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Tuesday, January 9, 2018


ArgoUML is the leading open source UML modeling tool and includes support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams. It runs on any Java platform and is available in ten languages.
ArgoUML 0.26 and 0.26.2 were downloaded over 80,000 times and are in use all over the world.
If you need to download, read the manual or write to the forum your own personal difficulties, you have to visit just one single webpage.
If you prefer a you tube video, it is here.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Claroline Connect

We do receive from schools around the world, as to what kind of e-learning platform to use nowadays.  Everybody wants to share, discuss, question, help, search etc…..The classroom of today is not simply closed between four walls! Sometimes, some parents can come forward to help in a unique way. It has to be colloborative between different generations too. It has to be user friendly and to be used in various operating systems. Some would like to have a free e-platform! Open Source can bridge all these gaps!

There are various answers. Today we’re going to focus on Claroline Connect (CC). If you want a quick summary of what it can offer to your school, then go here. More information is found here.

Collaboration: it is with others that we learn best! One can exploit all the power of the group with CC.

Technology: because learning is not simply memorizing contents anymore, CC wants to put all the potential of technology in the service of learning.

Flexibility: CC allows you to learn anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Creativity: As a a learner or as a trainer, you can create innovative and meaningful contents.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Encrypting your usb

Many students, teachers and parents make use of usbs. They are more handy and practical than the burning of CDs or DVDs. Well that was the positive point. What about many usbs getting lost or simply stolen? What about the files? What if a teacher has exam papers and it is lost? Parents and students too may have some sensitive material. Everybody has some private information that is intended for personal use. One would not wish that it will be freely circulated with other people, friends or not.

Hence the word encryption is appearing more frequently. Encryption involves a process where if the usb falls into the wrong hands, one cannot access any of the files encrypted. They are practically safe. One looks for a simple system and that is compatible with more than one operating system (ie mac, windows, linux and android). Today we are suggesting: AEScrypt.



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Password Generator:

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

GNU Backgammon

GNU Backgammon

Some of our readers want some open source program for fun. Yes we always present material for schools and it seems that we’re always presenting scholastic material! Ok. Let’s present something completely different. But it’s still open source and could be used on Linux, windows and Mac.

It is the famous game of backgammon. It is educational after all because students need to use their minds along the game!! Yet it is fun to play. There could be teams where students learn to collaborate in order to win a game.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Argunet - visualisation of an argument!

When it comes to writing, many students feel at a loss especially about argumentative writing. How can we help them? Well there is no easy solution but again, Open Source comes to our rescue. Today we are presenting Argunet which offers both an argument editor (similar to Argumentative) and a library of arguments that students can browse and analyze.

You can use it on a standalone system or in a client-server setup to encourage collaboration among students or debate teams. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

For some students, dividing their ideas in paragraphs or chapters is not enough. In this case, argunet, in a graphical way, helps students to organise and present their ideas in an easier way.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

OpenStack: cloud solution for schools

Schools rely more on data and information nowadays. Teachers and students are on the move, they need to access some data not only when at school, but as well after school hours or during holidays. Where can one store all that information? What about security?

Today we are presenting a cloud solution: OpenStack. OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.  One can use OpenStack for networking and content delivery; management tools; deployment tools; application services and monitoring and metering.

Learn more about OpenStack's compute, storage, networking, take a tour of the dashboard, or dive in and learn how to get started with OpenStack today.

Monday, October 16, 2017

GNU Health

How secure are our computer systems in our hospitals? What if they are hacked? What about our personal data? Well open source is open source. If some one tries to install a code to extract information, because it is open source one can deduct it immediately because nothing is hidden. When one is using propriety programs one has to rely on a small number of people to solve problems. It might take ages and it’s rather costly. In the open source world, anyone can build or adapt (change) the program!

An official GNU project, this award-winning application combines EMR functionality with a hospital information system and a health information system. It was designed to comply with industry standards, and it's been adopted by the United Nations University. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X!

To download it: