Thursday, September 21, 2006


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Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows XP/2000/2003 and Linux

TrueCrypt is a software system for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume (data storage device). On-the-fly encryption means that data is automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention. No data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys. Entire file system is encrypted (e.g.., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc).

Read more:
TrueCrypt Introduction
TrueCrypt Wikipedia Page
TrueCrypt Tutorial

A very professional software to encrypt and decrypt entire drives with a collection of powerful encryption and decryption algorithms. The entire encryption and decryption is carried out on the fly and fast. Any file added to a encrypted volume also gets encrypted. It creates a virtual container very much like a hard disk drive in which everything once put is encrypted. This effectively means we can use it to encrypt and decrypt folders/files/drives or rather any data on our hard disk.

Windows XP/2000/2003
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Steganos LockNote

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usStore your most valuable notes in a LockNote. Hide your everyday notes in a safe place. Application and document in one: the mechanism to encrypt and decrypt a note is part of it. Secure, simple, independent. No installation required.

A very simple open source utility which provides AES 256bit encryption for your text notes. Just drag and drop the text file on the exe and get a encrypted (exe) copy of the input file. Which means decryption of the file does not need LockNote. The strength of this encryption depends on the length and complexity of the password but the algorithm (AES) used has been certified by the US government to be used for TOP SECRET documents!

So what you have in your hands is a small tool but extremely safe to be used on your top secret text documents too!

Direct Download Link:LockNote.exe

Friday, September 15, 2006


KeyNote: Tabbed notebook and personal information manager, with tree structure and strong encryption. Open source.

Keynote is a flexible, multi-featured tabbed notebook, based on Windows standard RichEdit control. It's always accessible with a single keypress, even if you work in another application. Take a look at the screenshots page.

The basic idea in KeyNote is that you can include many separate notes within a single file. Optionally, KeyNote can encrypt your data securely using the Blowfish or Idea algorithms. Keynote's interface and behavior are extremely configurable. KeyNote was written to overcome major limitations in other popular information managers, both free and shareware. With powerful text formatting capabilities, easily navigable interface and additional features such as styles, macros, plugins, and templates, KeyNote is has become the favorite note keeper, diary, outliner, knowledge base and information manager for thousands of users.

KeyNote is distributed under Mozilla Public License (MPL). A separate website has been established on to facilitate Open-Source development of KeyNote.

Once again a very simple concept presented as simple as ever. From the same developer who gave us Kookiejar this is a very useful software which can be used for multiple purposes. Use it as a note taker, got to do list manager, bookmark collector, journal and more. It can keep notes in tabs or in a single tab with a tree structure and a combination of both. It can encrypt notes/tabs and keep them safe. It can save all the data in it automatically - anything typed is saved immediately. The uncluttered look gives easy and quick access to your categories, tabs and notes. Occupies very less system memory it is quick and very responsive for such an application. Surprisingly this software is few years old now (without any updates) and still manages to be here!

My wish-list for KeyNote are search for the entire KeyNote and a reminder option. These two features will definitely in many ways complete the package.

Just a reminder that this software is not supported by the developer anymore as he has declared a "hobby programmer bankruptcy". So my wishes and yours might just have to wait for a interested Samaritan to be picked up and added to KeyNote. Nonetheless the software is up to the standards and extremely popular in many circuits. You might have to give it a run yourself to see if it really suits your needs. I have been using this one for the past few months now and I am more than happy to move to anything else for the time being. Excellent, nifty, simple and powerful are the four words I would use to describe KeyNote.

(kntsetup.exe - full install package; about 1.7 MB)
Direct Download Link: kntsetup.exe

Sunday, September 03, 2006

OSAfW Seal!

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This is a fun logo/seal I created for this site using the link :

I liked the look of it and hope you too. There are also some very significant reasons for the selection of the logo items. In any case leave a comment and your thoughts about it too.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Gobby - a collaborative text editor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gobby is a free software collaborative real-time editor available on Windows and Unix-like platforms. It is confirmed to run on the Mac OS X platform, albeit not natively but using Apple's X11 instead. It was initially released in June 2005 by the 0x539 dev group.

What is Gobby?
Gobby is a free collaborative editor based on libobby, a library which provides synced document buffers. It supports multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix-like platforms.
It uses GTK+ 2.6 as its windowing toolkit and thus integrates nicely into the GNOME desktop environment.
Check out the features of Gobby, take a look around in our screenshots section and download it right now.

This a wonderful collaborative tool for technical teams across many physical locations. I would personally prefer a wiki but then Gobby is real-time and has some features which I haven't seen before. It is extremely simple to start and hook the team to it and that is what I liked best about it. Its usage could vary, and the best way to find if its the right thing for you would be to give it a fling.

Link: How to Use Gobby as a Collaborative Editor
Link: An excellent Gobby review from Softpedia (By: Bogdan Radulescu, Editor, Linux Software Reviews)