Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

MySpace Minisode Network (Old TV Down to the Basics)
Thu, 05 Jul 2007

MySpace Minisode Network
The MySpace Minisode Network takes a bunch of old TV shows and compresses them down to their basics. This results in start-to-finish episodes that are about 6 minutes long viewable in a web browser. The service includes about a dozen or so very familiar TV series including the geek classic Dilbert. Looks great for taking a mini-vacation from reality

JkDefrag 3.16 Follow-up
Thu, 05 Jul 2007

I tried out JkDefrag 3.16 today and it looks pretty good so far. The only minor gotcha is that the GUI version only looks at the C: drive by default. But, that is a minor issue and can be addressed from the command line.

It is not as fast as Auslogic but seems to be more, hmm, complete in its attempt to defrag a hard drive. I also like the inclusion of a screensaver version of the application that can run during idle time.

JkDefrag 3.16
Wed, 04 Jul 2007

I've never quite understood why Windows has such problems with disk file fragmentation that does not appear to be much of a problem on Linux or Mac OS X boxes. But, if you use Windows, you gotta deal with it. I've been using the freeware Auslogics defragger that seems to keep staying in the list of all time popular blog items. However, recently, I learned about the Open Source...

JkDefrag 3.16

And, I'm planning to give it a try sometime soon.

FeedBurner Pro Services Became Free
Tue, 03 Jul 2007

You probably read that Google bought FeedBurner (the RSS feed service)recently. But, did you know that one of the benefits of this purchase is that FeedBurner's formerly for-fee services FeedBurner Stats PRO and MyBrand are now FREE. Check out the FeedBurner blog entry titled...

FreeBurner for Everyone

Microsoft Virtual Machine Remote Control Client Plus (VMRCplus)
Mon, 02 Jul 2007

Microsoft VMRCplus
Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 (say that 5 times fast) is managed through an Internet Explorer web interface (ActiveX is involved for some functions). However, Microsoft released a formerly in-house tool as a free unsupported utility today.

Virtual Machine Remote Control Client Plus

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EasyEclipse 1.2
Sun, 01 Jul 2007

It may just be me, but I find installing or upgrading the Java JDK/JRE, Eclipse, and various plug-ins to be a gigantic chore. If you feel the say way but would still like to use Eclipse on a Mac or Windows box, check out...

EasyEclipse 1.2

It claims that: EasyEclipse packages together Eclipse, the open-source software development platform, and selected open source plugins. We select, assemble, test, patch, build installers and document a full IDE, offered as reliable distributions and plugins.