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The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: February 02, 2008 05:05PM

ok, i have to be on Windows all the time for work and at my previous place of employment so being unsatisfied with Windows, i've collected a few utility programs (most are a single file and dont require intallers of any sort) that i have found to be fantastic. so i thought i would share and i encourage others to post their own favorites.

a lot of mine are listed on http://www.tinyapps.org (a sweet site for utilities!). there may be other apps there you like.

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Power Menu - a must!
it lets you do great things like minimize ANY window to the system tray and set any particular window to stay on top of other windows (very nifty!).

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Resize Enable
is that text entry window too small? NO LONGER! resize any window!

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Cool Player
it's a small mp3 player that really only makes my list because it can also play streaming mp3 music.

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GNU utilities for Win32 - for linux command line users
if you are a linux guy who likes the linux shell more than Windows' command line, this is for you! it has all the nice basics stuff like sh, ls, grep and wget. note: you will need to append the location of the exes to PATH environment variable.

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WinSCP - not for everyone
it's a gui based scp program. SCP is a program that will let you transfer files over an ssh connection. if you dont know what ssh is, it's not for you.

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Putty - again, not for eveyone
Putty is quite possibly the best windows net tool there is. it does everything including ssh (my main use) to ssh port forwarding to X11 forwarding.

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OpenSSH for Windows - one more, not for everyone
as the name makes obvious, it's port of OpenSSH for Windows. the nice thing is you can run an SSH server so you can access your files anywhere using an SCP client (e.g. WinSCP) or a SFTP client (e.g. Putty).

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Firefox - the best web browser i know
many of you already know about this one but if you dont, give Firefox a try, it's more secure and faster then Internet Explorer. There is no long a reason to be afraid you could get infected by a website!

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Pixel Image Editor
this one cost money but not too much. it's $44 for an image editor that i think is even better than photoshop. it's also for linux and mac OSX!

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Web based EFNet Client
while not technically a program, if you are behind a firewall that blocks the common IRC ports, this web page is for you. now, if you want to access another network *cough*DALNet*cough*, you are a loser anyway so it doesnt matter

oh yeah, i almost forgot, enjoy these and list your favorites!


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/02/2008 05:06PM by Gravis.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: February 02, 2008 07:42PM

Hey Gravis, ANy reason my dell inspiron 1501 with 1 gb mem would lock up and need reboot ALL the time? Usually when surfing with IE or Mozzilla? Oh yeah i already replaced the hard drive once. There are only 5 programs on it, Cookie cleaner, ie, mozzilla, AIM, flash.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/02/2008 08:03PM by ferfux.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: February 02, 2008 09:01PM

ferfux Wrote:
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> Hey Gravis, ANy reason my dell inspiron 1501 with
> 1 gb mem would lock up and need reboot ALL the
> time? Usually when surfing with IE or Mozzilla?
> Oh yeah i already replaced the hard drive once.
> There are only 5 programs on it, Cookie cleaner,
> ie, mozzilla, AIM, flash.



it's possible you have bad RAM. aside from that, you may have conflicting hardware if changed something or just bad drivers.

i recommend running the RAM checker that comes with Ultimate Boot CD. this download link is quite fast, compliements of the University of Crete: ftp://ftp.cc.uoc.gr/mirrors/linux/ubcd/ubcd411.iso
after you burn the CD (you will need to use Nero or something because it's an ISO file) put it in your drive and reboot. it should automatically run as it's a boot cd, hence the name.


tell me how it works out.


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: February 02, 2008 09:07PM

Heat can do this too... check for a dead fan in the box.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: February 02, 2008 09:13PM

yeahn we've already tried this. Apparently a lot of other people with this model DELL are having the same issue. Thanks guys

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: LetsBreakRecords.com ()
Date: February 02, 2008 09:13PM

The fan is fine. The Laptop doesn't overheat. It could be a software problem but then it's in the software that dell installed. I've heard of the DVD program doing this but over all everyone agrees it's dell's fault. And the best part is dell denies it so you are stuck with it. Don't buy a dell again.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: February 02, 2008 09:17PM

ferfux Wrote:
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> yeahn we've already tried this. Apparently a lot
> of other people with this model DELL are having
> the same issue. Thanks guys


so you already did the RAM check eh? ok, i would recommend updating all you drivers. you will need to go to the makers' pages to get the latest ones. you dont by chance have an ATI video card in it, do you?


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: February 02, 2008 09:21PM

LetsBreakRecords.com Wrote:
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> The fan is fine. The Laptop doesn't overheat. It
> could be a software problem but then it's in the
> software that dell installed. I've heard of the
> DVD program doing this but over all everyone
> agrees it's dell's fault. And the best part is
> dell denies it so you are stuck with it. Don't
> buy a dell again.


