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GoogleCL: Your command line might get more love now

With all of the projects that Google's been working on lately, it's easy to forget that not everything has to have a glossy UI to function well. Sometimes a service can function more efficiently with the entire visual element stripped from it, and that's exactly what Google's allowed the geeks among us to do. Users can now interact with several of the most popular Google services via command line...

YouTube Video Downloader provides GUI and command-line download interface

YouTube downloaders are a dime a dozen. Unfortunately, many of them are thinly veiled malware/adware containers, or they are just plain cruddy. What makes youtube-dl special is that it's cross-platform, free, open-source, and CLI-based. If you don't know what CLI means, you probably don't need it :). In a nutshell, though, it lets you download videos from the command line (you can see a CLI tutor...

Screenshot tour: GMapCatcher lets you use Google Maps offline

My girlfriend recently took me on a long road trip through rural Canada. We had a blast, but one of the trickiest parts was navigating. Canada is vast, and we had to keep flipping back and forth between differently-scaled maps. If only we had known about GMapCatcher before the trip, things could have been much simpler. In a nutshell, GMapCatcher lets you select an area of land and a range of...

Customize your in-game music with a simple add-on for World of Warcraft

Are you bored with the default WoW music? It's great and all, but after five and a half years, you might be a little weary. Picking flowers is great, but mining mithril ore to the Rocky Fanfare theme is even better! Or perhaps you're of the other, older, lore nerdy school: you love one of the Blizzard tracks so much that you want it to play all the time, no matter where you are! Well, you're in...

Off the clock: Unknown Horizons is a free, open-source RTS for Settlers fans

It's Sunday, and we're off the clock. Time for a little open-source RTS fun with Unknown Horizons! Though it claims to be a clone of the Anno series by Sunflowers/Ubisoft, you will probably associate this game more with the Settlers games -- a very popular, age-old series of 2D real-time simulation games. The premise from their own website: 'The player starts with a ship somewhere amid an archip...

Django hits 1.0

Django, the open source web framework written in Python, has just hit the 1.0 milestone! My sincere congratulations to the entire Django team and community for all of their hard work. Django (pronounced Jang-oh), like Ruby on Rails, is part of the new-hotness class of web frameworks that has generated interest amongst lots of web developers. Loosely following the model-view-controller paradigm, Dj...

Flickrfs and DFO, just in case there is a Flickrpocalypse

Ah, Flickr. How we love you. We loved the idyllic pre-Yahoo! days, and held back our tears with the Yahoo! phase of growth. But even when things seem so good, we wonder what the future holds. Microsoft? AOL? An undead uprising? Now couple our fears with our stupidity. All those photos we uploaded over the past year or two? The ones housed safely on our hard drive? Yeah, right... the hard drive we,...

Google launches App Engine

Google has just announced the preview release of Google App Engine, which the company is describing as " an application-hosting tool that developers can use to build scalable web apps on top of Google's infrastructure." Think of it like Amazon's web services, but as a fully integrated solution. With Amazon's services, developers can mix and match the various components with each other or with othe...

Easy HTML To Any Script Converter

Sometimes the headlines just write themselves. Easy HTML To Any Script Converter deserves an award for most accurately named program - ever! It does just what it says. The basic idea is that you paste in a block of HTML, select a language, hit go, and copy the code into your application. The Converter delivers a block of code for the particular language you selected with all offending characters e...

How-to: Shoot yourself in the foot, programmatically

I just about laughed my butt off reading this. I'll warn you by saying that you need to be a programmer to even "get" the list of language jokes on this page. Of course you will identify with several different languages than I did most likely, but it is a very funny, very enjoyable site to peruse. My non-programmer wife even enjoyed a few of them because some of them are just funny to read aloud. ...

Python 2.5 released!

The latest version of the Python programming language, version 2.5 final, is ready for download. The Python website states that Python 2.5 is ready for production use and should work great. Python 2.5 has had many changes to make it better, faster, and make programming easier for you. Some of the new things in Python are: It now uses the Buildbot tool; conditional expressions have been updated; ab...

SAP's tools now feature RadRails and Eclipse

SAP's new download includes a bunch of open-source tools including RadRails, Eclipse, PHP/Ruby/Python code generators, and SAP's scripting tools. This shows the growing trend that large software companies are beginning to realize the huge value of free open-source frameworks and ideas. Eclipse and RadRails are excellent tools to use, even for the wizards at SAP so it only makes sense that they us...

Skeletonz: a Python-based, AJAX open source CMS

Just when you think there are plenty of CMS choices available, we track another one down via eHub: Skeletonz, a simple CMS based on Python and AJAX with a few tricks up its sleeve. Since it's in a 1.0 beta for now, the only way to get it is through SVN, and you'll need Python 2.4, MySQL and MySQLdb. Once you're up and running you'll be greeted with standard features like a template system, plugins...

Google's Open-Source Code Project Hosting

Google dropped the word a little while ago about some Open Source Community thingy they were working on, and Greg Stein said that he was just putting the finishing touches on it. Well, it looks like it has been released. The new service from Google is a hosting environment called Project Hosting, that allows developers to upload and store any open-source project code they have in their arsenal. I...

Ten questions for great programmers answered

Blogger Jaros??aw Rzeszótko sent ten questions to a bunch of notable programmers and posted their answers on his blog. Though not all of his recipients replied, several big names did, including Linux creator Linus Torvalds, Guido Van Rossum, creator of the Python programming language, James Gosling, creator or Java, and Ruby hackers Dave Thomas and David Heinemeier Hansson. To a programmer ...