open source

Tasks Is A Near-Perfect Astrid Clone

Android: Tasks: Astrid To-Do List Clone (to use its full name) is, as the name suggests, a clone based on the source code for now-defunt open source task manager Astrid. It aims to bring back some of the functionality of that beloved lost to-do app.


Microsoft Expands Open Source Plans With Roslyn, .NET Foundation

Back in 2011, Microsoft launched Roslyn, a project to expose its .NET Compiler as a series of services. Now that project has gone open source, alongside a move by Microsoft to group all its open source activities under a new banner: the .NET Foundation.


Download The Source Code For MS-DOS And Word For Windows Right Now

So this is unexpected and very cool: Microsoft has released the source code for the original versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows.


Facebook Has Open-Sourced Its Hack Programming Language

Most of Facebook is now written in Hack, an internally-developed language it introduced when its existing methodologies proved too inflexible. Facebook has now open sourced Hack so other developers can use it.


Microsoft Making Azure Active Directory Developer Tools Open Source

This could make building software that uses Active Directory on Windows Azure a little easier: Microsoft is open sourcing its developer libraries for the platform.


S.H.O.V.E.L. Is An Open Source Multi-Tool

S.H.O.V.E.L. is yet another multitool, but an unusual one. It sports a combined fork/spoon for eating, a serrated edge for cutting things, a bottle opener and a length of paracord. It’s also open source so you can customise it yourself.


Azure Active Directory Adds Node.js Library

Microsoft has released a Node.js library for the Azure version of Active Directory — handy if you want to build apps using Node.js on Azure that can authenticate against AD. Hit the blog post for more details. [Active Directory Team Blog]


How To Build Your Own Syncing RSS Reader With Tiny Tiny RSS

Yes, Google Reader is going away, and yes, there are great alternatives. However, if you’re tired of web services shutting down on you, why not take matters into your own hands? Tiny Tiny RSS is a free, open-source syncing RSS platform with more features than Google Reader ever had, and it can’t get shut down. Here’s how to install it and set it up.


How Does Your Workplace Use Open Source Software?

Earlier this week I wrote about open source pragmatism and how even at an event like Linux.conf.au, there’s less evidence of one-sided tech zealotry than you might expect. Now I’m wondering: how does that actually play out in the workplaces of Lifehacker readers?


Why Absolute Technology Rules Can Be Bad For Your IT Career

Technology inspires enthusiasm and passion, and we often defend our choices in semi-rational tones replete with religious fervour. In your own life, you can do what you like. When you’re working with IT in your career, you need to learn to compromise more readily.