Archive for the ‘ICT’ Category

These free apps can help SMBs lower costs while improving productivity.

via 75 Open Source Replacements for Popular Small Business Software – Datamation.

50 Must-Have Open Source Apps for Your Home Office – Open source apps for almost every home office task, most of which function on Windows.

The How-To Geek Guide to Audio Editing: Cutting, Trimming & Arranging – Knowing how to cut and trim tracks is basic audio editing and is a fundamental starting point for making more elaborate arrangements.

 

Audacity: The Free Dimensional Sound Editor, Part One – Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform sound recorder and editor program that allows you to perform simple and advanced sound recording and editing tasks. This article from Linux Magazine focuses on Audacity 1.3.12 Beta on Ubuntu Linux 10.10 and uses a Logitech 350 USB Headset with built-in microphone.

10 best alternative operating systems – Techradar’s look at the best alternative operating systems, with the potential to change the computing landscape over the next decade.

59 Open Source Tools That Can Replace Popular Security Software – Datamation’s newly updated list of open source tools

Security in-a-box is a collaborative effort of the Tactical Technology Collective and Front Line. It was created to meet the digital security and privacy needs of advocates and human rights defenders.  Security in-a-box includes a How-to Booklet, which addresses a number of important digital security issues. It also provides a collection of Hands-on Guides, each of which includes a particular freeware or open source software tool, as well as instructions on how you can use that tool to secure your computer, protect your information or maintain the privacy of your Internet communication. There are also details of Portable security software. It is well worth reading.

Save your PC: bootable Linux rescue tools – Details about a range of Linux based tools that might help recover from a PC problem

5 of the Best Free and Open Source Remote Desktop Software for Linux – here is a list of some open-source remote desktop software (in no particular order) that you can download and use for free

Open Source Alternatives to Google – Is it feasible to drop Google for a period of time in exchange for unfettered open source alternatives? – An article from Datamation that suggests so

50 UNIX / Linux Sysadmin Tutorials – useful collection of tutorials covering a wide range of topics

50 Android Apps for the Mobile Knowledge Worker – Here’s a list of 50 of the best Android apps for tracking, managing and updating your information.

24tips: hand-picked tools and techniques for doing web stuff cheaply – excellent post from Steph – will be well worth subscribing to

MyPasswords – manage your passwords, including the passwords of your online accounts. The passwords are encrypted with AES – written in Java so is cross-platform.

Life As A Sys Admin: Best Networking Tweaks for Linux – Linux is fast, but with these tips and techniques, you can make it faster when accessing it over a network connection.

5 of the Best Free and Open Source Data Mining Software – For those of you who are looking for some data mining tools, here are five of the best open-source data mining software that you could get for free:

Best Linux backup software: 8 tools on test – What’s the best Linux backup tool for home use?

Internet fraud for dummies: practical advice for protecting yourself against online scams – Internet fraud has been around for just about as long as the Internet itself. Each year, cybercriminals come up with new techniques and tactics designed to fool their potential victims. This article examines different types of fraud and what you can do to protect yourself against them.

50 Open Source Apps You Can Use in the Cloud – For the purposes of this list, any app available on a hosted or on-demand basis is considered a cloud app, with links to the pages that describe how the apps can be used in the cloud.

7 of the Best Free Linux Document Management Systems – useful review of these systems, each has its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

6 Secure Linux Wi-Fi Authentication Servers – a look at six different open and free Remote Authentication Dial In User Service (RADIUS) servers available for Linux (and other platforms).

An Open Source Toolkit for Your Small Business – a toolkit of favorite must-have applications, along with what you need to know to get your office up and running in no time

8 (More) Free and Open Source Project Management Software – Another list of excellent free and open-source project
management software (in no particular order) not included
in the previous list

A Guide to Small Business Accounting Software – Useful post about what to look for when deciding about accounts software

If you’re thinking of producing some audio content for your organisation, this page might be useful – The How-To Geek Guide to Computer Microphones

Disaster management using open source and social media – Interesting post by Craig Thomler – Ushahidi and Sahana are open source, free-to-use web-based platforms designed to be highly resilient during disaster situations and flexible to the needs of both developing and developed nations

