Posts Tagged ‘open source’

OpenStreetView launches

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

This is an interesting idea, with the potential to provide a really unique mapping service, but it looks like it’s still got quite a ways to go when it comes to providing the level of coverage that Google Street View provides.

OpenStreetView is a free crowd-sourced service by OpenStreetMap that offers street imagery that users of the service push to it while using it. OpenStreetMap is an open source alternative to Google Maps, Bing Maps and other mapping services. The new OpenStreetView however works different than services like Google StreetView despite the naming similarities.


What is Microsoft .NET Core 1.0?

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Just in case you were wondering …

Microsoft’s NET Framework has been an integrated component of all recent versions of the Windows operating system. While the actual version of the Framework installed by default differs with every release of Windows, all recent Windows versions have in common that they support Microsoft .Net to a degree. Microsoft has made the decision to reboot the .Net Framework by making it open source and cross-platform.


No Backdoors Found in First Part of TrueCrypt Audit

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Here’s an Open Source encryption solution for those concerned with privacy; it’s not perfect, but at least auditors weren’t able to find a backdoor (yet.)

The revelations of Edward Snowden’s leaks confirmed that security agencies spend time and money trying to undermine cryptographic software. Potential backdoors in cryptographic software or protocols would be disastrous, and that is one of the reasons why requests for audits became louder and more prominent. The Open Source encryption software TrueCrypt ran a fundraiser for a public TrueCrypt audit last year and managed to collect enough money to make that happen.


TunnelVision, Hide Part Of Your Screen

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

This is kind of an interesting idea … but it overlooks the fact that to a passer-by, the TunnelVision shrouded screen probably looks more ominous than any video you might be looking at.

Remember those pupils at school that would not let you peak at their work during class? They usually used their elbow and body to block your view. TunnelVision is more or less the modern adpotion of this century old practice, only that you are now in control of what others see on your computer monitor. Lets say you are working on some highly classified materials on your computer, or as a harmless variant, you are watching a video in one corner during work hours.


Classic Shell – Add Dropped Features to Newer Windows Versions

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Talk about irony; Microsoft spends hundreds of thousands of dollars updating the Windows interface, then somebody else comes up with a simple, free program to put things back the way they used to be …

When you compare the Windows XP operating system to Vista or Windows 7, you will notice that Microsoft has changed, altered or removed features in the newer operating system. From a new start menu to a new Windows Explorer layout, new copy user interface or the new Internet Explorer 9 that looks and feels slightly different than previous versions of the web browser.


Sumatra PDF Reader Updated – XPS File Support Added

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

If you’re looking for an alternative to Adobe Acrobat, you might want to check this out …

The popular lightweight pdf reader Sumatra has been updated by its developers recently. Version 1.5 of the application now supports XPS documents (XML Paper Specification) and can therefor act as an alternative to the built-in XPS Viewer of Windows Vista and Windows 7. XPS is in many regards comparable to Adobe’s PDF format; The format was initially developed by Microsoft but is now standardized as an open standard document format.


jPDF Tweak – PDF Manipulation Software

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

This looks useful. I might actually try this one out myself …

The Open Source software jPDF Tweak offers options to manipulate one or multiple pdf documents. Have you ever felt the need to split or merge pdf files, move pages around or add watermarks to a number of pdfs? If you answered yes to at least one of the questions then jPDF Tweak is the software for you, providing that you have access to an operating system with Java installed.


True System Security Tweaker for Windows

Friday, February 11th, 2011

If you weren’t careful or knowledgeable about what you were doing, I bet you could get yourself into a whole lot of trouble using this application …

True System Security Tweaker offers to change, enable or disable more than 450 security related settings in Windows. The portable application concentrates on user restrictions that are grouped into categories in the application interface. More than 20 categories are available of which some link to sub-categories. Among them security settings for Internet Explorer, the Windows Media Player, Task Scheduler, File System or the computer network.


Recover Videos with Get My Videos Back

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

If this works as well as the article says that it does, it definitely seems like a handy tool for anybody who has a big collection of CDs and DVDs.

The durability of CDs and DVDs depends on several factors. These factors have a direct influence of the longevity of the data which usually ranges between 2 and 15 years. This alone makes CDs and DVDs an unreliable backup medium. Computer users on the other hand do not use recordable CDs and DVDs just for backup purposes. Some like to burn videos on the discs, for instance from holidays to watch them on television.


Use Miro to Play and Download Youtube Videos

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

I don’t really need another video player, but the ability to download YouTube videos definitely sounds useful …

We have seen our fair share of applications that offer to download Youtube videos, both as browser extensions and as desktop applications. Some, like the excellent Firefox add-on Download Helper are still working while others have stopped working or vanished from view.