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September 28, 2007

OpenDisc: Collection of open source software for download

All regular visitors of this Blog know that I like Open Source Software (OSS) and whenever I get the chance I like to spread the word about them. Today I found out about OpenDisc which is a high qualiy collection of open source software (OSS) for the Microsoft Windows operating system (Most of them are available on Linux also) that can be used instead of propitiatory software.

You don’t have to download the entire CD if you just want a few particular programs, This section of their site lists all the programs they have on the CD and links to sites where you can download them directly.

Check it out. The less pirated software you use, the less the chance of getting your computer infected with a virus/trojan. If you are paying for legal software then this will save you a lot of money. Most propitiatory software on my system has been replaced with OSS alternatives so I can vouch for most of the software.

– Suramya


  1. Hi, Suramaya
    ROFLOL Reading about your Problems With Xp. It is allways like that. I think i have a solution to your one of the problems related to “Automatic Updates In XP”.Here it is =Navigate to Adminisrative Tools where you can see “Services” Click on it and select “Automatic Updates” then double click it to view the prperties of it , there you can disable it. And it wont be bugging u again. Hope This will help you.
    You can also increase the virtual memmory of Xp i will tell you that someothertime.
    With Regards Sujith.s

    Comment by Sujith — November 30, 2007 @ 3:27 AM

  2. (Edit 03rd Dec 2007:)Thanks for the tip. will try it out…

    Looked at this when I was a bit more awake and realized that you had misunderstood my issues with the Windows update. My problem wasn’t that I wanted to disable it completely. It was that if I have it enabled and it was downloading a patch I couldn’t pause/cancel the download if I needed the bandwidth for something else… I guess I could stop the service completely but thats just silly. I should be able to cancel a patch download if I feel like it.
    (End Edit)

    Looking forward to the next tip.

    – Suramya

    PS: My problem is not that the system has low virtual memory but with the fact that the mem management is so poor that its running out even when I have a gig of RAM and I am not running that many memory intensive programs.

    Comment by Suramya — November 30, 2007 @ 4:12 AM

  3. HI
    I know that you have a gig of ram but Windows Uses a Tecnic Called Virtual Memmory to use some of your Secondary memory(Hard Disk) as primary memory(Yor Ram). I think you know about it. I was trying to tell you that you can also increase your size of virtual memory in Windows XP. But to do so i have to first know about your Hard disk size and if you are using more than one HDD. And in which partition you have installed your OS.
    With Regards

    Comment by Sujith — December 4, 2007 @ 1:32 AM

  4. HI,
    I ve been Working in the networking side , But now i ve been placed in a Software company. They uses 2.0 for developing web applications . I am quite new to . What i am expecting from you is a little support from you in programming. Now i need code in C#, for displaying data from sql in a tree format(Parent,child, a parent can have more than one child and a child can be parent of another one) . Can you help me??????? . Reply me in your Blog itself or in my ID its-
    Hopefully waiting for your reply

    Comment by Sujith — December 4, 2007 @ 3:45 AM

  5. Well… I won’t write the code for you. If you have code that you are having problems with and are stuck then I could try helping you, but I am usually pretty busy so might take some time to reply. You will be better off posting your questions in a forum/newsgroup.

    Keep in mind that even the people in the forums won’t code for you but they will be more than happy to help identify problems with the code.

    Check out:, it looks like a good place to start off, also try searching for ASP.NET C# tutorials, you might find the code you are looking for there, or at least enough info to create it.

    – Suramya

    Comment by Suramya — December 10, 2007 @ 12:35 PM

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