Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

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

DVD Flick
DVD Flick is an Open Source application for Windows that aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. It supports a wide variety of formats including AVI, MOV, MPEG, and WMV (and a lot more). Version 1.2.1.1 was released on Jan. 30, 2007.

Roadnav 0.17: Multi-OS GPS Navigation System
This, I think, is a rarity... A multi-OS (Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows) Open Source GPS navigation application.

Roadnav 0.17

Roadnav can obtain a car's present location from a GPS unit, plot street maps of the area, and provide verbal turn by turn directions to any location in the USA. Roadnav uses the free TIGER/Line files from the US Census Bureau to build the maps, along with the GNIS state and topical gazetteer data from the USGS to identify locations.

The current version was released on Feb. 24.

Areca File Backup 4.2.3
Areca Backup is an Open Source Java-based backup software intended for file backups (not system backups). It supports data compression & encryption, incremental backup, and a file history explorer. Version 4.2.3 was released just this week (March 6).

GrandCentral: Free Net Voice Mail Service
I haven't tried this free web voicemail service...

GrandCentral

However, a number of friends have and say good things about it. One of the interesting features GrandCenral offers is a WebCall Button (free during the beta period) that lets people leave messages for the website's owner without revealing the called number.

Should I place a GrandCentral WebCall Button on this site? Why would anyone want to leave voicemail for a site like this one (not a social network site, etc.)? Let me know what you think.

Tumblr.com: A Micro-blog? Blog-ette? Something Else?
Tumblr.com (no "E" as with other Web 2.0-ish site names). The free web service's slogan is: Tumblelogs are like blogs with less fuss. You might say, well any blog can be maintained with less fuss using any of the various blogging services. And, I tend to agree. But, Tumblr makes it easy to perform common blogging tasks in a single minded way: Add a photo (from desktop or phone), add a link to an interesting web site, add a video feed from some video website, etc.

Visiting Seattle for a Week: Check out my TumbleLog
I'm flying to Seattle on Sunday (Mar. 11) and will spend the week there attending the Microsoft MVP Summit. I'm planning to update this blog while visiting Seattle. But, hang in there if I don't post as frequently (daily) as usual.

Check out my Tumblr.com TumbleLog (read the previous blog item about Tumblr.com). I'm planning to update it at least a couple of times a day with cameraphone photos while in Seattle.

See you on the net!