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[computer thread] Making life easier/better.

March 10, 2006, 12:18 p.m.
Posts: 11297
Joined: Nov. 19, 2002

Browser: Opera. Many still use internet explorer, but many have switched to firefox. I'd suggest giving opera a try. They made it free a few months ago, and it's gone through some heavy development since. It's quite easily the fastest browser out there, and doesn't have some of the memory issues that have plagued FF since 1.0. Some people will recommend using firefox for ecommerce though, so I'm assuming the encryption on opera might not quite be up to spec? Don't quote me on that.

Archived files: 7 Zip. Tired of needing winrar, winace and winzip to deal with all the archives out there? 7zip will take care of everything, it's fast and light, and best of all: free.

Media player: Zoom Media Player. Way faster than that peice of crap windows media player (who wants all that crap to load just to want a video?). Skinnable, and it will play damn near anything if you downloaded the recommended codecs that it warns you that you don't have when it first loads. Just click the links, download and install everything, and you shouldn't ever have a problem with a video not playing again.

Finally, the creme de la creme. Ran across this little tip a while back, and its a godsend. Only for those using XP, so if you're running 9x… well… what the hell is wrong with you? It's slightly more involved than simply installing a program, but not much. Make a new file in notepad, (right-click somewhere, new text document) and rename it to whateveryouwant.bat (the .bat part being the important part). I suggest putting this either in your my documents, or even in your root C:\. Now right-click on it, and click edit. Paste this in:
@echo off echo All Idle Processes Are Currently Being Processed. echo Please Wait…. Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks cls echo All Idle Processes Have Been Processed. pauseSave it. Now make a shortcut to this file, and put it somewhere nice (ie. start menu, quicklaunch bar, desktop). Right-click and go to properties, change the icon to something nice (I chose the green triangle 'play' button, since it lets my computer run again).

Now, what does this shortcut do? I'll save you the technobabble, but essentially what this is for is whenever you want to run something intensive (the definition of which is different depending on what your computer is… for some, even playing a divx movie is intensive, but for most, playing a game or doing heavy graphic/video work is the most intensive), you run this first. It'll pop up a dos window and tell you to wait. It takes 1-5min depending on what needs to be done, then tell you to press any key, which will close the dos window. Your computer should now be far more responsive. You don't need to stop using your computer entirely while this is going on, although that will slow the process down somewhat. I wouldn't recommend doing something really heavy while this is going on though.

This has essentially replaced the need for a reboot for me. If you're about to play a game that usually stretches your computer to the limit, you often need to restart beforehand to get the most out of your comp. Now, just run this in the background and keep surfing the web, then when it's done you can start your game.

Hope this helps someone.

[edit]PDFs: Fox-it reader.

Thanks, I forgot to mention foxit earlier. I've never had a pdf display problem with it, but it smokes adobe's pig of a display program in terms of performance. If you have to look at pdf's on older machines, or even a lot of pdfs on a newer machine, take a look at this program.

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March 10, 2006, 12:25 p.m.
Posts: 2247
Joined: June 1, 2004

thanks so much!!

Marty's Mountain Cycle

March 10, 2006, 12:56 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 21, 2002

Im a pretty big fan off VLC media player for OSX and XP.

Plays pretty much anything and uses not to much resource.

March 10, 2006, 1:08 p.m.
Posts: 11297
Joined: Nov. 19, 2002

Im a pretty big fan off VLC media player for OSX and XP.

Plays pretty much anything and uses not to much resource.

I like it for the 'plays anything' factor, but I don't like it for much else. I pretty much just use it for playing VCD's in bin/cue format without having to burn them now.

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March 10, 2006, 2:13 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 10, 2003

I like it for the 'plays anything' factor, but I don't like it for much else. I pretty much just use it for playing VCD's in bin/cue format without having to burn them now.

Agreed, it's quite versatile but the interface isn't that nice.

Quick question: What is a .cue file? For burned disks or something? I always just play movies off my harddrive and open the .bin file with VLC.

March 10, 2006, 2:17 p.m.
Posts: 11297
Joined: Nov. 19, 2002

Agreed, it's quite versatile but the interface isn't that nice.

Quick question: What is a .cue file? For burned disks or something? I always just play movies off my harddrive and open the .bin file with VLC.

A cue file is like an index. An iso file contains only data, while a bin is more complete image of a disc. Your average game contains (or maybe just used to? I dunno with the advent of good quality compression like mp3s) both data and audio tracks. The cue file explains to the burning software how to burn the data contained in the .bin file properly.

