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Self-hosted LiveJournal replacement?

Self-hosted LiveJournal replacement? I would like to have my own journal displayed on my own site and besides some usual requirements, I have one or two that seem to be difficult to satisfy. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Aug 30, 2007 - 6 answers

Experience with micropledge.com?

Anyone had success with the micropledge.com funding service? I'm curious to know if anyone has had success funding a project (or having a project funded) through micropledge.com.
posted by arathorn on Aug 15, 2007 - 2 answers

A knot tied on my finger just isn't doing it for me.

I need a decent alarm clock for my PC. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on Aug 13, 2007 - 9 answers

Computer, lights - low.

Whole-room voice control of lights using open-source software. Can it be done? Has it been done? [more inside]
posted by ArbiterOne on Jul 24, 2007 - 8 answers

Who owns open source code?

Legalfilter: Who really owns an open source project? [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek on Jul 12, 2007 - 14 answers

Open Source Media Player for Customized playlists using Thousands of Short Audio Snippets?

I'm looking for an open source MP3 (or OGG) player for creation of educational listening drills. Must be portable, and flexible for creation, editing, burning of playlists and queues -- details on its use in here... [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Jun 14, 2007 - 3 answers

Help me get my friends' businesses off the Microsoft and Intuit upgrade treadmills

Has anybody already done the work of configuring GnuCash for an Australian small business? If so, what's involved in electronic submission of a BAS, and is there an easy way to transfer records to an accountant who thinks QuickBooks is the Only Thing? No more inside.
posted by flabdablet on Jun 13, 2007 - 4 answers

Lots of fiddly and not-so-fiddly data for research: Is OLAP my answer?

Is OLAP my answer? Someone on a stats listserve I subscribe to mentioned OLAP in passing as an approach for managing lots of smaller data tables in a sane/integrated way. I've tried googling around and reading the info on various OLAP/BI project pages. I've since looked briefly at the Pentaho suite (Mondrian, and what was Kettle et al), JasperIntelligence, SpagoBI, and Palo OLAP...briefly only because I'm not quite that technically adept to see for sure how they work and whether these types of applications do what I want them to, given that I'm not coming from what I imagine a "typical" BI user's perspective/needs might be. At this point, my head is spinning a bit. [more inside]
posted by shelbaroo on Jun 11, 2007 - 1 answer

Web Notebook - On my own server?

Does anyone know of similar online solution to Google Notebook that one can host on their own servers? I use Google Notebook every day to archive notes and web clips, but I would like to keep my information secure, private, and under my control. [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek on May 31, 2007 - 9 answers

WAP / WML Analytics packages- are they out there?

Anyone know of any good open source packages for WAP / WML traffic analysis / analytics? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on May 23, 2007 - 3 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

Open Source IM Network for everyone

I want a fully-featured instant messaging system (not just the client, and with support for webcams, etc.) that is open source. Ideally I would like to find one that exists, but I am willing to look into starting one. Any suggestions or advice for what to look at and/or how to go about it is welcome. [more inside]
posted by d7415 on Feb 6, 2007 - 10 answers

Polling scripts?

Know of any good non-hosted free or open-source polling applications? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Jan 30, 2007 - 1 answer

open source/out-of-copyright textbooks exist?

Do open-source/out-of-copyright language textbooks exist? If yes, how would one go about locating/identifying them? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Jan 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me get from here to there

I have a Garmin GPS unit, I would very much like to get some maps on it. [more inside]
posted by quin on Dec 26, 2006 - 9 answers

Open source media contacts/relations database suggestions?

I'm looking for a free (or nearly) solution for storing an existing list of media contacts. [more inside]
posted by Pacrand on Dec 14, 2006 - 2 answers

Looking for website chat client

I run a web design company, and want to set up a website based chat client so I can see when someone is perusing my site and pop up a chat window to help them with any questions... [more inside]
posted by wile e on Dec 3, 2006 - 12 answers

What are the best online resources for scientific data?

