Wednesday, December 28, 2005

TrueDownloader - Open Source Download Accelerator And Manager

TrueDownloader is a open source download manager/accelerator with good features like Pause/Resume downloads, simultaneous downloads, segmented downloads for acceleration . Both HTTP and FTP protocols are supported , and it's very fast ! You can even improve it or adapt it to your needs since it's open-source. Some special features like HTTP/FTP Proxy support and ZIP previewing are supported too.

Integrates flawlessly into Internet Explorer, Mozilla and FireFox thanks to the Extension Technology.

Compatible with Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP !

* This program is under GPL License.
** This program was originally called DownloadPlus but was renamed because of a trojan called DownloadPlus...

I am trying to integrate it to FireFox but havent been able to get it on 1.5 Any ideas?

Cornice - A cross-platform image viewer

Cornice is a cross-platform image viewer "written in Python + wxPython + PIL. It doesn't pretend to be complete, fast, or even useful, but I like it and it is the viewer I use on both Linux and Windows. It has been inspired by the famous Windows-only ACDSee."


Here is a list of the main features of Cornice:
  • Fully cross-platform: it should run wherever wxPython does;
  • Detail and thumbnail view for images;
  • Image preview;
  • Automatic recognition of images, with a variety of formats supported;
  • Bookmarks;
  • Full-screen view;
  • Zooming and rotation;
  • Slideshow;
  • Good keyboard navigation (still not perfect, but this is true for all the features ;-);
  • Image loading from zip archives;
  • i18n support (with Italian and French translations available);
  • EXIF data support;
  • Some more...
Windows users can also get the stand-alone executable version here. This should be self-contained (i.e. you don't need to install Python co. to use it).

Good; not as fast as ACDSee but definitely open source and can be handy. I had this problem of opening pictures with Cornice when I try and open a picture attachment from a email in my Outlook.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Really Slick Screensavers

Really Slick Screensavers is a collection of "crazy OpenGL" screensavers. Created by Terry find more about him here....
These are really slick and wonderfully crazy. I am sure you will like them to the otherwise old and plain ones coming with Windows. Whats more if you feel like go ahead and get the source code of these and change them to your free will.
Download them from here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Stickies (for Windows)

This is becoming a difficult way to put things together :-) A blog doesn't seem to work well for talking about stuff which have a link somewhere below. I am wondering whether a tagged blog or a wiki will work better.
Anyway I found one more open source application (only for Windows) called Stickies for Windows. I have already talked about one more post it like notes for the desktop before called A Note. This little software - Stickies has been developed by Bret Taylor and looks neat. Though I think "A Note" has more features than Stickies. But if you need a sticky which will work without any frills then Stickies is for you.

Stickies for Windows lets you put yellow sticky notes on your Windows desktop, much like the popular MacOS application. It is very simple, very customizable, and completely free!

Stickies has two prerequisites: Microsoft Windows Installer 2.0 and Microsoft .NET. If the installer file displays any error messages, you need to install one or both of these packages.

... released the source code for Stickies under the MIT open source license, which effectively releases the source code with "no strings attached." See the provided development information for details. Stickies was developed with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET in C#, Microsoft's new managed programming language.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Tor (The Onion Router)

Tor (anonymity network)
[From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.]

Maintainer: Roger Dingledine and Nick Mathewson
Stable release: (September 23, 2005) [+/-]
Preview release: (November 15, 2005) [+/-]
OS: Cross-platform
Genre: Onion routing
License: BSD license

Tor is an implementation of second-generation onion routing - an anonymity system enabling its users to communicate anonymously on the Internet. Originally sponsored by the US Naval Research Laboratory, Tor became an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) project in late 2004. The EFF supported Tor financially until November 2005, and continues to provide web hosting for the project.

