therefore also attached a magnetic metal plate to the small construction.

By generating an external magnetic field outside the body, the robot can be controlled specifically by the human body. Maneuvers are possible both forwards and backwards. The same applies to the targeted release of medicinal substances at a specific point.

Treatment possible directly on the affected area

In this way, certain symptoms can be treated in a particularly targeted manner. In a first experiment, the researchers used the device in a dead pig. They navigated it through the gastrointestinal tract and brought medicinal substances to the desired location. Something revolutionary was achieved with this.

Because so far there is no comparable technology that can move in any environment. The researchers hope that they will soon be able to use their invention in practice. Then we could see another example of how technology can enrich our everyday lives.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/06/17/roboter-operationen/

Business Process Management: Optimizing business processes


How can companies achieve an increase in quality and increased customer satisfaction while saving costs at the same time? The answer is Business Process Management (BPM). With this, business processes can be controlled and adjusted in a targeted manner in order to ensure the economic success of an organization in a rapidly changing business area.

Was ist Business Process Management (BPM)?

The abbreviation BPM stands for Business Process Management. Behind this is the management, i.e. the organization, control and adjustment of processes or workflows. In process management, a distinction is made between a functional and a technical BPM.

if professional BPM is understood as the technical process consulting and process optimization including the related activities, i.e. the optimization of the processes from an exclusively technical point of view.

Technical BPM includes the consideration, adaptation, modeling and monitoring of the technical processes using software, process automation and the concepts and methods required for implementation.

The goal of business process management is the continuous optimization of processes and information transfer in companies. It thus reduces throughput times, lowers error rates, saves costs and increases customer satisfaction.

What are the benefits of Business Process Management?

Both the technical and the IT-focused optimization of business processes offer significant added value for companies. Successful business process management offers these advantages:

more transparency
By continuously and purposefully measuring, linking and evaluating the process parameters, companies achieve a new level in terms of the transparency of their processes. Based on the data obtained, they are able to make better strategic decisions.

process harmonization
Business process management aims to harmonize business processes. In this way, companies ensure that their processes are aligned with the strategy they have set and promote the standardization of their business processes.

Cost savings
With targeted business process management, companies are able to reduce the throughput times of their business processes. This results in significant cost savings and a reduction in time to market.

quality improvement
Business Process Management reduces the error rate in business processes. Due to the possibility of monitoring each process instance separately, imprecisions in processes can be identified and eliminated.

Increased customer satisfaction
Customer satisfaction increases by introducing a process-oriented way of thinking and aligning the processes to the customer, as well as the possibility of promptly considering change requests from the customer.

Relevant fields of BPM in the areas of automation and IT management

Was ist Robotic Process Automation?

In robotic process automation (RPA), software bots are used to relieve employees of recurring activities by automating them. In many companies, simple processes with a high volume of work are still carried out by the staff and often lead to bottlenecks, delays and frustration. The use of robotic process automation is therefore particularly recommended for time-consuming and error-prone activities.

With business process management, business processes can be controlled and adjusted in a targeted manner in order to ensure economic success.

There are close connections between business process management and technical optimization measures, particularly at the interfaces to IT management. IT service management (ITSM), for example, includes a range of methods and measures for the best possible support of strategic business processes by IT. Business Service Management (BSM) forms the methodological and operational interface between BPM and ITSM.

Configuration management: avoid problems in advance

Configuration management helps manage related work products and keep processes, computer systems, and software in a consistent state. It can be used to control and document changes in complex systems. For example, it is possible to trace which employee has changed a file. Configuration management is often referred to as the four-pillar model:

  • Versionsmanagement
  • change management
  • Releasemanagement
  • Buildmanagement

The four pillars of configuration management have the goal of continuously directing and controlling corrections and extensions so that problems can be avoided in advance.

