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Redo Backup is a fast, easy way to image your hard drive

xPud is a slick little live Linux distribution. Apparently, it also makes a nice foundation for a backup and recovery tool. Redo Backup is just that: a small, speedy Linux live CD that provides an easy way to backup and restore the entire contents of your hard drive. Redo utilizes Partclone for the heavy lifting, and it also provides automatic mounting of Linux and Windows shares so that...

Coming soon: an open source Dropbox alternative with collaboration

Dropbox is a great little service (and app). Developer Hylke Bons seems to like it -- but he's got designs on building an alternative with a few improvements. As he writes on his blog, "Dropbox has a great user experience, but it has downsides as well: you can't host your own server; it's not open source and has some freaky things in its license agreement." Dubbed SparkleShare, Bons is...

Transport Tycoon Deluxe clone OpenTTD finally hits version 1.0!

They say good things come to those who wait. In this particular case "they" were the developers behind OpenTTD, an open source clone of Chris Sawyer's classic game Transport Tycoon Deluxe. The wait is finally over! After six long years of development, OpenTTD has hit version 1.0 and it's now ready for download. Loads of bugs have been squashed, the maps have been embiggened, and multiplayer...

Want to start your own Chatroulette clone? Got a hundred bucks?

Wow, that didn't take long! Chatroulette, the trendy new random webcam chat service started by a Russian teenager, is so popular that a company is now selling "start your own Chatroulette clone" scripts. If you've got $100, CamChat will hook you up with your own private Chatroulette, with extra charges to remove branding and get professional installation. I guess I can see why people want to...

Classic strategy game M.U.L.E. comes back to life as Planet M.U.L.E.

One of my favorite video games from my childhood was a strategy game for my Commodore 64 called M.U.L.E. In fact, when I wrote about an online C64 emulator two years ago, I ended with the question "Does anybody remember M.U.L.E.?" Evidently, they do, and they loved it as much as I did. Today I discovered Planet M.U.L.E., a free remake and tribute to the original game and its designers. And what a...

The Download Squad Brief: Apple v Psystar

The Battle of Apple vs Psystar has played out in the courts and the blogosphere over the past year and has pitted the personal computing giant against open source community and consumer advocates determined to test the boundaries of the legal protection of software. Psystar is a Miami based company in the business of producing Apple clones by installing OS X and Snow Leopard on Intel desktops...

My two favorite free, post-install tech tools

We received a question from one of our readers the other day asking about an easy way to resize his 500GB data drive to make room for a Windows 7 install. This got me thinking about two tools that I've been using a lot lately: Easeus Partition Manager and Macrium Reflect. If you play with a lot of operating systems, keeping a good set of images (or a stockpile of extra hard drives) around is a...