Open Source lovin’ for your Server….

Linux, Opensource, OSX, osx Server, Server, Windows
Continuing with our coverage of "Free your Apps", here is how you can free your Server (and workstation) of those expensive (usually useless) so-called Enterprise Applications. BitNami stacks make it incredibly easy to install your favorite open source server software. Application stacks include an open source application and all the dependencies necessary to run it, such as Apache, MySQL and PHP or Ruby. All you need to do is download the Stack, provide a few pieces of information when prompted by the installation wizard, and that's it. By the time you click 'finish', your new application will be ready to run. All stacks have been packaged using BitRock's multiplatform installer.Bitnami Infrastructure stacks are designed for developers and system administrators and provide you a way of installing a LAMP or Ruby…
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Best Open Source apps at your finger tips….

Apple, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, Windows
Are you constantly hearing about Open Source software and are wondering how to go about getting started. Do you want to cleanse your Mac or PC from all those so called advanced applications that don't do what they advertise, yet take up all the diskspace on your computer. Or maybe you're just sick of BSOD'n/Beachball'n apps that you brand new computer came loaded with and are ready for some Open Source Lovin'. Well WinLibre and MacLibre have your answer. Both are free to download and both offer you an easy way to install the best Open Source Apps that are out there.MacLibre Featured applicationsCreateAudacityBlenderGimpInkscapeInternetAdiumColloquyCyberduckFireFirefoxNvuThunderbirdViennaMultimediaHandBrakeMPlayerVLCOfficeAbiWordNeoOfficeUtilitiesClamXavDesktopManageriTermVirtueDesktopsX11WinLibre Featured applicationsCreateAudacityBlenderGimpInkscapeInternetNVUFirefoxGaimThunderbirdFileZillaMultimediaWinLAMECDexVLCZinfOfficePDFCreatorOpenOfficeUtilitiesClamWinNotepad27-ZipTightVNCNetTime
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Stream your Linux/Windows/Mac Desktop as video using VLC

Apple, CLI, Darwin Streaming Server, Linux, Macintosh, Opensource, OSX, Video, VLC, Windows
A buddy of mine (thanks Mike) showed me this today. There is a input Access module in the newer versions of VLC (0.8.6+) called "screen" which makes this possible. To stream your desktop to another machine (ip address: in this case) just use the following command in Linux (sorry command line only):vlc screen:// :screen-fps=30 :screen-caching=100 --sout '#transcode{vcodec=mp4v,vb=4096,acodec=mpga,ab=256,scale=1,width=1280,height=800}:rtp{dst=,port=1234,access=udp,mux=ts}'or in Windows (slightly different syntax) use this command:vlc screen:// :screen-fps=30 :screen-caching=100 :sout=#transcode{vcodec=mp4v,vb=2048,scale=1,acodec=mpga,ab=192,channels=2}:duplicate{dst=std{access=rtp,mux=ts,dst=}}This is one massive command, so lets take a look at it in more detail:screen:// is our input module selection (if you just run vlc screen:// you'll see your own screen on the server inside vlc....kinda cool):screen-fps=30 specifies that we want to screengrab at 30 fps (from default 5 fps):screen-caching=100 sets the internal caching to 100ms (from default 300 ms)--sout is…
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Right Mouse and Delete Buttons under XP on Inter Mac’s

Apple, Macintosh, Tricks, Windows
This one has been bugging me for so long that once I figured it out today I had to let other know as well. If you've been using Windows on your mac using bootcamp you'd know how frustrating it is not to have the right mouse button -- you can remedy this with a mouse of course -- and no DEL key. This makes deleting files/directories a pain in the 'nads, let alone trying to right click with the single button on the pad.I think I've found the solution. It's a windows utility called AutoHotKey and it's free. Grab it, reboot into WinXP (or whatever Windows) natively and continue on with the tutorial below:1) Okay so assuming you're in windows and have AutoHotKey downloaded, go ahead and install the application.2)…
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is TV freed?

bittorrent, Linux, OSX, rss, Windows
Well, I'll leave this one to you. You can decide on it's Kosherness. The application is called TED and it can find all sorts of TV episodes you might have missed. From the homepage:ted can find episodes of any TV show you like to watch. Just add your favorite shows to ted and he will search for the newest episodes and downloads them for you. ted uses bittorrent and RSS technology to get you the newest episodes as fast as possible! ted comes with a huge list of shows, all waiting for you to be watched. ted even displays a summary of each show, to help you choose shows you like.ted requires Java 5 and a bittorrent client and is available for all platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac). Download here.
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Manage your Projects FREE….

Linux, Opensource, OSX, Windows
You all know my dislike for Microsoft and their products. Whenever possible I've tried to get away from having to use their software. Here is another opensource product that allows us to do our thing without them. From their overview page:OpenProj is a free, open source desktop alternative to Microsoft Project. The OpenProj solution is ideal for desktop project Click to enlarge in a new windowmanagement and is available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows. OpenProj is a complete desktop replacement of Microsoft Project and even opens existing native Project files. OpenProj shares the most advanced scheduling engine in the industry with Project-ON-Demand. The OpenProj solution has Gantt Charts, Network Diagrams (PERT Charts), WBS and RBS charts, Earned Value costing and more.You can get more detailed information on OpenProj or…
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Portable Studio in a box

Apple, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft, OSX, Video, Windows
Hot on the heels of AJA video's NAB announcement of their IO HD box, MOTU has just announced their version of Portable Studio in a box, the MOTU V3HD. According to MOTU's website "With one simple plug-and-play FireWire connection, the V3HD turns your Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer into a powerful HD/SD video production workstation equipped with all the video and audio I/O you need." Both boxes seem -- at first glance -- to be very similar. AJA's box works with Apple's ProPres 422 (hardware), while V3HD seems to be hardwired for DVCPro HD (hardware). V3HD works with FinalCut Pro on Mac platform and supports Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows. All you need is a Workstation/Laptop with Firewire 400/800 connections. So go ahead and build that portable HD/SD…
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Beauty and the Beast….

OSX, Parallels Desktop, Windows
Before I start this segment I just want to mention that you will need Parallel's Desktop for Mac for this to work. A new feature in parallels which I just discovered is it's ability to fuse the two OS'es (OSX and WinXP) together so that you can tell applications in one OS (ie: windows) to open files in the other (ie:OSX).For example let's say you have a "Beauty and the Beast" setup on your laptop and you have parallels installed. Someone sends you an excel spreadsheet via email (assume you read your email on OSX). Further, assume you have installed office 2007 on your WinXP partition. Well now with Parallel's Smart Select feature, you can save the file onto your desktop, right click on it and go to "open with"…
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