Network Automation: Reduce Human Errors

Network automation automates manual tasks and processes within the network lifecycle. A distinction is made between script-controlled and software-based network automation. For example, the registration with routers and switches as well as the device check and configuration check is possible automatically. The most significant benefits of automating networks include improved efficiency, reduced operational costs and reduced human error.

What is patch management (and automation)?

Patches close security gaps, fix bugs, and add new features to operating systems and applications. But even in small companies today there are a large number of systems, which means that administrators often lack an overview of which systems have already been patched and which have not. This is where patch management comes in. It can be used to identify system functions that need improvement or correction. A corresponding patch is then created, deployed and the installation validated. Automating patch management improves patch accuracy, among other things, and helps reduce errors. It also reduces the manual effort required to patch systems.

Security automation as part of increased cyber security

The infrastructures and networks in companies are becoming ever larger and more complex. If these are also largely managed manually, they are an easy target for cyber attacks, since a human can hardly handle the sheer number of attacks. Security automation, as part of a comprehensive cyber security strategy, can improve information security by automatically detecting, investigating, and mitigating threats. A company’s security experts are no longer held back from solving other more important problems and can devote themselves to more demanding tasks.

Infrastructure automation: Accelerate operations

The IT infrastructure in most companies is becoming increasingly larger and more complex. This can result in the deployment of updates, patches, and resources falling behind. By automating tasks like provisioning, configuration, and deployment, operations can be simplified and accelerated.

Different phases in the implementation of BPM

The implementation of BPM to automate important business processes can be divided into five different steps:

  1. Planning & Analysis

The first phase is primarily about analyzing the existing business processes. This makes it possible to identify where improvements are necessary and which ones must be optimized as a matter of priority. Defining key performance indicators (KPI) later makes it possible to measure the success of the optimizations.

  1. modelling

In the modeling phase, the company selects processes and defines them individually according to its circumstances and wishes. For example, can certain sequences of a process be automated for greater efficiency? In this phase, the documentation is also modeled in order to be able to understand how a process is structured and who is involved in it.

  1. implementation

During implementation, the modeled business processes are recorded, documented and then executed.

  1. monitoring

The fourth phase serves to monitor and analyze the processes. It is checked whether the revision was effective and whether the new process is actually better and more efficient than the old one.

  1. optimization

In order to avoid problems and inefficiency again, the processes introduced with BPM should be continuously optimized. It should therefore by no means be regarded as a one-off affair. Long-term success can only be ensured through constant optimization.

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The introduction of process management is worthwhile for companies so that they can adapt their business processes quickly and flexibly to new requirements and their strategic orientation. CONET offers you holistic support in optimizing your business processes from advice and identification of suitable processes to actual implementation.

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Niklas Ludwig has been Communication Manager at CONET since March 2020 and is responsible for the internal and external communication of the CONET group of companies.

Source: https://www.conet.de/blog/business-process-management-bpm/

Millions for the Mymuesli founder’s meat-free startup Project Eaden


Project Eaden aims to produce sustainable food. The first product of the Berlin startup is an animal-free steak. There are millions for this, also from Creandum.

Like something out of a sci-fi film: Project Eaden founders David Schmelzeisen, Hubertus Bessau and Jan Wilmking (from left)
Project Eaden

Hubertus Bessau wants to know again. Together with two colleagues, the Mymuesli founder develops sustainable food with his startup. When he describes his company, it sounds almost spiritual: It’s about not giving in to desire against your better judgment. And at some point it has to be “fun to save the world”.

Project Eaden presented the prototype of a meat-free steak as the first concrete product. The Berlin startup wants to impress, especially when it comes to taste and consistency. The trio of founders has already got investors on their side: Under the leadership of Creandum, Atlantic Food Labs, Magnetic, Shio Capital, Trellis Road and some angel investors, among others, are providing the start-up with eight million euros.

