Posts tagged freeware

Notepad2 text editor

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Wahoo, I found Notepad2. It contains the only two features I really use ALL the time in a text editor: syntax highlighting and UNIX (grep) style regular expressions search and replace.

For those who don’t know about regular expressions search and replace, it allows you to do wacky stuff like swap words, change case, and to pinpoint replacements on a source file, using bits and pieces of what you were “finding” in the “replacement”. Just don’t tell anyone you know how to use it, as it really opens up your ability to process huge input files with ease to do, well, anything.

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Best freeware

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Discovered a few I like and didn’t know about:

From Live Slick. The comments actually pointed me to a program I really like Notepad2.

Linux Slug: VOIP & Weather Station

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I wanted a silent weather server to run wviewweather on, to go with my new Davis Vantage Pro 2.

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In view of the latest problems Vonage has been having (they are involved with litigation with Nortel, Sprint, Verizon and SunRocket), I decided to go somewhat farther afield to seek out an alternate solution.

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To serve as both servers, I bought ($79 eBay) a tiny Cisco NSLU2 (known to the hacking community as the SLUG), a tiny little linux server (designed just to share USB HDDs), along with a 4 GB USB memory stick ($34 CompUSA). I’ll post details and instructions when I get it all working.

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Linux installed

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Finally got my first LINUX server up-and-running for the fire department. It’s a great indication of how some distributions are much better than others. Read on to see how it progressed.

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Password generator

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SuperGenPass is a neat utility was called out on TWIT (This Week in Technology). It’s a password generator that allows you to generate passwords for various websites based on a master password. Alternately, you could use the tiered system I’ve used before (1 password for secure websites, 1 password for less secure websites, 1 password for throw-away websites).

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