Try out Firefox 3, Gran Paradiso

20 09 2007

Firefox 3 is shaping up to be a real mean browsing machine. The team has added a whole slew of amazing new features. While Firefox 2 was more of a big update, Firefox 3 (or codename Gran Paradiso) is shaping up to be a real makeover. It is really great to try out all the new features and play around, plus then you’ll be ready when the first stable release comes around in October. The easiest way to download it is through download site Softpedia. And don’t forget to report bugs!

Firefox 3 Alpha 7 from Softpedia

The 46 best-ever freeware utilities

14 08 2007

“Gizmo Richards” at website Tech Support Alert has a list of the 46 best ever free software utilities for windows. The list is very comprehensive and covers basically any piece of software you might be hunting for. The reason I like this list the most is because it is regularly updated and if “Gizmo” finds a piece of software that he thinks is better he will replace it. He has given me a ton of good recommendations for software that I now use regularly.

The 46 Best-Ever Free Software Utilities

Futurewatch: Find awesome open-source apps at Open Source Alternative

14 07 2007

Website Open Source Alternative ( lets you search for a commercial program, and then finds open-source alternatives that do the same thing, or vice-versa. It’s a pretty great site if you’re looking at a commercial program but don’t want to spend the money to buy it. You can often find open-source programs that do the same thing, often better, for free.

I put this as futurewatch because the site is still pretty new. Its database gets bigger every day, but there is still a lot more to add. Not to say it isn’t great now, but give it 6 months to a year and it will be a great alternative for sourceforge.


Find Ubuntu software with GetDeb

12 07 2007


Looking for an Ubuntu app that isn’t in the synaptic repositories? Maybe you found it, but you don’t want to manually install it, or worse, compile it from source. If so, GetDeb is an Ubuntu software portal like filehippo that is full of lovely, easy to install .deb files. Also, GetDeb allows less experienced users to use the latest software versions. The site explains:

The current Ubuntu official packages update policy is limited to critical bug fixes, meaning after each release there will be no regular bug fixes or improvement updates. This a good practice for stability purposes specially if you are planning to do an enterprise level support but it also means that until the next release you will not be able to get the latest and greatest software versions for your system.

This policy is also a limitation for the emerging applications which will not be available on the official repositories and consequently not getting the proper recognition, something that they can get by being easily available to the end users.

This is great way to find and install apps that you might not otherwise know about.