I had to talk about it cause I had the opportunity of using and testing it too. I had read about Tor some time a year back. Then though I tried installing it I could not or rather should I say did not have enough inclination to really get it up and running. Things are a bit different today and I had to find some way of getting across the wall. And I took up the work of getting it running on my machine. It was tough and I can say it might not be easy initially. I had to do a bit of Googling to find out about the configuration details to set things up correctly. If you are expecting a gui based simple approach then this might not be for you. It requires you to have some level of understanding of your network you are on. My initial worry that work on Tor will be slow was dispelled when I actually used it. It might not be very fast but neither is it slow. It works well if you want to get through the wall and only http is allowed. It works well if you really want a truly anonymous presense on the internet. And its licensed under BSD. The code is public domain. its cross platform and can be run on Windows too.
To use the Tor network we will need Tor to be running and a proxy (like Privoxy another open source application) setup.

Check out their wiki at

27th December 2005: Today I found a very useful addon to Tor, the TorCP or the Tor Control Panel. You may download the bundle (TOR, Privoxy and TorCP) or just the TorCP if yu have already installed Tor and Privoxy.

Monday, November 28, 2005

A Note

A Note is a program that lets you create post-it like notes on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
The program sits in the system tray and with either one click or a double click a new note appears and you can write the message directly.
The best part's completely free!

A Note has several features:
* Synchronize
* Alarm
* Print
* Email
* Font
* Note color
* Autosave
* Translucency
* Stay on top (or not)
* Dockable
* Title
* Import / Export
* Translations to other languages (version 1.2)

I am using "A Note" and I like it for its simplicity and effectiveness. Not too many useless features, no memory hogging and yes does best what its supposed to do - take notes. There is another open-source option HandyNotes ( that I found but it seems it needs the Microsft JVM to run which I dont have and would not like to have. Anyways since its open source I am sure someone will remove MS-JVM and put in the more useful one ;)

Friday, October 07, 2005


This site was created with one goal in mind. To give you the opportunity to "try out" some of the best php/mysql based free and open source software systems in the world. You are welcome to be the administrator of any site here, allowing you to decide which system best suits your needs.

The administrator username and password is given for every system and each system is deleted and re-installed every two hours. This allows you to to add and delete content, change the way things look, basically be the admin of any system here without fear of breaking anything.

At the upper left hand side of your screen you will see a clock that is counting down. What it shows is how much time is left in this two hour demo window. Once the clock hits 00:00:00, will shut down and the demos will be completely refreshed. This takes about 5 minutes, and afterwards will re-activate and the demo's will appear as fresh installations ready to be demo'ed again..

I hope is useful in your quest to find the right software system for your needs. If you're looking for hosting, OpenSourceHost supports every system here. OpenSourceHost will even install the system of your choice for free when you sign up for an account.

Please keep in mind that opensourceCMS is for you, as well as for people that have yet to discover it. If you know of a system that should be here let us know. If you have something to say then visit the forums and say it. Your input is wanted, needed, and appreciated. Thank you.

Scott Goodwin

A nice place to try out some very good open source initiatives from around the world. Most of them here are web based applications. To say even I have one installed on my local intranet [ PmWiki ]. Works like a breeze and was even quicker to install than many Windows applications! :)
Goodwork Scott!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


What is CoolMon?

CoolMon is a program for monitoring vital system stats and almost anything else you wish to display on the desktop. It can also display stats from remote pc's and publish real-time stats on a webpage. The application can display CPU, RAM and page file usage, hard drive usage, MotherBoard Monitor temperatures and fan speeds, various network stats and much, much more. For a full list of CoolMons abilities, see the features page. To view some of the different ways you can make CoolMon display the data, please see the screenshots page.

Some of the awards they have received are here

A interesting item is the extension section for this application [reminds me of Firefox extensions :)].

The source is available and it seems to be having a good fan following. Hey ColMon 2 is out too, though still in alpha now.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


UltraVNC is an easy to use, fast and free sotware that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it, right from your current location.

If you provide computer support, you can easy access your customer's computers from anywhere in the world and resolve helpdesk issues remotely ! Your customers don't have to pre-install software or execute complex procedures to get remote helpdesk support. UltraVNC allows you to remotely control a computer over any TCP/IP connection.

UltraVNC key features include FileTransfer, Video Driver, Encryption Plugins, MS Logon, high performances over all kinds of connections, Viewer Toolbar, JavaViewer with FileTransfer, autoscaling and serverside scaling, Multiple Monitors support, Repeater/proxy support, good Security and Text Chat.