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March 10, 2006, 2:28 p.m.
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Joined: Jan. 10, 2003

Thanks for the explanation, I had always wondered what exactly the file did.

March 10, 2006, 2:35 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 19, 2002

Safari = a very good browser (the best? for mac)

Safari is quite nice. I do know a lot of mac-heads use opera too though.

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March 10, 2006, 4:56 p.m.
Posts: 6947
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

Operating Systems

Red Hat Linux http://www.redhat.com/
Mandrake Linux http://www.mandrake.com/

Software

Must have tools
Adobe Reader http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html

Office
Open Office http://www.openoffice.org/
602PC Suite http://www.software602.com/products/pcs/trial.html

DVD tools
DVD decrypter http://www.dvddecrypter.com/
DVD shrink http://www.dvdshrink.org/
Dvd2avi http://arbor.ee.ntu.edu.tw/~jackei/dvd2avi/
Nero burning rom http://www.nero.com
Burn4Free - http://www.burn4free.com/
Burnatonce - http://www.burnatonce.com/
CDBurnerXP - http://hem.bredband.net/cdburnerxp/
CDRDAO - http://cdrdao.sourceforge.net/
CDR Tools Frontend - http://demosten.com/cdrfe/
Deepburner - http://www.deepburner.com/
Easy Burning, DropCD [HTML_REMOVED] Audio CD - http://www.paehl.de/cdr

FTP tools
AceFTP http://freeware.aceftp.com/

P2P tools
Azureus Bit Torrent Client http://sourceforge.net/projects/azureus/

Media players
Real Player Alternative http://www.free-codecs.com/download...Alternative.htm
Quick Time player http://www.apple.com/quicktime/

Internet Browsers
MyIE2 http://www.myie2.com/
Mozilla http://www.mozilla.org
Firefox http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
Thunderbird http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/

Math Graphing Tool
Graphmatica http://www8.pair.com/ksoft/

Firewalls/Anti Virus
Zone Alarm http://www.zonelabs.com/
AntiVir - http://www.free-av.com/
Avast - http://www.avast.com/i_idt_1018.html
AVG - http://www.grisoft.com/

Benchmark tools
3d mark 2001 / 3dmark 2003 http://www.futuremark.com/
Aquamark http://www.aquamark3.com/
Sandra http://www.sisoftware.demon.co.uk/sandra/

Games
America[HTML_REMOVED]#8217;s Army http://www.americasarmy.com/
Runescape MMORPG http://www.runescape.com
Beat of Rage for PS2/PC/Dreamcast/Xbox http://www.segaforums.com/senileteam/beatsofrage/

Tweak tools
tweakUI http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...s/powertoys.asp
memtest http://www.memtest86.com/

Emulators
Mac emulator Basilisk II http://www.uni-mainz.de/~bauec002/B2Main.html
Playstation Emulator Epsxe http://www.epsxe.com/
Playstation 2 Emulator PCSX 2 http://www.pcsx2.net/
Gamecube Emulator Dolwin http://dolwin.emulation64.com/
Xbox emulator cxbox http://www.caustik.com/cxbx/news.htm
MAME http://www.mame.net/

3D Graphics:
Anim8or - http://www.anim8or.com/
Blender - http://www.blender3d.org/
gmax - http://www.discreet.com/products/gmax/
Maya Personal Learning Ed. - http://www.alias.com/eng/products-s...ple/index.shtml
Now3D - http://digilander.libero.it/giulios/Eng/homepage.htm
SOFTIMAGE|XSI EXP - http://www.softimage.com/products/exp/v3/

Anti Spyware:
Ad-aware - http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/
Diet K - http://www.dietk.com/
SpyBot Search [HTML_REMOVED] Destroy - http://spybot.safer-networking.de/
SpywareBlaster - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
SpywareGuard - http://www.wilderssecurity.net/spywareguard.html

IRC Clients:
BersIRC - http://www.bersirc.com/
?????X - http://?????x.org/download.php
HydraIRC - http://www.hydrairc.com/
TinyIRC - http://www.tinyirc.net/
XChat - http://www.xchat.org/

Audio Players:
1by1 - http://www.rz.uni-frankfurt.de/~pesch
Foobar 2000 - http://www.foobar2000.org/
iTunes - http://www.apple.com/itunes/
Jet Audio Basic - http://www.jetaudio.com/
Musik - http://musik.berlios.de/
QCD Player - http://www.quinnware.com/
Sonique - http://sonique.lycos.com/
Winamp - http://www.winamp.com/

