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Shambolic
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PostPosted: 08-31-2007 10:06 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


WinRAR is indeed great, but it still pesters you to register it every time you use it. 7zip is completely free.

While I'm in this thread, I'll also recommend Portable Apps, an open source suite of many of these programs, all designed to run off of a USB key.




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Timed Out
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PostPosted: 09-01-2007 02:04 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


OpenOffice
OpenOffice is a full-featured office applications suite that includes:
- Writer (Word Processing)
- Calc (Spreadsheet)
- Draw (Graphics)
- Base (Database)
- Impress (Presentation)
- Math (Formula)

It's basically an open-source, free alternative to MS Office. It can open and work with existing office docs and files from Lotus or Wordperfect (Corel), as well as a fuckload of other document formats.

It also outputs directly to PDF so if you do encounter any issues with formatting, this gets around it and makes anything you create viewable for anyone.

Oh and it's cross-platform.

http://www.openoffice.org/




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Insane Quaker
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PostPosted: 09-01-2007 02:15 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Process Explorer
Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.
Process Explorer


Process Monitor
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.
Process Monitor




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Insane Quaker
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PostPosted: 09-01-2007 02:22 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


oh and just about anything by Sysinternals is gold... including RootkitRevealer

if you are not already familiar with these guys' stuff, then get familiar =)




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social engineer
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PostPosted: 09-01-2007 03:24 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


GIMP

The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is used to edit and manipulate images. It can load and save a variety of image formats and can be used to convert between formats. GIMP can also be used as a paint program. It features a set of drawing and painting tools such as airbrush, clone, pencil, and paint brush. Painting and drawing tools can be applied to an image with a variety of paint modes. It also offers an extensive array of selection tools like rectangle, ellipse, fuzzy select, bezier select, intelligent scissors, and select by color. GIMP offers a variety of plugins that perform a variety of image manipulations. Examples include bumpmap, edge detect, gaussian blur, and many others. In addition, GIMP has several scripting extension which allow for advanced non-interactive processing and creation of images.

Available for Unix, Windows, and MacOSX

For those familiar with Photoshop and are afraid of change:

GimpShop

GIMPshop is a modification of the free/open source GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), intended to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop. Its primary purpose is to make users of Photoshop feel comfortable using GIMP.

It shares all GIMP's advantages, including the long feature list and customisability, while addressing some common criticisms regarding the program's interface: GIMPshop modifies the menu structure to closely match Photoshop's, adjusts the program's terminology to match Adobe's, and, in the Windows version, uses a plugin called 'Deweirdifier' to combine the application's numerous windows in a similar manner to the MDI system used by most Windows graphics packages. While GIMPshop does not support Photoshop plugins, all GIMP's own plugins, filters, brushes, etc. remain available.

Due to the changes to the interface, many Photoshop tutorials can be followed in GIMPshop unchanged, and most others can be adapted for GIMPshop users with minimal effort.

Available for Unix, Windows, and MacOSX




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True Nightmare
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PostPosted: 09-11-2007 01:55 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


VLC
(Video LAN Client)
http://www.videolan.org
The ultimate media player for all platforms (Win, Linux, OS X etc.). If VLC doesn't play a movie or sound file, it probably isn't a movie or a sound file. Seriously, so many people I know still use Windows Media Player and have never ending problems with codecs. Forget about all that, just install VLC.

Btw: Video LAN Server enables streaming Video content over a Network, hence the name.




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social engineer
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PostPosted: 09-11-2007 05:28 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Virtualbox

For both Windows and Linux, innotek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Super easy to setup and now offers seamless windows, too.

ImageImageImage

Seamless (Linux Mint and Vista Ultimate):

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True Nightmare
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PostPosted: 09-16-2007 12:35 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


OK, Real might be an issue on windows. On OS X, the Real Player isn't that bad at all, it doesn't get in your way and doesn't fuck up the system, so it's a non-issue to have it installed. Still, for everything else but Real, VLC is the way to go.




