Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

My second favorite new-ish Microsoft free tool is PowerShell (my first favorite is a tie between Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Virtual PC 2007). If PowerShell has caught your interest too, you might be interested in this free IDE (Integrated Developer Environment for it)...

PowerShellIDE 1.03

GAIM has a new name: Pidgin (Instant Messaging)
The GAIM Open Source multiplatform (Windows & Linux) multi-instant messenger (IM) protocol application has a new name and URL:


The name was changed because of a name space and legal collision with AOL's AIM. Pidgin works with a number of popular IM protocols including AIM/ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and Jabber.

Jaiku: Twitter Wannabe? Twitter Killer? Or Something Else?
Want to express yourself in 140 characters or less? There are at least two well-known web services that let you do just that. I mentioned Twitter a while back. Now, I'm trying out...


Jaiku has a few more features like the ability to add other RSS feeds (including Twitter) to your stream. But, I think Twitter is easier to read with its slightly larger font. I find this whole co-presence idea interesting. It really does play into the notion that in an Attention Economy privacy is being defined as openness.

How To Get Data from MySQL or PostgreSQL to Microsoft Excel
For some reason many people are surprised when I show Microsoft Excel importing data from a MySQL database server using ODBC. If you would like to amaze and amuse your friends by doing this too, head over to Microsoft's Port 25 blog at...

Connecting Office Applications to MySQL and PostgreSQL via ODBC