Transfer files through ftp with FileZilla

Categories: Utilities
Throughout my blogging years and web experiences Filezilla has been of great use. The Filezilla client allows transfering of files through FTP, FTPS, and SFTP. Actually, you can also delete files on your server or rename them. It runs nicely on Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, and you can run it through a USB drive with Portable Apps. If you prefer to run something similar on your Firefox, you may also try out FireFTP.

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Colonization gaming – FreeCol

Categories: Games
FreeCol is an open source clone of the Colonization game. I admit, during college I was a bit addicted to this game, my style of strategy gaming. For those who are not familiar, this is a strategy game where your objective is to Colonize the entire world with your nationality. So, you build your cities, grow them, build an army and expand your borders. Sounds pretty simple but for people like me, fun stuff to do for hours and hours.

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Use web applications offline with Gears

Categories: Utilities
The Firefox add-on Gears, formerly known as Google Gears, allows you to use web applications as if they were installed on your computer. Consider it as a fancier offline browsing. So, basically the data instead of being completely stored on the web is actually stored in your computer. You’ll have access whenever you want. The number of websites compatible with Gears isn’t that huge at the moment but there are some very good ones already adopting it such as RememberTheMilk, Google Docs, Zoho, Google Reader, and most recently MySpace.

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Battle for Wesnoth

Categories: Games
Battle for Wesnoth is a pretty cool game RPG style where you’ll build up and lead an army to conquer the entire map / world. The game has over 200 units in 16 different races so there you’ll not get bored easily. Being open source any one has the freedom to build other maps and scenarios. You can also do the social gaming thing through its multi-player interaction. I actually enjoyed this while in college, a nice way to kill time and while interacting with other people across the globe.

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Firefox 3, almost 24 hours away!

Categories: Utilities
The folks at Mozilla will be giving us the full stable Firefox 3 in a bit more than 24 hours. A really really nice improvement from the 2.0 release which now seems pretty ancient for all of those already testing beta releases and release candidates. Mozilla is even trying to set a new world record for most number of downloads of a single software in one day. Join in the campaign if you’d like as well.

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Songbird 0.6 is out!

Categories: Audio and Video
Songbird, our favorite open source music manager has just released their 0.6 version. According to the website, the new release is “harder, better, faster, stronger”. Looking at the release notes, it shows that the team has been placing quite a bit of work to improve its performance and usability. This project created by Mozilla promises to be the next big thing in the way you discover, play, and manage your music.

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Updated VirtualBox

Categories: Utilities
Virtualbox, our favorite multi-platform virtualization software has just been upgraded to version 1.6.2. This was mainly a bug fix upgrade. The main reason for me to post this here is to remind our readers to make an upgrade to one of the most recent versions of Virtualbox if your current version is giving some problems. My VirtualBox on Linux was completely gone, all of a sudden it just stopped working. But then all I needed to do was uninstall it and install again.

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Open source program to stay healthy

Categories: Utilities
Looking to loose some weight? Open source multi-platform program CRON-O-Meter helps you keep track of your diet. It looks like a pretty neat program. You tell it what you’re eating and it’ll give you a nice report of the vitamins, minerals, proteins you’re taking in each day. The program will even give you suggestions on what you should eat, so you’ll never be in doubt again on whether you should eat a salad or a burger for lunch.

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Strategy game – Freeciv

Categories: Games
Freeciv was inspired by one of my favorite computer games, Civilization. For those unfamiliar with this game, it is a strategy game where your objective is to manage a civilization from its birth until world domination (through military or cultural advancements). You can play against the computer or multiplayer through the net. Freeciv has a bunch of maps and scenarios already loaded in it, and dozens of units (some I hadn’t even found on the proprietary Civilization).

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How I manage my money – GnuCash

Categories: Office
Not too long ago I searched through several accounting / money managing software and GnuCash was the best open source software program I could find for the job. To start, I really like it because it works on several different OS such as Windows, Linux, BSD, and MacOS X. At first the program is a bit complicated to get used to because it uses the double-entry accounting principle where you always have to list where the money is coming from and going to.

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