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Nextcloud 20: New features and improvements

Nextcloud 20 is now available. The list of features might not be lengthy, but they are important. Jack Wallen has the scoop.

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Normally, I tend to cover the Nextcloud on-premise cloud solution by way of how-tos, because it not only helps admins deploy the service, it also makes users aware of this outstanding solution. However, with the latest release of Nextcloud, there are some important additions to the platform that warrant a bit of a heads up. These new features and improvements should be big enough to have everyone running earlier versions of Nextcloud scrambling to upgrade.

For those of you who have yet to install Nextcloud, I’ll soon be doing a walkthrough of installing the latest iteration (as well as tutorials on how to use some of the new features). Until that time, however, let’s take a look at what Nextcloud 20 has to offer.

SEE: Top cloud providers in 2020: AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, hybrid, SaaS players (TechRepublic)

The Dashboard

This is one of those features I’ve felt Nextcloud has needed for some time. Prior to Nextcloud 20, when you log in, it defaults to the Files app. That’s all fine and good for those who tend to use the platform primarily for file sync, but for those that use Nextcloud as an all-encompassing platform, the Files app wasn’t always the desired destination. 

So comes the Dashboard, which allows users to configure their landing point (by way of widgets) exactly how they want it (Figure A). On the Dashboard you can:

Figure A

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The Nextcloud 20 Dashboard is a welcome addition to the platform.

Out of the box, Nextcloud 20 only includes seven widgets. If you click Customize, you can then enable/disable the default widgets or install more widgets from the

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OUR NEIGHBORS | Job Corps kitchen duo says cooking for others can be form of love | Features

Barbara Bishop and Carol Laster believe cooking food for others can be an expression of love, and when you cook for hundreds of people a day, there’s a lot of love to go around.

Bishop, 63, and Laster, 61, both of Manhattan, have each worked in the Flint Hills Job Corps Center’s kitchen for more than 20 years.

Bishop began working part time at the Job Corps, a technical education training program, in 1997 after she retired from the military. She and her husband became stationed at Fort Riley in 1991, though both are from Arkansas, and have stayed in the area over since. Over the years, Bishop eventually worked up to becoming the kitchen manager.

Laster, the lead cook, initially began working at the Job Corps around 1993. The Baltimore, Maryland, native said she initially moved to the area in the early 90s to be closer to a family member. There were a couple years in between that she worked elsewhere, she said, but she returned to the Job Corps afterward.

Bishop is responsible for overseeing the overall management of the kitchen and helping where needed, and Laster executes the ideas and day-to-day cooking with the help of four other kitchen staff.

“We have students here from all walks of life and most will tell me what they like to eat or what they eat in their country, and they just give me a recipe,” Laster said. “They just give me an idea for it and I just research and make it.”

Before the pandemic, the kitchen staff served about 600 people a day for breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks. Now, however, they serve about 75 because fewer students are living on campus. While Bishop said she can’t wait to reopen fully and see everyone, she is taking advantage

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OUR NEIGHBORS | Job Corps kitchen duo | Features

Barbara Bishop and Carol Laster believe cooking food for others can be an expression of love, and when you cook for hundreds of people a day, there’s a lot of love to go around.

Bishop, 63, and Laster, 61, both of Manhattan, have each worked in the Flint Hills Job Corps Center’s kitchen for more than 20 years.

Bishop began working part time at the Job Corps, a technical education training program, in 1997 after she retired from the military. She and her husband became stationed at Fort Riley in 1991, though both are from Arkansas, and have stayed in the area over since. Over the years, Bishop eventually worked up to becoming the kitchen manager.

Laster, the lead cook, initially began working at the Job Corps around 1993. The Baltimore, Maryland, native said she initially moved to the area in the early 90s to be closer to a family member. There were a couple years in between that she worked elsewhere, she said, but she returned to the Job Corps afterward.

Bishop is responsible for overseeing the overall management of the kitchen and helping where needed, and Laster executes the ideas and day-to-day cooking with the help of four other kitchen staff.

“We have students here from all walks of life and most will tell me what they like to eat or what they eat in their country, and they just give me a recipe,” Laster said. “They just give me an idea for it and I just research and make it.”

Before the pandemic, the kitchen staff served about 600 people a day for breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks. Now, however, they serve about 75 because fewer students are living on campus. While Bishop said she can’t wait to reopen fully and see everyone, she is taking advantage

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Home remodeling tour features homes in Bexley, Hilliard, Dublin, more

Steve Stephens
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

After a season in which the most popular home and garden tours have been cancelled or moved online, Columbus-area remodelers have decided it is finally time to welcome the public back to see, in person, some of their best work.

The Columbus chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) will host the region’s first major home tour of the year on Saturday and next Sunday. 

The tour will feature remodeling projects at seven homes, and one remodeler’s showroom showcase.

“The decision to move forward with the tour has been really hard, but we are very excited,” said Pam Patter, executive director of NARI of Central Ohio.

Special pandemic precautions will be taken for the tour, Patter said.

The number of people allowed at one time in each home will be limited, and social distancing and face masks will be required, she said. And, unlike at previous NARI tours, guests will not be able to look on their own, but will be accompanied by tour representatives at each site.

Otherwise, as in previous tours, guests will see a variety of projects that the individual homeowners and remodeling companies are eager to show off. The projects include a kitchen, outdoor living space, a wine room and whole-house remodels in homes ranging from a historic Bexley mansion to a Grandview cottage.

Dan Gauthier’s Hilliard house on the Scioto River had been scheduled to appear on NARI’s spring tour, which was cancelled. Gautier said he and his wife, Natasha Bowen, were a bit hesitant to have their home included in the upcoming tour.

“We have been incredibly careful since the pandemic started,” he said.

But Gauthier said he is confident in the precautions that tour officials are taking, including wiping down and disinfecting surfaces in

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$1,350,000 home in eastern Iowa features 60 acres

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Verdant pastures meet slick contemporary designs with this home located near Iowa City at 5108 280th Street NE, Iowa City. Architect Doug Wells brings his custom touch to this magnificent home complete with sixty acres of rolling Iowa countryside.

This home’s interior, with 4,740 square feet of luxury, is designed to capture the most of these stunning views. Soaring skylights and windows bring the outdoors to you. Relax next to a cozy fire and watch the autumn colors unveil their richness. With a screened porch, balcony, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and geothermal heating and cooling, this is the place for comfortable family life and exquisite entertaining. 

Verdant pastures meet slick contemporary designs on this six-acre $1,350,000 home selling in eastern Iowa at 5108 280th Street NE, Iowa City. Oasis is the word to describe this property. Working from home will become your new favorite choice. (Photo: Blank & McCune Real Estate/Special to the Register)

Oasis is the word to describe this property that features maple and four-inch thick concrete floors, new oversized double shower in the master suite, main floor hickory cabinets, granite counters, main floor laundry and mud room. A heated four-car garage and barn complete the exterior amenities. 

Working from home will become your new favorite choice.

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