Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Wow! Check Out Tumblr 3.0
Thu, 01 Nov 2007 23:01:59

Going through list of the new features in Tumblr 3.0 is mind-blowing. Check out the blog post...

Third time’s a charm

...for the details (there are a lot of new features).

I am not a frequent tumblogger. But, I really do enjoy using Tumblr when I do get the urge to post something there (usually a couple times a month).

Lifehacker List: Top 10 Free Video Rippers, Encoders, and Converters
Wed, 31 Oct 2007 22:32:49

Here's a list from Lifehacker that is bound to be a popular read...

Top 10 Free Video Rippers, Encoders, and Converters

The list includes freeware and Open Source video apps for both Windows and Mac OS X. Be sure to check out the huge number of comments that follows the list. Lots of interesting information there too.

VSPlus: Control Microsoft Virtual Server from the Command Line
Tue, 30 Oct 2007 21:13:37

Microsoft still hasn't quite caught the command line religion bug yet. It still takes a lot of code to perform simple tasks outside of the Virtual Server management web page. In the case of PowerShell, you even have to compile to C# code to create a custom DLL to use (um, ouch!). Fortunately, this freeware utility written by Jin Mao can fill part of this void for a lot of us too lazy to write a lot of code to do simple things (like pause and unpause a virtual machine).

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FavIcon from Pics
Mon, 29 Oct 2007 22:57:42

Some sites (not this one though) have a custom icon to the left of the URL in the web browser's address bar. This is called a FavIcon and comes from the favicon.ico file in the website's directory. Creating the little ico file can be tricky, but the FavIcon from Pics site turns this into a simple process. Click the browse button on the web page to search for a suitable image on your hard drive, upload it to the web site, press the generate button, and then save the favicon.ico file back to your local hard drive.

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