UltraVNC also has powerfull addons like Repeater, SingleClick packager and Nat to Nat connector, that help you to easely handle the most complex connection situations.

UltraVNC runs under Windows™ operating systems (95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003...), but its embedded JavaViewer allows you to connect (and make File Transfers) from a simple Web Browser on any Operating system supporting Java™ (Linux, Mac OS...) to an UltraVNC server.

What should I say more, well I have removed RealVNC and have installed UltraVNC. The number of options and features in this open source application is more then RealVNC. Another tight contender for the same would be TightVNC but thats another day :-)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, or Server 2003. It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. It is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#.

Paint.NET has many of the powerful features that expensive commercial applications have, including the ability to use layers. We welcome any suggestions, and provide the source code for final releases under the MIT License.

# Development Status: v2.1 - Stable, v2.5 - Alpha
# License: MIT License
# Operating System: Windows (2000/XP/2003)
# Programming Language: C#

A very good replacement for the rather little MS Paint on Windows. The source code is available under the MIT license and in other words is completely open and free. My initial remark on this is that it is definitely a very good and useful one on Windows. A major addition to this application is the use of layers which is available only with some high end and costly image editors. Would like to mention about GIMP here but will be detailed sometime in my next posts ;-)

Monday, September 26, 2005

LetMe Type

LetMe Type is a tool which completes a word or a piece of text we type dynamically. As we type the words the application gives us the next few possible words which might complete the sentence for us. The application learns what we type and then suggests the possible words that we might be using. A very cool and very useful tool for anyone.

The tool initially seems to have been shareware but is now open source and licensed under the GNU GPL. Find a screen shot of the same in action here.

Sunday, August 21, 2005


AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:
* Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
* Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
* Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing "btw" can automatically produce "by the way".
* Create custom data entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
* Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
* Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
* Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don't have AutoHotkey installed.

I was searching for one of these for quite sometime. Written in C++ this is a very beautiful and small application - completely open source has been released under the GNU license. I am awe struck cause it gives me complete freedom to configure and create and run my own macros - keyboard, mouse, joystick...
It might look a bit difficult in the initial go but once you see a few examples and try out some simple scripts it will be a breeze through. I wonder why I never found this before! This definitely fills one of the major gaps in my open source collection. Some of the scripts I am using are:

::btw::by the way
:*:. ~::. ~dacscan/.profile;TERM=vt100{Enter}
Numpad0 & Numpad1::Run Notepad
Numpad0 & Numpad2::Run Calc
LAlt & WheelDown::AltTab
LAlt & WheelUp::ShiftAltTab

AutoHotkey was mentioned at the Lifehacker blog in its download of the day section.

Friday, August 12, 2005


Re:thinking is a directory of user-friendly free & open source software for the Windows (r) Operating System. For the most part, the focus will be on Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), but on occasion quality (spyware-free) closed source freeware will be included as well.

Now this one talks about open source applications for the Windows operating system. Am not very sure if the site contains only open source! But I did glance quite a few oof them. I also found some closed source applications mentioned there too. Anyways a handy place to search for some open source applications for windows.

Open Source Review

Just could not help mentioning about this blog I found today. This is a very exhaustive and well compiled list of open source applications together. Michael has done a great job putting across those reviews of some very useful ( and open source! ;) ) applications. I have decided to permanently link him from my page too.
Visit "Open Source Review" to know more. I am not very sure if he has segregated them on the basis of platforms but am sure you will find that most open source applications are very easy to build on windows too (most of the time ;) )

This is what Michael has to say:
There's a huge wealth of great, FREE(!), open source software out there. There's also a lot of unreliable, incomplete, free open source software out there. I've created this in attempt to set the two apart and spread the word about the great undiscovered software there is out there.

Thursday, July 28, 2005


pdftohtml is a utility which converts PDF files into HTML and XML formats.

