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Dmitri Popov
Turn an Android Device into an Eye-Fi Server with Eye-Fi Droid

Jan 27, 2010 GMT

If you happen to use the Eye-Fi card with your digital camera and an Android-based device, you ought to check the Eye-Fi Droid app. It instantly transforms your Android device into a spiffy little Eye-Fi server, and you can then upload photos from the digital camera directly to the Android device and use Eye-Fi Droid's features to geotag and share the uploaded shots.Installing and configuring Eye-Fi Droid is easy; the only requirement is that you already have an Eye-Fi account created when you install and activate your Eye-Fi card on Windows or Mac OS X. Install the latest release of Eye-Fi Droid from the Android Market on your Android device, launch the application and enter the required...
´╗┐Easy Diagramming with SimpleDiagrams

Jan 26, 2010 GMT

Dia is probably the most popular diagramming tool on Linux, but it produces diagrams that lack style and look somewhat boring. Enter SimpleDiagrams, a slick and easy-to-use diagramming tool that lets you create stylish diagrams with a minimum of fuss. SimpleDiagrams is based on the Adobe AIR platform, so you have to install Adobe AIR runtime before you can install and use the tool. What makes SimpleDiagrams different is its distinctive diagramming style: the canvas is presented as a chalkboard (the application offers two other canvas styles, too) , and the supplied library contains a collection of hand-drawn items. Creating diagrams in SimpleDiagrams is as easy as dragging the desired...
´╗┐Tomdroid: A Tomboy Client for Android

Jan 20, 2010 GMT

Tomboy is a handy little note-taking tool that sports a few nifty features, including the ability to upload notes to a remote server and sync them between different machines. And now you can put your Tomboy notes on an Android device courtesy of Tomdroid. This no-frills app acts as a note viewer, so you can't edit notes directly on the Android device. Still, the Tomdroid can be useful if you want to keep your notes handy.Tomdroid is not available via the Android Market, so you have to install the latest .apk package from the project's Web site. The app expects to find all Tomboy notes in the /sdcard/tomdroid directory which you have to create manually. The easiest way to do this is to use...
WordGrinder: Word Processing Terminal Style

Jan 13, 2010 GMT

You may think that word processing is all about WYSIWYG and GUI, but WordGrinder is living proof that a word processor that runs in a terminal does make sense. Thanks to its small and efficient code base containing only 6300 lines of code, WordGrinder will happily run on older machines, and you can even use it on GUI-less setups. Despite being a terminal-based application, WordGrinder provides a menu system activated with the Esc key. Users who prefer to control applications via the keyboard will be pleased to learn that WordGrinder provides keyboard shortcuts for virtually every command and action. Better yet, you can reconfigure the default keyboard shortcuts to suit your needs. When it...
Tweet from the Command Line with Twidge

Jan 11, 2010 GMT

When it comes to graphical Twitter clients, you are spoiled for choice. But what if you want to use the popular micro-blogging service from the command line? Then you need Twidge, a command-line utility that supports both Twitter and Identi.ca.Before you can use Twidge, you have to configure it using the twidge setup command. Enter your Twitter user name and password, and you are all set. Using Twidge couldn't be easier. To view the 20 most recent updates from the people you follow, use the twidge lsrecent -su command. The twidge update command allows you to post a tweet, for example: twidge update "Status goes here."If you want to send a direct message to a specific user, you...
Turn Your Android Device into an FTP Server with SwiFTP

Dec 30, 2009 GMT

Say you need to share documents stored on your Android device with several users. Or perhaps you want to download photos and upload music files without fiddling with USB or Bluetooth connections. Install and run the SwiFTP FTP server on the Android device, and you (as well as other users) can access files from any machine via the FTP protocol. You can install SwiFTP from the Android Market or directly from the project's Web site. Configuring SwiFTP is ridiculously easy. Launch the server, press the Setup button, and specify the desired user name and password. If necessary, you can also change the default port and directory. Press Save to save the settings, then press Start to launch the...
Best of 2009

Dec 29, 2009 GMT

The new year is almost upon us, so it's a good time to wrap up the year 2009 and ruminate over the best open source software and hardware this year brought us. So without further ado, let me present my personal "Best of 2009" list in no particular order. The coolest hardware: TonidoPlugThe concept of plug computer has been floating around for quite some time. But CodeLathe turned the idea of a tiny server with extremely low power consumption into a real and genuinely useful product named TonidoPlug. The little server runs Tonido software, an open source peer-to-peer platform and application suite that includes several top-notch applications such as a blog engine, a torrent...

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