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Old 06-14-2008, 12:20 PM   #26
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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)
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Old 06-14-2008, 02:47 PM   #27
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I know basically nothing about text editors but you can try these open source programs and see. osalt.com is a good website for finding open source alternatives.

http://www.osalt.com/ultraedit
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Old 06-14-2008, 02:55 PM   #28
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I use NotePad++ for editing AHK/INI files. PSPad is another popular one, that might be open-source also.
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:07 PM   #29
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Crimson Editor - text editor

KeePass - password safe

M8 Free Multi Clipboard - keep track of everything you cut or copy

WinMerge - find differences between files and folders
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:27 PM   #30
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If you don't like Windows firewall OR Comodo, Sygate might interest you.

Sygate Personal Firewall

In addition to Quicktime alternative, there's Real alternative for the "Real" format media out there.

Real Alternative

How could I forget Audacity? Open source audio editor.

Audacity
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:04 PM   #31
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Here are some more free programs for everyone!

Winamp Media Player - MP3, Multimedia, and Music Player. www.winamp.com

Ad-aware. A program to scan for adware. http://www.lavasoft.com/

Zone-alarm. A firewall. http://www.zonealarm.com

Gimp. A photoshop-type program. http://www.gimp.org/

I know im missing some but this should be good for now.
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:08 PM   #32
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Opera 9.5 is ****ing up. Crashed 5 times in 3 days.
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:20 PM   #33
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Why do you people prefer Opera?

It's not open source, it has less plugins, it's slower...
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:40 PM   #34
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I like both; but Opera is faster and uses less resources.
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:42 PM   #35
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Opera 9.5 is ****ing up. Crashed 5 times in 3 days.
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I like both; but Opera is faster and uses less resources.
ORLY? How mamy resources does it use while crashing?? Also, RAM/Resources are cheap.


Flock FTW.

Firefox based, with lots of sick features. Almost all Firefox Extensions work as well.



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Old 06-15-2008, 04:47 PM   #36
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I can see how people like Flock, I just don't need anything it offers. Firefox 3 does everything I need and it does it well.
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:58 PM   #37
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Yep. The only thing I really NEED Flock for now, is the Photo-Uploader and MediaBar. The Photobucket site is decent now, for uploading/browsing, but Flock still saves me a lot of time.

Ohh - This is a real cool Extension for Firefox/Flock for browsing various image/video sites in a completely new (3D) way.

http://www.piclens.com/
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:11 PM   #38
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Excellent selections!

I'd consider adding: VLC Media Player and Real Alternative (for video media).

Also, maybe notepad++ when you just don't like the default one packaged...but that's kinda on the nerdy side.

Perhaps a mention that Safari is the default browser for Apple OSes.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:25 PM   #39
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fwiw I love opera because in my experience it is noticibaly faster for startup and page loadings, has gestures and a password keeper built in. I've been using 9.5 on an xp and vista machine and haven't had any crashes. meh, it's kinda dumb to debate anyways much like vi/emacs, python vs ruby blah blah blah.
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Old 06-15-2008, 10:36 PM   #40
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Video
  • Media Player Classic - Video Player.
  • VLC Player - Video Player, more robust that MPC (can play files that MPC thinks are corrupted), contains numerous codecs and is portable.
  • VirtualDub - Video capture/processing utility.
  • Super - Video format conversion utility.

Codecs
  • Quicktime Alternative - Use this instead of installing the full bloated Quicktime (comes with Media Player Classic).
  • Real Alternative - Use this instead of installing the full bloated Real Player (comes with Media Player Classic).
  • Klite Mega Codec Pack - Contains almost every codec you could ever need, comes with QTAlt, RealAlt and Media Player Classic.

Instant Messaging / Voice
  • Trillian - IM program that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger and IRC.
  • Teamspeak2 - VOIP group chat.
  • Ventrilo - VOIP group chat, has better quality sound than Teamspeak.
  • Apatch - Patch for MSN messenger that removes removes the advertisments and other visual clutter.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:10 PM   #41
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IconTweaker - For those of you on XP (prolly works on 2000 also) this tool is cool for editing your icons. You can download pre made themes from a place like deviantart, or make your own with .ico files.

Leopard Theme for IconTweaker

Vista theme for IconTweaker

It's very easy to use and you can revert to the default XP icons with the press of a button.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:33 PM   #42
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For IM, I'll add http://www.meebo.com/

It's not even a program, it's a website that allows you to use AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, and others. Very handy for those of you on computers where you can't (or don't want to) install software.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:58 PM   #43
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Zune theme (screenshot)
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:14 PM   #44
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best thread i read aLL week, thanks OP
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:43 AM   #45
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CD/DVD burner

Infrarecorder- open-source and actively developed burning suite. Very easy to use and lightweight.

Disk Encryption

TrueCrypt- open-source whole or partial disk encryption. The latest version allows system drive encryption.
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:12 AM   #46
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Yeah I def reccomend Infrarecorder and that Zune theme for XP.

I'm sure some of you have heard of TweakUI. It is a nice little tool that allows you access to settings in XP that are not available by default. Very powerful tool.. check it out.

For a similar tool in Vista try Winbubble.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:00 PM   #47
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how do you install and use this?
Can it be reversed?
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:07 PM   #48
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Download the msi and install it. You can then switch to that theme in display properties. It's uninstallable but you can just switch to another theme if you don't like it.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:32 PM   #49
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Its a pretty nice theme. I will probably use this one now myself. I was using Slan XP3 from Deviant Art, but the Min/Restore/Exit buttons were very small along with the window title bars. I read a few reviews of this one before I installed it, and it was well reviewed, as long as you werent using 64 bit XP (IIRC).
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:31 PM   #50
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Music player:

foobar2000

Mass music player a la iTunes, but with lower memory use. Supports more file formats so you don't need to convert anything. Very, very customizable. Download the iPod plug-in and it makes iTunes obsolete.

Memory:

WinDirStat

Nice tool that gives a visual representation of how the space on your hard drive is allocated. Answers the question, "what the hell is taking up all the space on my disk." Screenshot
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