The latest release is 0.36
It's based on the xpdf 2.02 by Derek Noonburg
Demo: PDF Document HTML Document

You can get a win32 GUI for pdftohtml here

This is a neat one. I use pdf every day and would like to have a copy of them in html. I found this one fast and very simple to use. It was definitely good. But since my pdfs have lot of complex graphics it was not able to get it very right. But I am happy as it still did present it correctly and neatly. I was wondering why the pages are generated separately and couldn't have been as a single html page.
To install this open source application and to get the windows GUI up you will have to install the following:
GhostScript (the "Windows Binary" package)
PDFtoHTML (Get the "Windows Binary" package)
PDF2HTMLgui v1.3 (the Windows Binary again! ;) )

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


AstroGrep is a windows gui grep utility. Grep is a UNIX command-line program which searches within files for keywords.

Visit the AstroGrep project page hosted by SourceForge to download the latest version, get the source code, post bugs or request features.

View the source code in the cvs repository on SourceForge.
1. Regular expressions
2. Concurrent multiple file types
3. Recursive directory searching
4. A "context" feature that selects the lines above and below your search expression
5. Most Recently Used list for search paths
6. Somewhat versatile printing options
7. Double click to open file with editor of your choice
8. Store Most Recently Used file names and search expressions
9. Match Whole Word Only
10. Free of charge and Open Source

Features being contemplated:
1. Color highlight search criteria in results
2. Replace
AstroGrep was developed by Theodore L. Ward with contributions from the open source community at and is copyright (C) 2002 AstroComma Incorporated. AstroGrep is freely distributable with certain restrictions under the GNU Public License

I tried astrogrep and found it to be simple and easy to use. For someone who finds command line interface broing will definitely like it. But I would still prefer to use the comandline "grep" utility than this. One good is that there is no installation required. Download the executable and you can start off immediately. This should be working for any file type with readable text in it to work I guess. Right now it has got stuck and I would need to close it from the taskmanager [ guess can happen while trying to grep a binary file :-) ]. Find a screenshot here...

Monday, July 25, 2005


Has been a long time now that I have posted here. So I am back with another open source application.
RAMpage is a Windows utility that displays the amount of available memory in the System Tray. It can also free memory; by double clicking the tray icon, by setting a threshold that activates the program automatically, or by having it run automatically when an application exits.
RAMpage is free to use, and the source code is also freely available.


* Frees memory automatically, on demand, or after an application finishes running
* Very low active memory footprint, and very low resource and CPU usage
* Can run "hidden", which further reduces memory and resource usage
* Can be run from a batch file, or via a shortcut, to free memory on a "once off" basis
* Easy to install, configure and automate, (click here to see the configuration screen)
* Freeware
Things RAMpage does NOT do:
* Free System, GDI, User resources, (sorry!)
* Compress memory
* Modify cache, or other system settings
Most common mistakes:
* Freeing too much memory
* Confusing "Resources" with "Memory"
* Not reading the online help

I have been using this now for some months and truly it works and works good. This one is a higly recommended neat little open source app.

Thursday, May 26, 2005


WinDirStat Home Page:
"WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows (all current variants).


* WinDirStat reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views
* The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size,
* The treemap, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away,
* The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.
* Coupling. Select an item in the directory list: The treemap highlights it; and vice versa.
* Zooming.
* Built-in cleanup actions including Open, Show Properties, Delete.
* User-defined cleanups (command line based).
* Works with network drives and UNC paths.
* 'Create disk usage report' option.
* 'Submit bug report/Feedback' option.
* Online help.
* setup.exe.
* Language can be set to English, German, Polish, French, and Russian.

Monday, May 16, 2005

vnc2swf - Screen Recorder

vnc2swf - Screen Recorder: "vnc2swf
Screen Recorder

What's It?

Vnc2swf is a screen recording tool for X-Window (X11), Windows and Mac OS Desktop. Vnc2swf captures live motion of a screen through VNC protocol and converts it a Macromedia Flash(TM) movie (.swf)."

Download and Installation

Vnc2swf runs on UN*X and MacOS X. You need at least one VNC server and Ming-0.2a, a library for generating SWFs, to run this program. (NOTE: vnc2swf does not work with Ming-0.3)

Author: Yusuke Shinyama

License: Vnc2swf comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This software is distributed under the GNU General Public License.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Virtual Magnifying Glass 2.35

Virtual Magnifying Glass 2.35: "Virtual Magnifying Glass 2.35 is a free, open source, screen magnification tool for Windows. It is simple, customizable, and easy-to-use."