Donna Papacosta has updated her page on Podcasts about Podcasting, there’s lots of useful information here –
Trafcom News: Updated: Podcasts about podcasting

Get real-time information from a myriad of sources ranging
from blogs and published news articles to Twitter, LinkedIn, Jigsaw,
salesforce.com and beyond, for free – http://www.workstreamer.com/

If you’re intending to design, or redesign, your web site, then there may be something of use here 10 Free Online Books for Web Designers

Lots of information and resources on Computer Forensics – SANS Computer Forensic Investigations and Incident Response

All the latest in the Security and Open source fields –  The H: Security news and Open source developments,  plus the H Internet Toolkit

Set yourself up with the tools for your own ‘virtual office’ 25 free online tools for media professionals on the move

Very useful post and podcast from @iictpete on how to Build a Communications Strategy including social media, go and check it out.

http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/advice-support/ict/ict-and-your-role – Lots of useful resources from teams around NCVO to help you do things more effectively and efficiently using technology

Trafcom News Podcast 95: Internal podcasting – how you could make use of this in your organisation?  Another of Donna’s excellent podcasts.

ICT Champions –  the site of the regional ICT Champions, which answers frequently asked questions about Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and how it can help the third sector. It is aimed at staff and volunteers from:

* charities,
* community groups,
* social enterprises and
* other not for profit organisations.

BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones provides a useful summary – http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/rorycellanjones/2010/02/new_tools_for_new_journalists.html

He also shared some of the technology and web services he uses with an audience at a Fit for the Future session. You can watch a video of the session here

Interesting post on the Securosis blog on Network Security Fundamentals – http://securosis.com/blog/network-security-fundamentals-monitor-everything

If you’re looking for a comprehensive monitoring solution for your organisation’s infrastructure, OSSEC is a scalable, multi-platform, open source Host-based Intrusion Detection System (HIDS). It has a powerful correlation and analysis engine, integrating log analysis, file integrity checking, Windows registry monitoring, centralized policy enforcement, rootkit detection, real-time alerting and active response.

It runs on most operating systems, including Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, MacOS, Solaris and Windows. A list with all supported platforms is available here. The download link is here

The interactive Smart Chart 3.0 is an online tool that can help you make and assess strategic decisions and it’s free to nonprofit organisations. If you’re looking to create a communications strategy for your organisation, this could be just what you need to get started

Useful report from Freeform Dynamics about using Linux in your business – a practical look at the use of desktop Linux in a business context – http://www.freeformdynamics.com/fullarticle.asp?aid=678

Interesting post from Jakob Neilsen, about a new report with case studies, you can see what other organisations have done and maybe guide the decision/implementation process for your organisation if this is something you’re considering. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/social-intranet-features.html

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eBox Platform is a unified network server that offers easy and efficient computer network administration for SMBs. It can act as a Gateway, an Infrastructure Manager, a Unified Threat Manager, an Office Server, a Unified Communication Server or a combination of them. These functionalities are tightly integrated, automating most tasks, avoiding mistakes and saving time for system administrators.

This looks to be well worth investigating, here is an overview of the latest version eBox 1.2 Overview

Very interesting post (3rd in a series) from Neil Hopkin’s blog on Free Web 2.0 Leadership and Information Management software with an excellent list of resources you could use to support your organisation and your work. The previous two posts in the series also contain some very useful links.

nfpSynergy, CAF and the Institute of Fundraising have published a report on “The potential of mobile phones and text messaging for charities and non-profit organisations” – download a PDF here

OnlineCourses.org have put together a comprehensive list of Open Source tools for Writers, Journalists and Bloggers and the full details are here.  Take a look, there might be just the thing you’ve been looking for

The Wild Apricot blog has published an excellent post giving details of 26 presentations on Social Media topics that are available on Slideshare.  If you’re looking to produce something for your organisation these are an excellent starting point to allow you to find inspiration or ideas for your work.  If you’ve got a presentation on Social Media topics that you’ve produced, why not share it with the folks at Wild Apricot by leaving the details as a comment to their post?

David Wilcox has an excellent post on this topic here – Sources for social technology propositions – please mix your own and also another here – 45 provocative propositions about using social technology both are valuable reads if you’re thinking about starting new projects to reach your communities.