Popular Open Source 3D Printers

Popular Open Source 3D Printers

Just a decade ago, 3D printers were a novelty. Costing upwards of US$5,000 for a desktop edition that could convert some powder into plasticky objects. But not only have the prices fallen, More »

Open Source Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Open Source Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

It is the holiday season and a time to share and exchange presents. And what better way to share some love this holiday season than by giving your loved ones an open More »

Wekan – Open Source Alternative to Trello

Wekan – Open Source Alternative to Trello

Wekan is an open source collaborative project management tool similar to Trello like boards. It offers some of the Kanban functionalities and features as well. On Wekan one can easily create boards, More »

The Zero Terminal – Pocket Computer that works!

The Zero Terminal – Pocket Computer that works!

The real joy of tinkering with Raspberry Pi is to build something nifty and fun. To hack a really whacky and crazy idea into a working prototype. That we all love and More »

OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

MIT Open Agriculture (OpenAg) is a wonderful execution of an open source initiative for controlled-environment agriculture platform referred to as “Food Computer”. All hardware, software and even data is open sourced so More »

 

Category Archives: OS Software

Firefox Send – Snapchat for files

If you plan to share a file, especially a large one, with someone over the Internet for a limited time and want it to be a secure share,  then Firefox Send is your answer. This experimental application is designed as open source with its code hosted on GitHub.

Firefox Send allows users to upload files (word, pdf, spreadsheets, movies etc) up to the size of 1GB. The files are then encrypted and the link is sent to the end recipient. Who have 24 hours to download before the file disappears. If the file has been downloaded, the file will be destroyed automatically.

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Coco – Opensource Blockchain framework from Microsoft

Microsoft has announced the release of open source based Coco framework for Blockchain technology. What’s most exciting is that they have chosen to make it open source and will be available for download from GITHub early next year (2018).

Microsoft vision is to help the ease the adoption of Blockchain by enterprises. Cisco, and Intel will collaborate and partner with Microsoft to make this framework scale-able and hardware compatible.

Blockchain technology is gaining a lot of interest in the enterprises these days. It is widely touted to be used and adopted initially by Healthcare, Finance, Supply Chain, manufacturing, IoT and many more industries in the next few years.

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BOSS Index – Most Popular Open Source Projects

We all wonder which are the most popular Open Source software that we use today? Is Node.js more popular than Python? Which is more sought after; MongoDB or Cassandara? Everyone has their own opinion and reasons to choose one over the other. But which one is at the top of the list? BOSS Index wants to change that with their unique ranking.

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Ring – Peer-to-Peer Open Source Communications Software Launches

Late July this year, Ring, a peer-to-peer, open source communications software for Linux, Android, Windows and Mac OS X, came out of beta with the release of 1.0. A product of Savoir-faire Linux Inc, the application is released under the GPLv3 license.

The software supports chat, audio and video calls over an encrypted, secure and fully distributed peer to peer communications pathway.

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World’s top programming languages are all open source

IEEE does an annual ranking of top programming languages and the results are shared mid year with the general public. For the past many years, proprietary software is losing ground to open source driven software languages. And this year, all of the top ten languages have totally gone open source.

IEEE tracks 48 different languages using 12 distinct metrics with their unique weights applied. This creates a listing which looks for emerging languages, popularity, jobs available among other factors. This year, the list has some new entrants like Go and Swift with Python topping for the first time beating out old rivals like C and C++.

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Writing Urdu using beautiful Nastaleeq font

Reading and writing in Urdu on Word, Web and even smart phone has become a standard. After all, there are over 200 million Urdu speaking Pakistanis and an additional 50 million worldwide audience that speak and communicate in this language. However, a good nastaleeq font is hard to come by. Even BBC Urdu uses a font that is so hard to read for a native Urdu speaker.

But there are ways around this mess. We can actually read and write in beautiful Nastaleeq font. I would also recommend reading the following post on how to write Urdu text on Web to get the formatting of the page correct for Urdu fonts. Things like right to left rather than the traditional left to right and encoding the text to UTF-8 etc.

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Mozilla launches US$ 2 Million Wireless Innovation Challenge

Partnering with National Science Foundation, Mozilla Foundation has launched an ambitious US$2 million  Wireless Innovation for Network Society, (WINS) Challenge.

There are two broad categories where the US based entities can apply.

  • Off the Grid Internet Challenge: In this challenge disaster hit communities need to be reached with portable and rapidly deployed wireless communication system.
  • Smart Community Networks Challenge: Reach out to those communities that lack proper internet access in the USA. Mozilla and NSF estimate that there are over 39 million people in the US that lack quality internet.
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UPSat – World’s first Open Source Satellite launched into space

This has to be one of the most amazing open source projects of the year. A technology, satellite, which is heavily guarded and mostly utilized by military or government is now available to any budding space enthusiast, living anywhere in the world. For free!

UPSat is a joint initiative of Libre Space Foundation and University of Patras, in Greece. It is designed from scratch as completely open sourced including the hardware. That literally includes the firmware, the chassis and all software related to the satellite. The code and specs can be downloaded from GitHub where they are publicly available.

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How to write Urdu, Arabic or Persian text on Web

Languages like Arabic, Farsi and Urdu (AFU) use Arabic fonts and write from right to left rather than the usual left to write. To make any browser display text from the right side of the browser one has to define the following within the HTML tag

html dir=”rtl” lang=”ur”

The DIR tag defines the direction writing on the screen. RTL (Right to Left) or LTR (Left to Write). The LANG tag defines the language specified. In this case it is Urdu (ur).

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How to record calls over Skype

When it comes to finding softwares for making online video/audio calls with reasonable voice quality and no cost to anywhere around the world, there isn’t any other software application which nears the monopoly that Skype enjoys. Regardless of what operating system you have installed on your computer, Skype is compatible with all of them and is used equally by their respective users everywhere in the world. With such extensive usage and hence the wide variety of circumstances in which its used, there often occurs a need to record the calls, and as Skype doesn’t provide call recording services itself, it allows access to some third party applications to do the job.

There are a number of Softwares in market developed exclusively to satisfy the said purpose, among which a tool called Evaer seems to tender the most useful and customizable features with a fairly simple UI.