Dell sells Inspirons that aren't laptops.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: February 02, 2008 09:30PM

Gravis Wrote:
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> ferfux Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > yeahn we've already tried this. Apparently a
> lot
> > of other people with this model DELL are having
> > the same issue. Thanks guys
>
> so you already did the RAM check eh? ok, i would
> recommend updating all you drivers. you will need
> to go to the makers' pages to get the latest ones.
> you dont by chance have an ATI video card in it,
> do you?


Cool I will try that next. Thanks for all the help guys

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Faster ()
Date: February 02, 2008 09:30PM

PowerMenu ROCKS!

Here is my favorite: PerfectDisk http://www.perfectdisk.com/products/downloadit/pd_download_home.cfm <-- demo

It's the fastest hard drive defragmenter out there. You wouldn't believe how much faster Vista goes now. The Pro version is only $40 and worth every penny!

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: February 02, 2008 10:24PM

ferfux Wrote:
> ANy reason my dell inspiron 1501 with 1 gb mem would lock up and need reboot ALL the time?

You posted in the high-school redistricting thread and your IP address got totally h@XX0r3d

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: STFU ()
Date: February 02, 2008 11:12PM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> ferfux Wrote:
> > ANy reason my dell inspiron 1501 with 1 gb mem
> would lock up and need reboot ALL the time?
>
> You posted in the high-school redistricting thread
> and your IP address got totally h@XX0r3d


LMFAO

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: gravis. ()
Date: February 03, 2008 05:33PM

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: OMG ()
Date: February 03, 2008 07:29PM

Is that a pic Gravis??????

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: February 03, 2008 10:34PM

OMG Wrote:
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> Is that a pic Gravis??????


that is a picture, but not of me.


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Tricki ()
Date: February 04, 2008 08:15AM

Gravis,

I have a question. I am using a laptop and I thought i had all that Word stuff. However, it has expired. So if I want to use Word and say write a paper, how can I do it on my laptop. Should I buy a word program?

I took a class a few years back and they gave me a disk to use Office Works. But you need a code. They said it was written on the box the disc came in. I typed that code in but the message said it was wrong. Now what>>>>> You are smart and nice so I asked you.

Thank you for your time, Gravis. I love your pictures especially the ones with kitties. You are the kindest person here, I think. Meeper is too.

Hugs to my smart friends!!!!!!!

Trickie

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: February 04, 2008 08:55AM

Hi Tricki,

Gravis is a linux guy, I think his response to a microsoft question is gonna be quite amusing.

It's weird that your copy of Word would expire... was it an evaluation copy? If it's something you use alot, you can buy your own copy that will never expire. Keep in mind that this will cost you upwards of 150 bucks. While I'd never recommend to you the unscrupulous practice of software pirating, I can say from experience that going out of your way to befriend and gain the trust of your IT Dept. can be very helpful (hint hint)...

If those aren't options for you, I've heard decent things about the free Google word processor if you just need something with basic features. I'm sure it's gotta have its limitations though.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Cornerstone ()
Date: February 04, 2008 12:29PM

The best windows software? By far, it is MS Windows Tint! Sorry, it was lame, but easy. I had to bring it back to FFXU relevence somehow.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: OpenOffice ()
Date: February 04, 2008 01:18PM

Tricki Wrote:
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> Gravis,
>
> I have a question. I am using a laptop and I
> thought i had all that Word stuff. However, it
> has expired. So if I want to use Word and say
> write a paper, how can I do it on my laptop.
> Should I buy a word program?
>
> I took a class a few years back and they gave me a
> disk to use Office Works. But you need a code.
> They said it was written on the box the disc came
> in. I typed that code in but the message said it
> was wrong. Now what>>>>> You are smart and nice
> so I asked you.
>
> Thank you for your time, Gravis. I love your
> pictures especially the ones with kitties. You
> are the kindest person here, I think. Meeper is
> too.
>
> Hugs to my smart friends!!!!!!!
>
> Trickie


Get Open Office It's free and opens word docs.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Ronald Mexico ()
Date: February 04, 2008 10:09PM

If you're still a teacher, or have connections with the school system, you can buy the student version of MS Office at a deep discount.

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: February 04, 2008 10:10PM

OpenOffice Wrote:
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> Get Open Office It's free and opens word docs.



yes, he beat me to it. i got sick of having to pirate ms office for various family members so i installed Open Office for them. Writer is just about the same as MS Word 2003. trust me when i say, you do NOT want office 2007. you can get Open Office here: http://www.openoffice.org/

here are some screenshots of Writer: http://www.openoffice.org/screenshots/ooo20/writer/index.html


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Ronald Mexico ()
Date: February 04, 2008 10:11PM

Yes, OpenOffice is another great solution. Just go to http://download.openoffice.org/2.3.1/index.html and click the green bar to download. This suite does the majority of MS Office functions, and the price is right...

