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I have a half-baked idea

Are there any websites or online communities in which people submit their 'ideas' for public use? [more inside]
posted by wolfsleepy on Oct 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Where can I find statistics about open source software?

Where can I find comparisons of the time it takes for an application to become relatively mature (in feature set, and bugs) in comparison to its status as open or closed source?
posted by jackofsaxons on Sep 3, 2007 - 4 answers

open source, real-time, video streaming?

What options are there for a real-time, open source, video streaming (ogg Theora?) codec/platform/service? I have heard of Flumotion but was wondering if there are others like it in the US or Asia.
posted by gen on Aug 26, 2007 - 3 answers

Remember Window sizes and locations

Is there a software that remembers the open windows sizes and locations in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Jul 11, 2007 - 4 answers

We're just a million little gods making rainstorms...

LostPassionAndCreativityFilter: How does one rekindle one's skill in the zany, lateral, eccentric, imaginative, radical, random, funny, artistic, and kind? [more inside]
posted by regicide is good for you on Jun 20, 2007 - 21 answers

Where is the software to convert a PDF

I need some software that will take a PDF file (of a magazine) and produce an online version of it that does not require a PDF reader to view. [more inside]
posted by ajbattrick on Jun 1, 2007 - 5 answers

Could someone tell my if my door is wide open?

I believe the mail server associated with my domain name is acting as an open relay. Hosting company claims everything's good. How can I double-check? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno on May 15, 2007 - 12 answers

Latecomer to Open Source Programming

What are some good resources for a ColdFusion programmer who's thinking about going to PHP? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Apr 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Open source software for design company

Open source software for a professional web design company. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Apr 13, 2007 - 33 answers

Where can I find a bunch of John and Jane Does?

Does anyone happen to remember the name of the LiveJournal community that existed a few years ago, that publicly posted the password, so that anyone could log in and make posts about whatever they wanted? It was an open community for everyone and anyone. There may have been more than one, but I only knew of one. [more inside]
posted by eggplantia5 on Feb 19, 2007 - 4 answers

How to easily search/replace in MySQL database?

Is there an easy, preferably open source way of editing MySQL table contents? I was hoping for something which would let me use Excel (or OO Calc) to edit the live database. I need to search/replace many items in a poorly imported database. [more inside]
posted by Yavsy on Feb 6, 2007 - 10 answers

Client Server Database

This is probably impossible but... Is there an open source client-server database that I can put on a shared Windows xp server without actually installing it? In other words simply copy up a bunch of files and have it work without going through a standard windows installation involving writing to the Registry etc... Actually i dont even care if its open source as long as it is small and relatively inexpensive. thanks in advance.
posted by rhcclark on Jan 30, 2007 - 13 answers

What database should I use?

Help me avoid Microsoft. I need a simple database programme, is there a good cheap alternative to MS Access out there? Can anyone recommend OOo base? [more inside]
posted by Touchstone on Jan 28, 2007 - 25 answers

I miss my speadsheets!

Why is Excel not opening? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory on Jan 13, 2007 - 7 answers

I'm FLOSSing everyday

What's my role in the free/libre/open-source software movement? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler on Dec 6, 2006 - 8 answers

open source media art website: go!

I've just received a fairly generous grant to create a clearinghouse for open source multi-media applications. What should I be thinking about now? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet on Nov 27, 2006 - 5 answers

Should I get dental/vision insurance? If so, which plan?

Federal employee health benefit open season started today. I'm overwhelmed with the choices! [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Nov 13, 2006 - 3 answers

HSX Clone Script?

Does anybody know of an open source buy\sell\exchange script similar to Hollywood Stock Exchange? Or for that matter any commercially available scripts?
posted by bleucube on Nov 7, 2006 - 2 answers

Setting up a digg-like feature

I need to set up a community site that also has a Digg-like community news section, and am trying to find open source packages that will do the job. I looked at Pligg, but am wary of using it (reasons inside). I wonder if Drupal will work. Can you folks shed some light? [more inside]
posted by madman on Nov 7, 2006 - 1 answer

Introduction to Open Source lsoftware localization

I want to introduce a group of students to how open source software is localized (translated). What I am looking for is some software (preferebly cross platform) which uses text/po/mo files to store the text strings for each language. [more inside]
posted by eatmytag on Oct 4, 2006 - 7 answers

What are some good free/open-source Help Desk software solutions?

What are some good free/open-source Help Desk software solutions? [more inside]
posted by thefreek on Aug 28, 2006 - 2 answers

Need to sell my art, what software do I use?

