Web site: icq.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows, Web
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, Objective-C, Java
First release: November 15, 1996

ICQ – a convenient and easy to use messenger service. It offers application clients for mobile devices such as Android and iOS, and desktop machines which works under Linux, OS X and MS Windows, and a web browser client as well.

– securely encrypted calls
– high-quality video calls
– speech-to-text for voice messages
– ability to create your own stickers
– animated 3D masks and video calls
– groups and channels
– chat synchronization across all devices

The project started and was developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis in 1996, the client was bought by AOL in 1998, and then by Mail.Ru Group in 2010.

Far Manager

Far Manager

Web site: farmanager.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: File Transfer, File Manager
Platform: Windows
License: BSD
Interface: TUI
Programing language: C++
First release: March 1996


Far Manager – a program for managing files and archives in Windows operating systems. Far Manager works in text mode and provides a simple and intuitive interface for performing most of the necessary actions.

Far Manager has a multi-language, easily configurable interface. File system navigation is made easier through the use of color highlighting and sort groups.

The functionality of Far Manager is greatly extended by external DLL modules — plugins (made possible by a special set of interfaces — the Plugins API). For example: archive support, FTP client, temporary panel and network browser are all implemented as plugins included in the standard distribution of Far.

– viewing files and directories;
– editing, copying and renaming files;
– transfering files via FTP (via plugin);
– and many other actions.

The project founder is Eugene Roshal.



Web site: rsync.samba.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: File Backup and Sync
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X, UNIX-like, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: text
Programing language: C
First release: June 19, 1996


rsync – an open source utility that provides fast incremental file transfer.

rsync uses the “rsync algorithm” which provides a very fast method for bringing remote files into sync. It does this by sending just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring that both sets of files are present at one of the ends of the link beforehand.

It can copy locally, to/from another host over any remote shell, or to/from a remote rsync daemon. It offers a large number of options that control every aspect of its behavior and permit very flexible specification of the set of files to be copied. It is famous for its delta-transfer algorithm, which reduces the amount of data sent over the network by sending only the differences between the source files and the existing files in the destination. Rsync is widely used for backups and mirroring and as an improved copy command for everyday use.

Some features of rsync:
– can update whole directory trees and filesystems
– optionally preserves symbolic links, hard links, file ownership, permissions, devices and times
– requires no special privileges to install
– internal pipelining reduces latency for multiple files
– can use rsh, ssh or direct sockets as the transport
– supports anonymous rsync which is ideal for mirroring

rsync was originally written by Andrew Tridgell and Paul Mackerras.

Becky! Internet Mail


Web site: www.rimarts.co.jp
Category: Network
Subcategory: Email Clients
Platform: Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: gui
Programing language: C++
First release: 1996


Becky! Internet Mail – an e-mail client developed since 1996. It runs on most of the Windows platform from Windows95 to the latest Windows10. (except Windows Mobile (CE)). It has almost every feature that are needed for e-mail client and has nothing that are only useful for the marketing hype. Its no-nonsense usability is widely supported by not only individual users but also large companies and schools, especially in Japan.

– You can create multiple mailboxes and multiple profiles for each mailbox.
– It supports POP3, IMAP4, SMTP (with or without SSL).
– You can view and write HTML mail within Becky! using Microsoft IE’s inline component.
– “Template” feature allows you to create templates for everyday’s fixed work, that will incredibly save your time.
– “Reminder” feature allows you to deliver messages from you to you on the scheduled date.
– Filtering manager allows you to create very flexible filtering rule that can contain almost infinite And/Or conditions and various filtering actions.
– “Mailing lists Manager” can manage many mailing list that you have subscribed in one window.
– “Plug-in Interface” allows the third parties to create powerful add-on programs.
– You can bring out your Becky! in your USB memory using “Sync With Portable Media” functionality.
– “Query” feature searches strings in any folders, and this Query result can be saved as a folder.
– “Agents” feature can manage non-urgent work like “Need Reply in Xdays”, “Wait for Reply”, etc.