Latest Features:

* Display current magnification factor
* Invert colors
* Show the center pixel's RGB values, in both decimal and hexadecimal.
* New user setting: borderless magnifier window (can help performance with older video boards)
* Multi-monitor support
* Lens height up to 1024 pixels
* Lens width up to 1600 pixels
* Mouse scroll-wheel now controls zoom factor
* Esc key closes magnifier window
* Crosshairs now have tickmarks for scale factors at 4x and above
* 1x scale factor: allows to user to quickly compare a magnifier image with the original
* 1.5x scale factor: helps with screen reading
* Added 3x scale factor
* Hotkey shows/hides the magnifier (currently hardcoded to CTRL-ALT-e)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Open Source Applications

Open Source Applications: "Open Source & Freeware
Desktop Productivity Application

This site has a very large and useful set of links to various Open Source Applications (for Windows) segregated according to its use. Should come in handy anytime.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Open Source Software -

Open Source Software - "Open Source Software

learn, promote, discuss the merits of OSS.
A Computers & Internet tribe
592 Members - Open Membership - updated 12/15/04
Public URL: XML badge what is this?"

Check out this tribe of Open Source Maniacs ;).
This has more to it than I thought!

Found a very exhaustive link of open source applicatiosn here...

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Run linux on Gmail

Hmmmm.. A interesting use of many open source tools coming together to make this happen.

With Gmail's 2GB mail box size, someone had to just think of it. And here we have someone running Linux commands on his/her Gmail mail box!!!!

I think this is a very cool piece of work and interesting.
One more round to Open Source (wonder how much would have been possible if everything was closed source!!! :) )

run linux on gmail - hack a day - _: "hack a day serves up a fresh hack each day, every day from around the web and a special how-to hack each week.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

eXe: the eLearning XHTML editor

1. Introduction | eXe: the eLearning XHTML editor:
"What is eXe?

The eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) is a web-based authoring environment designed to assist teachers and academics in the design, development and publishing of web-based learning and teaching materials without the need to become proficient in HTML, XML or complicated web-publishing applications.

The Web is a revolutionary educational tool because it presents teachers and learners with a technology that simultaneously provides something to talk about (content) and the means to hold the conversation (interaction). Unfortunately, the power of this hypertext medium is constrained in educational settings because the vast majority of teachers and academics do not have the technical skills to build their own web pages, and must therefore rely on the availability of web developers to generate professional looking online content."

One more open source application which shows why we need more of these than anything else now. Do leave a comment if someone finds more about it and has used it.
Find the Screen Shots here...

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Sleepycat CEO talks Microsoft open source tactics

Found this interesting piece of interview and thought of including it in the blog. Once again let the perspective be towards open source for Windows than taking sides and losing out on the best part of Open Source :-)

Find it here...

Mike Olson, the outspoken CEO of Berkeley DB provider Sleepycat Software Inc., believes that the successful open source players of tomorrow will incorporate at least some aspects of proprietary computing into their business model. In this conversation, Olson discusses why he thinks ever-evolving attitudes toward open source will make these hybrid offerings lucrative. He then runs through an interesting "thought experimentation" to show what would happen if Microsoft ever decided to embrace open source.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Virtual Desktops

Virtual desktops provide Windows users a way of having multiple desktops simultaneously on the screen. Presently I found these three excellent open source solutions to our needs and have put them together here.

1. Virtual Desktop for Windows NT/2000/XP/2003
* Name: Daniel Vladutu.
* Web page:
* Development Status: 4 - Beta
Virtual Desktop will create new desktops for you and let you to switch between desks and windows quick and easy. This project consist in two applications: one NT service which manage desktops and another which create desktops. Service requires 2MB ram.

2. VirtuaWin - Virtual desktops
* Name: Johan Piculell and Rex Kerr
* Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable
* Web Page:

VirtuaWin is an application for the Windows user community that misses the wonderful virtual desktop functionality often used on Unix systems. It is simple, powerful and highly configurable.

