Free FTP program

Posted January 13, 2007 by Bob
Categories: applications, computers, free stuff, how-to

Since we’ve started talking about some of the free software that is available on the Internet I thought I would continue that discussion with a free FTP program called CoreFTP Lite. There are several good FTP programs available for free download but this is one that I’ve been using for several years and it has always been very reliable for me. It’s probably not the fanciest one available but it’s simple to use and does a good job.

Before we talk about how to download and use the program maybe we should backup and talk a little about why you might want an FTP program. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and it’s simply a way for two computers to share files across the Internet. The most common way to share files over the Internet is to email the file to a friend or have them email us the file we want. If the file is very large, if there are a large number of files, if there are entire folders full of files, or if the file is setting on a server somewhere, then email doesn’t usually work very well. That’s where FTP comes in. If you can connect to the other computer and your Internet connection has the bandwidth you can download just about whatever you want. Besides, some of the free stuff that Vince & I will be sharing with you may require an FTP download. If you install this or another FTP program then you will be ready to go.

Now, back to using the program:

  • Go to the CoreFTP Lite site at: www.coreftp.com
  • Click on the link that says “DOWNLOAD CoreFTP now!”. Currently this is version 1.3c. Also, they do have a pro version for $34.95 but unless you do a lot of FTP work the free version works fine.
  • After you click on this first button it will take you to a page that will give you several optional sites to download from.
  • Click on one of the links for the free version (it doesn’t matter which one, but if you have trouble with one site just try one of the other sites.
  • The Windows file download will open and ask if you want to “Run” or “Download” the file. If you are on a fast connection and this is just for you, choose “Run”, otherwise you can download it to your computer and install it later or share it with friends. If you download it just remember where you saved it.
  • When you run the download it will install the program on your computer. Just follow the instructions as you are prompted.
  • The first time you run CoreFTP Lite it will probably ask if you want to make CoreFTP your default FTP client. Click yes.
  • It will also ask if you want to use notepad.exe to edit ascii files. Unless you are running Windows 95 or Windows ME click yes.
  • When FTP Lite opens it will first open with a Site Manger Window that allows you to enter information about the computer that you will be communicating with over the Internet.
  • Most of the information you will need to get from however you are getting the files but here is the run-down:
    • Site Name – you can put anything here that you want – CoreFTP Lite remembers the settings and if you have several sites that you FTP, this is a convenient way to remember which site you are connecting to.
    • Host/IP/URL – this is the actual location on the Internet where the files are located. Typcially you will get this from however is telling you where to get the files from.
    • Username – This is the username that is usually needed to get into an FTP site. If there is no username and password check the box called “Anonymous”
    • Password – The password needed to get into the FTP site.
    • Check the box “Don’t save password” if you don’t want CoreFTP to remember the password for you.
    • For the rest of the setting you can usually just use the default settings. Don’t change any of them unless you are instructed by the FTP site owner.
  • After everything has been entered click on the “Connect” button and CoreFTP should try to make connections with the other computer.
  • The next screen contains two main windows. The window on the left shows files on your computer and the window on the right shows the files on the other computer. You can simply drag-and-drop files or folders from one computer to another or you can highlight files and folders from either window and use the arrow keys to transfer.
  • Sample Screens are available on the CoreFTP download site and there are help screens available inside of the program after you’ve downloaded and installed it.

Now your ready to download files! 

Free Office Suite

Posted January 11, 2007 by Vince
Categories: applications, free stuff, open-source

In recent years I have been using an application that is like most the more popular word processors, but is free! This word processor is an open-source, multilingual, java run wonder! At first I was skeptic of how I would have to re-learn my other word processing application, but I was amazed at how simple it was to make the transition. OpenOffice is great for those on a tight budget!

OpenOffice Logo

I will walk you through the easy installation process to get you going today.

  1. Go to OpenOffice.org and click on the download button and then select your type of computer.Note: After the download begins be prepared to wait for a while it is a large file, about 94MB. If you have a slow connection please look at ordering a CD from OpenOffice. If you choose to go that route there are many companies that ship through the world and just in their own country, so just browse the list and choose what is best for you.
  2. Once downloaded just click on the icon and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. After that is finished running note that the program in most cases it will leave a folder on the desktop, you can delete both the folder and installation package.

Now that the program is installed now what? For most problems that occur there is wonderful support both within the program itself and online and tutorials, documentation and FAQ‘s. Also I have found that if you Google the question you will be able to find most of your answers.

Below is also a chart of what the OpenOffice programs compare to in other office suites:

OpenOffice Writer word processor
OpenOffice Calc spreadsheets
OpenOffice Impression presenation
OpenOffice Draw vector graphic
OpenOffice Math formula editor

Free Bible on the Internet

Posted January 11, 2007 by Bob
Categories: bible, free stuff, productions

I’m really excited to be working with Vince on this TuNew site. We work with the web everyday and when we come across new information that others may be interested in we wanted a way to be able to share that. While some of what we share will be focused on the work we do here at Good News Productions, Intl., much of it will be of interest to others in ministry or those that are just interested in the web and how it can be used for God’s kingdom.

For my first article I wanted to share something I ran across a couple of months ago that was very appealing to me. So often when working on a new project ( print, audio, video, web, etc.), if it involves use of scripture it can be very difficult to legally include quotations from many of the existing bible translations. A group at bible.org is trying to help this by offering an on-line bible that is totally free to download. This new bible translation and many study helps are available at no cost at http://www.nextbible.com/. The entire bible can be downloaded for free and they make available many of the translators notes along with over 40,000 pages of free Bible study material. If you are doing a ministry project that requires the use of bible text, their goal is to work with organizations so the text can be used royalty free anywhere in the world. They obviously need to protect their intellectual property from being used in just any way someone wants but unlike some of the available translations they are very open in giving royalty free rights for their material.

 If you have a website that you are maintaining, there are even some free Webmaster tools available so you can offer scripture searches or studies on your own site using their translation.

How to Have an Icon in Your Broswer Address Bar

Posted January 10, 2007 by Vince
Categories: how-to, Web Design

May I be the first to welcome you to TuNew. This site is developed for people who may want to know just a little more about the web. My good friend, Bob and I, just wanted a place where there would be tutorials and information about the new web applications.

The first item I would like to begin with is how do you have an icon show up in the browser address bar? Associating your icon with your web address (URL) will add the icon to bookmarks and tabs. This is not a hard task to accomplish and adds a professional, unique feel to any website.

  1. First thing is to take your logo or other icon worthy image and make a small image, usually 16 pixels by 16 pixels, of your logo. There is a wonderful little helper online that will help you make your logo the proper size.
  2. After that you will need to save the icon to your desktop and change the name to favicon.ico make sure to change the extension to (.ico).
  3. Load your icon to your server and place in the same directory as the index.html or default.html.
  4. Open up your default.html and place the following code:

    <LINK REL=”icon” href=”favicon.icon” TYPE=”image/ico”>

    <LINK REL=”SHORTCUT ICON” href=”favicon.ico”>

  5. Now sit back and grab a cup of coffee and marvel at your professionalism, that was hard work.

Resources and other Sites:
http://www.dalleh.com/HTML/Add_an_icon_to_URL/add_an_icon_to_url.shtml
http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/jennifer/favicon.html


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