Arora – completely FLOSS Webkit browser

Categories: Utilities
If you want to run a WebKit web browser with no strings attached (unlike Safari and Google Chrome), Arora is surely worth a try. First plus is that it runs on Linux, Windows and MacOS X. It is fast, has private browsing and looks like it has some plug-in support. Another good news is the announcement Kubuntu will carry Arora as its default browser in the 9.10 release.

Ebook reader and manager

Categories: Office Utilities
For those who like ebooks, Calibre is a great program that was created to manage pretty much any aspect of your reading files. The list of features is pretty extensive: convert files from and to epub, mobi, LRF and supports input of several other formats including PDF, html, odt, rtf amongst others; syncs to mobile reader devices (seems to work well with the iPhone/Stanza and the Kindle); convert a news feed to an ebook; scans your computer to check for all supported ebook formats so you can keep them organized, download cover art and meta data; runs on Windows, Linux and MacOS X.

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Import and edit PDF files in OpenOffice

Categories: Office
For quite a while now OpenOffice has been promising the ability to import and edit PDF files. Although not released with the program itself, you can grab the Sun PDF Import extension to do just that. This extension is in beta and is available multi-platform for Windows, Linux and MacOS X systems. Tests that I ran were pretty good. The text in the PDF file is imported well and in a way I could edit the text, font settings and images.

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Using Twitter with Pidgin

Categories: Messaging Tips
The eco-system around Pidgin is fantastic, below is yet another cool plug-in tip for it. Pidgin-Twitter plug-in works with Linux and Windows for you to get back into posting to and receiving notes from Twitter (also works well with Identi.ca too!). Steps to get it working: download and install the plug-in the plug-in; go to Pidgin menu under Tools > Plug-ins you’ll find Pidgin-Twitter to activate and configure; place your username / password and define a couple of other options (such as show users’ avatars) Add a buddy to your GTalk account called [email protected]

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Abiword – multi platform word processor

Categories: CD and DVD Office
After a recent exchange of ideas about Abiword on identi.ca, I decided to take a closer look at it again. Although OpenOffice is currently my office suite of choice, it is a bit bloated and slow. So, what does Abiword have to offer? It is blazing fast; works in Windows and Linux; has all the main text editing and formatting functions one needs; saves and imports documents in multiple formats (Abiword’s own formats, .

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Multiplatform desktop SVN

Categories: Programming Utilities
On Linux a nice small but highly effective tool I use to work with SVN is RapidSVN. The program is pretty small but highly effective for commit, checkout, merge, and log info. RapidSVN works on Windows, Linux and MacOS X. From their site, the list of features include: Simple -easy to use for SVN features; Efficient – simple for beginners but flexible enough for those experienced with Subversion; Portable – runs on several platforms on which wxWidgets can run (Linux, Windows, Mac OS/X, Solaris, etc).

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Project Management

Categories: Office
GanttProject is currently what I’m using for my project management duties. Why? it is multi-platform (works on Windows, Linux, and MacOS X); simple to use; open source; allows me to manage well dependencies, resources and milestones. The main drawback is that it is Java based so a bit slower to run than other native programs.

Recover lost Windows passwords

Categories: Utilities
Forgot your Windows login password? You can recover it easily with Ophcrack. You can run Ophcrack through a live CD and have your passwords in no time. Or download the software to run on different platforms, even running in Windows itself if you have access to another user’s account. Once downloaded, the software is incredibly easy to use and will recover the passwords of all users in your Windows installation, Windows XP or Vista.

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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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