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Elite
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PostPosted: 09-19-2007 10:17 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Audacity


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

Record live audio.
Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files.
Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together.
Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

full list of features: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/




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Elite
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PostPosted: 09-19-2007 10:25 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


nLite

Have you ever wanted to remove Windows components like Media Player, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, MSN Explorer, Messenger...
How about not even to install them with Windows ?

nLite is a tool for permanent Windows components removal and pre-installation Windows configuration. After removal there is an option to make bootable image ready for burning on cd or testing in virtual machines.
With nLite you will be able to have Windows installation which on install does not include, or even contain on cd, the unwanted components.

Features
Service Pack Integration
Component Removal
Unattended Setup
Driver Integration *
Hotfixes Integration **
Tweaks
Services Configuration
Patches ***
Bootable ISO creation

* - Textmode (CD Boot) and normal PnP
** - hotfixes with white icons, *KB*.exe, including update packs
and Internet Explorer 7
***- supports generic SFC, Uxtheme, TcpIp and Usb Polling patching.

nLite supports Windows 2000, XP x86/x64 and 2003 x86/x64 in all languages.
It needs .NET Framework 2.0 in order to run... Check if you have it already, maybe on some of your CDs before downloading if your connection is slow.




use in conjunction with http://www.ryanvm.net/msfn/ to apply hotfixes etc post-SP2.




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Elite
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PostPosted: 09-19-2007 10:28 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


MozBackup


MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles.

It allows you to backup and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache etc. It's an easy way to do Firefox backup, Thunderbird backup ...



MozBackup is compatible with:
Firefox 1.0 - 3.0 Alpha 6
Thunderbird 1.0 - 2.0
SeaMonkey 1.0a - 1.1
Mozilla Suite 1.7 - 1.7.x
Netscape 7.x.

This program is freeware and works on Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista. It's developed in Czech republic.




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FragaGeddon
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PostPosted: 12-27-2007 08:05 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


QTTabBar

QTTabBar is an Add-In that gives Tab Browsing Feature to your Explorer.
Folder grouping, histories, etc.




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Elite
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PostPosted: 01-26-2008 08:19 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


have remote co-workers? Need to send a password or instant message the rest of the company? Or just worried about IM proxy loggers snooping your shit?
Try Pidgin or Gaim for linux with
Off the Record encryption. You validate a friend's "fingerprint," and from that point forward, all chat sessions are encrypted and on the low.




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Grunt
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PostPosted: 02-02-2008 02:57 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


http://www.blender.org/
Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

http://nicotine-plus.sourceforge.net/
Nicotine+ is a SoulSeek client written in Python




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social engineer
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PostPosted: 02-06-2008 07:12 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


New True-Crypt 5.0 is out. notable feature is a pre-boot log on if you've encrypted the entire drive (sans boot partition). changelog:

5.0

February 5, 2008

New features:

*

Ability to encrypt a system partition/drive (i.e. a partition/drive where Windows is installed) with pre-boot authentication (anyone who wants to gain access and use the system, read and write files, etc., needs to enter the correct password each time before the system starts). For more information, see the chapter System Encryption in the documentation. (Windows Vista/XP/2003)
*

Pipelined operations increasing read/write speed by up to 100% (Windows)
*

Mac OS X version
*

Graphical user interface for the Linux version of TrueCrypt
*

XTS mode of operation, which was designed by Phillip Rogaway in 2003 and which was recently approved as the IEEE 1619 standard for cryptographic protection of data on block-oriented storage devices. XTS is faster and more secure than LRW mode (for more information on XTS mode, see the section Modes of Operation in the documentation).

Note: New volumes created by this version of TrueCrypt can be encrypted only in XTS mode. However, volumes created by previous versions of TrueCrypt can still be mounted using this version of TrueCrypt.
*

SHA-512 hash algorithm (replacing SHA-1, which is no longer available when creating new volumes).

Note: To re-encrypt the header of an existing volume with a header key derived using HMAC-SHA-512 (PRF), select 'Volumes' > 'Set Header Key Derivation Algorithm'.


download: http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php




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Timed Out
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PostPosted: 02-06-2008 07:22 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


I've been waiting for this update.

No more coveting pointsec \o/




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Elite
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PostPosted: 03-13-2008 01:31 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


NTREGOPT

http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

"The program works by recreating each registry hive "from scratch",
thus removing any slack space that may be left from previously
modified or deleted keys."

