Thursday, March 19, 2009

Log Me In

Remote connection is the topic of the day, Log me in is the answer not only do they have a free version with almost as many features as you can imagine, it's totally free for an unlimited number of computers.
Fast and easy are the subjects people get caught up in when they're talking about remotely connecting to their computers and they're built right in to Logmein Free.
Of course, if you need remote sound and drag and drop file transfers there's always log me in pro. -eh, not free.
LogMeIn has also come around and introduced their Mac client as well as a client for PC's and in their labs they have a client for Linux systems with beta clients available for download making it truly cross-platform.
You may say why not just use some form of VNC client?
The answer is clear, Virtual Networking Computing may be fine for terminal use on a LAN (Local Area Network) where you only need a CLI or Command line interface, but for practical use on a WAN (Wide Area Network i.e. THE Internet) or a GUI (Graphical User Interface) the screen redraw is just too slow.
Not to mention the security and connectivity issues that you have to account for with VNC like how to actually gain access to the network of the computer you want to connect to.
By either:
  1.  Setting up a VPN tunnel
  2. Connecting to an existing Virtual Private Network to gain access to that computer.

Look for more on VNC and VPN in other posts.
Thanks for reading
-Josh

Monday, March 16, 2009

GIMP

The GNU Image Manipulationn Program

Not exactly a Photoshop killer, but it does have some of the same features and is as free as they come with it's open source license.

Supports ranges from the common likes of JPEG (JFIF), GIF, PNG, TIFF to special use formats such as the multi-resolution and multi-color-depth Windows icon files

Photo Enhancement
Customizable Interface

And... Thanks to the transparent virtual file system, it is possible to load and save files to from remote locations using protocols such as FTP, HTTP or even SMB (MS Windows shares) and SFTP/SSH.

It also runs on all of the platforms listed below:

  • GNU/Linux (i386, PPC)
  • Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista)
  • Mac OS X
  • Sun OpenSolaris
  • FreeBSD
-Josh

Picasa

The Google cross-platform photo manager.

With Picasa you can:

Organize
Manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had
    Edit
    Eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, crop and more

    Create
    Turn photos into movies, collages, slideshows and more

    Share
    Upload seamlessly to Picasa Web Albums to share with friends, family & the world
    Supported on Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS X, and Linux. Making it genuinely cross-platform.

    Features may vary depending on your platform.

          For instance...

          On the Mac version it will allow you to import your photos from iPhoto to: upload, create a collage, create a movie, email, and print, (in beta) it's set to read only mode in order to prevent it from messing up the iPhoto library structure, but that just means that you can't edit, move, delete, add tags or use the sync to web feature, for the pictures that are stored only in your iPhoto library on your Mac.


          On Linux it can be downloaded and installed through your favorite package manager using the google repository, as depicted in this article of the Picasa Linux FAQ

          Windows, has a feature for creating and burning slide shows to CD.

          As with most things from Google beta is indefinite.

          Archive, FTP, Media, Keychain utils

          Get ALTools Free PC Utilities