All posts by Aditya Venkatesh

I am a technology-enthusiast who is fascinated by computers and the Internet. I am also an amateur photographer. In the past, I worked as a technical writer for a well-known web development company in Hyderabad, India. I have a Master’s degree in Engineering.

Best FTP Clients for Windows

A FTP client is a software application that runs on your computer and allows you to upload or download files using the file transfer protocol. It is an important tool for webmasters. If you want to publish webpages to your hosting account, a FTP client will be very convenient.

Here are the best FTP clients for Windows:

1) FileZilla

FileZilla Client is a fast and feature-rich cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with an intuitive graphical user interface. It is very easy to use and also comes as a portable application.

Features:

  • Supports FTP, FTP over SSL/TLS (FTPS) and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Cross-platform. Runs on Windows, Linux, *BSD, Mac OS X and more
  • IPv6 support
  • Supports resume and transfer of large files >4GB
  • Tabbed user interface
  • Powerful Site Manager and transfer queue
  • Bookmarks
  • Filename filters
  • Directory comparison
  • Remote file editing
  • HTTP/1.1, SOCKS5 and FTP-Proxy support
  • Remote file search

Download link: http://www.filezilla-project.org

2) WinSCP

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client, SCP client, FTPS client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is file transfer between a local and a remote computer.  WinSCP is also available as a plugin for other file managers.

Features:

  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Shares site settings with PuTTY
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Optionally stores site information

Download: http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

3) Core FTP

Core FTP is a free FTP client for Windows that provides with a fast, easy, reliable way to update and maintain your website via FTP. It also provides a secure method (via SSL, TLS, FTPS, HTTPS, or SFTP) to upload / download files to and from FTP servers.

Features:

  • Secure SFTP, SSL, TLS, & FTPS
  • Mode Z compression
  • User-friendly interface(s)
  • Site to Site file transfers
  • FULL drag and drop support
  • Start/stop/resume of transfers
  • Transfer bandwidth control
  • File masking (wildcards)
  • Remote file searching
  • File permissions (CHMOD)
  • .htaccess & .htpasswd editing

Download: http://coreftp.com/

4) Free FTP

Free FTP is a free FTP client for Windows from CoffeeCup which is well known for its HTML editor and other website development tools.

Features:

  • Powerful and yet easy to use interface
  • Drag and drop files
  • Easy logs about upload status, errors, etc.
  • Support for FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and their different methods of encryption
  • History feature for browsing sessions
  • Easy file management

Download: http://www.coffeecup.com/free-ftp/

5) Smart FTP

SmartFTP is an FTP (File Transfer Protocol), FTPS, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, SSH, Terminal client. It allows you to transfer files between your local computer and a server on the Internet. With its many basic and advanced Features SmartFTP also offers secure, reliable and efficient transfers that make it a powerful tool.

Features:

  • FTP and FTPS (Secure FTP), SFTP over SSH
  • Integrated Editor
  • Modern Graphical User Interface (GUI)File/Folder
  • Synchronization
  • Multilingual (more than 20 languages)
  • Thumbnails View and Preview
  • Visual Compare
  • Support for KeePass and LastPass password manager
  • Auto reconnect and resume of broken transfers
  • Remote Edit of files
  • Search for files and folders on the server
  • SOCKS5, SOCKS4, SOCKS4A, HTTP Proxy
  • CHMOD (Properties)

Download: http://www.smartftp.com/

 

Windows 9: Release date, news and other updates

In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new UI which was a significant deviation from the traditional desktop UI of earlier versions of Windows. Windows Vista and Windows 7 added a lot of jazz but the underlying UI elements were essentially the same as before. Windows 8, on the other hand, was very much different. Because it was designed for hybrid computing platforms such as tablets which have become mainstream now, it was significantly different. This has been a major issue with users who are used to the older UI. Windows 9 will hopefully address these issues and provide a more uniform and streamlined user experience.

Windows 9 release date: April 2015?

As of now, no information is available about the release date for Windows 9 is available. However, there are reports and rumors, some of them from Chinese enthusiast websites, which claim claim to have leaked builds of Windows 9. Sometime back, there was an update from Microsoft named ‘Windows Blue’ which many believed was a potential new version of the OS. However, it turned out to be Windows 8.1 rather than a completely new version of Windows.

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The next version of Windows is now being labeled ‘Windows 9′ but the name may change. A new code name has appeared–’Threshold’. It is not known if Windows 9 will be available as an upgrade for users of Windows 7. However, it can be speculated with some certainty that Microsoft will allow Windows 7 users to upgrade as Windows 7 holds a large market share. The company will try to encourage these users to make the move to Windows 9.

It is also not known currently if Windows 9 will be 64-bit only. Microsoft had remarked that future versions of Windows will support only 64-bit chips even before it shipped Windows 7. Windows 9 is also expected to be smaller in size and ship with number of pre-installed apps.

Paul Thurrott, one of the most famous Microsoft bloggers, has stated that Microsoft will release Windows 9 in April 2015. Windows 9 is expected to feature an improved Metro-based UI. More information about Windows 9 is expected to be announced at the Build 2014 Developer Conference that will be held in April this year.

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BlackBerry Z3 and Q20: Specifications and Price Details

BlackBerry has unveiled its first line of Foxconn-built smartphones, the BlackBerry Z3 and Q20. The BlackBerry Z3 is a full touch smartphone offered at an affordable price of $200. The Q20, on the other hand, is a more full-fledged business phone featuring a QWERTY keypad and a trackpad. Both these phones are expected to become available in the month of April.

Coming to the specifications, the BlackBery Z3 comes with a 5-inch qHD display and is powered by a Snapdragon dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. The phone also features 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Other features include a 5 MP primary camera and a secondary 1.1 MP front-facing camera. The phone also comes with FM radio.

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The most desirable feature of the BlackBerry Z3 is its price. At a price of $200, it may be a hit in the mid-range smartphone segment. It definitely offers a competition to other smartphones made by Samsung and Nokia.

The other phone launched by BlackBerry, the Q20 comes with a QWERTY keypad and a trackpad. The phone will pack a 3.5-inch touchscreen display. The phone looks very similar to the older BlackBerry business phones which were a hit with the business community. Price details are currently not available.

On the software front, both the phones will run on BlackBerry 10 and have features such as BlackBerry Hub, and enterprise connectivity with BES10.

With these phones, BlackBerry may regain some of its lost market share. Many view the announcement of these phones as a desperate last attempt by BlackBerry to stay competitive in a market that is currently dominated by Samsung, Nokia and others.

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