FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday
by Todd Ogasawara
iTerm 0.9.4.1208: Better Terminal for Mac OS X
Despite Mac OS X's great graphical interface, you can still get a lot done from the command line of a plain ol' text terminal window. If you came from the UNIX or Linux world, it is a must-have. I normally have at least one Apple Terminal window open on my Mac. But, I preferred something like Gnome Terminal with a few more options and features. Enter...
iTerm: The Terminal Redefined
iTerm is an Open Source terminal emulator available as an easy to install Mac OS X universal binary. The latest version was released on December 4.
Tabbed shells, bookmarks, and window transparency are only a few of the enhancements you'll find when using iTerm.
Alice 3D Authoring System (for Kids) from Carnegie Mellon University
Here's something that the techie-kid in your household with a new computer might find interesting.
Alice v2.0: Learn to Program Interactive 3D Graphics
This 3D authoring system created by the Stage3 Research Group at Carnegie Mellon University is a multi-platform (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows) Java-based Open Source application aimed at students in the middle school to college age range.
Earlier this year Electronic Arts agreed to help fund the development of Alice v3.0 and provide artwork (characters) for use in Alice.
FreeMind: Open Source Mind Mapping
I used to use mind mapping techniques quite a bit. Like most people, I started by simply doodling mind maps on paper to try to organize ideas. Then, I tried MindJet's Mind Manager at a former job. $200 seemed kind of pricey for software to doodle with once I left that former job though. Then, I found the multiplatform (Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows) Open Source app...
FreeMind - free mind mapping software
...and was able to satify my idea doodling needs. I don't mind-doodle anymore. But, now that I've reminded my...
Widgets and Gadgets
A few weeks ago my Dell notebook's hard drive died. Since I had to rebuild the system anyway, I decided to install Microsoft Windows Vista instead of XP Professional. I also decided to put the trusty Apple iBook I've been carrying to meetings away so that I could immerse myself in Vista to learn in a real world setting (vs. a the test PC I used for beta-testing).
The first thing Windows users ask about while looking at my Vista desktop are the Vista Gadgets in both the Vista Sidebar and scattered undocked on the desktop. Deja vu! It is just like what happened when Apple released Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) and revealed its Dashboard Widgets.
I have a freeware to recommend: LiveCalc