Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Track Santa Using Google Earth on Christmas Eve
Sat, 01 Dec 2007 21:26:49

Norad Tracks Santa
If your child (or you for that matter) want to track Santa's progress in style on Christmas Eve head over to read the Official Google Blog item...

Tracking Santa, then and now

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HubbleSite Gallery: Put the Universe on Your Desktop
Thu, 29 Nov 2007 22:34:56

HubbleSite Gallery
It doesn't get much more amazing that this... Images from the Hubble Telescope...

HubbleSite Gallery

Be sure to check out the Wallpaper section of the site for free downloads of truly amazing images.


My Cool Button: Create Web 2.0 Candy Buttons
Wed, 28 Nov 2007 21:46:56

OgasaWalrus.com button
Although I believe in all the Web 2.0 hype, on bad days I may respond to the "what is Web 2.0" question with: It's all about candy colored buttons! If you want quickly build some of your own Web 2.0 candy colored buttons, head over to...

My cool button

Its single page menu driven service is so simple even I could build a button :-)


Google Maps Terrain View
Tue, 27 Nov 2007 22:51:20

Google Maps Terrain View
Google Maps' new Terrain View kind of looks like a blueprint to me (maybe it's the colors). You can see buildings in a 3/4 3D-ish relief view with hills looking like a big smudge (see that thing between the Street View and Traffic buttons above?). Terrain View also doesn't let you zoom in as close as the Map or Satellite views do. BTW, the pure Satellite view with no street labels is gone. Satellite gives you what used to be called Hybrid.

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Firefox 2.0.0.10
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 22:51:50
NOTE: 2.0.0.11 was released after this blog item was originally posted

Mozilla released Firefox 2.0.0.10. According to the release notes, it provides three security related fixes. I will say this about Firefox though. Although it has been mostly stable on Mac OS X, the Windows versions have had a lot of big memory leaks in previous versions. The memory leaks seem less severe starting with, hmm, maybe 2.0.0.8. It still seems a lot slower to me that Firefox 1.5 on both Mac OS X and Windows to me though. I haven't tried the Firefox 3 betas yet.

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