Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

U3 Uninstall vs. Windows Vista
Sun, 03 Feb 2008 10:12:12

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Linux/Wine as a Game Playing Alternative to Windows Vista?
Sat, 02 Feb 2008 10:45:35

This is a bit of an oddity. Instead of talking about Open Source apps running on the proprietary Microsoft Windows, this is about running Windows games on the Open Source Linux platform (with some help from the WINE project). Take a look at the Windows game compatibility testing with Linux/WINE on the blog WastingTimeWithMikeAndAri...

Linux has better Windows compatibility than Vista

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StopBadware.org Declares RealPlayer 10.5 and 11 are Badware
Thu, 31 Jan 2008 21:56:10

I've never mentioned RealPlayer here although it is a well-known freeware because of the numerous negative experiences I've had with it crashing and then being difficult to remove from a Windows system (never installed it on Mac OS X). However, I never thought to consider it badware in the sense of malicious software (though sometimes it appeared to behave like one IMHO).

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GOM Player: Multi CODEC Video Player
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 22:49:02

GOM Player

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Twitter Getting Flakier?
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 06:18:59


Twitter has really been flaky for the past month or so. It has gone down a couple of times. For the past couple of weeks I have not been able to get to the follower request screen to deal with requests. This morning, it is just down. Of course, it is hard to complain about a FREE service that is great when it is working. I hope the good folks at Twitter figure out some kind of income generating business model soon that gets them the added servers and technical expertise I suspect they need. Good luck, Twitter!

Note: My follower request problem was resolved the weekend after I wrote this blog item.
vLite 1.1: Reduce Vista Bloat
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 22:47:06

Windows Vista is heavy. My recollection is that a new install requires about 2 or 3 times more disk space than a fresh Windows XP installation. And, it seems really slow on hardware with good specs (Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, dedicated graphics RAM, etc.). Even copying a file from my notebook to a Samba share seems to take much much longer than from an XP PC to the same Samba share. So, I was very interested to read about...

vLite 1.1. Final

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pgAdmin III 1.8.1: PostgreSQL Database Management Tool
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 21:39:41

pgAdmin

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