Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Haute Secure: Browser Anti-Malware
Wed, 11 Jul 2007 22:24:02

Haute Secure comes in the form of an EXE installer that adds anti-malware protection to Internet Explorer (and for Firefox one of these days according to the website). I'm a little leery of installing an EXE file to, um, protect my IE browser. Maybe it would just be safer to sit on a cheap PC running Linux and Konquerer? Or maybe a Mac with the Camino browser? :-) MySpace Facebook Mutant Clone?
Tue, 10 Jul 2007 22:58:43
I heard Virb mentioned on the Net@Nite podcast. Not being much of a social networker, it seems like a MySpace or Facebook kind of site to me. It says you can put all the things that make you you on it. But, it only let me import one blog. Hmm. I guess I don't get it. If you do, chime in and clue me in. You can find my uninspiring Virb page here.

Microsoft SharedView Beta
Mon, 09 Jul 2007 22:03:34

Microsoft SharedView Beta is client-side software for Microsoft Windows 32-bit clients (it does not support 64-bit Windows) that lets up to 15 people on the Internet share and update documents in real time. Reading through the FAQ indicates that it is a very early beta release with numerous features such as audio and text chat not yet available (but planned).

Sun ODF Plug in 1.0 for Microsoft Office
Sun, 08 Jul 2007 23:13:18

The Sun ODF Plug in 1.0 for Microsoft Office gives users of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint the ability to read, edit and save to the ISO-standard Open Document Format (ODF = Open Document Format). I originally planned to list it as Open Source here. But, it looks like it is closed source. Its download page does not link to its source code just a binary EXE file. I find this kind of ironic (closed source for an open format).