In other words, Defrags your registry..and it's free




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The Borked One
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PostPosted: 05-04-2008 03:42 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


WinxpVirtualControlPanel

Very light program to mount images... every trial I could find finally expired and ran across this a few hours ago. Very simple to use, and setting it up takes all of 1 minute, just follow the read me it you have problems. :up:

Quote:
...Microsoft has a free, 60kb program that does the same thing! Of course, it is not supported...




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social engineer
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PostPosted: 05-06-2008 12:27 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


E:v:O wrote:
NTREGOPT

http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

"The program works by recreating each registry hive "from scratch",
thus removing any slack space that may be left from previously
modified or deleted keys."

In other words, Defrags your registry..and it's free


the registry is a fucking joke. worst. idea. ever.




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I'm the dude!
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PostPosted: 05-23-2008 09:02 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Hard Drive Defragmentation Software:

Diskeeper
A few of you already use Diskeeper, so it comes as a highly recommended product, though not free.
Commercial application ($30-100).

O&O Defrag
Generally well recommended as well, but there has been a report by one of you that it introduced disc errors. Mileage may vary.
Commercial application ($45).

Ultimate Defrag
Looks interesting, allows you to manually stick more used files and applications on the outer, faster sides of the hard disc platter and other optimizations.
Commercial version and Freeware

JkDefrag
Freeware, fast, powerful. Only limitation is that it is a command line application but you can get the pretty GUI front-end as well.
Freeware and front-end GUI.

Sysinternals Contig
Most of you are familiar with Sysinternals, the wonderful little company that made all sorts of great utilities before being bought out by Microsoft. Their Contig defragmentor is still available from Microsoft though they have labeled it "as is" and unsupported.
Freeware and front-end GUI




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Black Magic
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PostPosted: 08-02-2008 03:31 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


CutePDF
Free PDF writer
been using it for around a year now, small, free, and works great.

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Windows Installer Cleanup Utility
Microsoft has updated the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility. With the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, you can remove a program's Windows Installer configuration information. You may want to remove the Windows Installer configuration information for your program if you experience installation (Setup) problems. For example, you may have to remove a program's Windows Installer configuration information if you have installation problems when you try to add (or remove) a component of your program that was not included when you first installed your program.

found this recently useful to fix issues with reinstalling photoshop.
handy little tool when uninstalls don't work correctly




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Elite
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PostPosted: 09-29-2008 07:01 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Synergy desktop sharing utility. Share one keyboard and mouse among multiple monitors /systems (linux/bsd unix, win, mac compat).




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Finno-Persian Legend
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PostPosted: 09-29-2008 07:38 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Belarc Advisor

-builds high detailed overview of installed software and hardware on your system
-provides information about missing Windows hotfixes and outdated drivers
-information is displayed in a web browser and all data is private




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I'm the dude!
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PostPosted: 10-12-2008 08:51 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Digsby

I've been looking for the perfect cross-platform, multi-protocol IM client. Digsby is the closest one I've found so far. Previously, I was using Pidgin (Windows/Linux) and Adium (Mac), the two of which are sister products. Both worked fine, Adium being nearly perfect, Pidgin's interface looks rather like a donkey's ass. Neither supported webcams.

Still toying with it, but Digsby is cross-platform on Windows, Linux and Mac, looks good, supports MSN, AOL, Yahoo, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, Facebook Chat, email and various social networks. It looks like it also has webcam support.



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Jesus of Suburbia
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PostPosted: 12-01-2008 05:40 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Foxit PDF reader now works as FF plugin and can open PDFs in a FF tab.
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader ... snew30.htm




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I'm the dude!
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PostPosted: 12-10-2008 05:06 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Evernote

Stores notes, information, pictures, snapshots, almost everything and stores them into an indexed, tag-able database for searching. Built in OCR software will recognize handwriting, even text in photographs, for example, taking a photo of a restaurant receipt with your camera phone, toss it into Evernote and you'll be able to later search for it by the restaurant's name printed on the top of the receipt. Currently works on Windows and Mac and a few other devices like cell phones.

Basically a free, probably more intuitive version of what Microsoft OneNote does.