The Project Eaden website: Man and nature in idyllic harmony

The Project Eaden website: Man and nature in idyllic harmony
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Specially developed manufacturing process

Bessau, Jan Wilmking and David Schmelzeisen are behind Project Eaden. Schmelzeisen has a doctorate in textile and mechanical engineering, Wilmking worked for several years in the management of Zalando. Bessau, Wilmking and Schmelzeisen want to create their food for future generations on a scientific basis, they say. The technology that Project Eaden uses makes it possible to process many different raw materials – there are no more details about the process.

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The trio does not reveal which other foods are to be produced apart from the animal-free steak. However, the founders emphasize that research into meat substitute products is particularly attractive to them, since the production of beef in particular has very poor ecological balances. The startup’s website showcases the founders’ vision to make the world a better place. An animation of a lush green river landscape with exotic and local animals stretches across the start page, while humans remain in the background.

Her message: We need to address the dilemma that many people knowingly continue to consume foods that are harmful to the environment. In the long term, according to the plan of the Project Eaden founders, there is no choice but to reduce the still high demand for meat.

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Source: https://www.businessinsider.de/gruenderszene/food/project-eaden-finanzierung-mymuesli-gruender/

German start-up wants to charge e-cars wirelessly


The Munich start-up Magmet has found a way to charge e-cars wirelessly. A new type of system promises electricity that comes from the street. The technology is to be used as early as this year and will charge e-buses overnight in the Munich area as if by magic.

Electromobility should help us to reduce CO2 emissions while still being able to move around as usual. However, it is often precisely at this point that there is a problem, because electric vehicles have to be plugged in after a relatively short time. Finding a charging station is not always easy.

The Munich start-up Magmet now has a solution for this. The name stands for “magnetizable cement” and describes exactly the concept of the Oberhachinger company. Magmet’s corporate website states:

We believe in zero-emission, electrified transportation and vehicles that can charge where they drive, not drive to charge.

The company’s charging system is in the ground and charges e-cars from the street, so to speak – and without cables. In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Magmet CEO Mauricio Esguerra explained how the system works.

This is how the electricity comes out of the street

Magmet was founded in 2015 and has specialized in producing so-called “MagPads”. These are slabs made of concrete and recycled magnetic particles. According to Esguerra, these ferrites are metallic materials whose components in turn include iron, nickel and zinc oxide.

Cast in concrete, the ferrites create a magnetic field that wirelessly transports the current to the vehicle. The electricity comes into the ground via a coil, which is surrounded by magnetized concrete. “It works like an induction cooker or like putting your phone on a charging pad,” explains Magmet CEO Esguerra.

In addition, passers-by do not have to worry about the magnetic fields. Animals or people could just walk over the plates without anything happening. Induction only begins when the receiver battery of an e-vehicle is directly above the system. The magnetized concrete then directs the electric charge precisely upwards.

Recycled materials save resources

While the system is relatively novel, the materials used are not. Mauricio Esguerra explains that ferrites have an extremely high reject rate of seven percent. It’s like ceramics. As soon as there is a crack or tear, the material is sorted out.

This would result in around 500,000 tons of rejects per year worldwide – in other words, whole mountains of unused, energy-intensive material. But Magmet’s innovation doesn’t even start there. Because this material has long been crushed and mixed into concrete for road construction as a functionless aggregate.

“This has the advantage for us that we don’t have to set up our own factories and there are also no high transport costs.” The special thing, however, is that the ferrites make the concrete more stable and therefore more durable. By recycling, this technology saves resources such as CO2.

Magment wants to charge e-buses as if by magic

In the coming months, the municipality of Oberhaching wants to test the new system with its electric buses. They are currently being retrofitted with the necessary receiver boxes on the lower edge of the vehicles. This means that the e-buses will no longer need any cables to charge in the future.

However, the wireless charging system should not only be used in e-buses. A Munich hotel chain also wants to test the system on their rental scooters. Customers can use an electronic display to see which scooters are fully charged and ready to drive.

