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.