Tuesday, May 30, 2006

free software for microsoft platforms

Increasingly, there are solid -- and practical -- reasons to minimize our commitment to Microsoft software.

For one thing, Microsoft software can be expensive. Why pay hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office, for instance, when low-cost and even free alternatives are available?

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Check your own systems using Google to ensure they are clean

Silicon Valley Sleuth: Things you don't want Google to find

One of the disturbing things highlighted here is illegal use of confidential information such as SSN for an identifier. We have to ensure that none of our own systems are vulnerable to these simple attacks.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Here's the PC World list of free software

Thanks Digg.com for highlighting this new article ...

PCWorld.com - 101 Fabulous Freebies

Technorati Description of Blog Statistics

For an interesting summary of changes in blogger behaviour, languages and trends, this is a really good, succinct read:

www.welcometowallyworld.com - FRONT PAGE - Sifry's Salient Points
David Sifry, the charming CEO of Technorati, has some interesting things to say on the current state of the blogosphere -

"Late last month, I gave a high-level overview of the growth of the blogosphere, covering the overall size of the data sets that Technorati tracks, the number of new blogs created each day, the number of posts per day, and the issue of splogs or spam blogs.

To recap, here's the highlights of Part 1:

Technorati now tracks over 37.3 Million blogs
The blogosphere is doubling in size every 6 months
It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago
On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day
19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created
Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour

Monday, May 22, 2006

What Free TV download options are there? (USA)

TechCrunch » Blog Archive » Download Your TV - The Current Options
Downloadable television, first made popular by Tivo and its competitors, is compelling stuff. As consumers become accustomed to watching a show whenever they choose, pausing at will and fast tracking through commercials, tuning in to a station at a scheduled broadcast time seems quaint at best. Today, 7% of U.S. households have a digital video recorder, or DVR and most cable companies offer a DVR as an option.

File trading networks, such as bittorent, are also extremely popular (if sometimes illegal) choices for consumers wanting access to time-shifted television content.

While DVRs are great, content producers and distributors are less than thrilled by the loss in revenue from all those skipped commercials. Also, DVR’d shows cannot be easily transferred to mobile devices or otherwise viewed away from their home television. Some consumers want more flexibility and options.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Simple software to help you get organized: 37signals

These applications are beautifully designed to get one to use them more and more ... so that one requires the upgraded, chargeable version. Use the free versions with care because they are so good. Project management, collaborative writing space, sharable to-do lists, Information Organiser, and group chat.

Simple software to help you get organized: 37signals: "“37signals' products are beautifully simple, elegant and intuitive tools that make an Outlook screen look like the software equivalent of a torture chamber.”
-Jeremy Wagstaff, The Wall Street Journal"

Time Zone Check - A Long Distance Essential

If one calls across timezones then this will be the most useful tool there is - a Skype partnering natural. I've even put the link on the front page of my website.

Time Zone Check - A Long Distance Essential: "When you make a long distance or international call you can use this map to quickly see what time it is in the area of the person you are going to call. Just roll the cursor over the map and the two clocks at the top right will tell you the time in that far away place. "

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Open Source Windows - Free, Open-Source software for Windows

A good set of basic Windows tools - robust and workable.

Open Source Windows - Free, Open-Source software for Windows: "Open Source Windows is a simple list of the best free and open source software for Windows. We aren't trying to be a comprehensive listing of every open-source Windows application, instead we want to showcase the best, most important, and easiest to use. This page should be a handy reference and a useful tool for getting more people to start using free and open-source software. If you think we're missing any great apps, please let us know. "

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

VideoDownloader :: Mozilla Addons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software

A Free video downloader for Firefox users (not Mac yet, judging from the comments). Not the functionality of the commercial tool below, but at a suitable price point.

VideoDownloader :: Mozilla Addons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software: "Download videos from Youtube, Google, Metacafe, iFilm, Dailymotion... and other 60+ video sites ! And all embedded objects on a webpage (movies, mp3s, flash, quicktime, etc) ! Directly !"

del.icio.us :: Mozilla Addons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software

del.icio.us has been bought by Yahoo, so I hope that effort placed here will eventually appear in my Yahoo space.

del.icio.us :: Mozilla Addons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software: "The del.icio.us extension for Firefox offers everything you need to seamlessly integrate the del.icio.us service with your Firefox browser. Included in the extension are two buttons which allow you to easily post items to del.icio.us, and access your saved items from del.icio.us. In addition to the buttons, the extension allows for right-click posting functionality. A del.icio.us menu is also installed which allows for quick access to common pages on del.icio.us as well as keyboard shortcuts. The extension also installs the del.icio.us search plug-in right into the existing Firefox search toolbar."

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer :: Mozilla Addons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software

Yahoo's bookmark tool is limited to 1,000 or 1,200 bookmarks - too small to be really valuable. I use their tag facility, but it just doesn't structure things well. Structured bookmarks allow rapid retrieval of key concept collections, and you get more than 10 on a page.

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer :: Mozilla Addons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software: "If you use Firefox on more than one computer, you'll want Foxmarks. Install Foxmarks on each computer, and it will work silently in the background to keep your bookmarks synchronized. As a bonus, log in to my.foxcloud.com from any computer anywhere to access your bookmarks."

StumbleUpon :: Mozilla Addons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software

Free Firefox Extension:StumbleUpon helps break out of the traditional set of sites we know about. I remember a thoughtful Boss from the early days stating that computers would never catch on for reading because one could never make serendipitous discoveries in the way that scrolling through a book provided. Well the web has broken that restriction and this is a great tool to add spontaneous discovery to your life.

StumbleUpon :: Mozilla Addons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software: "StumbleUpon lets you 'channelsurf' the best-reviewed sites on the web. It is a collaborative surfing tool for browsing, reviewing and sharing great sites with like-minded people. This helps you find interesting webpages you wouldn't think to search for."

Applian Technologies - Record Streaming Video and Streaming Audio

This utility captures the video from streams played on the pc monitor. I haven't found an open source or free equivalent yet (although there are better options for audio alone). Excuse the breathless description for the web site:

Applian Technologies - Record Streaming Video and Streaming Audio: "Replay A/V is the most powerful way to capture streaming video and audio. Snag streamed video clips and audio archives using the URL Finder. Schedule recordings from any Web Radio Station or Online TV station using the Media Guide. Capture Podcasts, XM™ Online and Sirius™ Radio. This recorder does it all."