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Sockso is an open source music server application that lets you share the music files easily with everyone.

With a very simple setup, just running an executable file, the environment is instantly ready.

Sockso Music Server

The aplication is managed from a Java GUI. User can connect through a web-based interface and:

  • create playlists
  • listen to the music via a Flash-based player
  • download tracks, albums or playlists
  • upload new music files & more.

Sockso supports MP3, OGG Vorbis, Flac, and WMA files, If needed it can re-encode output streams to save bandwidth. To see all the features of the application, click here.

SEM Labs is featuring a set of free icons (200+) named Web Blog Icon Pack.

The set has a wide selection of icons from arrows to actions & e-mail icons to user icons.

Web Blog Icons

Icons are 48*48px size each and comes as .PNG files.

Considering the icons in the pack, they can be easily used in a web application’s front or back-end as the pack covers all the frequently used ones.

Wiki applications, as they make storing & sharing the knowledge easier, are very popular & handy.

There are lots of wiki applications & it is hard to decide which one to choose. But there is a quality resource to help you decide.

WikiMatrix is a website that helps you compare wiki applications, guide you with a wiki choice wizard & provides helpful information on them.


The website is so detailed that it enables you to compare the markups of wikis as well.

You can find statistics on each application & wiki-related-discuss on forums.

To sum up, if you are planning to setup a wiki, it is a good choice to give WikiMatrix a look.

GalleryView is a jQuery plugin for creating any type of content galleries including images or HTML.

It offers a wide list of configuration options from widths/heights to colors used.

jQuery Content Gallery

The plugin simply converts an unordered list into a gallery. You can enable/disable captions which are produced from the alt tags.

By updating few images, new themes can be created easily. For several different demos, click here, here & here.

Using textures mostly helps creating surprising designs (both in good & bad ways). But it is certain that, quality textures, when used wisely, will end up nicely.

ZenTextures is an online gallery presenting beautiful free textures.

Free Textures

Textures are very well-categorized like: paper, grunge, wood, stone & more.

Currently, there are 400+ textures shared which are free to use for both personal & commercial projects.

A factor which cannot be overlooked when designing websites, brochures or e-magazines is the all important font type.

Designers need to carefully select the font that best fits the style of the publication, is legible and perhaps a little different from the norm.

There are plenty of retro and urban fonts available for download, however many are very expensive. For those on a limited budget, here are some amazing free urban and retro fonts.

Victor Moscoso

Victor Moscoso

This funky retro font is based on the 1960′s psychedelic poster lettering of Victor Moscoso. It is hard not to think of Cadillac’s and American diners when looking at this font. Compatible with both Windows and Mac computers, it is free for personal use and contains a full set of characters and numbers.



Watson is a retro font that still has the wow factor but is also simple and elegant. The lettering is skinny and some of the characters appear three dimensional. Best of all it’s completely free to use, compatible with Windows and Mac computers and contains a full set of characters and numbers.



Categorised as a brush font, Thuphap looks like freehand writing. The ink weight varies on the curves of the letters, as it would naturally do if you were writing on a piece of paper. It is completely free to use, compatible with Windows and Mac Computers and contains a full set of characters and numbers, including several special letters.

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OmniGrid is a free grid component for MooTools that has advanced features.

Having inspired from Flexigrid (for jQuery) & sortableTable, OmniGrid offers a similar functionality.

MooTools Datagrid

Besides client-side sorting, with a serverside script (a PHP one is mentioned), it connects to the data & can easily sort/paginate an unlimited number of records.

Columns can be resized, multiple records can be selected (data inside is shown with an accordion), the look can be customized & more.

As we all experience, every hosting account or server sometimes fails, no matter how good the hosting company is. And, this can be accepted as normal when it is within the limits.

For better reacting to the downtimes, analyzing the health of the web application & the environment it is hosted on, uptime monitoring is a working solution.

Free PHP Uptime Monitor Script

phpWatch is a free PHP uptime monitoring script that can watch unlimited number of websites and send notifications via e-mail or SMS (for US phones).

With an Ajaxed interface, new monitors & notifications can be easily configured. And, once the cron job / scheduled task -that pings the servers in desired time intervals- is set, the script is ready to go.

phpWatch also offers an API which lets other applications to query the monitored services, get the statistics and use the notification system for sending SMS and e-mail alerts.

Creating games, although being another discipline, is nothing far from web designers & developers with the increasing number of easy-to-use & familiar tools in this area.

PushButton is an open source Flash game engine, that helps concentrating on the details by saving the time spent on coding.

PushButton - Open Source Game Engine

It provides the core functionality: resource manager, logger, debug monitoring, serialization, time management, globally named objects, etc. And, any preferred external library can be used too.

PushButton has ready to use components like:

  • Physics based on Box2D.
  • Gameplay components: health, teams, state machines.
  • Sprite-based and SWF-based 2D rendering.
  • Tilemap system.
  • Advanced networking library for multiplayer games
  • Pathfinding library & more

Flabell is presenting a beautiful & free Flash Mp3 player that can display multiple artists & playlists.

Every aspect of the Mp3 player can be customized via XML including size, colors, speed and transition effects.

Free Flash Mp3 Player With Playlist

It streams the songs so there is no need to wait until the file is totally loaded. With a click, you can shuffle the songs.

And, a great feature is the share/embedding support. If enabled via XML, anyone can easily embed the player to their websites.

You can use the Flash Mp3 player directly on a website or integrate it to your Flash project by moving some ActionScript files and dragging the movieclip containing the Flash player in your Flash file.

The player comes with the source code including .Fla files, fonts & PSDs.

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