Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary
by Todd Ogasawara
I haven't gotten into Second Life and the other various virtual worlds on the web. So, I decided to take a quick look at...
Grisoft AVG Free Edition Out: Avast!4 (free) & NOD32 (pay) in on Windows Vista PCs for Anti-Virus Work
I gave Grisoft AVG Free Edition a test run lasting a couple of months on one of my Vista PCs. But, it just wasn't working out. It had some kind of weird interaction with Vista's own security mechanisms that kept creating a condition where an alternate display window of some kind was created where the virus update process kept getting stuck.
This is a bit of stretch given my criteria for mentioning products on this site. But, given the buzz around it and the widening of their beta program in the past week or so, tonight's item is:
SSL-Explorer 0.2.13: VPN Alternative
SSL Explorer 0.2.13 is a Java-based Open Source multiplatform application that lets you access resources behind an Intranet firewall through a secure web browser SSL (https) connection. The difference between using this product and a VPN is that no client side software or configuration other than a web browser is needed.
Free Windows Vista Wallpaper Photos from the Photographer (Hamash Darwish)
Whatever you might think of Microsoft Windows Vista (and I'll go on record saying I like it), you have to admit that the wallpaper photographs that come with it are amazingly beautiful. Microsoft commissioned photographers to provide those photos. And, of course, not all the photos taken by the photographers were actually shipped with Vista. As you might imagine, even the rejects are pretty good. One of the photographers has made his unused photos available for free.
Notepad++ 4.1.1 Released (but crashing when I try to save a file)
OK, I didn't take the night off after all... ^_^ I just noticed that Notepad++ 4.1.1 was released today. I use this editor all the time. So, I downloaded and installed it right away. But,umm, it crashes every time I have tried to save a file so far. So, I might fall back to an older build if I can't figure out what is going on with this release on my PC.
PC World Article: 101 Freebies
I picked up the May issue of PC World because its cover screamed Best Free Stuff. After reading Preston Gralla's article...
...I considered taking it easy for the next 101 days by just blogging one item at a time from his article ;-) ... ^-^ ... But, nah, I'll just take a breather this evening and send you over to the link above to feast in free stuff for Microsoft Windows.
Virtual CloneDrive 126.96.36.199
Wow, what a lifesaver (or at least an annoyance reducer)! I uninstalled Microsoft Office 2007 Beta-2 from my Windows Vista PC a few weeks ago but did not get around to installing the Office 2007 production version until this weekend. Unfortunately, my Office 2007 installation CD generated a weird error. So, I downloaded and installed the freeware...