Audio Tools:
Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
CDex - http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/
dBpowerAMP Music Converter - http://www.dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm
EAC - http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/
Encounter 2003 - http://www.waschbusch.com/
GermaniXEncoder - http://www.germanixsoft.de/
K-MP3 - http://www.katarncorp.com/
KraMixer - http://www.kramware.com/
MP3 Book Helper - http://mp3bookhelper.sourceforge.net/
MP3 Tag - http://www.mp3tag.de/
mp3DirectCut - http://www.rz.uni-frankfurt.de/~pesch/
MP3Gain - http://www.geocities.com/mp3gain/
mp3Trim - http://www.logiccell.com/~mp3trim/
MusicBrainz - http://musicbrainz.org/
Rarewares - http://rarewares.hydrogenaudio.org/
SoundEngine Free - http://www.cycleof5th.com/en/index.htm
TagScanner - http://xdev.narod.ru/tagscan_e.htm
The GodFather - http://users.otenet.gr/~jtcliper/tgf/

Compression / Decompression:
7-zip - http://www.7-zip.org/
bzip2 - http://sources.redhat.com/bzip2/index.html
FilZip - http://www.filzip.com/
IZArc - http://www.florida.plus.com/izarc/
QuickZip - http://www.quickzip.org/
TUGZip - http://www.tugzip.com/
UltimateZIP - http://www.ultimatezip.com/
UPX - http://upx.sourceforge.net/
Zip[HTML_REMOVED]Go - http://www.handybits.com/zipngo.htm
Zipgenius - http://www.zipgenius.it/

Defrag Software:
DIRMS [HTML_REMOVED] Buzzsaw - http://www.dirms.com/
OpenVMS - http://www.execsoft.com/freeware/freeware.asp

Desktop Enhancements:
CursorXP - http://www.stardock.com/products/cursorxp/download.html
MobyDock - http://www.mobydock.com/
tclock2 - http://home.inreach.com/2tone/tclock2/tclock2.htm

Download managers:
Fresh Download - http://www.freshdevices.com/freshdown.html
LeechGet - http://www.leechget.net/en/
Net Transport - http://lycos26486.l78.lycos.com.cn/default.htm
Star Downloader - http://www.stardownloader.com/downloads.php
wackget - http://millweed.com/projects/wackget/
wget - http://xoomer.virgilio.it/hherold/

Encryption and data security:
Axcrypt - http://axcrypt.sourceforge.net/
Blowfish Advanced CS- http://web.bsn.ch/lasse/bfacs.htm
Eraser - http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/default.php
File Shredder - http://www.sys-shield.com/fileshredder.htm
GnuPG - http://www.gnupg.org/
PGP Freeware - http://www.pgp.com/products/freeware.html
WindowsCleaner - http://www.winnowsoft.com/internet-eraser.htm

File Managers:
2xExplorer - http://netez.com/2xExplorer/
A43 - http://www.shawneelink.net/~bgmiller/
Gyula's Navigator - http://www.wanari.com/
JExplorer - http://home.megapass.co.kr/~woosjung/
MeeSoft Commander - http://meesoft.logicnet.dk/

File repair and recovery:
PC Inspector File Recovery - http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

Firewalls:
Kerio (Kerio Personal Firewall is FREE for home and personal use) - http://www.kerio.com/kpf_home.html
Outpost Firewall (version 1 is free) - http://www.agnitum.com/download/outpost1.html
Sygate (FREE for personal use) - http://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm
Zonealarm Basic firewall - http://www.zonelabs.com/store/conte...reeDownload.jsp

FTP Clients:
Filezilla! - http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla
SmartFTP - http://www.smartftp.com/

FTP Servers:
FileZilla - http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/
GuildFTPD - http://www.totalshareware.com/asp/d...pplication=8334
Quick 'n Easy FTP Server - http://www.pablovandermeer.nl/ftp_server.html
SlimFTPd - http://www.whitsoftdev.com/slimftpd
WarFTPD - http://www.jgaa.com/

HTML Editors:
1st page 2000 - http://www.evrsoft.com/download.shtml
AceHTML - http://freeware.acehtml.com/download.html
Aracnophilia - http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/
HTML-Kit - http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
Selida - http://www.amaryllis.8m.com/
Trellian webPAGE - http://webpage.vendercom.com/
TSW WebCoder - http://www.tsware.net/

