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The beta period is over

We have released a free version of the BarracudaDrive application server
for Linksys NSLU2 and the Unslung Linux firmware.

The NSLU2 (Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Disk Drives) is a device made by Linksys. It makes USB Flash memory and hard disks accessible over a network (NAS).

See the following link for more information:

Oops, small bug. Download beta 2 from:

You can store the documents on a subversion server not on your computer.

What is the difference?

I run a subversion server on my PC and on my MAC. This is very easy to setup. If you like, I can post the instructions needed to setup the svn server.

I trust svn is secure, but I only allow access on the Intranet. I have other external users accessing the repos, but they can only access the repos via a HTTPS tunnel.

This is also easy to setup.

BTW, I have given up on using a dual boot. I use vmware exclusively. I upgraded my ram and run vmware in Windogs. Works great.

For private use, running a subversion server is dirt simple.

BTW, I have not tried a non cygwin version on Windogs, but that should be easy. I am sure you can find the exe files on the Internet.

BarracudaDrive is an easy to use Web Server for non techies and is now available with a free license. The included license expires Wednesday, June 11, 2008 with only some features expiring. See the FAQ for more information.

The new version includes a Content Management System (CMS) and an Electronic Bulletin Board (forum).

Online demos are now available for the CMS and the forum on our BarracudaDrive 3.9 powered web sites. As an example, you can subscribe to the following two feeds:

    * Blog feed:
    * Forum feed:

You can use BarracudaDrive to create your own feeds just like we do by using the new CMS and the forum.

Download instructions for the new BarracudaDrive 3.9 beta version:

Acme Fox Board

BarracudaDrive is a product assembled by using the Barracuda Embedded Web Server SDK and can easily be put into small (Linux) devices. We will soon release a free fully featured BarracudaDrive server for the Acme Fox Board, which runs the Linux operating system. The Acme Fox Board is a 66 x 72 mm large mini computer system.

General Review Discussion / Re: VPN/SSH Tunneling software
« on: February 24, 2008, 09:53 PM »
You can also check out the integrated BarracudaDrive HTTPS tunnel server plugin and the 3 HTTPS tunnel clients: GetMyLAN, BdProxy, and HTTPS tunnel. The GetMyLAN client is similar to SSL VPN.



There is also a remote desktop solution (external plugin):

Living Room / The SSL certificate industry is a messy business
« on: February 14, 2008, 01:55 PM »
Not everyone is running an online banking business or selling merchandise online. Sometimes, an SSL certificate is used only to remove the warning in a browser.

For example, a reasonable certificate is needed if you run a home server or if you have a small business and simply want to give your friends/customers secure access to your server without having to tell everyone using your site that your self signed certificate is the cause of the nasty browser warning.

Why are certificates from VeriSign so freakin’ expensive?

Why do many of the "cheap" SSL providers not tell you they sell a chained certificate?

If you have any experience with "good and reasonable" certificate vendors, please join our forum and give us your thoughts. We have a thread where we would like to have an open discussion regarding "good and reasonable" certificate vendors. The forum is for the BarracudaDrive server, but you do not have to have this product to join our discussion group..

The FTP protocol is outdated. Use WebDAV – i.e. request that your hosting provider makes it possible to use WebDAV.

Windows and Mac have built in WebDAV clients. For example using the Windows WebDAV mini redirector, map a drive letter in Windows to your remote server and use it as a standard drive.

General Software Discussion / Use WebDAV as a replacement for FTP
« on: February 05, 2008, 10:22 AM »
Have you considered using WebDAV as a replacement for FTP?

The WebDAV protocol can handle recursive deletion of directories on the server, which makes it much faster than deleting in FTP (*).

WebDAV can easily be encrypted by using HTTPS instead of HTTP.

WebDAV has native client support in some operating systems, thus a client is not needed. Unfortunately, the native Windows versions are not that good. Windows support two clients: Web Folders and WebDAV mini redirector.

A WebDAV server can be mapped as a standard drive on the client, and you can simultaneously upload and download multiple files.

A WebDAV client can connect to a WebDAV server from behind a restrictive corporate firewall since the firewalls are typically setup to allow HTTP traffic, but not FTP traffic.

(*) Deleting recursively on the server must also be supported by the client. As an example, the Total Commander WebDAV plugin is just as slow as the FTP plugin as Total Commander is doing a recursive check before deleting.

So I understand you are not happy with the CMS engines, but can you please be a bit more specific as to what you think is missing or could be better?

The company I work for is releasing a CMS with the next version of our home and business computer. The idea is that you run your own site on your own computer.

The CMS does not have all the bells and whistles typically found in larger CMS applications, but is instead focusing on being easy to use – i.e. a CMS for the average Joe (non techie).

I like to know more about what features you think is important for a CMS.
The CMS we are working on is a combined site creator and blog engine. WP for example, is more designed to be a blog engine and may not be so good at creating a regular web site.

If you have time, please visit our demo site and the product page. Any feedback is appreciated. BTW, you do not have access to the management part of the CMS.

The server also includes a forum, but the forum is a separate application and not integrated into the CMS i.e. the applications do not share the same database file.

