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#1 User is offline   aotsukisho 

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Posted 24 October 2005 - 01:17 AM

Here's a list of my favorite FREE programs available on the web for use. They're way better than the programs that they're intended to replace, and I use them on a regular basis (some every day). Anyway, here's my list. ^^

WINAMP
Official Website: http://winamp.com/
Download page: http://winamp.com/player/free.php (choose 'Full')
Replaces: Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.
Pros: Easy to use interface, high level of customizability, compatible with nearly all audio formats, skinnable, built in CD ripping/burning funtion, supports video codecs too, Winamp Radio access, and more
Cons: Need to upgrade to paid version for full speed burning and ripping (limited to 2x in free).
Comments: Winamp is very nice, easy to use and extremely cool once you get used to it (couple of hours?). Lots of hidden cool features, such as generating an HTML page of your playlist contents, scrolling the song title in its taskbar button, and it supports the MSN Messenger 'now playing' personal message feature. Once you've used Winamp, Windows Media Player or iTunes will seem worthless. It's just too powerful, and it's free!
Rating: 10/10

WINRAR
Official Website: http://rarlabs.com/
Download page: http://rarlabs.com/download.htm (choose first one, 3.51 at the moment)
Replaces: WinZip, default zip program in Windows
Pros: Fast, easy to use, .RAR format far superior to .ZIP format.
Cons: 'Expires' after 40 days, unless you buy paid version.
Comments: Fast, easier to use version of a program that zips files. Very fast, and able to set it up in the right-click menu. Pressured to purchase a license after 40 days, but program does nothing to enforce it. Some confusion with the options and settings, but everything at default works fine.
Rating: 8/10

FIREFOX
Official Website: http://www.mozilla.org/
Download page: http://www.mozilla.o...oducts/firefox/
Replaces: Internet Explorer, Netscape, Safari, Opera, etc.
Pros: Easy to use, tabbed browsing is great (no need for a million windows open), skinnable, extensions that allow increased functionality, looks like IE for easy transition.
Cons: No ActiveX support, but it doesn't matter. Most of the things that use ActiveX are spyware stuff. Some extensions make it unstable.
Comments: Firefox is the best browser there is. It's completely customizable, with extensions, themes (skins), plugins of your choice, and on-the-fly searching (ie. type "google firefox" into the address bar, and Firefox will automatically redirect you to the Google search results for your query, which is "Firefox" in this example). Some extensions will make it hang, but that's easily solved by disabling/uninstalling them.
Rating: 9/10

AZUREUS
Official Website: http://azureus.sourceforge.net/
Download page: http://azureus.sourc...et/download.php (Choose Windows, and download the Java RE if you don't have Java installed)
Replaces: BitTorrent, BitTornado, ABC, BitComet, etc.
Pros: Nice and clean interface, easy to set up, graphical displays are sleek and easy on the eyes. Color is customizable, and Azureus has many features like auto-moving of finished torrents, auto-importing .torrent files from a folder, etc. When set up correctly, Azureus is extremely fast.
Cons: Running too many torrents will suck up RAM like there's no tomorrow; if you have less than 512MB RAM, don't try running more than five torrents at once. When I'm running ten torrents at once, javaw.exe (the Java RE that Azureus is based on) takes up over 300MB of RAM. May also be difficult to optimize the connection.
Comments: Azureus is THE best BitTorrent client out there today. The GUI is awesome, and the statistics it takes make it easy to tell if your connection is good or not. Great speed, and easy to use as a whole. If you share torrents, this should be the only program on your computer.
Rating: 10/10

SPYBOT SEARCH&DESTROY
Official Website: http://www.safer-net...home/index.html
Download page: http://www.safer-net...rg/en/download/
Pros: Relatively fast, easy to use, highly advanced settings if desired, simple to understand, skinnable, registry/running process/deletion tools on the side as well. Totally free, unlike AdAware.
Cons: Nothing, really. Just a great spyware removal program.
Comments: Spybot S&D is awesome, it's a great spyware/adware removal program to use. There's all sorts of other tools included in the program, such as a 'shredder' (secure deletion of sensitive files), a registry checker, a runnin process information page, a startup cusotomization page, and much more. Well worth the download. NOTE: If you are heavily affected by spyware/adware, it would be a wise idea to use both Spybot S&D and AdAware, just in case.
Rating: 10/10