The feature list is long and definitely looks promising. I have used it and was impressed. Open Source for Windows, is making things a lot easier than before ;)

3. Virtual Dimension
* Name: Francois Ferrand
* Web page:
* Development Status: 4 - Beta

The project tries to create a free, fast and feature-full virtual desktop manager for Microsoft Windows.

Finally my comments: I have used two of these desktop managers and am happy with their performance. I would suggest you to use them and find for yourself, the best for you. While surfing I also found a virtual desktop app for Windows XP(550 KB called Deskman.exe). But I never tried it out myself (anyways I don't have XP). If someone has please compare the open source ones with the one provided by Windows and leave a comment.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Rockin' on without Microsoft

August 20, 2003, 4:00 AM PT, By David Becker, Staff Writer, CNET

I found this link while surfing the net and this is good news. A very practical example of how Open Source Technologies can not only benefit us but also make us much more independent than the rest.

I am not against Microsoft(C) but definitely for Open Source :-)

Thursday, February 17, 2005


One more great open source utility for all of us.
FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.
FileZilla Server is a very reliable FTP server. And had many opportunities to use it and I found it in no way lacking either.
FileZilla will be one of the best open source application I have used and have had till now. Also was able to compare the client with some more and definitely found that it is much simpler and easier to use than many.
As for the server I had tried the Xitami FTP (cum Web Server!) before and FileZilla is a dedicated FTP server so I guess is far ahead of the latter. This too seems to have been made with a lot of thought in it. I was able to install, run, and get it going in minutes, moreover there was never any archaic detail I had to know or understand in this application to use it! (Mind you setting up a server, here FTP could be challenging!)
A screenshot of the client in action is here...

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


I found this Open Source Audio tool. Haven't got any opportunity to try it yet. If someone has can please leave a comment here. (No doubt it must be good;) )

The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Learn more about Audacity...

And download for Windows here...

Monday, January 31, 2005

Firefox from Mozilla

The wait is over. Firefox 1.0 empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser. Join more than 20 million others and make the switch today — Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose.

And exactly said... I am moving to Firefox from Opera (I never liked IE!) I have found more and much more in Firefox than what I could have asked for. Its way ahead than any other browser right now. The extensions add to the power of the browser and its customisable themes/skins are also good.

I was amazed at the kind of features we can add to Firefox using extensions. They are extremely useful and so very easy to install/modify/update.

I was able to show it to a few of my friends and believe me they have all rated it with flying colors.

I had used Firefox before but never used it much till I came across the extensions in it. I had mentioned about Firefox before in one of my postings .

Give it a go; I am sure the "fox" will "fire" your browsing experience ;-) Review of Mozilla Firefox
At 55MB for 25 windows, the browser uses fewer resources than Internet Explorer but more than Opera. The built-in pop-up blocker works better than Opera's, IE's, and those of most paid standalone utilities. However, the download manager is still underdeveloped. Though the final release version vastly improves stability, we noticed occasional reluctance to maximize in response to Alt+Tab commands. People who want more security than IE provides should look at Mozilla Firefox.

Get Firefox

Monday, January 17, 2005

Open Source on the desktop

I recently found this site and seems to be all about the Open Source applications around for Windows.
The site neatly categorises the applications. Also if you ahve questions on the Why and What of OpenSource this might just come to help. I havent been through this site completely yet. here is a snippet from the contents listing in the page.
>"Free" vs "Open Source" Software
>Why I went Open Source
>How Open Source Software Evolves
>Does Open Source Offer Too Many Choices?
>How do Open Source Apps Measure Up?
>Running Windows Apps in Linux
A neat and good place to visit it seems. Though mind you the list of applications is not very exhaustive here. so if its just applications then you might just look here :-)

Friday, January 07, 2005

Open Source Apps for Windows-by Blane Warrene

This morning I wanted to jot down some of my favorite open source tools used on my Windows XP system. I have found development incredibly rich for open source projects committed to Windows, and often they provide a solution that replaces in some cases prohibitively expensive proprietary software....
-A good place to visit if you want to know what others use and like in Open Source.

