FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Slife 1.0: Personal Awareness Browser
I'm a little afraid to install this freeware on my Mac: Slife is a new application for the Mac OS X that lets you visualize and organize your computer activities like never before. Slife observes your every interaction with applications such as Safari, Mail and iChat and keeps tracks of all web pages you visit, emails you read, documents you write and much more.

Slife 1.0

It sounds interesting. The price is right (free). But do I really want to know that much about my Mac habits? :-) BTW, please note that this requires Tiger on the Mac.

FreeCol: Colonization Clone (game)
Here's another Open Source multiplatform game inspired by a Sid Meier game. This time the game is Colonization. And the FOSS game is...

FreeCol 0.5.3

This most recent version was released on Dec. 5, 2006. It is written in Java a requires Java 1.5.0 or newer.

MicroManager: Automated Microscope Control
I haven't peered into a microscope in many many years. But, check out the description for this Open Source app: MicroManager is an Open Source software package for imaging and control of automated microscopes on multiple platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux). Together with ImageJ, a popular image processing package, ?Manager provides a comprehensive imaging solution - comparable to commercially available ones. You can find it linked below:

MicroManager: The Open Source Microscopy Software

Google Apps APIs
I'll admit this might be a little bit of a stretch for this blog's topic area. But, what the heck, it's my blog :-)

Google Apps APIs

So, why mention this web API? I've been using Google's Docs and Spreadsheets web apps quite a bit for the past few months. I've even trying, as an experiment, to write an entire article for publication (on another web site) using Google Docs (it is interesting but I think a client-side word processor or editor is faster, btw). If the web is the new computer, then we need to do things like backup Google Docs and Spreadsheets to the PC or Mac (is that a switch or what?).