What Fuels Your Fire?

Tools Links


  • Tools - Accessibility

    • Section508.gov - Free classes on making accessible web sites, forms, and more. Requires free registration
    • CynthiaSays.com - Free online tool for web content accessibility validation. It is designed to identify errors in your content related to Section 508 standards and more
    • Adobe - Accessibility Best Practices - Free tutorials on accessibility and PDFs
    • NoSquint - FireFox add-on that allows you to adjust the text-only and full-page (both text and images) zoom levels as well as color settings both globally (for all sites) and per site. Free
    • NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) - Free and open source screen reader for Windows. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person.
    • The Accessibility Project - Accessibility information
    • Accessibility Handbook - Free downloadable handbook on accessible web development. Requires free registeation.
  • Tools - Cell Phone Service

    • OpenBTS - Open software-based GSM access point, allowing standard GSM-compatible mobile phones to make telephone calls without using existing telecommunication providers' networks. Software is free
  • Tools - Crisis

    • FrontlineSMS - FrontlineSMS allows you to text message with large groups of people wherever there is a mobile signal. Large-scale and free
    • Ushahidi: Crowd-Sourcing Crisis Information - The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email, or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Its goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response. Free
  • Tools - Disk and Data Recovery

    • TestDisk - Open Source and powerful free data recovery software… primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again.
  • Tools - Document Conversion

    • PanDoc - If you need to convert files from one markup format into another, pandoc is your swiss-army knife. Free. Pandoc is a program for converting between various markup formats. Input formats include markdown, reStructuredText, HTML, and LaTeX; output formats include HTML, LaTeX, ConTeXt, S5, DocBook, groff man, reStructuredText, markdown, and RTF. Many extensions to standard markdown syntax are provided, including inline LaTeX math, tables, definition lists, superscripts and subscripts, smart quotes and dashes, and footnotes.
  • Tools - Flash

    • Abobe Flash Website Storage Settings panel - Actual tool to use to remove and restrict Flash cookies. Not a download. Note that your brownser does not remove Flash cookies when it removes other cookies. You need to visit this official tool website to do that.
  • Tools - Graphics

    • The Rasterbator - Creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. Upload an image, print the resulting multi-page pdf file and assemble the pages into extremely cool looking poster up to 20 meters in size. . Free
  • Tools - Mapping

    • NationalAtlas.gov - National atlas from the United States government. Has many exellent features and online tools for making custom and interactive maps using various data. Free.
    • Google Fusion Tables - Upload a .csv file, then visualize the data in a map or table
    • Latitude and Longitude Finder - Enter any address, city, country, province, state ,or zip code to find its latitude and longitude. Free
    • GPSBabel - Free software for GPS data conversion and transfer.
    • GPSVisualizer's Quick Geocoder - Free online tool to convert a single street address into longitude and latitude
    • GPSVisualizer - Google Earth form - Free online tool to convert GPS data files into Google Earth files
    • GPSVisualizer - Google Maps data form - Free online tool to convert GPS data files into Google Maps files while allowing recoloring and recoloring of markers based on field values
    • GPSVisualizer - Google Maps form - Free online tool to convert GPS data files into Google Maps files
    • GPSVisualizer - Classic Map form - Free online tool to convert GPS data files for use on SVG or JPEG maps
    • Shp2Text - Free tool dumps shapefiles and associated data into various formats. It was created specifically because of a desire to dump data into Google Maps
    • Pins - Free color gradient map pins for use with the Google maps API
    • GPX Loader for Google Maps - Free web tempage for GPS data with Google Maps, for Internet Explorer® only; Firefox version here
    • EasyGPS - Free software to back up and organize your GPS data, print maps, or load new waypoints
    • Ushahidi: Crowd-Sourcing Crisis Information - The Ushahidi Engine is a platform that allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email, or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Its goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response. Free
    • The Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) - GMT is an open source collection of ~60 tools for manipulating geographic and Cartesian data sets (including filtering, trend fitting, gridding, projecting, etc.) and producing Encapsulated PostScript File (EPS) illustrations ranging from simple x-y plots via contour maps to artificially illuminated surfaces and 3-D perspective views. Free. Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix.
    • Virtual Earth Integration Kit for PHP - Free code for putting database-driven, user-enhanceable Bing maps in a web page
    • See also: the Mapping section in Links - See WestRoane.com's dedicated Links page
    • GeoCoder.us - Free online geocoding service; enter an address, get back the latitude and longitude
    • Geo Tag Elements - Information on geo tag META elements
    • List of Online GPS Tools - List and sometimes short reviews of tools
    • Creepy - A geolocation information aggregator. Map photos, tweets, and other social media over time. Free
  • Tools - Networking

