FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

BZFlag 2.0.10 3D Tank Battle Game
Sat, 17 Nov 2007 14:27:40

BZFlag 2.0.10 was released on Nov. 15 (bug fixes for dual-core and 64-bit processors). It is a multiplayer multiplatform (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc.) 3D tank battle game. You can find screen shots of the game over on SourceForge.net.

FAA Flight Delay Information (US only)
Sat, 17 Nov 2007 10:34:34

Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center
Just in time for your Thanksgiving (US) travels...

Federal Aviation Administration: Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center

The map (see image above) dynamically updates based on current US airport conditions. The largest airports are located on the map. Smaller ones can be found using the pull-down menus. Hovering over an airport location on the map brings up current flight delay information for locale.

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Mashable.com Public Domain E-book List
Tue, 13 Nov 2007 20:08:42

Mashable.com's list of 20+ Places for Public Domain E-Books looks like a pretty exhaustive list of free e-book sites (including the few I've mentioned in this blog). Head over there to get the full list.

Microsoft Live Calendar Beta Missed a Golden Opportunity
Mon, 12 Nov 2007 22:03:59

Microsoft recently released the beta for their Live Calendar web service. While it looks ok and has reasonable features. It doesn't distinguish itself from the dozens of other web calendars available (most notably Google's). What could Microsoft have done to make it stand out a bit more? How about...

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Carbon Emacs Package: Emacs Editor on a Mac without X11
Sat, 10 Nov 2007 23:33:17

If you've wanted to try Emacs on a Mac but didn't want to install X11, you might want to check out the Carbon Emacs Package port by Seiji Zenitani. The latest release came out on November 6.

If you want to learn more about the Emacs editor, head over to the GNU Emacs home page.