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: February 04, 2008 10:13PM

Ronald Mexico Wrote:
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> If you're still a teacher, or have connections
> with the school system, you can buy the student
> version of MS Office at a deep discount.


yeah, a student copy of MS Office 2007! have you tried to use that piece of shit? the crackheads that came up with that layout are just mean.


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: TRICKIE ()
Date: February 05, 2008 11:19AM

Gravis,

Thank you for recommending Firefox. I love the picture of the baby fox curled around the globe. It's the cutest!!!!!! Plus it alphabetized my bookmarks. Why do people need different browsers anyway? Do any others have cute pictured?

BTW, today is my birthday!! I wore my tiara at the gym today when I worked out then I ran 4 miles and it stayed on the whole time. I ordered it off Ebay so it's a real beauty queen tiara. I bet some dumb beauty queen auctioned it off after wh got in trouble like so many of them do. I can dead lift 105 lbs. now!!!!

Thanks,
Trickie

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: TRICKIE ()
Date: February 05, 2008 11:25AM

Thanks for the info. I will just use that dumb word cd as a place to put my coffee mug. We have another computer with Word so I'm not gonna buy it. I will try that open office thingy. Thanks. I hope it types in pink!!!!

Trickie

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: SRE ()
Date: February 05, 2008 11:52AM

Happy Birthday Trickie!

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: bdimag ()
Date: February 05, 2008 04:35PM

good list.. although i hate firefox..

the text in that pic above would make a good shirt..

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: February 06, 2008 07:57AM

bdimag Wrote:
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> good list.. although i hate firefox.


any particular reason you dont like it? miss the security vulnerabilities? :P


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: TRICKIE ()
Date: February 06, 2008 03:27PM

thanks for the birthday greetings. I did not get a chihuahua puppy.

trickie

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: bdimag ()
Date: February 06, 2008 04:05PM

actually i think i hate it because some many people love it...

.. i just get down with good ol' IE 6

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: anagogue ()
Date: February 09, 2008 12:27AM

And there I thought you were gonna be an Opera fanboy...

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: bdimag ()
Date: February 11, 2008 04:20PM

opera has fan boys? ppssshhh

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: March 19, 2008 02:29PM

I got sick of not having an XKill equivalent for windows... so i wrote one. it's almost identical. it doesnt ask the program nicely to exit but just gives strait up kills it. i figured someone might like it so im posting it.

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Instructions
  • run win32kill.exe
  • cursor will change to an X shape
  • click on program you want to terminate
  • win32kill exits
note: if you right click or press escape the win32kill will exit without terminating any programs.

i recommend you copy it into your "Quick Launch Bar"
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a quick way to do that
  • extract the contents (win32kill.exe) to your desktop
  • pressing Windows Key + r
  • paste in this: cmd /C move "%HOMEPATH%\Desktop\win32kill.exe" "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Intern~1\QuickL~1"
  • press enter

the best part is that it's only 5.5 KB :D

note: if you want the source, just send me a PM and i'll send you a copy.


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540
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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: bdimag ()
Date: March 20, 2008 05:52PM

or just drag it in, isnt that quicker? :)

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: March 20, 2008 06:08PM

bdimag Wrote:
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> or just drag it in, isnt that quicker? :)


noooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOO. ok, maybe. :P


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Vince(1) ()
Date: April 04, 2008 05:18PM

trickie...do you have major self esteem issues? I dont know why anyone would kiss ass like you do on here. or are you just pulling our legs?

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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: ferfux ()
Date: April 04, 2008 06:55PM

Vince(1) Wrote:
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> trickie...do you have major self esteem issues? I
> dont know why anyone would kiss ass like you do on
> here. or are you just pulling our legs?


Trickie isnt a real person., She is a character made up for the amusement of all. You'll notice in her posts she is either as Cutesie as legally blonde, as wordly as abe lincoln and she seems to know everything about anything and to have gone everywhere and have knowledge the average person Doesnt. Ie the robbery at PJ skidooos or Patrick Swayze just HAPPENS to have vacationed at the same time same hotel etc etc blah blah. Trickie is as trickie does.

"Re: P.J. Skidoos robbery
Posted by: TRICKIE (IP Logged)
Date: April 04, 2008 01:17AM


I have been in that room several times. There are about 6 closed circuit TV's in there and most of the time, someone ( usually the owner's relatives) are monitoring the TVs. I cannot imagine how this happened because that door is usually always locked and someone is usually in that office. I think it may have been an inside job or something"



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Re: The best Windows software.
Posted by: Vince(1) ()
Date: April 04, 2008 08:33PM

thank god! probably written by Gravis himself...lol



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/04/2008 08:33PM by Vince(1).

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