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#1 soongmak



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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:38

I would be interested to hear what kind of software people on this board picked up and find indispensable now.

To kickstart it, I will give a list of my favourite software I use on my XP computer

1. Nero
After getting very frustrated by usiing Roxio's Easy CD Creator, I finally switched to Nero in the beginning of this year. It will burn anything on cd for me. It makes perfect one on one copies from data, audio and videocd's and it has yet to produce the first toaster. Absolutely a must have program for me.

2. Powerquest Partition Magic.
After having to re-install my OS for the umpteenth time, I decided to partition my hard drive, so I didn't have to back up all my data before re-installing Windows XP. Thanks to partition Magic I have now three partitions on my harddrive: The C-partition contains my OS and installed programs. the D-partition contains my data and the E-partition contains a back up image of the first partition. Off course I still backup my data and an image of my C-partition to cd as well :-)

3. Powerquest Drive Image
After having to re-install my OS and my favourite software for the umpteenth time, I finally got tired of all the work that I had to put into it (4-hours plus!). So I decided to create an image of my OS and my software so that I can always restore my OS if I fuck up (which I do many times). Now I can wipe out my C-partition and reinstall my OS and my software and be up and running again in no more than 10 minutes. Just amazing!

4. PC Inspector
Freeware file recovery program. If I accidentally delete some data and already emptied the recycle bin as well, I use PC Inspector to recover the files. Works most of the time for me.

5. Gravity
Freeware newsreader capable of reading Yenc decoded files. Finally I can get the most of the binary newsgroups. Excellent!

6. Musicmatch Jukebox
Great all-in-one audio software to rip audio cd's to mp 3's, manage all my mp3-files, and record all audio formats directly into audio cd's. Not freeware, but well worth the 20 dollars.

7. VCDEasy
Great freeware for making your own vcd's. I use it to convert all my pictures from jpg-format to mpg-formate in order to create vcd's that can be played on most standalone dvd-players. II also use it to burn my dvd's to vcd. Off course you need some additional software to rip the dvd's and convert them to mpg's. Great tutorials on this can be found on www.vcdhelp.com

8. Totalrecorder
A great litle piece of software that allows me record all sounds coming through my soundboard to my harddrive in mp3-format. It has turned my laptop into a digital tapedeck. It also allows you to record all streaming audio.

9. Daemon tools
Freeware that allows you to create a virtual dvd-rom drive. Now I can finally play cd-rom images without having to mount the actual cd-rom. I use it for all my games I like to play regularly.

10. Kazaa-lite.
spyware-free version of this well-known p2p-software. It will find all music and software I might want, including keygenerators.  

#2 bibblies


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Posted 14 June 2003 - 13:21

Ditto MusicMatch Jukebox. Also:

1. PerfectDisk
Professional disk defragmenter - defragments everything, including boot files. Improves the performance of a PC noticeably after each use.

2. PopUpCop - Kills the annoying unauthorised windows you don't want when browsing. Customisable, by sites, features you want/don't want, etc, etc. Also can clean your history, URLs, etc, as you close, so your privacy is kept.

3. Dekart Private Disk Lite - gives you encrytable virtual disk capability.

4. IrfanView
Everyone'll say this one! The freeware graphics file viewer/utility.

5. Internet Explorer
Yes, I still prefer it. I think people miss the point when they go on about its size or say that Opera's faster. I've got Opera installed too and have tried others but I always find myself coming back to IE. It's bigger and (slightly) slower because it's got more features - Dynamic HTML, for one - that can make websites better.  

#3 Straycat



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Posted 14 June 2003 - 14:01

The must-haves (excluding work-related tools such as ACEftp, ACDSee, Dreamweaver, Photoshop etc):

1. Mozilla/FireBird
Yes, Internet Explorer (IE) is nice -- but IMHO for a "power surfer" there is no way back when you're used to tabbed browsing in Mozilla. Feels a lot quicker than IE too. No need for external pop-up blockers since this is nicely integrated in Mozilla.

