Friday is Free Day – 4K Video Downloader

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4K Video Downloader is another free video downloader available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. One cool feature that separates it from other video downloaders is that it gives you an option to download subtitles if they’re available.

4K-Video-Downloader“Simple yet effective” – that’s what users usually comment on the application. Just copy the video URL and click the Paste Link button. You’ll be given options on the quality of video you want to download and if it has subtitles, it also gives you the option to download them in SRT format. The video formats vary from MP4, MKV, M4A, and FLV. You can download videos from Youtube, DailyMotion, Facebook, and Vimeo. Playlists can also be downloaded but if it’s more than 25 clips, you’ll have to get a license key. Still, not bad.

Other applications offered by 4K Download are MP3 extraction apps, slideshow maker, and Instagram image grabber.

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Friday is Free Day – FOG Project

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One strenuous task when you’re maintaining Windows-based machines (computer laboratories) is preparing the machines for use. This includes OS and 3rd-party software installation, updating the machines, and tweaking system settings. This really eats up time and is boring.

The task was then eased up with cloning/imaging software. Before, I had to remove hard drives, connect them as slaves to a source computer, and then run a cloning software using a floppy disk. Removing and installing back hard drives is still tedious for me.  Then there was a cloning software that stores and retrieves cloned images via network and uses a disc to boot up a machine(s). Cloning is limited with the number of boot discs you’re using. And then, there’s FOG Project.

FOG ProjectFOG is a cloning solution that utilizes the network to store and retrieve cloned images and uses TFTP and PXE to boot machines. Because of this, you can clone multiple machines without any extra cost on discs. It’s Linux-based and is free.

You’ll only have to create a FOG server using Fedora 7+ or Ubuntu. Installation is very easy and straight-forward. After the installation, you can access your server using a web browser. From there, you can manage your machines and tasks. Aside from imaging, you may also use FOG for disk wiping, virus scanning, file recovery and more. A guide/documentation on the implementation is also available from the FOG Project website.

I took a picture of a machine’s screen during the creation of an image from a source computer sent to the FOG server. I’ll try to add the cloning process. More screenshots are found in the FOG Project website.

Saving an image

Saving an image

Download FOG from SourceForge.

Friday is Free Day – Precipitate

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Precipitate

Precipitate

Spotlight is a nifty, little tool that does great wonders when searching for files on your Mac. However, some of our data/files/documents are stored in the cloud, e.g. Google Docs, and searching for them can be quite a hassle. You have to open your browser and login to do a manual search. Now, an open source program called Precipitate will let Spotlight search for your files in the cloud.

This Mac OS X-only program will let you search for your Google Docs, Bookmarks, and Picasa Web Albums via Spotlight. According to Google, Precipitate creates files on your machine and periodically checks the server for updates. Download Precipitate from the its Google Code website.

Below are screenshots I made searching for my Google Docs files after installing Precipitate.

Search a Shared Doc

Search a Shared Doc

Search my own document

Search my own document

Precipitate is easy to install but if you need help, here’s a link to a step-by-step guide on installing the app.

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