Demonstration video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ncr1Ee9e8



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Linux Version
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PostPosted: 12-16-2008 12:08 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Since I just reworked my Linux desktop after getting a new 1920x1200 monitor on Friday, I discovered a bunch of things (and a few things that people need reminding of -- I'm constantly amazed how many people I work with who don't use screen). Unless noted otherwise, assume they are all either Gnome apps or non-commital, as KDE4 is still dedicated to classic canadian pop rock.

Deskbar Applet & Gnome-Do

These take on the role of Spotlight and Quicksilver respectively. There's overlap though -- Deskbar Applet has a bunch of addons that do things like post your query to twitter, and it's possible it might evolve to be more useful than Gnome-Do in the future. It can also do things like incremental google searches as you type, which is kind of handy. Having them both, and making sure to install beagle (the desktop search daemon, so Deskbar Applet can search your files) is recommended.

I tried Launchy, and "Meh" shows far too much enthusiasm. It's obviously something written for Windows, and has basic things wrong with it in Gnome (I tried to run a perl script using the command-tab-arguments format, and it just opened the script in gedit...)

Conky

Conky is basically a system monitor. It's just an awesome one. It has a bunch of builtin commands that access all the basic system resources (CPU usage, temperature sensors if you can get them working, hard drive space, network activity, etc, etc.) It can also just run arbitrary commands and use arbitrary fonts -- a custom weather font has been used for some really nice looking setups.

My setup can be seen here. A coworker asked me to link to everything I used, so that's why all the captions and comments are there.

screen

This is kinda basic, but if you don't know about it you should learn. It's basically a terminal multiplexer that stays around even if the controlling terminal disappears. Upshot is that you can have command line programs running (irc, etc) without an active terminal so that they can survive disconnections, restarting of windowing systems, etc.

Conduit

Conduit is awesome. I first started to use it at work to keep my google calendar (personal stuff) viewable through Evolution. It can do all sorts of synchronization. If you don't find it useful in some way, you're probably not doing very much on your desktop.

Kvirc

The only KDE app on here. I don't actually use this right now -- I'm going back to irssi in a screen session as soon as I can fix the backspace bug -- but it's a great, cross-platform IRC client that actually supports SSL out of the box. My meatspace friends have a private IRC server setup, and we've always used SSL for it since it was possible (before any clients supported it, we were creating ssl tunnels manually...) There aren't alot of graphical Linux clients that support SSL -- the only GTK2 one is X-Chat, and it sucks in several annoying ways. Actually, Pidgin is GTK2 and can do IRC w/SSL as well, but cramming an IRC connection into the IM UI paradigm comes off as incredibly clumsy.

XScreensaver's lcdscrub hack

In February, this guy came out with what amounts to a fancy screensaver for OSX that costs $18. It took less than a month to get it released as an xscreensaver display hack. I don't know how "useful" it actually is, but it's worth knowing about should you need it.

FUSE / sshfs

Godly. Mounting a remote directory through ssh. Nothing needs to run on the remote machine -- just sshd. It's all in userspace, too, so no sudo bullshit to share files. No more mandatory NFS or Samba bullshit fucking around ever again between non-Windows machines (obviously there's performance overhead -- so there are going to be cases where you still need to visit the NFS fairy -- but there's finally a reliable, simple way to share files that goes right through any normal firewall ruleset).

This Should Be Describing An Awesome Music Player

I've been stuck on this one. I used to be an Amarok person, but 1.4 is being end of lifed, 2.0 is ugly and has less features, and both constantly misbehave from having to start and stop KDE services all the time. I still haven't solved this one to my satisfaction. I'm currently using Quod Libet to organize my music. I'm considering a plan whereby I would use Quod Libet as an organizer, and mpd and some kind of simple client for playback. Haven't decided yet.

It's worth noting that Banshee was probably the best GTK-based one I found. If the tag editor wasn't so retarded when editing multiple files, I might not have abandon it.




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straight at you
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PostPosted: 01-02-2009 02:41 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Sunbelt Personal Firewall
http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/home-hom ... -firewall/

I've used this for years - it used to be called Kerio Personal Firewall. The free version is the best lightweight software firewall that I've ever used. You can use the simple blocking rules for most things, but if you're familiar with networking and firewall concepts, you will opt to use the packet filter to create advanced rules for all your traffic.

I've yet to find another free firewall that provides the same level of control, has such a low overhead, and has such an intuitive interface. Can't recommend it enough.




