OSS for Windows updates since February 3rd, 2009

Open source software for Windows updates as of 19th March 2009 since February 3rd, 2009 when TTCS OSSWIN CD 1.98 was released :

Desktop Applications

  • AbiWord 2.6.8 Free Word processing program similiar to commercial products
  • 7-Zip 4.65 file archiver with high compression ratio.
  • WinMerge 2.12 WinMerge is a Win32 tool for visual difference display and merging, for both files and directories.




  • GIMP 2.6.5 bitmap editor suitable for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. (Gimp 2.6.6 is available for GNU/Linux distros)
  • Dia 0.97 pre2 A diagram creation program program similiar to “Visio”


Sound and Video


TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.97 released

The TTCS OSSWIN CD v1.97, a collection of over 100 Free/Open Source software for Windows is available for download.


  • Date created : December 23rd, 2008
  • File name : ttcs_osswin_cd_v1.97.iso
  • File size : 690 MB (724,363,264 bytes)
  • MD5 checksum : cc6005d61b83b214d6d22e2f9a492ab7 / cc6005d6 1b83b214 d6d22e2f 9a492ab7
  • SHA-1 : d03e25a4 f8fa4790 1ed55996 e1b2291e b32d2ea6
  • SHA-256 : 9cd7e94c c8f8bf3a 58b8a710 7cc06f7b b8b8aafb 2bd3fd38 7507789a a0100d38

Changes from v1.96

  • updated : Abiword, 7-zip, Wikidpad, Tux Typing 2, TuxMath, Portable Puzzle Collection, GIMP, Blender, Mozilla Firefox, Filezilla, HTTrack Website Copier, Miranda IM, XAMPP Lite, VideoLAN, VirtualDub, InfraRecorder, Virtual Magnifying Glass, Truecrypt

Currently available at  Filefront mirror with other download mirrors to have it soon.

Steelpan featured in Wii Music

Nintendo Wii Music for the Nintendo Wii will be available at Amazon.com on October 23rd, 2008. Available in Japan last month, part of the advertising was the variety of instruments available.

Instrument # 29 : the steelpan! (30 second youtube video)

The steelpan is also featured in the video trailer/ad for Wii Music on Amazon.com (1 minute and 5 seconds in). Nintendo has probably done more to popularise the steelpan, using it in Super Mario World (youtube video : 32 seconds in) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in the early 1990’s.

Ping times in Trinidad with broadband from Flow or Blink

Since I’ve gotten Flow broadband I’ve been playing online games (Quake 3 Arena, DotA Allstars) with another Flow subscriber using Hamachi.

The ping times are great ; typical ping times between two Flow subscribers (one in St. James, the other in Glencoe) are around 15-25ms. However, the ping time between a Flow subscriber and a TSTT Blink Broadband subscriber is around 220ms which results in some lag during gaming.

Anyone knows what the ping times are between two Blink Broadband subscribers? Let us know in the comments.

Warcraft III v1.21b latest patch

Two bits of recent (and good!) news for Warcraft III players  :

First, Blizzard has released a Warcraft III patch v1.21b which allows you to run the installed game without the Warcraft CD.

Secondly, possibly the most popular game using the Warcraft III engine, DoTA AllStars (my friends haven’t played regular Warcraft III LAN games since we discovered since discovering DoTA Allstars) has a new AI version (i.e so you can play with/against bots) : 6.48b AI+ v1.52 (login required).

updates to software on the TTCS OSSWIN CD since v1.84

Did several updates to the TTCS OSSWIN CD that will be available for this Saturday’s meeting. Here’s a list of the updated software since v1.84 was released December 29th, 2007 :

  • Sumatra PDF 0.8 slim, portable, open-source PDF viewer for Windows.
  • ConvertAll 0.4.1 Unit Conversion program
  • Wikidpad 1.8rc12 Wiki-like notebook for storing anything you can think of to write down
  • Stellarium 0.9.1 Map the night sky on your computer
  • Sokoban YASC 1.423 Yet Another Sokoban Clone – for Windows
  • Scorched3D 41.3 turn based artillery game based on the classic DOS game Scorched Earth. Supports LAN and internet play
  • GIMP 2.4.3 bitmap editor suitable for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  • Paint.NET 3.22 image and photo editing tool for Windows XP and greater
  • FileZilla fast FTP and SFTP client
  • Halite 0.3 download files via BitTorrent, a client file-sharing protocol created to overcome the obstacles of transferring large files over the Internet
  • ClamWin Free AntiVirus 0.92 ClamWin is a Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista.
  • KeePass 1.10 KeePass is an open-source password safe

However, due to the increased file sizes of the updates, three programs were removed from the CD :

  • Jools 0.20 puzzle game similiar to Bejeweled
  • wxMusik An open-source, cross-platform multimedia player and library.
  • Rainmeter 0.14 customisable performance meter and other applets for the desktop

Been working on a DVD version of TTCS OSSWIN, but too much activities occupying my time now.

New version of Kobo Deluxe available!

When Mozilla Firefox v2.0.0.9 was released on November 1st, 2007, starting preparing the TTCS OSSWIN CD. Hmm….a few more updates since I last checked the TTCS OSSWIN CD for updates….: Gimp v2.4.1, Scorched Earth, Freeciv….. ….then I see a version 0.41 of Kobo Deluxe is available!

Screenshot of Kobo Deluxe, a great multi-platform game

A description for the uninitiated : Kobo Deluxe is a third person scrolling 2D shooter with a simple and responsive control system – which you’ll need to tackle the tons of enemy ships that shoot at you, chase you, circle around you shooting, or even launch other ships at you, while you’re trying to destroy the labyrinth shaped bases. There are 50 action packed levels with smoothly increasing difficulty, and different combinations of enemies that require different tactics to be dealt with successfully.

Kobo Deluxe is loads of fun, classical arcade style (and addictive!) gameplay! I’ve already created a Windows installer for the TTCS OSSWIN CD.

Playstation 3 sales reach 1 million in Japan ; console battle for 2nd place

According to this Reuters report, Sony has sold 1.01 million units of the PS3 as of July 15 while Wii sales totaled 2.9 million units as of July 8 and sales of Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 have came to 420,705 units in Japan. Ars Technica has a breakdown of console sales in the US and Japan.