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We’ve been cast adrift on the high-seas of open source, Jonni-less like a rudderless boat and as many have we’re being pulled into the Google Chrome privacy-consuming eco-system whirlpool of despair. Thankfully Mayank Sharma has sailed to our rescue, throwing us a NextCloud lifeline to help escape (at least part way) from the maelstrom.

Being practical most people are going to want to keep using Google services, but at least knowing what the issues are, how you can use privacy-enhanced versions or escape completely with your own services is good to know. While Nextcloud is so slick these days and with pre-packaged options it’s certainly fun just to try out, if not deployed as a full-time personal cloud solution.

But it’s not all worrying about invasion of the privacy snatchers, we’ve plenty of down-to-earth tutorials and projects to keep you busy. We take another look at using Audacity to improve your YouTube audio and create effects, we test out of a bunch of server distros to see which is best for you in Roundup, there’s some lovely retro loving with a look at running ZX Basic and we look at building a wearable webcam from a Pi Zero. Enjoy!

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Issue 256, November - on sale now

Escape Google

Escape the ad-based, money-making Google sphere of services! Break free with our guide to building your own open source cloud, embrace privacy-respecting services, cut the ties to your Android devices and stop being used as a human-based ad-platform. Discover just how slick NextCloud has become!

It’s not all worrying about invasion of the privacy-snatchers – we take a look at using Audacity to improve your audio and create effects, we test server distros, embrace retro coding with a look at running Sinclair BASIC, and we look at building a wearable webcam from a Pi Zero. Plus loads more!

 




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