    • Daihinia - Low-cost tool for giving a community WiFi network access. Daihinia™ is a tool for WiFi. It turns a simple Ad-Hoc network into a Multi-hop Ad-Hoc network. Multi-hop Ad-Hoc networks offer a higher level of flexibility than the usual Infrastructure Mode: in Infrastructure Mode all the computers have to be in the range of the Access Point, while in Multi-hop Ad-Hoc networks they have to be within one another's range.
    • PCWorld article on getting Internet access when it has been shut down - Includes description of Daihinia
  • Tools - Office

    • LibreOffice - Formerly OpenOffice. Free office productivity suite for popular operating systems including Wiindows: word processor, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and drawing software
  • Tools - Online

    • TypeIt.org - Type accent marks, diacritics, and other characters online. Excellent for typing symbols or Spanish and other languages. Free
    • DocsPal - Free online file converter and viewer
    • AbiCollab - Free collaboration service based around the free AbiWord word processor. It allows you to write documents together with your friends in real time.
    • Abobe Flash Website Storage Settings panel - Actual tool to use to remove and restrict Flash cookies. Not a download. Note that your brownser does not remove Flash cookies when it removes other cookies. You need to visit this official tool website to do that.
    • Online Base64 encoder/decoder - Excellent free web-based decoder for those occasional Base64-encoded files in email.
    • Zoho - Excellent free web-based office software. Work online. Zoho has many applications including word processor, spreadsheet, and much more
    • Google Docs - Free web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and more
    • Dear Computer Google Image Ripper - No more thumbnails, straight to the good stuff. Search Google for images and see the full-sized images, not the thumbnails
    • Writing Sample Analyzer - Free tool to analyze readability of a writing sample
    • Pixuffle - Shuffle pixels to create unique combinations. Free
    • Drop.io - Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want. Share as many under-100MB sets of files as you like for free
  • Tools - PDF Readers

    • Free PDF Readers - Security experts recommend these free PDF readers instead of the often-attacked Adobe Reader. Includes links to readers for Windows, Mac, and free operating systems
  • Tools - Research

    • Living Wage Calculator - Easy online tool for calculating living wages by family size, city, and county. Free from M.I.T.
    • DataMasher.org - Free, easy online tool for mashing up data from Data.gov.
    • Statistical Significance Checker - Free, easy to use online tool from Vassar.edu
    • R-Project - R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. Free
    • Aardvark - Send Aardvark a question in plain English, like you do when talking to a friend. Aardvark figures out who might be able to answer, and asks on your behalf. Free
    • arXiv.org - Free, open access to e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics. At the Cornell University Library
  • Tools - Web Browsing

    • Firefox - Award-winning free web browser. Especially safe when used with the NoScript add-on
    • NoScript - Excellent security add-on for Firefox browser. This free, open source add-on allows JavaScript and Java execution only for trusted domains of your choice. Once installed, you can control the running of scripts in your browser by left-clicking on the NoScript icon in the status bar or by right-clicking on the browser page, then choosing "NoScript" from the menu.
    • Web Developer - Excellent add-on for Firefox. Not just for developers! Gives you handy information and control over many browsing features
  • Tools - Web Browsing - Proxy Server

    • Vtunnel - Vtunnel is a CGI Proxy service, that is...a website based proxy...you connect to it to retrieve websites. This can be done to... access websites that would normally be blocked. It can also be done to protect your anonymity, so that the website you are visiting does not know who you are. Free
  • Tools - Webmaster - Email

    • Fractal - Free online simple HTML and CSS Validator for email designers and marketers. See exactly which lines of code are not supported in over 24 email clients.
  • Tools - Webmaster - Security

    • Google Gruyere: Web Application Exploits and Defenses - Want to beat the hackers at their own game? Gruyere is a free online tool from Google thst helps you learn how web application vulnerabilities can be exploited and how to defend against these attacks. The best way to learn things is by doing, so you'll get a chance to do some real penetration testing, actually exploiting a real application.
    • Shodan - Search for devices
    • https://www.sslshopper.com/ssl-checker.html#hostname=www.westroane.com - SSL Checker
  • Tools - Windows