What are the best online resources for scientific data? [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Nov 30, 2006 - 13 answers

I have no good news

Awhile ago I found a link to an RSS reader called Good News on this site. It was fun while I had it, but thanks to a reformat due to overly gregarious bluescreens, I lost the installer. It's one of those independent open source thingers with an address buried deep on a personal website, if I remember right, and its name is making it impossible to search for. Could anyone help me find it again?
posted by saysthis on Nov 21, 2006 - 3 answers

Good free/cheap XML-and-XSL application?

Good free/cheap XML-and-XSL application? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Nov 16, 2006 - 15 answers

Wiki Wasteful?

Are collaborative open-source projects (e.g. Wikipedia) inherently more wasteful of resources than their commercial competitors (e.g. Britannica)? I believe there might be [more inside]
posted by roofus on Nov 9, 2006 - 11 answers

Downloadable sets of data?

DoesThisWebsiteExistFilter: Are there any sites that have downloadable sets of data in easily-parseable formats? For example, a list of all US presidents? Or the name of every country's capital? And then have the data available in different formats (XML, CSV, or an on-the-fly generated SQL Insert query)? [more inside]
posted by slater on Oct 30, 2006 - 22 answers

A lot like this, but open source

Does an open source version of something like Ask MetaFilter exist? [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Oct 16, 2006 - 8 answers

How can a willing to learn non-programmer build something like those user-supported gas price sites?

I'm looking to build a site that allows its users to submit and/or search pricing and availability information for "widgets" at local brick and mortar retail stores. The model I have in mind would be similar to the user-supported gas price sites that popped up about a year ago, in which people entered what they paid for what type of gas, and other users then could type in a zip code and see the best prices near them. So, being a non-programmer (but willing to learn through trial and error), what language/framework/open-source code do I use to build this? [more inside]
posted by pjhagop on Oct 11, 2006 - 4 answers

Is there an open source software ap like Pageflakes or Netvibes?

Does anybody know of an open source web application similar to Pageflakes, Netvibes, or Google Personalized that I can run on my own web server, and extend for my own needs? [more inside]
posted by stovenator on Sep 29, 2006 - 5 answers

Looking to get the word out to users

I've just gotten an open source project off the ground and am wondering about respectable ways to get the word out. [more inside]
posted by ephemerae on Sep 28, 2006 - 10 answers

What to do with my startup?

What should I do with my internet startup business? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Sep 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Funding Open Source Development

I'm looking for examples of open source projects that were funded in advance by contributions and pledges from interested users. [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 14, 2006 - 9 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

Freeware/Open Source Help Desk Software.

Freeware/Open Source help desk support ticket type of software? [more inside]
posted by NoMich on Aug 16, 2006 - 13 answers

Holy Grail of RSS Readers?

Help me find my Holy Grail RSS Reader Application in Windows. [more inside]
posted by gregschoen on Aug 12, 2006 - 3 answers

Name that open source band.

A while back I stumbled across an "open source" band, an umbrella name that allowed anyone to perform as that band, but I cannot for the life of me remember it. I think it was primarily an experimental noise act, but at this point I can't be sure. Please, Metafilter, help me find it!
posted by botono9 on Aug 8, 2006 - 5 answers

Should I join ASCAP? (not a simple question in my case)

Should I finally join ASCAP, despite my misgivings about copyright, the music-licensing industry, and certain practices by ASCAP and similar orgs? Yes, the cash would make a real difference for me, given the way ASCAP handles my genre and given my low income overall. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Impress my girlfriend with some mad online registration skillz

My girlfriend handles registrations for swim lessons, and it's a very time-consuming, badly-executed process. I told her that an online implementation of her forms, class rosters, and maybe even payments would simplify the process. Guess who gets to make this happen? (And needs your help to figure out how!) [more inside]
posted by SuperNova on Jul 9, 2006 - 14 answers

Do I have to provide my CMS modifications under the GPL?