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Linux Version
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PostPosted: 01-09-2009 09:05 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Dropbox
http://getdropbox.com/

This is a storage service that also provides a shell extension. The free account is 2GB, and you can pay $10 a month for 50GB.

The shell extension syncs your drop box between all involved computers. You simply copy the file into the configured folder, and it copies it to the servers, and then any other logged in instances of the extension copy it from that.

Awesome and convenient in many ways. Works flawlessly on Ubunutu, so I'd hope that they can manage to get the other operating systems done as well.




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Recruit
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I didnt see anyone post this one. Its not the coolest of apps. but i like it.

John's Background Switcher
This app lets you choose from a folder of pictures or choose pictures individually, and lets you choose a time interval between pictures, then switches your desktop wallpaper accourding to the time interval you set.

http://www.johnsadventures.com/software/backgroundswitcher/

Hope you guys enjoy this as much as i do. :)




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Linux Version
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PostPosted: 02-10-2009 07:42 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


LyX
http://www.lyx.org/
Unix / Windows (cygwin not needed) / Mac

Classic application (it's been around for well over a decade) that acts as a word-processor like frontend to the LaTeX typesetting system (If you've taken math or computer science in uni, then you've probably encountered LaTeX, even if you never had to write it directly).

Anyway, I used to like playing with this program back when I was in college/uni, but it used a crappy toolkit called Xforms (no relation to the modern thing called that), and in general was lame and buggy and never quite worked right. It's all since been rewritten in Qt, and has every major feature that you'd expect from a word processor (with the only notable exception being spell-check-as-you-type), but still restricts your input based on the LaTeX document class you choose.

As someone who always violently wrestles with Word and OO Writer to get them to obey their format styling system, having a program where you don't have a choice but to use styles is so calming. It's like a cease fire has been declared between me and the software.

Going to see if I'm allowed to use this at work. Maybe create a corporate pdf template for it.




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I'm the dude!
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PostPosted: 02-11-2009 08:15 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


bork[e] wrote:


You can also try:

Virtual CloneDrive

Lightweight, freeware virtual drive for Windows.



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Linux Version
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mhddfs (and other Union filesystems)
http://svn.uvw.ru/mhddfs/trunk/README
Linux Only

Rather than going on about how useful this is, I'll just quote from the README. The utility should be fairly obvious. To clarify, the source trees can be arbitrary directory trees, even on the same physical drive. There is no need for them to be the root of a specific filesystem.

Also, it's based on FUSE, so you don't need to have root permissions to do this. You obviously need write permission to the directories if you expect to write to them, but the mounting process can be done by your desktop shell if you want to set it up.

Code:
Consider we have two hard drives with the content below:

/hdd1             /hdd2
|                 |
+-- /dir1         +-- /dir1
|   |             |   |
|   +- file2      |   +- file4
|                 |   +- file2
+-- file1         |
|                 +-- file5
+-- /dir2         |
    |             +-- /dir3
    +- file3          |
                      +- file6

mounting this tree with the command:

mhddfs /hdd1,/hdd2 /hdd_common

into the specified file system point we will see a combined tree.

In the united tree we can see all the directories and files. Note
file2 of 2nd hdd is not visible (because 1st hdd  has  the  file2
already).

/hdd_common
|
+-- /dir1
|   |
|   +-- file2  -> /hdd1/dir1/file2
|   +-- file4
|
|-- /dir2
|   |
|   + file3
|
+-- /dir3
|   |
|   +-- file6
|
+-- file1
+-- file5




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The Afflicted
The Afflicted
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Posts: 687
PostPosted: 02-23-2009 06:06 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


SpaceMonger

Manage the data on your hard drive. I used this to free up space on my HD when I only had 150 MB left out of 70GB. Nice utility.




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Pestilence
Pestilence
Joined: 25 Mar 2002
Posts: 15692
PostPosted: 03-22-2009 05:46 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


obsidian wrote:

O&O Defrag
Generally well recommended as well, but there has been a report by one of you that it introduced disc errors. Mileage may vary.
Commercial application ($45).


I want to add another experience where it introduced disc errors. After defragging my drive, it was no longer bootable and after fixing the boot it was unstable as well.




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