MEDIA PLAYER CLASSIC
Official Website: http://sourceforge.n...cts/guliverkli/
Download page: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.p...ackage_id=84358 (choose latest version zip file, 6.4.8.4 at the moment)
Pros: Supports ALL video codecs, easy to use interface, supports selection of audio stream for applicable files (.ogm)
Cons: GUI is a bit simple, for those interested in style/flair.
Comments: Media Player Classic (not affiliated with Microsoft or Windows Media Player) is easy to use, and THE media player to use (other than DivX) for watching .avi/.mkv/.ogm files, especially those that have embedded subtitles. Simple to use, I found this when looking for a player that supported .ogm files, and the single selection of their audio streams.
Rating: 9/10

I'll add up some more freeware later, this is it for now. Check these out, you won't be disappointed!
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Posted 27 October 2005 - 12:11 AM

w00t for Winamp! I strongly advise all who don't have it to get it, then search around for some awesome skins to go with it :P


I think it's the interchangeable skins that I like the best.


It aint so hot for video playing though.
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Posted 27 October 2005 - 12:38 AM

ok out of the this the most I use and still use is winrar and i highly recomend it. Winrar I used for modding my xbox and actually for reading some manga lol
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Posted 27 October 2005 - 06:51 AM

Hehe, Azureus and Firefox are the two that I use the most... then comes Winamp and MPC for my AV needs.

Azureus is just too great for being free. :)
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Posted 03 November 2005 - 01:51 PM

azu and firefox are indeed t3h kickin, and winamps pretty cool too. i still like mplayer better then mpc though, although i've found another one which is just like mpc, called vlc. i like mplayer better then both, but if your looking for an mpc alternative, try vlc at videolan.org. mplayer vcl winamp and mpc all kick ass :D
anyone got suggestions on video conversion software though? i'm using a pretty crappy one
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Posted 03 November 2005 - 01:54 PM

What kind of formats? Tell me the in and out formats, and I can find one.
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Posted 05 November 2005 - 05:53 PM

i use firefox the most but out of all the programs i recommend is spyware doctor: its great fast find and fixes the problems easily, it even lets you keep it forever!!! MWAHAHAHA!!

another one i recommend is Ashampoo Win Optimizer

this lets you permently wipe files and you can choose your level of wiping all the way to military strength!!! you can also encrypt files and its just a great program all the way round

only con is its a trial. poo poo on trials
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Posted 08 November 2005 - 02:15 PM

nah i got a better one, its a program called Eraser. Its free, open source, and has an erasing strength higher than that of military strength :D dl it at http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/
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Posted 08 November 2005 - 07:41 PM

nice!! now i can delete all that pron my stepdad downloads. lol
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  Posted 11 November 2005 - 07:41 AM

dont you take a look before yuo delet it??
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Posted 11 November 2005 - 12:29 PM

a deleter? what does a deleter that strong do differently from a weaker one?
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Posted 13 November 2005 - 01:40 AM

thankyu shonen for helping me out in the azureus area!!! domodomo
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Posted 13 November 2005 - 01:49 AM

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nice!! now i can delete all that pron my stepdad downloads. lol

lmao!

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a deleter? what does a deleter that strong do differently from a weaker one?

It deletes it better, silly. Just like how you can 'kill someone', and you can 'kill someone dead'. I guess. ?_?

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thankyu shonen for helping me out in the azureus area!!! domodomo

No problem, glad I could help. :)
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Posted 30 November 2005 - 07:54 AM

can anyone recommend any video editing programs? video caputer, video editor etc?
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Posted 06 February 2006 - 04:10 PM

I want Photoshop!! And Im afraid if I get the trial it'll say something like your trial will be over in a few days or something...anyone got any good sites to get for free?
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Posted 06 February 2006 - 08:24 PM

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can anyone recommend any video editing programs? video caputer, video editor etc?

Adobe Premiere Pro. I used 1.5 to make the Nadeshico trailer. I have it, I can send it to you.

