Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Yahoo! MapMixer
Sat, 15 Sep 2007 18:09:28

Yahoo! MapMixer

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Vixy.net: Convert and Download YouTube Videos
Thu, 13 Sep 2007 22:12:58

Vixy.net bills itself as an online video conversion service. It looks pretty simple. Give it a YouTube video's URL, select the conversion type, and press the start button. You can choose to convert to one of these file formats: MPEG4, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, 3GP. The MP3 option strips away the video and lets you download the audio.


Web Integrity Checker: Check if Your ISP is Inserting Ads Into Your Browser
Wed, 12 Sep 2007 22:04:30

Here's an interesting joint project by the U. of Washington (UW) and the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)...

UW CSE and ICSI Web Integrity Checker

...that checks if your ISP is inserting ads for your web browser. Mine is not, btw.


ShoePhone from TalkShoe... But, um, where is it???
Tue, 11 Sep 2007 21:16:40

TalkShoe announced its ShoePhone service in both a press release and blog entry. This VoIP service is apparently an add-on to its existing TalkShoe service that lets anyone have a live Internet radio shoe with live call-in participants. The problem is that a bunch of us (myself included) can't figure out what part of TalkShoe is this new ShoePhone service.

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TestDisk and PhotoRec 6.8: Data Recovery Utility
Mon, 10 Sep 2007 22:11:33

TestDisk and PhotoRec 6.8 were released a month ago (Aug.13). This Open Source utility pair (versions available for Windows and Mac OS X) can help recover lost partitions, files, and claims to make non-booting disks bootable under certain conditions.