Image viewers:
Ahaview - http://www.aha-soft.com/ahaview/ahaviewfree.exe
Irfanview - http://www.irfanview.com/
SlowView - http://www.slowview.at/
XNView - http://www.xnview.com/

Instant Messenger:
Gaim - http://gaim.sourceforge.net/
Miranda IM - http://www.miranda-im.org/
Rhymbox - http://www.rhymbox.com/
PSI - http://psi.affinix.com/
Trillian Basic - http://trillian.cc/downloads

Internet Explorer Front-Ends:
Avantbrowser - http://www.avantbrowser.com/
MyIE2 - http://www.myie2.com/
SlimBrowser - http://www.flashpeak.com/sbrowser/sbrowser.htm

Mail programs:
i.Scribe - http://www.memecode.com/
Mahogany Mail - http://mahogany.sourceforge.net/
Pegasus Mail - http://www.pmail.com/
Thunderbird - http://www.mozilla.org/projects/thunderbird/

Anti-spam programs:
K9 - http://www.keir.net/k9.html
MailWasher- http://www.mailwasher.net/
POPFile - http://popfile.sourceforge.net/
SpamBayes - http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/

Network Tools:
CMDTime NTP Utility - http://www.softshape.com/download/
Ethereal Protocol Analyzer - http://www.ethereal.com/
NMap - http://www.insecure.org/nmap/
Ntop - http://www.ntop.org
PingPlotter - http://www.pingplotter.com
PuTTY - http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty
RAS Graph [HTML_REMOVED] Stats - http://forum.flashfxp.com/showthrea...=[HTML_REMOVED]threadid=2400
RealVNC - http://www.realvnc.com/
TightVNC - http://www.tightvnc.org/
UltraVNC - http://ultravnc.sourceforge.net/
WinSCP - http://www.winscp.com/

Office Suite:
602PC Suite free edition - http://www.software602.com/products/pcs/download.html
AbiWord - http://www.abiword.com/
Open Office - http://www.openoffice.org/

Partition Managers:
Partition Resizer - http://zeleps.com/
Ranish Partition Manager - http://www.ranish.com/part/
TestDisk - http://www.cgsecurity.org/index.html?testdisk.html

PDF Utilities:
Free PDF - http://www.webxd.com/zipguy/frpdfdl.htm
Ghostscript/GSView - http://www.ghostscript.com/
PDF 995 - http://www.pdf995.com/
PDFCreator - http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

Photo manipulation and image design:
ColorPic - http://www.iconico.com/colorpic/
Pixia - http://www.ab.wakwak.com/~knight/
Sodiodi - http://www.sodipodi.com/
The Gimp - http://www.gimp.org/
Tuxpaint - http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/tuxpaint

Programming:
ActivePerl - http://www.activestate.com/Products/ActivePerl
Dev C++ - http://www.bloodshed.net/
Dev Pascal - http://www.bloodshed.net/
Eclipse - http://www.eclipse.org/
Freepascal - http://www.freepascal.org/
jEdit - http://www.jedit.org/
PHP Hypertext Parser - http://www.php.net/
Python - http://www.python.org/
Ruby - http://www.dm4lab.to/~usa/ruby/index_en.html
SharpDevelop - http://www.icsharpcode.net/opensource/sd/

Pop-up Blockers:
Google Toolbar - http://www.google.com/
NoAds - http://www.southbaypc.com/NoAds/
PopUp Stopper - http://www.panicware.com/product_psfree.html
Privoxy - http://www.privoxy.org/
Proxomitron - http://www.proxomitron.info/

System Information and monitoring:
AIDA32 - http://www.aida32.hu/
CPU-Z - http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php
Gkrellm - http://bill.nalens.com/
Motherboard monitor - http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=311
WCPUID - http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA00...c/download.html

Video codes :
DivX Codec - http://www.divx.com/divx/?src=topta...from_/index.php
FFDSHOW - http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow
Kazaa Lite Codec Pack - http://www.k-litecodecpack.com/
Nimo Codec Pack - http://www.divx-digest.com/software/nimo_pack.html
Quicktime Alternative - http://www.k-litecodecpack.com/
Real Player Alternative - http://www.k-litecodecpack.com/

Video players :
BsPlayer - http://www.bsplayer.org/
Cygwin MPlayer - http://armory.nicewarrior.org/projects/cygmp/
MaximusDVD - http://www.maximusdvd.com/
Media Player Classic - http://sourceforge.net/project/show...?group_id=82303
VideoLan - http://www.videolan.org/

