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Old 06-19-2008, 01:18 AM   #51
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Install linux on external hard drive you probs get all this
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:29 AM   #52
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What software you get with a fresh "linux install" is going to vary drastically depending on what distro you choose.

If some of you are interested in trying Linux out and are new to it, I recommend you check out the Wubi Installer. It allows you to download and install Ubuntu (or Xubuntu and Kubuntu) very easily. You can then boot into Ubuntu natively and use it. It's not a VM or anything like that, although it does use a virtual disk.

If you decide Linux isn't for you, just uninstall it from Windows like you would any other program.
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:40 PM   #53
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TrueCrypt- open-source whole or partial disk encryption. The latest version allows system drive encryption.
I <3 TrueCrypt.
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:29 PM   #54
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Pretty old thread.

Yeah, TrueCrypt is good. I like to wave my mouse pointer around to strengthen the encryption, it's fun.
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Old 09-06-2008, 03:56 PM   #55
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I want a program where I can put a dvd in my laptop and take screenshots from the film. I had one on my other laptop, but it died and I forgot the name of the program. (And yes, I know that theoretically I could achieve this now with the 'PrtSc / SysRq' key by repeatedly pasting into paint, but this other program did it a lot more efficiently) V nice thread.
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:11 PM   #56
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great thread guys - some solid content - when i get home I'll add some more

Definetly recommend GOM Player - i can't even express in words how good this video player is - so many top notch features and yah...get it

Go with captain obv for video conversion - PSP Video 9 - just a good solid program - interface is pretty crumby but the actual programs is very good - not a bad selection of formats and pretty fast
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:50 AM   #57
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AxCrypt - Per file encryption. Does not work with XP x64 last I checked

Anyone recommend a great opensource text editor (with column mode)? I use ultraedit personally but they keep dicking me over with updates (can never download the version I actually have a license for)
I'm not sure what you mean by column mode, but my text editor of choice is VIM. This is a much improved version of the ancient UNIX vi editor, so if you're not familiar with vi, or if you don't like vi, VIM is probably not for you. It is available for Linux and most flavors of UNIX as well as window, in both character mode and GUI versions. It is highly configurable with many sophisticated feautres.
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Old 09-08-2008, 03:38 PM   #58
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vim is well worth the time learning. great software.
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:17 PM   #59
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great thread guys - some solid content - when i get home I'll add some more

Definetly recommend GOM Player - i can't even express in words how good this video player is - so many top notch features and yah...get it

Go with captain obv for video conversion - PSP Video 9 - just a good solid program - interface is pretty crumby but the actual programs is very good - not a bad selection of formats and pretty fast
ive used the GOM player on XP and it worked great, now on vista 64 its lagging whenever it goes to the next video in the playlist, which is sad

and oh yeah, Truecrypt ****ing rules
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:46 PM   #60
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Joseph Hewes, are you a cop? Fed? Some kind of law enforcer?
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:30 PM   #61
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No.
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:44 PM   #62
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how does the comodo compare to the windows firewall that comes with vista? should i turn off the windows version and run comodo?
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:55 PM   #63
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Yes
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:20 PM   #64
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Comodo is one of the best firewalls you can get, much better than any built in windows firewall.

You can check out www.matousec.com for firewall leak testing.

I know with windows firewall in XP, it offers no outbound leak detection/protection, but I think I've read it's been implemented in Vista, still surely not as good as solid 3rd party firewalls like Comodo.
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:30 PM   #65
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TeamViewer: www.teamviewer.com

Free (personal, non-commercial only) and robust remote desktop assistance

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Old 10-05-2008, 08:02 PM   #66
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Antivir Personal
- Another decent free AV. Has higher detection rates than AVG although there is a nag screen that pops up everytime it updates.
I started using this one when AVG 8 started giving me "out of memory" errors for some reason.

You can disable the pop up by going into the directory where Avira Antivir is installed (use an Administrator account) and right clicking on avnotify.exe, choose Properties, go to the Security tab, and check the Deny Read and Execute permissions. Do this for every user.
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:31 PM   #67
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I just set a local security policy to disallow that exe. I'm on XP pro though.
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:46 PM   #68
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WinLAME

"winLAME is an encoder for several audio formats, including mp3 (MPEG Layer 3), Ogg Vorbis and more. winLAME lets you set up the encoding process with an easy-to-use wizard-style user interface.

winLAME supports many input audio formats, and uses the LAME mp3 encoding library for encoding and the MAD decoding library for decoding."

http://winlame.****************/
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Old 12-31-2008, 01:35 AM   #69
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M8 Free Multi Clipboard - keep track of everything you cut or copy
Every 30 minutes a pop-up is asking me to buy the pro version.

M8,

F**K. YOU.
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Old 12-31-2008, 02:54 PM   #70
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teracopy. This program is EXCELLENT for copying/moving large amounts of data between hard drives. It goes so much faster. Another nice benefit that I like more in windows, is let's say you're moving a total of 8 different folders about 1-2 gb each. In windows, if you don't select them all at once, each new copy/paste opens in a new window and runs concurrently with the last one which is obviously slower. Teracopy just queues them all to the end of the file list and processes them one at a time. I've also had problems in the past with windows somehow forgetting to copy an entire folder, but I've never had that problem teracopy.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:36 PM   #71
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Comodo is one of the best firewalls you can get, much better than any built in windows firewall.

You can check out www.matousec.com for firewall leak testing.

I know with windows firewall in XP, it offers no outbound leak detection/protection, but I think I've read it's been implemented in Vista, still surely not as good as solid 3rd party firewalls like Comodo.
I'm not smart enough to naviagate this page. Is there someplace that I can click where it will test my firewall leak? If so I can't find it
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:37 PM   #72
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how does the comodo compare to the windows firewall that comes with vista? should i turn off the windows version and run comodo?
I ran comodo for about 4 months. For some reason it would bog down every few weeks and I'd have to uninstall/reinstall it. I finally gave up and started using zonealarm's free version
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:43 PM   #73
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Forgive me if these have been mentioned. I ctrl-Fd this thread for them and didn't find anything.

Google Chrome - Browser from google. Recently came out of beta.

Picasa - Very nice photo managing software. Also from google.

Winpatrol - Multipurpose tool for Windows that allows you to manage and keep an eye on startup programs, activeX controls, Services etc. I personally use this software and install it on all my personal machines.

Revo Uninstaller - Uninstalls programs and cleans up most of the garbage some of them leave behind.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:58 PM   #74
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I'm not smart enough to naviagate this page. Is there someplace that I can click where it will test my firewall leak? If so I can't find it

Yes. I think matousec has some leak testing tools you can download, but I haven't tried them.

There's also websites you can run a port scan test at.

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

It will scan your ports to see if they're stealthed, closed, or open.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:16 PM   #75
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Revo Uninstaller - Uninstalls programs and cleans up most of the garbage some of them leave behind.


Revo is great. I've been using it for maybe 4 - 6 months, I think I first heard of it from you McSimmons. It's a great app.
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