This is a 30-day free trial version of the application, if you would like to keep using it, you have to purchase a license.



Web site: www.gnu.org/software/wget/
Category: Network
Subcategory: Download managers
Platform: Amiga, BSD, HP-UX, Linux, MorphOS, OpenVMS, OS X, UNIX-like, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: CLI
Programing language: C
First release: January, 1996


Wget (previously: Getur) – a free software package for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and FTPS the most widely-used Internet protocols. It is a non-interactive command line tool, so it may easily be called from scripts, cron jobs, terminals without X-Windows support.

Wget is non-interactive, meaning that it can work in the background, while the user is not logged on. This allows you to start a retrieval and disconnect from the system, letting Wget finish the work. By contrast, most of the Web browsers require constant user’s presence, which can be a great hindrance when transferring a lot of data.

Wget can follow links in HTML, XHTML, and CSS pages, to create local versions of remote web sites, fully recreating the directory structure of the original site. This is sometimes referred to as “recursive downloading.” While doing that, Wget respects the Robot Exclusion Standard (/robots.txt). Wget can be instructed to convert the links in downloaded files to point at the local files, for offline viewing.

Wget has been designed for robustness over slow or unstable network connections; if a download fails due to a network problem, it will keep retrying until the whole file has been retrieved. If the server supports regetting, it will instruct the server to continue the download from where it left off.

Main features of Wget are:
– Can resume aborted downloads, using REST and RANGE
– Can use filename wild cards and recursively mirror directories
– NLS-based message files for many different languages
– Optionally converts absolute links in downloaded documents to relative, so that downloaded documents may link to each other locally
– Runs on most UNIX-like operating systems as well as Microsoft Windows
– Supports HTTP proxies
– Supports HTTP cookies
– Supports persistent HTTP connections
– Unattended / background operation
– Uses local file timestamps to determine whether documents need to be re-downloaded when mirroring

The project developer are Giuseppe Scrivano and Hrvoje Nikšić.



Web site: konqueror.org
Category: Network, Tools
Subcategory: Web browsers, File Managers
Platform: BSD, Linux, UNIX-like, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, Qt
First release: October 14, 1996


Konqueror – an integrated web browser and a file manager which is a core part of the KDE Software Compilation. Konqueror is powered by the KHTML rendering engine (and optionally Webkit) which means it supports the latest web standards such as HTML5, Javascript, CSS3, and others.

It is one of the most advanced file managers for KDE. Thanks to the underlying KDE technologies it can transparently access FTP and SFTP servers, zip files (and other archives), smb (Windows) shares, and even browse and rip audio CDs.

Konqueror makes use of the latest KDE technologies to provide you with a PDF viewer, an FTP client, a text editor, a spreadsheet editor, a word document editor, an SVN client and more without ever needing to open a separate application.

Konqueror comes with a nice set of custom plugins such as an ad blocker, automatic web page translation, user agent switcher, automatic image gallery creation, shell command panel, and more. It is one of the most customizable applications available.

At the heart of Konqueror is the KHTML rendering engine (which was chosen by Apple to create WebKit, which today forms the basis for modern browsers like Safari and Chrome). It currently supports the latest Web Standards such as HTML5, Javascript, CSS3 and others. Alternatively, Konqueror can also use Webkit if you’re looking for compatibility across the board.

Some of its features:
– Adblock – automatically block all ads
– Pop-up blocker built-in
– Password Manager- uses KWallet for password storage, that means your passwords are stored securely and shared across all your KDE applications.
– Web shortcuts – Simply type wp:konqueror or wp:kde in the Address bar to be taken directly to the Wikipedia’s page about Konqueror or KDE respectively. There’s Web Shortcuts for Google, Youtube, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo, KDE, Launchpad, etc.
– Tabbed browsing and split views
– Bookmarks Manager – for easy access to your most visited sites
– Web page translation – can easily translate any web page into any language
– Spell Checking integrated