Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

avast! 4 Home Edition Anti-Virus
I've been having problems with Microsoft OneCare on an PC running XP and Grisoft Free Edition on a PC running Vista. I have a 3 PC license for McAfee but it (like Norton AntiVirus) seems awfully heavy. Moreover, McAfee insists on putting up all kinds of useless and annoying status messages. So, I decided to try the free...

avast! 4 Home Edition

Trend Micro Housecall
I mentioned in an earlier blog that I was looking for something to replace Microsoft OneCare on a PC running Windows XP and replace Grisoft's AVG Anti-Virus on a PC running Windows Vista. Although I knew it wasn't a replacement, I thought I would finally take a look at Trend Micro's web-based anti-virus scanner...


After running for hours on a test PC, Windows Firewall blocked it and it stopped dead in its tracks by preventing it from issuing a report. Oh well, next... Check Your Broadband Speed
There are a number sites that provide an estimate of your broadband speed. However,...

...has the advantage of having a nice UI with good feedback during testing. It claims my system has 4.9Mbps downstream and 312Kbps upstream speed with a 70ms latency.

auch - audio--checker
Here's an interesting FOSS app that describes itself as s a gnuplot-like program to visualize harmonics and test the effect of digital and analog filters...

auch - audio--checker

It might seem a bit on the esoteric side, but go take a look at the graphical representation of sound it produces. The Windows version has been out for a while now. The Mac OS X version (Tiger only) is labeled as experimental.


2007-10-29 08:14:07
First of all you should talk about "free software" and not "open source software" because that is the real name.

I would not list freeware proprietary software together with open source software because they're different.

Please make some distinction! This will help many user understand the free digital world:

Todd Ogasawara
2007-10-29 09:09:52
arc: I'm quite aware of the difference between Freeware and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). That is why there is a forward-slash (/) between the two concepts in the title.