A wireless charging system for electric cars

While Magmet’s wireless charging system has the advantage of no longer having to plug in electric vehicles for charging in the future, only one percent of cars are currently electrified at all. Hyundai was the first company to announce that it wanted to equip some models with induction charging options.

And even if the vehicles were to be upgraded, the system still had to be built into the floor. The Federal Ministry of Transport expects total costs of 14 to 17 million euros per kilometer.

For this reason, the charging system should first be installed where vehicles stop frequently, such as at train stations. Magmet is constantly researching its technology to improve the magnetic performance of the disks, thereby also facilitating mass production.

In cooperation with other companies, the Munich start-up is testing various “stops” and test tracks in both Germany and the USA. So it could soon be the case that e-vehicles can be charged while driving instead of being charged at certain locations.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/06/18/start-up-will-e-autos-kabellos-laden/

Machines are becoming more and more like us


Researchers from Tokyo have succeeded for the first time in developing a skin imitation for robots. However, the artificial robot skin cannot yet survive in everyday life.

Robot technology is developing at a breathtaking speed. Some time ago, machines with artificial intelligence (AI) were still considered a rarity in everyday life. Today, in many places, it’s hard to imagine life without them. But it will probably be a while before we encounter humanoid androids on a regular basis.

So far, no company has brought a human robot onto the market. This may also be due to the fact that some human characteristics cannot be copied so easily. The skin is an example of this. Researchers from the University of Tokyo have now made a breakthrough.

Human skin grows around robot fingers

In a recent experiment, human skin grew around a robot’s finger. To do this, the researchers placed the robot in a mold and covered it with connective tissue cells and a nutrient solution. The cells grew under laboratory conditions and over time settled around the mold used.

But the resulting leather skin was not enough. In order to achieve a replica that is as realistic as possible, the researchers planted horn-forming cells on the resulting construct. Over time, this resulted in a robot finger with an artificial skin that has properties similar to those of humans.

Robot skin can heal itself in an emergency

The whole thing even goes so far that the artificial skin can heal itself. If the finger injured, the researchers placed a piece of collagen on the spot. As a result, the injured area regenerated and then showed a similar stability as before.

However, the approach is not yet fully developed. Although the robot skin is very similar to that of humans, the cells can hardly survive in dry conditions and outside of the nutrient liquid. So it will still be a while before machines become more and more like humans.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/06/18/menschliche-roboterhaut/

Traffic lights are designed to reduce traffic jams with the help of artificial intelligence


Researchers at Aston University in the US want to equip traffic lights with artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. The first tests showed positive results.

For many people, the car is indispensable. Countless cars make their way through cities and towns every day. There are numerous traffic jams. In addition to human error, there is another factor that leads to traffic jams and delays: traffic lights.

Many people are almost artificially upset about red traffic lights. This might sound familiar to some. In most cases, a bad traffic light also promotes the formation of traffic jams.

According to researchers at Aston University in the United States, that could soon change. Because the traffic lights of the future should use artificial intelligence (AI) to drastically reduce traffic jams.

Traffic lights are designed to reduce traffic jams with the help of artificial intelligence

Previous systems are based on so-called contact loops. Sensors installed in the ground generate an electrical field and detect the traffic flowing above. Depending on whether other vehicles are coming, the traffic light switches to red or stays green for a moment.

This is to avoid that crossing road users have to wait too long. With a large volume of traffic, however, this system reaches its limits. The AI ​​developed by the researchers relies on a learning algorithm that is supposed to recognize when the previous systems are not working smoothly.

The whole thing is also based on a reward system: if traffic is slow, the AI ​​receives minus points, and if a car crosses the intersection, the system receives bonus points.

Computers are often more effective – both in practice and in theory

First, the researchers trained the algorithm using theoretical simulations. However, a subsequent test at a real crossing would have shown impressive results. The AI ​​predicted high traffic levels and reacted preemptively instead of reactively.

