recomended computer programs that most everyone should have

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  1. bob-dc2

    bob-dc2 Expanse

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    what are yours?

    I like mozilla except for a few quirks like inability to scroll sideways when there is a big pic
    http://www.mozilla.org

    style xp is koo for changing around the look of windows envriroment
    http://www.themexp.org/

    I really like the studio mx 2004
    but its not free or really that cheap
    its a million times better than frontpage, and the ability to do cross work between DW and fireworks is :big grin:
    http://www.macromedia.com

    itunes is cool with the different free radio setups, but it kinda uses up alot of resources
    http://www.itunes.com

    im looking for a program that will display the clock on the desktop
    something analog prolly and easy to read
     
  2. Wolf68k

    Wolf68k OT Supporter

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    Mine would be actually usefull for something other than screwing around

    Such as:
    Microsoft Windows Update: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
    nVidia Drivers Download: http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
    Ad-aware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/
    Spybot Search&Destroy: http://www.safer-networking.org/
    HiJackThis: http://www.merijn.org/
    AVG (free anti-virus): http://www.grisoft.com/
    Norton Anti-Virus Download Virus Definitions: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/download.html
    TrendMicro Free On-line PC Virus Scan: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
    AIDA32 - Enterprise System Information (for some quick and simple system details): http://www.aida32.hu/aida-download.php?bit=32
     
  3. gui3

    gui3 all the dude ever wanted was his rug back

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    re: StyleXP - it's no longer necessary, since there's a patch for windows you can get called "uxtheme.dll" that will allow windows to use themes without any other program

    re: itunes -- i dont really use it for music management/playing anymore bc it's slow and chunky. winamp 5 has all the same music-management features, except for the itunes store
     
  4. bob-dc2

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    so you like microsoft but hate macromedia?
     
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    Macromedia is damn good, how can you hate their products?

    Adobe Photoshop - www.adobe.com
    AdAware - www.lavasoft.de
    Spybot S&D - www.download.com (Too lazy to find actual link)
    Microsoft Office - www.microsoft.com (Cannot be downloaded)
    CuteFTP - www.cuteftp.com or www.globalscape.com (Trial for Pro, regular might be free now)
    mIRC - www.mirc.com
    Opera - www.opera.com
    Norton AV 2003 Pro - www.norton.com (No download)
    Winamp - www.winamp.com
    AIM 4.7 - www.aol.com (4.7 can be found at aol.co.uk or aim.co.uk I believe)
    Kazaa lite K++ - Not too sure where it can be found anymore, just search google I guess.
     
  6. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I guess I'll list what I use every day, might help out some Linux users:

    Mozilla (duh)
    XMMS (for MP3's)
    MPlayer (for videos)
    AYTTM or Everybuddy (for chat, AYTTM is sucking lately so I'm trying out eb-lite)
    Pan (for newsgroups)
    Mulberry (for email)
    GRip (for ripping CD's)
    GToaster/XCDRoast (for burning CD's)
    mlDonkey (for filesharing)
    OpenOffice 1.1 (for office things)
     
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    TekniX OT Supporter

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    picabu I like pie

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    DOH! You beat me to it. Daemon Tools rocks.

    Net Limiter (Shareware): Lets you set limits on inbound/outbound data rates (per program and overall) Great if you use P2P. Also shows you graphs of your traffic: www.netlimiter.com

    Crimson Editor: Freeware text editor with code highlighting: www.crimsoneditor.com/

    K++ Codec Pack (freeware): Contails all the most usefull A/V codecs and installs clean. (The Real player/Quicktime alternative players are good too)
    http://home.hccnet.nl/h.edskes/mirror.htm

    Cyberlink PowerDVD (commercial): Awsome player, works well with Daemon tools too. http://www.gocyberlink.com/english/products/product_main.jsp?ProdId=28

    WinISO (shareware): Great if you mess with CD images. www.winiso.com
     
  10. Up All Night

    Up All Night I might sleep all day

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    AVG Antivirus

    Spybot S&D(eliminates spyware)

    Spyware Blaster (stops the spyware from getting on there in the first place)

    Adobe Photoshop- image editing

    Macromedia Dreamweaver- web design

    Adobe Premiere- video editing

    Itunes-music management and great for Ipods

    Nero- CD/DVD burning

    DVD Shrink- backup of DVD's

    Norton Ghost- system backups
     
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    Supadoggie I ♥ my doggah

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    what about GAIM.. ? have you tried it?

    I heard it was similar to Trillian
     
  13. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I used to use GAIM back before MSN became popular. AFAIK GAIM only does AIM though. AYTTM lets me use one client for everything (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC I think) and is pretty good. Just got the latest version, seems to have fixed the bug that I was having in the previous version.
     