Say I was using a Web Content Management System that was covered under the GPL. If I made lots of modifications to the CMS, but only used it for my own site - do I need to provide my modified CMS to the public to download? I'm debating this with a friend - I thought it was only if you are planning to redistribute the software to others, but now I'm wondering - and certainly don't want to a afoul of the GPL.
posted by Dag Maggot on Jun 27, 2006 - 6 answers

Any free or cheap online contact managment software for business?

Does anyone know of any good free or cheap online contact management software? I would like to keep track of when i have talked to a certain contact and possibly as Rss feed or email reminder system to remind me to follow up with contacts.
posted by Bjkokenos on Jun 11, 2006 - 3 answers

Alternatives to SourceForge?

Alternatives to SourceForge? [more inside]
posted by knave on May 17, 2006 - 4 answers

OpenOffice to Word Conversion Needed

How can I convert OpenOffice formatted files to MS Word? [more inside]
posted by mikewas on May 10, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I get open-source software to work?

Using DarwinPorts 1.2.1, how can I get a copy of Gnumeric to run on OS X 10.4.6? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision on May 7, 2006 - 12 answers

Open Source Social Networking Web Template?

I am not a programmer. I just know basic html and I design web sites in Front Page using tables. That's it. So, the question is, is there some sort of open source...thing...that will allow me to make a web site like myspace, such that members of a certain group of people will be able to come there and each sign up for an account, and make their own user page, and link to each other as they wish? [more inside]
posted by light bulb on May 6, 2006 - 12 answers

tell me what you want

Need some help finding open source project to use as a base. [more inside]
posted by striker on Apr 7, 2006 - 1 answer

Open Source Too Open for Me

What type of open source software should I use to disseminate information I have collected over the years? I have a HUGE series of links on a topic that I would like to start sharing with friends and the net as a whole. I am having trouble deciding what to use to post it: CMS (like PHPNuke or Joomla), Wiki, Blog (like WordPress or MT), or just a bookmark manager (like SiteBar). [more inside]
posted by JLobster on Mar 15, 2006 - 4 answers

FCKeditor and PHPlist for Dummies

Does anyone know where I can find REALLY BASIC guides for using (not installing) FCKeditor and PHPlist? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa on Mar 5, 2006 - 2 answers

I'm looking for BlackBerry software, specifically something that will be more like Outlook.

I've been searching for a while now and it seems to me that BlackBerry is very limited when it comes to programs. I also have a distaste for how it differs from Outlook. I'm starting to wish I had purchased something more compatible with Windows software. From my understanding, there is a void of any BlackBerry opensource software? I'm a student so don't have the cash to buy overpriced programs. If anyone knows of anything that might work with BlackBerry, I would appreciate suggestions. I'm on the 7250.
posted by Knigel on Feb 24, 2006 - 4 answers

Best resources for learning software design?

What are the best books to teach the fundamentals of software design and architecture? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Feb 15, 2006 - 12 answers

What are some good software development/open source blogs?

What are the best software development/open source blogs? [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr on Feb 15, 2006 - 11 answers

Pulling data from one window and pasting to another automatically - how?

Looking for a macro program or method that captures and pastes text among different browser windows? [more inside]
posted by Fishing Nut on Jan 26, 2006 - 3 answers

Wahhhh, don't let it die!! :'(

How do I convince someone to fully "hand over" (to the public, not to me specificallY) a now dead, open source but not totally "open licensed" project. Furthermore, how do I find people who might want to work on its revival? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

Open source ecommerce software vs. something else, cheap

OSCommerceFilter: I need to find a new ecommerce site package for a small business client. OSCommerce has been fun, and that whole open source terrain is a real kick, but security problems have become serious, and it's time to consider something else. [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Dec 18, 2005 - 8 answers

What is the legal status of software developed with OSS tools?

What is the legal status of software developed with OSS tools? [more inside]
posted by mkultra on Dec 15, 2005 - 10 answers

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