Epic

Epic

Web site: www.epicbrowser.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web Browsers
Platform: OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: July 15, 2010

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Epic – a Chromium based, private and secure web browser which blocks ads, trackers, fingerprinting, cryptomining, ultrasound signaling and more. It stops 600+ tracking attempts in an average browsing session. Turn on network privacy with our free VPN (servers in 8 countries).

Epic is a private browser that’s fast, simple and actually works. When you’re using Epic with our encrypted proxy on, your data is encrypted and hidden from the government, from your ISP, from Google, from your employer, and from hundreds of data collectors. On close of Epic, there’s no easily accessible record of your browsing history left on your computer.

Epic blocks fingerprinting scripts and functions like image canvas data access to protect you which no browser extension can do. There is no combination of settings changes and browser addons which provides the same level of protection, let alone the ease and speed of use that Epic does.

Epic shows you who’s tracking you in your other browsers (most likely dozens of data collectors) as well as the trackers Epic blocks at each webpage you visit.

Epic protects you from over one thousand tracking attempts in a typical browsing session. Over a year of browsing it works out to hundreds of thousands of bits of data about you that Epic protects.

The application is developed by Hidden Reflex a company founded by Alok Bhardwaj.

Snownews

Snownews

Web site: github.com/kouya/snownews
Category: Network
Subcategory: RSS Readers
Platform: BSD, Cygwin, Linux, OS X, Solaris, UNIX-like
License: GPL
Interface: Ncurses
Programing language: ?
First release: 2004 ?

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Snownews – a command-line RSS feed reader. It is designed to be simple and lightweight, and integrates well with other command-line tools, for both generating and filtering the feeds it reads. Snownews runs on almost anything Unix (and will even build with Cygwin).

Features:
– Runs on Linux, BSD, OS X (Darwin), Solaris and probably many more Unices. Yes, even works under Cygwin
– Fast and very resource friendly
– Builtin HTTP client will follow server redirects and update feed URLs that point to permanent redirects (301) automatically
– Understands “Not-Modified” (304) server replies and handles gzip compression
– Uses local cache for minimal network traffic
– Supports HTTP proxy
– Supports HTTP authentication (basic and digest methods)
– Supports cookies
– A help menu available throughout the program
– Few dependencies on external libraries; ncurses and libxml2
– Import feature for OPML subscription lists
– Fully customizable key bindings of all program functions
– Type Ahead Find for quick and easy navigation
– Color support
– Extensible via plugins
– Feed categories and many other useful features

Main program code and maintainer is Oliver Feiler.
The latest version of Snownews 1.5.12 was released in 2009.

Classilla

Classilla

Web site: classilla.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web Browsers
Platform: OS X
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: June 30, 2009

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Classilla – a free, open source web browser for Mac OS 9*. Classilla focuses on the mobile web and mobile sites, a better fit for our old Macs and old code. It takes a little getting used to, but thanks to today’s smartphones, many of the most popular sites have mobile versions that are almost, if not more, functional than their desktop equivalents. And that pays off for us too: simpler pages render faster on old CPUs, use less memory and get more done.

While Mozilla is a cross-platform environment, and Classilla is based on its XPFE system, Classilla’s highest priority is whether it works on classic Macintosh, and any features that get added all have the same requirement. If it’ll work and it’ll help, it’ll be in Classilla. If Mozilla’s code won’t work as is and Classilla needs that feature, it’ll be rewritten if we can. Classilla isn’t designed as an application where MacOS support is an afterthought; it’s built to be Mac first and always.

Classilla requires any Power Macintosh with at least 64MB of RAM (virtual or physical), 100MB of free hard disk space and MacOS 8.6 or higher. A G3 processor with 128MB of physical RAM and OS 9.1 is the recommended minimum. (Although Classilla will run on OS 8.5, due to various bugs in that version we strongly advise updating to OS 8.6.)

Classilla is compatible with Apple Virtual Memory and Connectix RAM Doubler 9, but this may cause unpredictable performance problems and is recommended only for those systems with low physical RAM ceilings (such as the PowerBook 1400). You will observe better performance with adequate physical memory and Virtual Memory off, and better still if you use a RAM disk for your cache. You should also make sure you have adequate disk cache in the Memory control panel, as poor disk caching can also slow Classilla down.

The screenshot source: Wikipedia; author: Skedaddle; License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.

Qataki

Qataki

Web site: chr.tx0.org/qataki
Category: Network
Subcategory: Microblog Clients
Platform: BSD, Linux, UNIX-like
License: The Unlicense
Interface: CLI
Programing language: ?
First release: May 9, 2010

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Qataki – a command line (CLI) gs.sdf.org/StatusNet/Twitter client.

It’s a shell script that you can use to read/post notices from the command line in a simple manner. Besides that, with qataki you can: reply to posts; retweet notices; search for notices. As you can see there are not fancy features. However, if you feel that something useful lacks, contact me (@chr, gs.sdf.org) or play yourself with the code.

By default gs.sdf.org and Twitter support is enabled. You can use a StatusNet site by creating an alias in a configuration file.

Please note: Twitter used to work some time ago. Currently it is not supported.

Baidu Spark Browser

Baidu Spark Browser

Web site: en.browser.baidu.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web Browsers
Platform: Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: ?