  14. drewski_amk

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    irssi (for IRC chatting)
    mozilla firebird (browsing)
    kismet (for wireless sniffing)
    airsnort (for cracking WEP)
    gpg (encryption)
    openoffice (writing, etc..)
    gaim (messaging)
    (open)ssh (remote access)
    gcc (compiling)
    xmms (listening to mp3s, stream from surpnova)
    bittorrent (downloading files)
    directupdate (for dynamic dns w/ cable modem)
     
  15. affende

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    right...go XP...lets get an OS that has about 11ty billion viruses coded just for it...better yet, lets use one that crashes every 120 seconds or after 40 kb of unsaved information... :fawkxp:

    win2kPRO
    ad-aware
    photochop
    Jbuilder
    Bluejay
    CodeWarrior
    trillian pro 2
    serious samurize
    mozilla
    Mpower
    sandra 2k3 pro
    3dMark 2k1
    3dmark2k4

    and what is life without the most necessary of all....OffTopic
     
  16. Scream_Phoenix

    Scream_Phoenix Handsome Boy Model

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    edit+
    xNews
    myIE2
    samurize
    flashfxp
    executive software diskeeper

    others have already been listed :cool:
     
  17. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :wtf: XP is possibly the best OS Microsoft has come out with.
     
  18. orangecuse

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    not to hijack but i prefer win2000...how many people here still run that?
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    Programs I use everyday:
    Mozilla Firebird
    Mozilla Thunderbird
    DC++
    WinAMP
    AIM, MSN messenger

    Progs I don't use quite all the time but are useful to have:
    Cintel Orion Web Server, Titan FTP Server (Which both magically quit working at the same time)
    TightVNC
    SmartFTP Client
    WinRAR
    ISO-Buster
    Nero
    Spybot: Search & Destroy
    AdAware
    Norton AntiVirus
     
  20. hm win xp pro > win2k
     
  21. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    off the top of my head...

    MyIE2 - Adds all the latest features to the IE engine so it works with everything - more intuitive than firebird/mozilla IMO
    http://www.myie2.com/html_en/download.htm

    AVG Antivirus - free antivirus, free updates - smaller, faster, and better than NAV
    (someone already linked)

    Spybot - do scans often but don't overlook the immunize and host file functions
    (someone already linked)

    AdAware - better than spybot for scans IMO (but both together is your best bet)
    (someone already linked)

    WinPatrol - keeps crap from getting on your PC and can monitor registry, startup, etc. changes.
    http://www.winpatrol.com/winpatrol.html

    Gadwin PrintScreen - great little screen capture utility
    http://www.gadwin.com/download/

    ZoneAlarm free - no need to say much about this, combined with a hardware firewall = win
    http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp?lid=zadb_zadown

    CodeStuff Starter - great little startup/process viewer (provides info on processes/programs)
    http://www.snapfiles.com/get/starter.html

    Winamp 5 - looks as good as winamp3 and plays as well as winamp 2 plus internet TV/radio
    (someone already linked)

    WMP9 - just make sure you set the privacy/piracy settings correctly
    (someone already linked)

    Windows Update - duh
    http://www.windowsupdate.com

    MS Office Update - like windows update but for Office (which also gets plenty of security patches)
    http://office.microsoft.com/OfficeUpdate/default.aspx

    Nokia Monitor Tester - old and free program to help set-up your CRT monitor - excellent and must-have utility
    http://freepctech.com/rode/004.shtml (if link dies just check on google)

    MyUninstaller - Great little replacement for the add/remove programs control panel applet - gives you more info and checks for broken uninstall scripts and lets you remove them from the list, etc.
    http://members.lycos.co.uk/nirsoft1/ (if link dies just check on google)

    Enhanced Vistual Desktops - great little utility for managing multiple desktops
    http://www.snapfiles.com/get/evd.html

    Logon Loader - change logon screens on XP
    http://www.radfiles.com/logonloader/

    uxtheme.dll - patch that lets XP use non-MS themes
    http://www.lightstar1.com/install.htm

    PCInspector File Recovery - great little file recovery program - also make sure to get their Smart Recovery for undeleting on removable media
    http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

    PDF Creator - a free utility to create PDFs (this is the smallest, most stable, and fastest one I have found - even better than Adobe's PDF printer IMO)
    http://sector7g.wurzel6-webdesign.de/pdfcreator/index_en.htm

    Burst! - great bittorrent client
    http://krypt.dyndns.org:81/torrent/

    SharpDevelop - free and very nice C#, VB.NET, etc. IDE
    http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/Default.aspx

    IZArc - great free archiver that does alsmost anything (7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BZ2, BZA, CAB, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MBF, MIM, PAK, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO)
    http://www.izsoft.dir.bg/download.htm

    AutoIt - great little scripting/macro program to automate windows
    http://www.hiddensoft.com/AutoIt/

    well that's all I can think of - hope this helps :)
     
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    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    :hs: I've never used ACDSee but that reminds me to post this...

    IrfanView - great image viewer - don't forget to download the zip of all plugins (it's a small file)
    http://www.irfanview.com/
     

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