FFOSS (Freeware/Free & Open Source Software) Friday

by Todd Ogasawara

Here's my weekly summary of Freeware, Open Source, and free web services mentioned in my personal blog last week.

Gawker: Create Mac OS X Time Lapsed Video with a Web Cam
Here's an Open Source app for Mac OS X that will probably redirect all productive time to making amusing time-lapsed videos.

Gawker

If you feel like taking on Wallace and Gromit (or Gumby for the older crowd), you should take a look at some of the same videos on the Gawker site for inspiration.

Fugu: Mac OS X SCP Client
Fugu 1.2.0 was released on May 2, 2005 and hasn't been updated since (though there is a roadmap through version 1.5). However, it is still a useful utility if you transfer files using SCP/SFTP instead of FTP.

Although you can open up a Mac OS X terminal window and use the scp command from the command line, it is often nice to have a GUI interface for the task. Fugu uses what Windows users often refer to as the Norton Commander interface (a reference to an old DOS application). It provides two vertical panes. The one on the left is your local Mac.

FlightGear Flight Simulator
Here's a very nice looking (based on the screenshots) Open Source multiplatform flight simulator app...

FlightGear Flight Simulator

Here's a link to the Free Software Magazine's review of it.

Yahoo! Pipes

Yahoo! Pipes launched yesterday (Feb. 8). It caused such a rush that the service went offline for a few hours and is still a bit flaky even a day later. Pipes lets you consume feed data from any site and then use simple logic or combinations of feeds to product a custom result. The programming is created using an easy to use drag and drop graphical interface. The example shown here is my first attempt. It takes the feed from O'Reilly's Inside Port 25 site where Matt Asay and I write blogs related to Microsoft and the Open Source world. It then checks through the feed and pulls out just the blog items I wrote. A simple change could reverse it by just grabbing Matt's blog items.