    • SIW - System Information for Windows - Everything you want to know about your computer. Free download. Recommended by the good folks at Office-Watch.com.
    • Black Screen Fix - Free tool--with directions--to fix the black screen problem that occurs after some Windows updates. Worth a try.
    • F.lux - Better lighting for your computer. Free. For Windows and Mac.
    • Notepad++ - Excellent free text editor. Fast. Can handle large files.
    • 7-Zip - Excellent free Open Source compression (zip) program. Zipping and unzipping are a right-click away. Very easy to use. Works with many formats including ZIP, 7Z, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR.
    • FITS Liberator - FITS stands for Flexible Image Transport System. This is an open image format supported by the scientific community. The FITS Liberator is a free Photoshop add-in that gives FITS support to Photoshop users
    • AbiWord - Good free Open Source word processor. Works with many formats including MS Word .doc files
    • Crimson Editor - Excellent fast, free text editor. Works for many programming and markup languages too, including XHTML and PHP. Also allows cutting and and pasting of vertical columns of text
    • FileZilla - Excellent free FTP client. Used for transferring files to and from a remote server such as a web server
    • PrimoPDF - Excellent free PDF file generator. Works like a printer. To make a PDF file, just print to PrimoPDF
    • Virtual Magnifying Glass - Excellent, free, customizable on-screen magnifier. To start magnifying, click on the magnifier mini-icon in the system tray; to exit magnifying mode, click anywhere on the screen; to customize, right-click on the icon in the system tray
    • Adeona - Free, Open Source laptop and desktop computer tracker. Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there's no need to rely on a single third party. What's more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner's choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop.
    • Fourmilab.ch's Base64 Encoder/Decoder - Excellent free decoder for those occasional Base64-encoded files in email. Runs from the command line
    • Avery Design Pro - Free label-making software
    • digestIT 2004 - Free MD5 and SHA-1 hash code generator and checker. A file often comes supplied with a hash code so you can better know whether it has been compromised. This program, which integrates into Windows Explorer, makes checking a hash just a right-click away
    • Color Contrast Analyzer - Free program that checks color contrast to assist in accessible web development
    • Adobe Reader - Free program that lets you view PDF files
    • Foxit PDF Reader - Free program that lets you view PDF files
    • IrfanView - Viewer for many different formats including .eps. To see even more types of files, get the plug-ins too. Free for non-commercial use
    • Gpg4win - Windows version of GnuPG. Complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880. GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key managment system as well as access modules for all kind of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications. A wealth of frontend applications and libraries are available
    • Quicktime Alternative - Free alternative Quicktime viewer. Note that Apple Quicktime 7.4 itself is not recommended; it disables video-editing software, necessitating a re-install of your operating system. This alternative will let you view Quicktime movies without the problems
    • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack - includes RealPlayer Alternative - Improved and expanded free video and sound codecs for Windows Media Player or the open source viewer Media Player Classic. Includes free alternative RealPlayer viewer
    • K-Lite Codec Pack - Improved and expanded video and sound codecs for Windows Media Player or the included Media Player Classic. Lets you play DVD movies without buying extra software. Does not include alternative RealPlayer viewer
    • RealPlayer Alternative - Free alternative RealPlayer viewer
    • VLC Player (also known as VideoLAN) - Excellent free movie player. It has its own plugins for playing different movie formats, so it doesn't need any codecs to be installed. It plays almost everything and also works great for previewing partially downloaded files.
    • Media Player Classic - Excellent free Open Source replacement for Windows Media Player
  • Tools - Windows - Graphics

    • GIMP - Excellent free Open Source image editing program. Does nearly everything Photoshop does. (If you have Photoshop, you won't need GIMP.) To resize an image, File | Open the image in GIMP, then right-click anywhere on the image. Choose Image | Scale Image in the right-click menu to get the scaling window open. Fill in the new desired dimensions, then click on the Scale button in the window. To save an optimized copy of the image suitable for use on the Web, choose File | Save As and you will be asked about compression in the saving process. A .jpg quality = 30 is usually good for photos. Highly recommended
    • Inkscape - Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Can import Illustrator .ai files. Also for Linux and Mac OSX
    • Dia - Free Open Source diagram creation program. Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program Visio, though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams.
    • Photostage Slideshow Software - Free photo slideshow creator. Also see its associated free programs for video file format conversion, photo format conversion, sound format conversion, and more
    • GeoSetter - Free tool for editing photo metadata including time of capture,geolocation, more

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