Wednesday, March 26, 2008

WiGLE

Wireless Geographic Logging Engine: Making maps of wireless networks since 2001

WiGLE.net is a submission-based catalog of wireless networks. Submissions are not paired with actual people; rather name/password identities which people use to associate their data. It's basically a "gee isn't this neat" engine for learning about the spread of wireless computer usage.

WiGLE concerns itself entirely with 802.11b networks right now, since it's REALLY hard to deal with cellular networks, 802.11a is so hard to catch, and everything else is so small-share. 802.11b appears to be experiencing an explosive growth, and it's neat to see it cover cities.

More information is available here.

FreeTrack - Head Tracker for Games

FreeTrack is a free optical motion tracking application for Microsoft Windows, released under the GNU General Public License. Its main function is inexpensive head tracking in computer games and simulations but can also be used for general computer accessibility, in particular hands-free computing. Tracking is sensitive enough that only small head movements are required so that the user's eyes never leave the screen.

It makes it possible to control your point of view in a video game or simulator, with small head movements. What could be more natural than to turn your face towards the rear view mirror to look in this rear view mirror? How to make it simpler than to just lower your eyes to check the switch of the headlights of your Cessna?

More information is available here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Excel Password Remover 2008

Have you ever forgotten your Excel workbook or sheet password?

This is used to remove the workbook or sheet protection, and not the file protection.

Great little program, I've used it successfully a few times.

More information is available here.

Gnome Partition Editor

GParted is the Gnome Partition Editor.

GParted is an industrial-strength package for creating, destroying, resizing, moving, checking and copying partitions, and the filesystems on them. This is useful for creating space for new operating systems, reorganizing disk usage, copying data residing on hard disks and mirroring one partition with another (disk imaging).

More information is available here, and screenshots are here.

Monday, March 03, 2008

How To Run Linux on a USB Drive

Althack has a great article on how to run linux on a USB drive.

Pretty simple to do, and at the end of it you get Damn Small Linux on a USB key.

All that you need to get started is:
  • USB Storage Device - (256mb or larger recommended using USB 2.0)
  • PC that can boot from a USB Device
  • Damn Small Linux (DSL) Distro
  • Syslinux 3.11
  • HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
More information is available here.