Show off your Android apps with AppBrain.

Over the next few posts I’m going to highlight some of the stand-out applications for Google’s Android OS. We’re going to kick things off with AppBrain.

To call AppBrain an alternative Android Market would kind of be missing the point. There is certainly some unnecessary duplication in the form of its own set of user-generated reviews, but that’s its weakest selling point if you ask me. Three additional features make AppBrain truly amazing…

Clonezilla – a monster backup utility.

Ah, the first of the month — time to back up my data to optical media, my NAS, Dropbox… And this month there’s a new tool in my arsenal. It’s called Clonezilla.

Developed at the National Center for High Performance Computing in Taiwan, Clonezilla will make a byte-for-byte, partition-for-partition copy of whatever you tell it to. And of course it’s free — even better, it’s been released under the GPL for everyone to benefit from…

Gigolo – it mounts what it’s told to.

Anyone using the GNOME desktop environment with their Linux distribution will probably be using Nautilus as a file manager as well. Among other handy features — like tabbed windows, for example — Nautilus has support for mounting Samba shares (like my NAS) built-in.

As I’ve chosen the more lightweight Xfce for my netbook the default file manager isn’t Nautilus but Thunar — a very capable app in its own right, but without any Samba support…

A keener eye on Kino.

Instability is one thing, but when I found that I could not export my hour-long video to file or DVD without losing audio sync I had to move on — interestingly enough right back to Kino, the video app I started with. I had passed on it originally because its interface was too foreign to this former Final Cut user, but a sober second look got me figuring it out pretty quick…