Sanity writes "LastCalc is a cross between Google Calculator, a spreadsheet, and a powerful functional programming language, all with a robust and flexible heuristic parser. It even let's you write functions that pull in data from elsewhere on the web. It's all wrapped up in a JQuery-based user interface that does as-you-type syntax highlighting.
Today, LastCalc's creator Ian Clarke (Freenet, Revver) has announced that LastCalc will be open sourced under the GNU Affero General Public License "to accelerate development, spread the workload, and hopefully foster a vibrant volunteer community around the project"."Link to Original Source
Sanity writes "33Mail is a new free disposable email service. Unlike services like Mailinator, you "own" the email addresses you create with it, and so you can use it to sign up for almost any website. If that website later starts to spam you, you can block that address. Instant Fundas has a nice review of the service."Link to Original Source
Sanity writes "Scott Miller, Chief Architect of Thoof, gives a detailed breakdown of their choice of web framework, server hardware, and other infrastructure, along with the results of their scalability testing, in a recent series of blog entries. Thoof is built on Apache Wicket, a relatively new Java-based web framework that recently joined the Apache Software Foundation. Thoof is probably one of the highest-traffic Wicket deployments yet, so their experiences should be useful to anyone considering it as a framework."Link to Original Source
Sanity writes "John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cypherpunks mailing list, and Cygnus Solutions, has donated $15,000 to the Freenet Project, to support the ongoing development of the Freenet software. This donation will ensure the continued employment of Freenet's full-time software developer, Matthew Toseland, who has been working for Freenet full-time for the last 4 years, funded entirely by donations to the project. In April 2006 the Freenet Project released the first alpha version of Freenet 0.7, a new approach to anonymous peer-to-peer adopting a "scalable darknet" architecture, designed to offer a new level of privacy and security for those using the software, while addressing a number of other long-standing issues with Freenet. This donation will support the project as it works towards a beta release of Freenet 0.7, improving the ease of use, speed, and security of the software."