FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Yahoo! Web Messenger (Beta)
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 22:07:30


Embattled Yahoo! (is everyone else as surprised as I am that Semel retained the CEO position?) released a new web version of Yahoo! Messenger...

Yahoo! Messenger for the Web (Beta)

It doesn't have any of the extra features available in the client software version. However, it has the advantage of not needing any download or installation and the usual side effects that result. Since it web based, it may work in some enterprises where IM clients are blocked.

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Google Gmail Slideshow
Tue, 12 Jun 2007 22:16:55


Google first announced a slide web app in April 2007 at the CMP/O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo. A limited number of Gmail accounts gained the ability to view PowerPoint slide decks from inside a Gmail a few weeks later. And, now, this feature is generally available to all accounts.

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Bean 0.9.4a: Mac OS X Word Processor
Sun, 10 Jun 2007 21:50:01

Bean: A Word Processor for OS X... That is pretty self-descriptive. Need I say more? Ok, a little more. It is an Open Source application for OS X Tiger. Its author clearly states that Bean is not a replacement for MS Word. However, it can read and write the Word 97 DOC file format (which was more or less the standard format all the way up to Word 2003).