Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Microsoft Calculator Plus

Microsoft Calculator PlusIf you were able to take a look at the Microsoft Calculator accessory running on, say, Microsoft Windows 3.1 and then take a look at the Calculator on XP or Vista, the most striking thing would be how little it has changed over the years (over a decade). Microsoft does have a free PowerToy, however, that you might want to use instead of the included Calculator.

Microsoft Calculator Plus

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Audacity 1.3.3 Beta

Audacity 1.3.3 Beta was released recently (May 18). This premiere multi-platform Open Source audio editor/recorder adds a surprising number of new features for a minor-point beta-update (1.3.2 beta to 1.3.3 beta). Mac OS X users will be happy to find that they can now import Quicktime files. There's a new AutoDuck features that I'm guessing podcasters will find useful. But, there really are too many new features to list here. Check out the Beta release notes to see the descriptions for the many new features.

Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier 3.1 Beta

Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier 3.1 Beta

...was released on May 21 and is described on its website as something that...

Recovers files from disks with physical damage. Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts were not recoverable in the end.

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Mozy: 2GB Free Storage

BigNerd commented on the post about PC World's 101 free stuff that the...

Mozy Online Backup

...service didn't look like a free service. I haven't signed up for it. But, I took a quick look at their site and it looks like they have a free 2GB storage service with 50GB available for $4.95/month. It looks like they have client software specific for Windows and Mac OS X.

ReversiFlex 1.1.0 (game)

ReversiFlex 1.1.0 is an Open Source game for Microsoft Windows. Its SourceForge project summary reads as: A Reversi or Othello variation allowing customized boards. You can adjust the board size, place walls and set starting positions.. I believe it requires .Net Framework 2.0 (since was written using Visual Basic.NET).

Ilium PassBuilder: Password Creator

I know Ilium Software as a company that creates great software for Windows Mobile devices (Pocket PC & Smartphone). So, I was surprised to note that they have a nice Windows freeware called...

Ilium Software PassBuilder

...that generates passwords for you. Its simple interface lets you define a couple of parameters that makes sure the password fits your needs by letting you define allowable characters and setting memory aid levels (how "word-like" a generated password looks).