Egyptian blogger from Cairo.
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Posts Tagged ‘open source’

Embed Videos With Flowplayer

Embedding with YouTube is easy, but limited

For anyone developing or maintaining a website, embedding videos used to always be an issue. That was until YouTube became the undisputed leader for sharing videos, and embedding them in websites. Normally, using a free service with a recognizable appearance and a visible watermark, like YouTube, is unprofessional. However, YouTube has become so popular, that even the large corporations and…

Windows XP with VirtualBox on Ubuntu

Ubuntu logo and slogan

For the average user, making the long-awaited switch to Linux seems quite challenging. The open source community has worked tirelessly to tempt the main stream crowd to the penguin world, and after many Linux distributions, Ubuntu has come through the ranks as the obvious choice for any newcomer willing to abandon the commercial world for the real one. Ubuntu’s slogan…

Sharing Blog Posts With Sociable

Sociable Options

It’s refreshing to see scores of blogs and micro-sites on the Internet that are using WordPress. Not only is it the clear leader when it comes to creating personal or professional blogs, but it has also stepped into the realm of CMS-driven websites, and is in many cases the best choice. The free, open-source web application prides itself in how…

Cloud Computing With eyeOS

eyeOS desktop

The move towards online storage and web applications has been going on for a while. Soon enough, users will enjoy the ability to combine all of the documents and applications in central places so that they can be easily accessed from any computer via the internet. With the advancement of services and online applications available for free, plus the high-connection…

Can GIMP Replace Photoshop?

As a web designer and a Linux supporter, I’m always left to ponder if I could really break off from Windows and Mac OS completely, and live exclusively with the penguin. Almost all applications that we work with today are free and/or open-source, with the huge majority making themselves at home on Ubuntu and the likes. However, there are a…

Can OpenOffice.org Compete With MS?

With the spread of open source alternatives to commercial applications, more and more users are going directly for free software, and might not even see the need to get a hold of bootleg copies of “professional” programs. Applications such as VLC, Filezilla or Firefox are obvious choices, and, coincidently, are completely free and open source. In fact, there are so…

Cheap Multitouch Pad

This video shows you how to make your own simple multitouch pad at home, using some very basic tools. Very interesting. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQpr3W-YmcQ We’ve seen over the years how open-source software has come through the ranks and proven itself. But why can’t we think the same of open-source hardware? Obviously, the costs involved and utilities needed are different, but this video…

Piwik: Open Source Web Analytics

The Piwik Dashboard

More and more web applications are being made available for download for users to place on their own server. One of the latest products of the beautiful open-source globe is Piwik: an online application that brings you all of the detailed statistics regarding your website’s visitors. Tracking the visitors to a given website is a crucial measurement of success/failure, and…

typeface.js: Redefining System Fonts

Some of the fonts that can be embedded using typeface.js

It seems like JavaScript is really picking up, as more and more developers join open source projects to bring fascinating features to the web. The latest of which is a project called typeface.js that renders the fonts of a given website using JavaScript, <canvas> and VML. This means that, instead of creating images for all of the text that will…

Underdeveloped, Or Over-Exploited?

Open source is the future

Award-winning author and lecturer Michael Parenti made the argument that the Third World, the poor countries that are seen to be behind in terms of development and advancement, are not actually underdeveloped, as many assume, but they had been over-exploited. The reason behind the downfall of the majority of the countries on the planet can always be traced back to…