Archive for the ‘Free Software’ Category

Joost – Wow!

March 4, 2007

Ugo Cei from was kind enough to share one of his invites to the closed beta of Joost

Not heard of Joost? Where have you been? 🙂

Joost is that latest project from Skype creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Frii. Simply, Joost is TV over the web, but it is also so much more. The program is based on P2P technology, streaming video on demand to your PC.

For the full run down, take a look at the Wikipedia page here:

I feel incredibly lucky to have received an invite as they’re so difficult to get hold of. Within 5-10 minutes of me receiving the invite I’d registered with Joost, downloaded and installed the software and was watching my first program (a Fifth Gear episode)

Wow! – Now I’m not saying that it’s perfect, but how easy was that! You’ve got to remember that this is a beta, so the contents not all there now, but what is there demonstrates the developers vision perfectly. It’s quick and I experienced very little lag with it, even on my 1Mb ADSL broadband connection.

Joost I’ve got a hardware router and also run the Windows XP firewall – I didn’t need to configure anything to get Joost working, I like apps that run straight out of the box.

Now, not everyone’s as happy with it as me, so take read here for Robert Scoble’s experience:

Unfortunately I have been given any invites to give out for myself yet. You can register for beta invites at the Joost website

The only thing that’s really surprised me so far is that there’s no integration with Skype – there must be a lot of scope for that combination…


Visual Task Tips

May 21, 2006

Visual Task Tips is a very lightweight shell enhancement utility. It provides thumbnail preview images for each task in the Windows Taskbar, like in the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista. It's simple to use, just download and install it. Best of all, it's completely free (for non-commercial use)

Click here to visit their home page: Visual Task Tips Home

Get Sticky!

May 13, 2006

If you use a USB pen drive, then it’s worth taking a look at

Stickydrive is a free app which sits on your USB pen, it’s a file, program and document manager that lets you run software applications directly from your flash drive.

Stickydrive can be installed on any type of external memory, you can view your photos, play music, run Firefox (and many other apps) all without having to install anything onto the computer.

Top 15 Security/Hacking Tools & Utilities

April 17, 2006

I've just found a really useful article which reviews the top 15 security/hacking tools (all free). Some of them you may already be familiar with, but some of them will be added to my security toolkit today.

Here's a quick rundown on the utilities mentioned:

1. Nmap
2. Nessus Remote Security Scanner
3. John the Ripper
4. Nikto
5. SuperScan
6. p0f
7. Ethereal
8. Yersinia
9. Eraser
10. PuTTY
11. LCP
12. Cain and Abel
13. Kismet
14. NetStumbler
15. hping

These utilities are not only useful for hacking a system but for learning how to protect your own.

Take a look at the article, written by Darknet, here: Top 15 Security/Hacking Tools & Utilities

Newsgator Notifier Firefox Extension

April 11, 2006

For some time I've been using a little-known extension for Firefox which acts as a notifier for new posts in my Newsgator account, called "Newsgator Toolkit"

You'll find some "design features" in it – such as clicking the icon doesn't open Newsgator and doesn't reset the unread post count, but I can live with that for such a useful extension.

It doesn't appear that the person who developed it has done any work to it recently but it does serve a useful purpose for me.

If you'd like to give it a try then visit the creators site here: Chinwags from Abu Dhabi: Newsgator Toolkit or download the extension here:

Turn your Smartphone into a USB drive

April 9, 2006

Some clever developer has managed to write a free application for any Windows Mobile 5 Smartphones (like my Orange SPV C600) which basically turns the phone into a USB pen drive (no need to use Activesync to transfer files).

The authors description of the program is This program will export the flash memory card inside the smartphone as usual USB Mass Storage device (ordinary "usb disk") – effectively turning smartphone into flash reader (albeit USB 1.0 only, and not very fast)

I had to follow these instructions to get it to work as I was getting an "error 57":

Using a registry editor, within HKLM\Security\Policies\Policies create a new value "0000101b" with the value dword = 1

To download the application go here:

It’s official – I’m addicted!

April 2, 2006


S.W.I.N.E. is a real-time tactical strategy game in which you must carry out extremely varied missions while taking advantage of the terrain and your units’ special abilities. Your army’s abilities and strengths will then develop over the course of the game. Before and during the missions, you will also have the opportunity to purchase or sell units, and upgrade or augment them with various items of equipment. However, this will cost you some of the strategic points (SP) you receive for destroying enemy objects (units, buildings, etc.) and for successfully completing your missions. Further strategical components include the use of the air force and supply trailers (repairs, ammunition, and fuel). Clever exploitation of the terrain, selecting the proper units, and the optimum utilization of your abilities will enable even a small force to do battle against an enemy with numerical superiority.

I've been playing this game for the last couple of months and I think I may be addicted! 🙂

You'll need a BitTorrent client to download the game – use this link to grab the torrent

If you need a BitTorrent client then I highly recommend µTorrent

For more information about S.W.I.N.E take a look at StormRegion's website by clicking this link