Jan 26, 2010 GMTDia is probably the most popular diagramming tool on Linux, but it produces diagrams that lack style and look somewhat boring. Enter SimpleDiagrams, a slick and easy-to-use diagramming tool that lets you create stylish diagrams with a minimum of fuss. SimpleDiagrams is based on the Adobe AIR platform, so you have to install Adobe AIR runtime before you can install and use the tool. What makes SimpleDiagrams different is its distinctive diagramming style: the canvas is presented as a chalkboard (the application offers two other canvas styles, too) , and the supplied library contains a collection of hand-drawn items....
Jan 20, 2010 GMTTomboy is a handy little note-taking tool that sports a few nifty features, including the ability to upload notes to a remote server and sync them between different machines. And now you can put your Tomboy notes on an Android device courtesy of Tomdroid. This no-frills app acts as a note viewer, so you can't edit notes directly on the Android device. Still, the Tomdroid can be useful if you want to keep your notes handy.Tomdroid is not available via the Android Market, so you have to install the latest .apk package from the project's Web site. The app expects to find all Tomboy notes in the /sdcard/tomdroid directory which you have to create manually. The easiest way to do this is to use...
Jan 13, 2010 GMTYou may think that word processing is all about WYSIWYG and GUI, but WordGrinder is living proof that a word processor that runs in a terminal does make sense. Thanks to its small and efficient code base containing only 6300 lines of code, WordGrinder will happily run on older machines, and you can even use it on GUI-less setups. Despite being a terminal-based application, WordGrinder provides a menu system activated with the Esc key. Users who prefer to control applications via the keyboard will be pleased to learn that WordGrinder provides keyboard shortcuts for virtually every command and action. Better yet, you...
Jan 11, 2010 GMTWhen it comes to graphical Twitter clients, you are spoiled for choice. But what if you want to use the popular micro-blogging service from the command line? Then you need Twidge, a command-line utility that supports both Twitter and Identi.ca.Before you can use Twidge, you have to configure it using the twidge setup command. Enter your Twitter user name and password, and you are all set. Using Twidge couldn't be easier. To view the 20 most recent updates from the people you follow, use the twidge lsrecent -su command. The twidge update command allows you to post a tweet, for example: twidge update "Status goes here."If you want to send a direct message to a specific user, you...
Dec 30, 2009 GMTSay you need to share documents stored on your Android device with several users. Or perhaps you want to download photos and upload music files without fiddling with USB or Bluetooth connections. Install and run the SwiFTP FTP server on the Android device, and you (as well as other users) can access files from any machine via the FTP protocol. You can install SwiFTP from the Android Market or directly from the project's Web site. Configuring SwiFTP is ridiculously easy. Launch the server, press the Setup button, and specify the desired user name and password. If necessary, you can also change the default port and...
Dec 29, 2009 GMTThe new year is almost upon us, so it's a good time to wrap up the year 2009 and ruminate over the best open source software and hardware this year brought us. So without further ado, let me present my personal "Best of 2009" list in no particular order. The coolest hardware: TonidoPlugThe concept of plug computer has been floating around for quite some time. But CodeLathe turned the idea of a tiny server with extremely low power consumption into a real and genuinely useful product named TonidoPlug. The little server runs Tonido software, an open source peer-to-peer platform and application suite that includes several top-notch applications such as a blog engine, a torrent...
Dec 22, 2009 GMTIf you are familiar with the Read It Later (RIL) extension for Firefox and the accompanying service, you know how useful this solution is. And the recently released version 2.0 brings a slew of improvements that make this must-have tool even better. The latest release features a completely redesigned interface to provide easier access to the extension's essential features. You can now tag and edit entries in the reading list using the dedicated Edit button next to each item. The Text View button opens a given Web page in the text mode stripped of all graphics and media content. This can come in handy when you are on a slow or expensive internet connection. The clever part is that during...
Carnegie Mellon researchers say 3 million pages could fall down the phishing hole in the next year.
The US government rolls new best-practice rules for protecting SSH.
Klaus Knopper announces the latest version of his iconic Live Linux system.
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According to a report, many potential victims of the Heartbleed attack have patched their systems, but few have cleaned up the crime scene to protect themselves from the effects of a previous intrusion.
DARPA and NICTA release the code for the ultra-secure microkernel system used in aerial drones.
Should you trust an online service to store your online passwords?
New B+ board lets you build cool things without the complication of a powered USB hub.
Redmond rushes in to root out alleged malware haven.
New initiative will bring futuristic virtual reality effects to the web surfing experience.