2. Eudora Mail
It's been free for a while now but still good as gold. I don't need all the bells & whistles of Outlook although I think that one does look nice.

3.  Winamp
It's awfully boring to sit in front of a quiet computer 12 hrs a day ;) I'm afraid the new Windows Media Player 9 has finally caught up though....and I could prolly do with that one.

4. Mobile Safe PC
Passwords/logins/cc card numbers etc stored in one place.

5. Note Tab Pro
Text editing at its best.

Fallen, or soon to fall off, from the list:

any e-mail software (spam, spam, spam)  
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#4 kamui



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Posted 14 June 2003 - 14:13

Besides the above mentioned programs:

1 emule, another filesharing program, slower but much more software available

3 Iomega Quicksync 3: every 15 min. a backup of my worddocs on my Zipdrive

4 Norton Systemworks + Norton Internetsecurity for maintenance and security

5 Bigfix, small freeware, reminds of necessary patches and updates

6 Spybot + Adaware against spyware

8 jv16 Power Tools: to clean the registry

9 Babylon pro : I need it daily for translations, exchange rates, world time zones, e.g. (excellent program) :up:

10 ACDsee, fast picture viewer

11 highly specialized I know, but very important for me:  JWPce, freeware, an easy to use Japanese word processor with an excellent dictionary and lookup function for Japanese letters (Kanji) :up:


#5 bangkokbutcher



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Posted 14 June 2003 - 14:21

1. AVG anti virus software - freeware

2. Zone Alarm - protects your computer with a firewall.

3. Pop up stopper - as it says.

4. Spampal - destroys all spam e-mail before it hits your inbox.

5. Irfanview - (again)

6. Adaware - finds and deletes all spyware and adware programs you have (unknowingly) installed on your pc.

7. Fresh download - a download manager program.

8. Fresh UI - lets you tweak a number of internal settings on your hard drive with no programming knowledge.

Thats about it - i think...
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#6 khunsanuk


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Posted 14 June 2003 - 15:14


Surprised nobody mentioned MailWasher yet. I love this program.

It runs in the background and checks my mailserver every couple of minutes. When new mail arrives it classifies it as normal, friend, blacklisted, virus, possible spam, etc. I can usually sort through my email in seconds, deleting all spam et al right from the server without having to download it.


#7 bangkokbutcher



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Posted 14 June 2003 - 16:56

I'm gonna give that mailwasher program a shot.
I use spam pal at the moment, but although it does fairly well, it is still far from perfect.

Thanks for the tip.
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#8 Straycat



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Posted 14 June 2003 - 18:36

Actually, I've used MailWasher for a while but since I only check my "spam boxes" once or twice per month there is just too much mail for MailWasher to handle. It often hangs on me and now when MailWasher gone the "pay for it" route I decided against it :(

A piece of software I forgot:

ReGet Deluxe -- briliiant download manager. I could not do without it.  
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#9 soongmak



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Posted 14 June 2003 - 22:57

I am somewhat dissapointed when it comes to antivirus programs. In the last year, II had three different viruses in my mail, and all of these viruses were brand new - no info was found on the website of different AV software (norton, mcAfee and AVG).  :cussing:

I still have McAfee, but when the subscription period is over, I probably switch to AVG as well. Unfortunately, you can't do without them.

I also see that you use Fresh software. I had some of it as well, but they send you so many emails I crossed them of my list.

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If you overvalue possessions, people will begin to steal.

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#10 soongmak



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Posted 14 June 2003 - 23:01

What is falling of my list is download software. I have tried a few of them, all freeware like freshdownload and leechget, but they gave me more trouble than what was worth the hassle. To may downloads just wouldn't start.

Now I have broadband internet, speeding up my downloads is not on my priority list anymore.  :grinyes:

If you over esteem talented individuals, people will become overly competitive.
If you overvalue possessions, people will begin to steal.

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