General Software Discussion / Why use a firewall?
« on: January 16, 2008, 11:40 AM »
You need a firewall if you are using a laptop on insecure networks, but…

You do not need a firewall on a stationary PC if you are using a router since the router is already working as a firewall. By default, all services are blocked by your router. It is for this reason unnecessary having a firewall installed on a stationary PC protected by a router. Using a firewall on a PC behind a router is a waste of money, CPU, and memory.

so because this program runs on the local machine it only forwards these ports for the one IP address? that would make it very useful to install for friends forexample.

Yes, you do not need to install the program. Simply download and run it on any local computer.

The program basically tells the router the following: Hi, I want you to forward port XX to my IP address, i.e. your PC’s IP address.

You can run the program on multiple computers on your LAN.
The ports cannot be the same since the router can only forward port XX to one PC, though port YY can be forwarded to another PC.

General Software Discussion / Re: VisualWget - Wget for Windows
« on: January 16, 2008, 10:51 AM »
Native ports?

Cygwin is compiled for Windows, but the tools require the cygwin DLL. I see no problem with that.

The cygwin DLL is needed since Microsoft does not know how to make operating systems.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager
« on: January 16, 2008, 10:47 AM »
Amen to that, brother... I have an iBook with 10.2 on it here at home and was helping my dad migrate from OS9 to 10.5 yesterday - I thought I was going to lose my mind trying to find stuff in either version of the Mac OS (ie 9.22 or 10.5). I've been looking at 3rd party File Managers and there are some nice ones out there, it seems. I don't have any links on hand, but I'll investigate and report back... someday  :-[

That would be great. I am really missing a good Orthodox file manager for Mac OS X.

At least OS X is UNIX so I use the command line most of the time.

General Software Discussion / Re: VisualWget - Wget for Windows
« on: January 16, 2008, 10:40 AM »
I do not really see the point in this GUI wrapper. What is wrong with the command line version of wget?

My recommendation to all PC users is to download cygwin and start learning how to use command line programs. Learn how to pipe and connect the various UNIX tools as you will find that your productivity will increase many times when you get used to these tools.

Common tasks can be assembled into a batch file or a bash shell script.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager
« on: January 15, 2008, 07:39 PM »
I vote for Total Commander. I really like the Total Commander WebDAV plugin as it makes it very easy to access my WebDAV server. I have no clue why people still use FTP servers when they can use WebDAV. Unlike FTP, WebDAV bypasses proxies and firewalls. It is also easy to use WebDAV in secure mode i.e. HTTPS.

Did you know that file managers like Total Commander are called an Orthodox file manager?

The standard file managers are just for newbie’s.
The built in file manager in Mac really sucks  :down:

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your music player of choice?
« on: January 15, 2008, 07:32 PM »
In the office, I use the built in MP3 player in BarracudaDrive when I play my music directly from my home computer. The music is streamed directly and bypasses the company firewall.

The Web File Manager can create play lists directly from my music collection.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager
« on: January 15, 2008, 07:22 PM »

General Software Discussion / Re: TOP 11 Tools for Sending BIG Files
« on: January 15, 2008, 07:06 PM »
What about running a web server on your computer?
The built in Web File Manager in BarracudaDrive makes it very easy to distribute large files.

one thing though, if this your tool or from your company you need to say so

Sure, this is a tool from Real Time Logic, but it is completely free. We do not ask for donations  :P

Some network programs require that you configure port forwarding in your router, so that they will work properly. This is confusing to many people, causing many newcomers to give up :-[ For those who know what they are doing, it is time consuming. There is a quicker and easier way.

Fortunately, most routers support a standard called Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), meaning that you can use the BaUPnP tool to update your port forwarding settings, without going through all the menus in your router.

BaUPnP is a free command line utility that automates the process of forwarding your ports.

The tool, by default, configures port mapping for the two ports used by web-servers - that is port 80 (HTTP) and port 443 (HTTPS). You are able to use your own arguments for any service you want.

The following example configures port mapping for FTP (port 21) and Telnet (port 23):

BaUPnP.exe 21 23

It doesn’t get much easier than that  :Thmbsup:

BaUPnP Home Page:

BarracudaDrive is a multi-user secure web based file manager with no need for FTP access. With BarracudaDrive, you can create your own private and secure peer to peer network. You can securely upload, download, and manage your files on your home computer from anywhere in the world. BarracudaDrive also bypasses firewalls and proxies since the communication protocol is HTTPS. The communication is protected by using SSL so no one can eavesdrop on your file transfer.

For example, if you have a high speed internet connection at home, you can use the BarracudaDrive web file manager to securely copy files to and from your home computer from any remote computer that has internet access.

BarracudaDrive comes with an advanced user editor and database that makes it possible to give your friends restricted access to your computer. For example, you can securely exchange any kind of files with your friends. Unlike a public peer to peer network, no external entity can obtain the identity to the connected computers or eavesdrop on the data being transmitted.

The integrated real-time chat server and client make it possible to securely communicate with your friends. Only users that you trust are allowed to enter the chat room.

BarracudaDrive also includes:
(1) A HTTPS tunnel for securing non secure services such as TELNET, FTP, VNC, HTTP, etc.
(2) DHTML User and Constraints Editor/database designed using Ajax technology.

Link: http://barracudaserv...ples/BarracudaDrive/

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