FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Wow! Check Out Tumblr 3.0
Thu, 01 Nov 2007 23:01:59

Going through list of the new features in Tumblr 3.0 is mind-blowing. Check out the blog post...

Third time’s a charm

...for the details (there are a lot of new features).

I am not a frequent tumblogger. But, I really do enjoy using Tumblr when I do get the urge to post something there (usually a couple times a month).

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta 2)
Thu, 01 Nov 2007 22:27:16

Here's some words you don't see next to each other too often: Mac OS X freeware from Microsoft.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0 (Beta 2)

If you need to remotely work with a Windows XP/Vista or Windows Server box from your Mac, you definitely want to keep an eye on the development progress for the RDC Client for Mac. It let's you manage those Windows boxes without leaving the comfort of your Mac :-)

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Lifehacker List: Top 10 Free Video Rippers, Encoders, and Converters
Wed, 31 Oct 2007 22:32:49

Here's a list from Lifehacker that is bound to be a popular read...

Top 10 Free Video Rippers, Encoders, and Converters

The list includes freeware and Open Source video apps for both Windows and Mac OS X. Be sure to check out the huge number of comments that follows the list. Lots of interesting information there too.

FavIcon from Pics
Mon, 29 Oct 2007 22:57:42

Some sites (not this one though) have a custom icon to the left of the URL in the web browser's address bar. This is called a FavIcon and comes from the favicon.ico file in the website's directory. Creating the little ico file can be tricky, but the FavIcon from Pics site turns this into a simple process. Click the browse button on the web page to search for a suitable image on your hard drive, upload it to the web site, press the generate button, and then save the favicon.ico file back to your local hard drive.

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Up and Running
Sun, 28 Oct 2007 23:10:22

FedEx delivered my Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard box this past Friday. I installed it on my 1st generation MacBook that evening. The update took quite a while (around 2 hours). But, the system looks quite stable after the upgrade. BTW, Apple issued its first 10.5 update the next day.

Haven't done much with Leopard except confirm that major components seem to work and fire up VMware Fusion to see how Fedora 7 (Linux) runs. I'm still running the 1.0 release. I hope to get some time to download and try out the 1.1 Release Candidate soon.

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