FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Microsoft Live Folders Renamed Live SkyDrive
Fri, 10 Aug 2007 06:29:52

Microsoft Live Folders was renamed Live SkyDrive earlier this week. It is still limited to 500MB of online storage. However, Microsoft added a drag and drop save feature. Unfortunately, this feature requires and ActiveX component. So, it only works when using Windows and Internet Explorer. And, you cannot drag and drop in the opposite direction (from Live SkyDrive to your PC).

Microsoft really needs to use WebDav to give it the kind of user transparency Apple's .Mac network drive has.

blogr: Multimedia Blog Host
Wed, 08 Aug 2007 22:56:24

I wanted to post a short audio clip (a prelude to a podcast) to my MobileViews blog yesterday. But, I didn't want to just attach the file to the blog post and ask people to download it. Then, I recalled reading about a new multimedia blog hosting site called...


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Does VMWare Converter Work?
Tue, 07 Aug 2007 12:52:44

VMware Converter error message

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Mashable's List of 40+ Free Blog Hosts
Mon, 06 Aug 2007 21:30:31

Mashable.com has a list of...

40+ Free Blog Hosts

Although there are the usual suspects everyone knows (Blogger, LifeJournal, WordPress, etc.), there are also a bunch I've never heard of that I want to take a look at even though I already have a couple of blogs. The one that I'm probably going to take a look at later this week is: blogr.

Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.1.1 (Beta)
Sun, 05 Aug 2007 22:53:21

If you use Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac on your Mac and need to work with people using Word 2007 for Windows in its new native DOCX foramt, take a look at...

Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.1.1 (Beta)

With the Office Open XML Converter, you can convert Office Open XML files to a format that is compatible with Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac and Microsoft Office v. X for Mac. You can choose to convert and open one file, or convert a large number of files.


2007-08-19 14:45:12
I do like the transparency of Apple's .Mac webdav system but I wouldn't put it up as the example to follow. It has other issues that can range from annoying to downright troubling. It can be very slow when uploading a lot of files even though I have a very fast Internet connection and don't ever try to rearrange the folders on your iDisk. On a few occasions I have tried to rearrange folders by consolidating and when I drag one folder into another it appears to be moving but I end up losing either a few files or the entire folder. I keep regular backups of my iDisk so this is not a disaster but it is extremely annoying and could be devastating to someone that doesn't backup regularly.

Just this week I tried to move a folder that pertained to last quarter to a folder containing all previous quarters and not only did .Mac lose the entire folder but it synced itself in its entirety (thousands of files) several times over the next couple of days. The net result was that it no longer showed the folder in the directory but I lost the size of the folder in disk space twice. I had to turn off local syncing, delete the entire previous quarters folder, and then copy it back over to the iDisk. That was slow and painful.

iDisk definitely needs work.