In the next step, it is hoped that there will be several experimental setups. The researchers want to continue training the algorithm in order to one day use it in everyday life. If the tests prove positive, the system could save a few things: time, money and of course the nerves of many commuters.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/06/19/ampeln-stau-reduzieren-kuenstliche-intellignez/

Good news: Instagram youth protection, super computer against climate change


In the “Good News” we present positive news of the week. We focus on the topics of technology, social media, marketing and business. Our good news this week: A super solar cell, the fight against fake news, Instagram youth protection and a supercomputer to combat climate change.

Supercomputer against climate change and Instagram youth protection

Natural disasters, scandals and extremism: Bad news often evokes stronger emotions than good news. In addition, they are remembered for longer. This is the conclusion of a study by an international team of experts, which was published in the scientific journal PNAS.

But bad news is also good for business. Because they attract more attention. With our “Good News” we would therefore like to regularly present you with positive news from the previous week that may have been lost. The update for the second week of June 2022.

A supercomputer against climate change

Forschungszentrum Jülich receives the first so-called exascale computer in Europe. The supercomputer called “Jupiter” is said to be able to perform a trillion arithmetic operations per second. For comparison: That roughly corresponds to the computing power of five million modern laptops or PCs.

The first European exascale computer is primarily intended to help clarify scientific questions about climate change and the fight against pandemics. The cost of the supercomputer is around half a billion euros. From 2023, it is to be installed in a building at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Instagram wants to protect minors with nudging function

Instagram wants to better protect minors on its network. A so-called “nudging” function, which will initially be introduced in the USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is intended to help with this. According to the Instagram parent company Meta, the aim is for children and young people to consume less toxic content.

The platform is also working on a so-called “Take a Break” feature. It aims to encourage children and young people to spend more time away from the app. Instagram itself said: The feature aims to “encourage teens to explore something new and exclude certain topics that can be associated with the comparison of appearances.”

Fight against fake news: 30 tech companies recognize EU code

With Meta, Google, Twitter and Co., a total of 30 companies have committed themselves to taking tougher action against fake news. The companies thus officially recognize an updated EU code of conduct. In addition to the tech companies, advertising agencies have also signed the document.

They all commit to stepping up action against fakes such as deepfakes, fake accounts and political advertising. Those who do not comply with the obligation face high fines of up to six percent of global sales.

Super solar cell achieves an efficiency of almost 50 percent

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) have developed a super solar cell that can convert almost 50 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity. In terms of efficiency, the cell is significantly higher than previous solar panels, which have around 30 percent.

The researchers thus achieved a new record. The reason for the higher efficiency lies in the structure of the technology. Sunlight consists of waves that move in a so-called spectral range. Depending on the material and composition of the cells, the panels absorb a certain spectral range and convert it into electricity.

In the future, robots could heal our bodies from the inside out

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a method that mini-robots can use to heal our bodies from the inside out. Medication can also be dispensed. The robot moves in the body through magnetic fields.

By generating an external magnetic field outside the body, the robot can be controlled specifically by the human body. Maneuvers are possible both forwards and backwards. The same applies to the targeted release of medicinal substances at a specific point.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/06/19/good-news-instagram-jugendschutz-supercomputer-klimawandel/

Apps for a balanced and open mind


In the “Homescreen!” series we present the homescreens of people from the social media, marketing, media and tech world – including app recommendations and tips for everything from to-do lists to small games in between. Today: Rhett Büttrich, General Manager at Le Wagon.

Enjoy screen-free moments

In my spare time I am a very superficial user and consumer of digital media and applications. This is probably rather atypical for the tech sector.

In fact, I enjoy every moment without a screen and would rather let my thoughts flow into a book than think about the next leap in productivity. My experience has shown me that the key to creativity lies in freedom of thought.

Rhett Buttrich, General Manager at Le Wagon.

news and blogs

In terms of my news consumption, I prefer to cover as wide a range of opinion angles as possible. The incredible range of topics and different commentators in the New York Times (for Android) would be enough for that.