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Baidu Spark Browser – a web browser based on the same engine that Google uses for its browser Chrome, created by a Chinese multinational technology company called Baidu Inc.

The web browser has an attractive interface that is totally customizable, so you can change its color to fit your liking. You should also see that it arranges direct accesses to your most used services, including Facebook and other sites that you visit frequently. It also includes a media button so you can download videos in any available resolution, not to mention a screen capture function that also has a direct access button.

A sidebar gives you quick access to bookmarks and downloads, a zoom function to enlarge or shrink the page, and a widget for Facebook.

It also comes with a built-in virus scanner and an adware block.

Main features are:
– Media Downloader
– Browser Doctor
– Full-Page Screenshots
– Mouse Gestures
– Account Syncing

Newsbeuter

Newsbeuter

Web site: newsbeuter.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: RSS Readers
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X, UNIX-like
License: MIT/X Consortium License
Interface: cli
Programing language: ?
First release: January 16, 2007

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Newsbeuter – an open-source RSS/Atom feed reader for text terminals. It runs on Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and other Unix-like operating systems. Newsbeuter’s great configurability and vast number of features make it a perfect choice for people that need a slick and fast feed reader that can be completely controlled via keyboard.

Some of the application features:
– Subscribe to RSS 0.9x, 1.0, 2.0 and Atom feeds
– Download podcasts
– Freely configure your keyboard shortcuts
– Search through all downloaded articles
– Categorize and query your subscriptions with a flexible tag system
– Integrate any data source through a flexible filter and plugin system
– Automatically remove unwanted articles through a “killfile”
– Define “meta feeds” using a powerful query language
– Synchronize newsbeuter with your bloglines.com account
– Import and exporting your subscriptions with the widely used OPML format
– Freely define newsbeuter’s look’n’feel through free color configurability and format strings
– Keep all your feeds in sync with Google Reader

The project founder is Andreas Krennmair.
The latest version of Newsbeuter 2.9 was released in 2015.

Kazehakase

Kazehakase

Web site: kazehakase.sourceforge.jp (not active)
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web Browsers
Platform: BSD, Linux
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: January 29, 2003

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Kazehakase (Japanese: Dr. Wind) – an open source, lightweight web browser which aims to provide a user interface that is truly user-friendly & fully customizable. It supports tabbed browsing, a “remote bookmark” feature (through RSS) in a menu or sidebar, a variable UI to adapt to the user’s skill level, and customizable mouse gestures and key accelerators.

Main features of the application are:
– RSS support
– drag-and-drop of browser tabs
– mouse gestures
– import bookmarks from Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Application Suite, Netscape Browser, Galeon, Konqueror, and w3m
– Smart Bookmarks programmable with regular expressions
– full text search in browser history

The last version of Kazehakase was released in 2003.
The project developer are Hiroyuki Ikezoe and Takuro Ashie.

The screenshot source is Wikipedia; author: ViperSnake151; License: CC-SA 3.0.

Letty

Letty

Web site: letty.pl
Category: Network
Subcategory: Peer2Mail Clients
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: ?

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Letty – a free, simple and fast application that allows you to download and send files. Uploaded files are fully encrypted and anonymous. Exchange files at the maximum speed of your internet connection. Letty is user-friendly, just download the version for your operating system and run without installation.

All uploaded files are encrypted, and the key to their decryption (so-called “hashcode”) is received by a person who uploads the file only. The keys are not stored on any server or in other data files, which guarantees anonymity of the stored data of users. User who uploads a file may additionally secure it with his own text password.

IncrediMail

IncrediMail

Web site: www.incredimail.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: E-mail Clinets
Platform: Windows
License: Adware, Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: 1999

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IncrediMail – a free email program that manages all your email messages, communication, contacts details, and email transactions. IncrediMail is all about having fun with your email.

IncrediMail, in contrast to many other e-mail clients, offers special features such as: adding backgrounds, emoticons, e-cards, sounds, animations, and 3D effects. Also, the program offers so-called detectors, which appears when new e-mails have been received. They may look like a butler, animals or smileys, some are just phrases or sounds, many are animated. IncrediMail also offers automatic blocking of images and the creation of message rules.

IncrediMail main features:
– choose from 100’s of amazing email backgrounds
– add fun emoticons and animations to your emails
– bring your emails to life with animated 3D effect
– be notified of incoming emails by special animated characters
– manage all your emails from different accounts (like Yahoo and Gmail) in one place

IncrediMail (now: Perion) company was founded in 1999 by Yaron and Ofer Adler.

Amazon Silk

Amazon Silk

Web site: aws.amazon.com/documentation/silk/
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web Browsers
Platform: Fire OS
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: November 15, 2011

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Amazon Silk – a next-generation web browser available only on Kindle Fire tablets and phones. Built on a split architecture that divides processing between the client and the Amazon cloud, Silk is designed to create a faster, more responsive mobile browsing experience.

Unlike other browsers, Amazon Silk has the vast capacity of Amazon Web Services (AWS) behind it. Using AWS, Amazon Silk analyzes aggregate web traffic patterns, preprocesses pages, and applies predictive algorithms to determine the fastest way to deliver content to the device.

To minimize latency and page load times, Amazon Silk routes requests through remote proxy servers powered by Amazon EC2. These cloud servers provide high-performance connection speeds and computing power not normally available to a mobile form factor.

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