What best open source software can I used to sell 10,000 paintings? [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Jul 29, 2006 - 1 answer

Good form.

How can I easily create web forms? [more inside]
posted by aisforal on May 26, 2006 - 3 answers

Are there any open-source typing tests?

Are there any polished open-source typing tests, either for Windows, or as a web app?
posted by Jairus on Jan 31, 2006 - 5 answers

Defensive patents for free and open source software

Defensive patents for free and open source software: can I bind a specific type of license with a patent ? [more inside]
posted by a007r on Jan 11, 2006 - 5 answers

Open Source Howto

Open Source Software developers, how did you initially start working on open source software projects? [more inside]
posted by jsonic on Nov 15, 2005 - 13 answers

Open source site monitoring software

Can anybody recommend an open source 'external' site monitoring utility for *nix? By external, I mean the tool should sit on a server that's separate to the one the site being monitored is sitting on. The tool should make regular requests to the monitored site and should send an alert if the page is not returned within a specified time.
posted by jedro on Sep 8, 2005 - 18 answers


Simple (I hope) question: I'm thinking that in the next year I might buy a Mac. I'm also interested in Linux, though, and I've thought about buying a "white box" PC to run Linux and open-source apps. I don't really understand the relationship between OSX and 'nixes all that well. Does OSX run Linux-type programs too? (TIA)
posted by alumshubby on Aug 21, 2005 - 18 answers

How many people have worked on Linux?

How many programmers are capable of contributing to Linux? Of those, how many have contributed, since Linux began?
posted by Tlogmer on Jul 26, 2005 - 9 answers

Open-source job listing/posting software?

Does there exist a quality open-source CMS that is designed specifically to be used as a job board? [more inside]
posted by Jairus on Jun 21, 2005 - 3 answers

Open source confusion.

How does redhat make money? In wading through previous related AskMe posts as well as this Wiki article, I'm more confused now than when I started. [more inside]
posted by yoga on Jun 16, 2005 - 13 answers

Mademoiselle Nation

Anyone know of any good books, plays, or other material about Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, a.k.a. "Mademoiselle Nation"? She was an eleven-year-old girl adopted by the French revolutionaries after her father's murder by a royalist. Her portrait by Jacques-Louis David is currently on display at the Getty in Los Angeles, and as the book blog Romancing the Tome says the story of her life would make for excellent reading. Surely she's found her way into print by now?
posted by Asparagirl on Mar 18, 2005 - 3 answers

Answer cell phone without opening?

I have an LG 6000 cell phone, and I want to be able to answer it while riding on my bicycle, but not have to fumble to open it. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Mar 17, 2005 - 5 answers

Open Source Online Store?

Is there any reliable, secure, open source and/or freeware online store software that supports digital downloads? If so, any that allow the site adminstrator to do nifty stuff like set a time limit on how long after paying users can download?
posted by eustacescrubb on Feb 23, 2005 - 2 answers

Open Source Collaboration Tools

I need a package to facilitate collaboration among a group of people spread across the Internet/globe. Ideally it would track staff, projects, to-do lists and contacts. Open source (PHP/mySQL) would be ideal. Any suggestions?
posted by Leonard on Nov 4, 2004 - 11 answers

Win XP

Two XP questions in a row! Does anybody know how to remove the "Windows cannot open this file" dialog box that offers a web service? I'd like this to act like it did in previous versions of Windows, just going directly to the "Choose the program you want to use to open this file" dialog. Google has failed me.
posted by ajpresto on Jun 5, 2004 - 1 answer

How can I check remotely whether the garage door is open or closed?

A method of determining the opened/closed status of my garage door [More inside] [more inside]
posted by smcniven on May 7, 2004 - 6 answers

What opensource CMS would you recommend for ease of use, robustness, and customizability?

Some of the answers I got to this post made me think about developing cheap, easy-to-use interactive Intranets for various corporate clients (a la this), based on opensource CMS and/or blogware, thus eliminating licensing fees and saving a bundle on programming costs / time. I am looking for advice on what application to use. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by signal on Jan 30, 2004 - 6 answers

Recommend a freeware program to check the internal temperatures of my laptop

My laptop has taken to switching itself off at random intervals, but only at my parents or in-laws houses. The general consensus is that these houses are hotter than my own and it may be just enough to upset my system.

Can anyone recommend a good freeware (pref OpenSource) program to check up on the internal temperatures of the system? I'm running WinXP.
posted by twine42 on Jan 21, 2004 - 8 answers

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