Freeware/Open Source for Windows Weekly Summary

by Todd Ogasawara

Firefox 2.0.0.12
Thu, 07 Feb 2008 22:57:04

I use Firefox because for a long time I believed it was a superior and safer browser than Internet Explorer 6. And, while it is mostly stable on my Linux and Mac boxes, Firefox is a disaster on my Windows PC. It crashes, it leaks memory (very badly!), and add-ons wreak havoc on its already tenuous stability. And, oh yes, Firefox 2.0.0.11 doesn't run at all one my old iBook G4 that still runs Panther (Mac OS X 10.3).

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TrueCrypt 5.0: Encrypt Data Your Way on Any Platform
Wed, 06 Feb 2008 21:58:35

TrueCrypt 5.0
TrueCrypt 5.0 was released on Feb. 5. This Open Source multi-platform data encryption tool gets the first ever 5 out of 5 Walruses Rating. I say first ever because it is the first ever (I think) rating I've given a product mentioned here. I've been using it for a while under Microsoft Windows and it has become one of those tools that I recommend to nearly everyone.

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KeepVid.com: Download Flash Videos from Video Sites
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 22:17:31

keepvid.com
KeepVid.com performs one function: It lets you download a video in Flash format from a variety of video sites. You take the URL of the video's web page and paste it into the text box labeled download. It seems to know what to do with it and starts downloading a FLV file to your computer. You will need a video transcoding utility if you want to use the video in some format other than Flash.


What Effect Will a Recession Have on the Current Open Source Environment?
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 06:21:12

After reading about the stock market continuing to plummet on recession fears (CNN Money, MSNBC), I began to think back to the 2000/2001 time period when I started looking at GNU Linux and Open Source as a serious alternative to the familiar Microsoft and other proprietary tools and, later, my belief that I could use both kinds of tools successfully together. The Open Source world has changed dramatically since then.

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Adventures Upgrading from PostgreSQL 8.2.6 to 8.3
Mon, 04 Feb 2008 23:01:31

PostgreSQL 8.3 was announced today (Feb. 4). As a Pgsql newbie (I started testing it less than two weeks ago), I thought it would be a useful experience to see what the upgrade process looked like. MySQL (which I have years of experience using) is pretty much a snap to upgrade (I've been upgrading since the 3.x days).

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

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