Video tools:
DScaler - http://deinterlace.sourceforge.net/
FlasKMPEG - http://www.flaskmpeg.net
GSpot - http://www.headbands.com/gspot/
VirtualDub - http://www.virtualdub.org/
VirtualDubMod - http://sourceforge.net/project/show...?group_id=65889
xviD - http://www.roeder.goe.net/~koepi/xvid.shtml
Zwei-Stein Video Editor - http://www.thugsatbay.com/software/index.html

Web browsers:
Firebird - http://texturizer.net/firebird/index.html
K-Meleon - http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/
Mozilla - http://www.mozilla.org/
Netscape - http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/default.jsp

Web servers:
Abyss - http://abyss.sourceforge.net/
Apache - http://httpd.apache.org/
Sambar - http://www.sambar.com/
Savant - http://savant.sourceforge.net/
TinyWeb - http://www.ritlabs.com/tinyweb/index.html

Webcam Software:
booruWebCam - http://www.booru.net/
Pryme - http://www.hilo.dk/pryme/

Checksum Utilities:
fsum - http://www.slavasoft.com/fsum/
hksfv - http://www.big-o-software.com/products/hksfv/
md5sum - http://www.etree.org/md5com.html
md5summer - http://www.md5summer.org/

General Utilities And Other Applications:
AnalogX - http://www.analogx.com/
AppRocket - http://www.candylabs.com/approcket/
Celestia - http://www.shatters.net/celestia
Cygwin - http://www.cygwin.com
Dirkey - http://www.protonfx.com/dirkey/
EditPad Lite - http://www.editpadpro.com/editpadlite.html
Inno Setup - http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php
Memtest-86 - http://www.memtest86.com
MWSnap - http://www.mirekw.com/winfreeware/mwsnap.html
NetTime - http://nettime.sourceforge.net
Nullsoft Installer - http://www.nullsoft.com/free/nsis
Peerguardian - http://xs.tech.nu/
QuickSFV - http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Mouse/4668/
png2ico - http://winterdrache.de/freeware/png2ico
Stickies - http://finiteloop.org/~btaylor/software/stickies/
Sysinternals - http://www.sysinternals.com/
Vim - http://vim.sourceforge.net

Overclock
Prime95 http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft.htm
Riva tuner http://www.guru3d.com

Other
Oracle http://otn.oracle.com/software/index.html

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March 10, 2006, 5:09 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 19, 2002

I would disagree with a few in that list norm.

Bittorrent client: utorrent (really mu-torrent, but I can't be bothered to get out a symbol map for mu)

Acrobat: Fox-it reader.

Thanks, I forgot to mention foxit earlier. I've never had a pdf display problem with it, but it smokes adobe's pig of a display program in terms of performance. If you have to look at pdf's on older machines, or even a lot of pdfs on a newer machine, take a look at this program.

[edit] I'll put this up top too.

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March 10, 2006, 5:14 p.m.
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I copied and pasted from an old thing… too lazy to update

Fox-it is good stuff…

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Life's tough, it's even tougher if you're stupid.

Guns kill people just like pens cause spelling mistakes, cars create drunk drivers and spoons create fat people.

PM me to learn how to use credit card bonuses to fly for free.

March 10, 2006, 6:53 p.m.
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Joined: Dec. 6, 2002

.glib, would you reccomend that i shut off file sharing programs like utorrent and winmx before running that thing you posted?

March 10, 2006, 6:55 p.m.
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.glib, would you reccomend that i shut off file sharing programs like utorrent and winmx before running that thing you posted?

Nah, shouldn't affect it too much. I can't speak for winmx, but utorrent takes up really minimal resources, so its almost like its not even running.

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March 10, 2006, 7:04 p.m.
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I want a place that has every driver possible needed. I got this damn webcam but cant find the driver… or i have to pay to download the driver… really pissin me off!


Shoots with Nikon D2H
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March 10, 2006, 7:21 p.m.
Posts: 1521
Joined: Nov. 21, 2002

Bittorrent client: utorrent (really mu-torrent, but I can't be bothered to get out a symbol map for mu)

I also recommend 'mu'Torrent. Azureus is good, but it's Java based and is an absolute memory pig. uTorrent is quite small, I never notice a difference when it's running.

Way back from the old school days of NSMB…

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