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I want Photoshop!! And Im afraid if I get the trial it'll say something like your trial will be over in a few days or something...anyone got any good sites to get for free?

I have Photoshop, and I can send it to you, but we're not supposed to talk about sharing software... read the TOS. ^^;;
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 11:42 PM

View PostUnyo-kun, on Nov 30 2005, 07:54 AM, said:

can anyone recommend any video editing programs? video caputer, video editor etc?


For your video capture needs there is one acronym... FRAPS! It's more used for gaming and stuff like that to take videos, but it can be applied universally. Only thing is, it's a windows program, so you might have to do some tweaking before you can use it with linux. Sorry about that... ANYWAY! Check it out and see how you like it.
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Posted 20 July 2007 - 03:38 AM

View Postgba_fan, on Nov 11 2005, 12:29 PM, said:

a deleter? what does a deleter that strong do differently from a weaker one?

haha yes, like sho said, it "kills it dead"

when you normally delete a file it can be recovered as long as nothing has overwritten it yet. attached is my personally favorite program for undeleting files. there are a lot of them out there though, so if you don't like this one, http://google.com.

another one i've recently read about is called pandora recovery, which i hear is good

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 06:38 PM

I kept having problems with the 'Repair Internet Connection' thing not being able to clear NetBT (whatever that is). This program can help you get rid of that problem, just run it and it'll repair your network settings.

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 10:06 AM

AVG Free
Official Website: http://free.grisoft.com/
Download page: http://free.grisoft.com/doc/downloads-prod...s/frt/0?prd=aff
Replaces: Any other crappy Virus protector
Pros: Very easy to use. Has a scheduler. updates everyday by itself. Protects from all major viruses.
Cons: If you have dialup the updater is annoying.
Comments: I use it on all my computers. one of the best free virus protectors.
Rating: 10/10
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 09:22 AM

I got tired of explorer.exe crashing, causing errors, slowing my whole computer with its bullshit, etc. so I was looking for an alternative. I found one, and it's called Directory Opus.

http://www.gpsoft.com.au/Intro.html

Unfortunately, it's not free, but they do have an evaluation license available so you can try it out. It's very good, I have to say, so give it a try if explorer is giving you a headache.
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Posted 26 January 2008 - 04:20 PM

What I have been using lately is a different operating system called Ubuntu. It is really nice, just hard to set up at first because of it being in linux.
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:10 AM

Azureus and Firefox ftw! that's pretty much all you need in life XD
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Posted 02 April 2008 - 10:46 PM

well, and update on my Windows Explorer replacement... my Directory Opus preview license expired on gba's birthday, so I've been on the search for something new ever since. I recently found it, and it's called xplorer2. It's exactly like DOpus, except less packed with rediculous specialist features. Unfortunately, it's also shareware, but fortunately, it also has a preview download. Check it out if you like.

http://zabkat.com/

So far, it looks pretty good. :3 It supports dual-pane and window tabbing (in both panes at once), a folder tree, lots and lots of information columns (a lot more than just Name, Size, Type and Date Modified). There's probably a lot of stuff I haven't figured out or didn't remember to mention, but it's loaded with productivity-enhancing features.

The only gripes about it that I have is that it doesn't quite save the layout properly (the column layouts in particular) even when I've told it to, and that the columns are tab based, not folder based (so there's a lot of switching between stuff that I sort by Type (most of my folders) and Date Modified (mostly my temporary folders).
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:22 AM

Bump bump bump, I need some help. Does anyone know or have any program that prohibits Windows XP from rebooting by itself (ala Windows Update)? I'm pissed off whenever I wake up and find that my computer has rebooted itself without me wanting it to, because that means anywhere from 2-7 hours of it just doing nothing (ie. not torrenting or staying connected to whatever).

If not, then I just need to go to Washington and kick whichever idiot programmed WU in the nuts
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 06:27 PM

I don't know about you, but mines doesn't reboot unless I tell it to even with updates.
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:20 AM

well, I've changed some settings....let's see if that prevents future disappointments.
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Posted 25 November 2009 - 05:17 PM

Here's an alternative to WinRar. Completely free, and here's it's ad.

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For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
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