FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Audacity 1.3.3 Beta
Audacity 1.3.3 Beta was released recently (May 18). This premiere multi-platform Open Source audio editor/recorder adds a surprising number of new features for a minor-point beta-update (1.3.2 beta to 1.3.3 beta). Mac OS X users will be happy to find that they can now import Quicktime files. There's a new AutoDuck features that I'm guessing podcasters will find useful. But, there really are too many new features to list here. Check out the Beta release notes to see the descriptions for the many new features.


Mozy: 2GB Free Storage
BigNerd commented on the post about PC World's 101 free stuff that the...
Mozy Online Backup
...service didn't look like a free service. I haven't signed up for it. But, I took a quick look at their site and it looks like they have a free 2GB storage service with 50GB available for $4.95/month. It looks like they have client software specific for Windows and Mac OS X.


Monolingual 1.3.7: Remove Unneeded Language Support Files on Your Mac
Monolingual 1.3.7 is an Open Source Mac OS X utility that gives you the option to remove language files you don't need on your Mac (Panther or Tiger). I heard Scott Bourne rave about it on a MacBreak Weekly podcast a while back. He said, if I recall correctly, that it freed up gigs of space on his Mac. So, I tried it on an iBook G4 with a 30GB hard drive (still running Panther). It freed up maybe 500MB. So, your mileage may vary...
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8 Comments

Simdude
2007-06-01 09:11:01
Are you sure there is a limit on Mozy for the $4.95/month rate? It states "unlimited" backup.
Simdude
2007-06-01 09:15:10
Sorry for the duplicate post.


From the Mozy site:
** 50 GB figure chosen for comparison only. Unlimited accounts have no storage limit.


So that's unlimited backup for $5/month? And transfers and storage are encypted. This sounds interesting. Anyone have any experience with these guys?

Todd Ogasawara
2007-06-01 09:16:58
Simdude: You are CORRECT! I didn't read the fine print near the table and assumed Mozy was using the word "unlimited" in the way cell phone service providers do when they say "unlimited" data but cut you off at around 5GB/month. Thanks for catching my error.
Mike ES
2007-06-01 09:44:13
I've used Monolingual before. You can also strip binaries with the latest version. I've done that on a G4, before--though I haven't bothered with my current installation--but I hear that can be very unwise on an Intel Mac.
Mike ES
2007-06-01 09:44:41
I've used Monolingual before. You can also strip binaries with the latest version. I've done that on a G4, before--though I haven't bothered with my current installation--but I hear that can be very unwise on an Intel Mac.
erat
2007-06-01 10:22:52
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!!


Like Mike ES indicated in his comment, Monolingual needs to be handled with care on Intel Macs. One wrong move will destroy Rosetta, and nothing short of a complete OS re-installation will get those files back. I'm a reasonably intelligent guy and I'm fairly tech-savvy but I still managed to destroy Rosetta when I ran this app.


Yes, I read the instructions/warnings ahead of time. I STILL screwed up my system.


My advice to Intel Mac users? Fear Monolingual. There are other apps out there that perform similar services without putting Rosetta at risk.

Wahiaronkwas
2007-06-01 20:42:58
The only thing I use Monoligual for is to remove the languages - I don't go near the binaries. I have found that I have to run Mono after every install of a program or update, but it is worth it. It speeds up the optimisation on my machine considerably.
CB
2007-06-08 22:03:13
Simdude: I've been using Mozy for over a year. My requirements are very simple (one laptop, one desktop), and for these I have no complaints about Mozy at all. All the specs can be found on their web site, so not much point in recounting here. All I can add from a personal perspective is that even though I'm a non-paying customer I've found their support outstandingly responsive.


I use Mozy to unobtrusively keep backups of my work, and I actually rsync all my bulk stuff (photos etc) to a dreamhost account. But when my subs for the latter expire, I'm going to switch to Mozy for all my backups (and start paying). It really is trouble-free.


One caveat on pricing: the $4.95 is indeed for unlimited space, but it is per machine.