Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

SimCity Classic on the Web and for the OLPC
Thu, 08 Nov 2007 23:11:46

If I had to choose a top five list of my all time favorite computer games, SimCity would certainly be on the list. I spent many many hours playing the original game running in DOS. So, I was very excited to learn that Electronic Arts (EA) has donated the original SimCity (Classic) to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. If thinking about this great old game puts you in the mood to actually play it again, head over to...

SimCity Classic Live

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Microsoft Live Writer 1.0 Blog Posting Client
Wed, 07 Nov 2007 22:49:50

Every now and the Microsoft really surprises us by providing a tool that is not Microsoft-centric at all.

Live Writer 1.0 such a tool. The blogging client supports Microsoft's Live Spaces. No surprise there. But, it also works with Wordpress, Blogger, and other blogging software and online services. You can see a video demo of it on Microsoft's site...

Windows Live Writer 1.0 released, learn all about it here!

Microsoft Autoplay Repair Wizard
Tue, 06 Nov 2007 21:22:49

Microsoft Windows has, in my experience, a lot of quirks. Things work fine. Then, one day it doesn't. The Autoplay feature is one of those things that often seems to stop working the way you expect it to. If you discover one day that your PC stops autoplaying CDs and flash drives the way you expect them to, see if this Microsoft free utility might help fix it.

Autoplay Repair Wizard

SysInternals New-Updated Freeware: AD Insight 1.0 and PsExec 1.90
Mon, 05 Nov 2007 22:23:23 (part of Microsoft TechNet) has one new and one updated freeware utilities for Windows.

ADInsight 1.0 is a new LDAP monitoring tool that can be used to troubleshoot Active Directory client applications.

PsExec 1.90 is an update of a telnet-replacement that lets you remotely run processes from the command line.


Simon Hibbs
2007-11-15 12:32:06
I bought my first Mac just over a year ago partly for iLife and love it, but MS have released a lot of new and updated free software over the least year or so. I'd already used Movie Maker, but their freebie photo album software, email client and now blogging client are looking pretty attractive. I just upgraded to the latest iLife and I'm still extremely happy with my choice, still it's obvious MS is closing the gap in consumer lifestyle applications.