Posts Tagged ‘linux software’

Zip Password Recovery with FCrackZip

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Is this really a password recovery tool, or is it a tool for hacking one’s way past PDF password protection?

It is possible to password protect zip files to prevent unauthorized access to the files they contain. Only problem is: If you forget the zip password, you cannot access the files either. A friend of mine recently contacted me with the problem. He had zipped important files a few years ago and used a password to protect them. He tried to open the zip file recently and failed, because he could not remember the password that he used to protect them when he created the zip file.

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Miro 4 Beta Released – Better Performance, More Features

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t heard about Miro before; it sounds kind of like a web browser, specially tailored for video, audio and bit torrent …

I’m keeping a close eye on Miro every since the product was released as the Democracy Player back in 2006. A lot has changed since then, not only the name. The developers have pushed out the first beta of the upcoming version of Miro. Let me explain quickly what Miro is all about.

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Marble – Virtual Interactive Globe

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

This looks like an interesting-yet-still-educational toy …

Marble has been designed to be a virtual interactive globe and world atlas that you can use to look-up information. The cross-platform application has recently been updated to version 1.1, reason enough to take a closer look at the software.

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Creepy – Track Michael Arrington or Anyone Else via Geolocation

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

They certainly picked an appropriate name for this program …

Creepy is a free program for Windows and Linux that can be used to track Twitter and Flickr users. Track how? Via the geolocation feature that both services make use of. All you need to do is to enter the Flickr or Twitter username in the application and wait until the first longitude and latitude information are retrieved. Add the time of posting plus integration of Google Maps, Virtual Maps and Open Street Maps and you have created a movement profile of that user. The tweet and tweet url, or the image title and Flickr link are posted in a box at the bottom of the application for each individual hit.

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Unique Content Verifier Un.Co.Ver

Friday, February 4th, 2011

This sounds like a handy program for both search engine optimization and for checking to see that nobody is copying your content … but keep in mind that some RSS feeds actually want you to scrape their content, as long as you credit the source.

One of the biggest problems for webmasters on today’s Internet is scraped content. What does it mean exactly? It basically means that other webmasters are copying contents from a website, usually without authorization to do so. That’s content theft and copyright infringement.

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OpenOffice – LibreOffice 3.3 Final Released

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Here’s a cool set of document editing tools for Linux users …

Oracle, with the purchase of the software company Sun, is the current main sponsor of the Open Source project. Members of the Open Office project formed The Document Foundation back in September 2010 and made available a fork of Open Office that they called Libre Office. Open Office is governed by the Community Council which is dependent on Oracle which has led to disputes in the past which eventually led to the departure of independent developers and the forming of The Document Foundation and Libre Office.

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DNS Performance Test

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

If you think your DNS might be a bit slow, here’s a program that you can use to check it …

DNS speed and reliability made the news last year when Google introduced their own open DNS system that every Internet user could make use of. The topic has lost much of its forward momentum since then and has taken the backseat once again. DNS in layman terms is used to “look-up” IP addresses of domain names. Ghacks.net for instance resolves to 96.30.22.116. Most Internet users will probably agree that it is easier to remember domain names than IP addresses, and that’s the main purpose of the system.

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MP3 Packer – Rearrange MP3 Data to Save Space

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

This one seems kind of silly; for one thing, a 1.4% decrease in size hardly seems worth the effort, and for another thing, in these days of PCs with massive hard drives a tiny MP3 file doesn’t really seem worth worrying about.

Common wisdom is that mp3 are already highly compressed which means it does not make sense to compress them further, for instance to zip them before sending them to a friend. But did you know that there is still room for improvement, at least if the encoding settings were not optimal to being with?

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PhotoRec File Recovery Software

Monday, December 6th, 2010

You never know when a file recovery program will come in handy …

PhotoRec is a file recovery software for various operating systems including Microsoft Windows but also Linux and Mac OS X. The free program ships with Testdisk, a well known program for recovering lost partitions on a computer system.

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