Why Microsoft Should Open Source the Leaked Source

Why not make lemonade out of lemons by doing the unthinkable: Redistribute the complete NT4 and Windows 2000 code base via either a fully OSS-certified or quasi-open-source license on the MSDN web site?

Sound crazy? Maybe. But think about the positive implications of a fully Microsoft-sanctioned complete release of this code...

Open Source Software in a Windows Environment

This is one more link that has a good collection of open source applications neatly categorised. You might just find it very handy. Its a nice way of putting things togther. is also trying to setup a new site for making a repository of such open source applications and needs help. The new site under construction and needing a lot of help from sql and php developers is
All the best Jairlie!

Free and functional applications

I found this link which talks about quite a few of the opensource applications. These need not necessarily be for windows though. Thought someone might be interested.

Thursday, January 06, 2005


It seems this wasnt open source till sometime now. Great cause this one is just so simple.
No frills music player is what I will call that. Indeed no installation and no nothing else. Just click and start playing. It can support a huge list of fomats and plays good. The source is avalable and you can join to its development too.
GNU General Public License
Freeform Skins
Simple User Interface
Advanced Playlist editor
Internet streaming
ID3 Multitagger
File Renamer
Fast mp3->wav converter
MAD mpeg engine
OGG Vorbis support
Winamp input plugins support
Smallest executable programmed in blazing fast 'C'
Continuous play
8 band precision equalizer
Lot's more...
Try it to know it... Its just 548Kb of a elephant ;)


7-Zip is a file archiver with the highest compression ratio. The program supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB formats. Compression ratio in the new 7z format is 30-50% better than ratio in ZIP format.

I have used it and have no qualms as of yet. It can be launched from the right click menu over a file (like winzip for windows). I tested this with a folder of around 650MB and compared it with Winzip. I found 7-Zip to be sligtly better in terms of the compression ratio. regarding the compression speed I never clocked it. Overall a very good substitute for Winzip. Moreover the formats supported are more than winzip and that can really be a big plus for this application. Found the interface to be slightly less interesting than Winzip. Try it; its not as jazzy as Winzip yet as compareable to it as any other archiver. Happy zipping...

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005


Ethereal is a network protocol analyzer for Unix and Windows. It allows you to examine data from a live network or from a capture file on disk. You can interactively browse the capture data, viewing summary and detail information for each packet.

You will have to have WinPCap for this too

I was able to locate the packets flowing in the network and guess can be very useful if you want to sniff around what others are sending across in the network. I tried to see if I can find out the password to the unix machine I telnet to. I wasnt able to do so. Am I doing something wrong? I was able to find the packets related to my telnet session but a string search for my password did not find it!

Uniform Server

The minimal server solution for windows - 3.6Mb only. It includes latest versions of Apache2, Perl5, PHP5, MySQL4, phpMyAdmin,... NO INSTALLATION REQUIRED! NO REGISTRY DUST!!! Just unpack and start.
Set up your webserver in seconds and web away....


Eraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It completely removes sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP and DOS.
Eraser is FREE software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.

The patterns used for overwriting are based on Peter Gutmann's paper "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory" and they are selected to effectively remove magnetic remnants from the hard drive.

Other methods include the one defined in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual of the US Department of Defence and overwriting with pseudorandom data. You can also define your own overwriting methods.

Top reviews from the most popular software sites and magazines confirm that Eraser is one of the best security tools available for Windows.

Now this is a real cool stuff. I tested it and found that the file doesnt even goto the windows recycle bin. I did not know how to test whether it really works and does its job! If someone can throw some light it would be great.

Dave's Quick Search Deskbar

Dave's Quick Search Deskbar is an add-on for the Windows Desktop Taskbar that lets you launch searches quickly. With dozens of search engines, a calculator, clock, calendar, and more in one little textbox, it's monster functionality in a flea-sized GUI

I wasnt able to install it in my machine. It was bringing down windows explorer evertime I tried putting it on my task bar. But it looks promising. If anyone tries out can let me know.

Why Open Source?

Read about the Open Source Movement and what "Free" means (its not as in "Free Beer")