For the European view of current events, I also like to read the Guardian (for Android). The unfiltered opinion of the internet community, on the other hand, is nowhere as entertaining as on Reddit (for Android) and the respective topic subreddits – sorry, Twitter.

Aeon.co is a fantastic blog for looking at current affairs from a broader, philosophical perspective. In the columns of the media mentioned above, one rarely gets the feeling that the authors are willing to step out of their own opinion bubble and give more space to the opposing opinion.

It’s about the mental step for me, about saying: I keep my mind open by stepping back a few steps every now and then and looking at topics and our world from a bird’s eye view.

Rhett Büttrich, Le Wagon, Homescreen

The home screen of Rhett Büttrich, General Manager at Le Wagon.

Music, audio books and culture

Otherwise, I most likely spend 85 percent of my total smartphone usage time on Spotify (for Android), discovering music, creating playlists and searching for audio books. As a former part-time club DJ, I listen to music without genre limits, which is hardly a surprise when you’ve lived in Berlin for a long time.

For me, the Spotify app is the achievement of the 21st century. We often forget what kind of access to information, knowledge, but also to culture, we now get cheaply to free of charge. It has never been so easy to live a culturally diverse life.

Of course, that can be overwhelming, so I’m driving the strategy of limited channels and keeping my home screen rather minimalistic. For my daily meditations I need the timer of the standard clock: if the day was too busy, the guided meditations from 7Mind (for Android) help me to calm down.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/06/20/homescreen-rhett-buettrich-le-wagon/

You should consider this before setting up


If you set up an e-mail address with a provider, you must expect that the provider will have access to the data. A separate mail server ensures more independence. We will show you what the advantages are and what you should consider when setting it up.

Almost everyone uses an e-mail address these days, both privately and for business. By default, most of the well-known and large e-mail providers use to receive and write messages. What many people don’t think about: The emails are stored on the provider’s server until you delete them.

On the other hand, if you are looking for more independence and security, your own mail server is a good alternative for you. Once this is set up, your messages are usually better protected.

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What are the advantages of having your own mail server?

Having your own mail server has clear advantages for the owners. Above all, the greater protection of personal messages, whether private or business. In addition, users are no longer dependent on the settings or restrictions of the providers, for example with regard to storage space or e-mail attachments.

However, the independence from the provider is also reflected in the fact that users have less trouble when there are tariff changes or they do not have access to the messages due to server failures.

When does it make sense to operate your own mail server?

Basically, having your own mail server is suitable for anyone who wants more control over their own emails. Especially if users do not want anyone but themselves to have access to the messages.

A separate mail server is also useful if several mailboxes are required, such as in a small company. Here, superiors as well as all employees can have access to their own mailbox on the mail server.

Own mail server – what are the requirements?

Operating your own mail server is not complicated in practice. In the first step, you need a suitable computer for operation. Here it makes sense if you decide on an energy-saving model. Then it is important that you ensure enough storage space, as well as a reliable power supply and internet connection.

To avoid your mails being marked as spam in the future, you should give your device its own IP address. This automatically makes your daily work easier.

When should you use a mail server with your own domain?

Having your own mail server has a big advantage, especially for business: You can also use it with your own email domain. This ensures a high recognition value of your company, but at the same time also for more professionalism.

A mail server with its own domain also has the advantage that you can connect multiple mailboxes. So on the one hand your mailbox and that of your employees, but at the same time your private mailbox.

How do you ensure the security of your own mail server?

Security should be the top priority when running your own mail server. Only then can it be ensured that no unauthorized persons have access to your data and messages.

Secure passwords and regular checks are not the only things that ensure optimal security. You should also perform backups and ensure regular updates. This is the only way to ensure that your messages are permanently protected.

Extratipp: In the business sphere, e-mails must be retained for specified periods. In order not to have any problems here, professional e-mail archiving is helpful.

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Source: https://www.basicthinking.de/blog/2022/06/21/eigener-mailserver/