FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

A Human Side of Alice 3D: Dr. Randy Pausch
Sat, 22 Sep 2007 08:49:23

I've mentioned the Alice 2.0 3D graphics app from Carnegie Mellon University whose purpose to introduce programming to kids and college students here before. Since I don't want to write a maudlin blog entry, I'll just say that the article linked below from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is about one of the people who helped start the Alice project.

CMU professor gives his last lesson on life

National Do Not Call Registry (US Only)
Fri, 21 Sep 2007 21:46:25

This is a little off the beaten path and US-centric. But, I thought it was important enough to merit blog space (and typing time). The US National Do Not Call Registry began in June 2003. If you signed up then, the 5-year registration period will end for you mid-2008 unless you re-register at...


You can read about this in the Yahoo! News AP article Do Not Call listings aren't forever.

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Apache httpd 2.2.6 Web Server
Thu, 20 Sep 2007 21:59:05

Apache httpd 2.2.6 and the legacy version 2.0.61 web server were released earlier this week. I installed the Linux version and don't have plans to install it under Windows or Mac OS X. So, if anyone does, please chime in to let us know how your installation went on those platforms. Installing it from source on Linux went smoothly as usual.

Animoto: Mini Video Maker
Wed, 19 Sep 2007 22:02:18

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Google Presentation
Mon, 17 Sep 2007 20:14:08

Google Presentation
Google Presentation launched as part of Google Docs this evening. You can find it listed under the New menu list of the main Docs page. It can import Microsoft PowerPoint slidedecks (older PPT format, not the new PPTX 2007 format). However, it does not export to PowerPoint file format. It can, however, save a ZIP file to your local drive containing an HTML slideshow.

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OpenOffice.org 2.3.0
Mon, 17 Sep 2007 19:53:08

OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 was released. I didn't see anything earthshakingly new in the release notes. And, it still doesn't have a native Mac OS X version. I wish OpenOffice would work with the NeoOffice project to get an official Mac OS X release available.