Old 7th July 2008, 04:41   #1
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Free Software Rocks v2

I know there was a thread around here for free software that was useful but doing a quick search yielded nothing.

Anyway, I have a couple new nifty programs that some of you might like.

Launchy:
Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.
Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!

http://launchy.net/

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Taskbar Shuffle
Reorder your taskbar buttons by dragging and dropping them
Reorder your tray icons in the same way
Reorder tasks in a grouped button's popup menu in the same way
Middle-click to close programs on your taskbar
Works with UltraMon taskbars
Tweak taskbar button grouping

http://www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm

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I think someone mentionied PopPeeper already earlier but it needs another mention

PopPeeper
Email notifcation
http://www.poppeeper.com/

And Opera 9.51 is out too :P
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Old 7th July 2008, 05:35   #2
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I prefer my "free software" to be Free Software. I really was expecting something about FLOSS when I clicked the link.

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Old 7th July 2008, 06:06   #3
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Good stuff, Tucker.

If we're each intended to throw in our own faves/recommendations as well, I'll mention the three fully free (i.e., NOT shareware or nagware) software apps that I use the most of all: 7-Zip, CCleaner and IE7Pro. Yes, the latter only applies to you non-FF-fanboys - er, I mean "those of you who prefer IE over FireFox, Opera, or any of the others, whatever your reasons may be" - but if you use IE at all, I recommend IE7Pro mostly to kill banner ads and flash ads, plus it brings a few other features that some folks find useful.


* - I was an avid Opera user for years. The only reason I use IE7 now more than anything else is (1) many of the bugs/quirks in earlier versions - at least quirks that bothered me the most - have been acceptably addressed in v7, (2) tabbed browsing in IE, finally!, and (3) compatibility with corporate-developed websites. And an additional note about (3)...yes I know IE is notoriously NOT as compliant with W3C and CSS standards as are Opera and FireFox, but the fact is that most of the corps I do business with still develop for IE and nothing else. I need to use and test their sites with a browser listed as compatible by the developers. Hence, that means IE.

But if you ask me which browser I respect the most overall, without regard to any specific personal need, I put Opera at the top, then FF, then IE7 (and at least I'd rank IE7 a bit higher than the level to which IE used to garner my respect before v7).

(Sorry for the OTness, but with even mentioning an IE utility I had to at least provide some level of...)

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Old 7th July 2008, 06:07   #4
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7zip is the shit when it comes to archive utils for Windows.

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Old 7th July 2008, 06:10   #5
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That's good to know. I never really knew or considered that it's multi-platform.

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Old 7th July 2008, 06:16   #6
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I use CCCleaner a lot, I used to use Easy CCCleaner before but I like CCCLeaner a bit better.
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Old 7th July 2008, 07:04   #7
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A quick list of some of the programs I like and use (I might add links later, but I'm tired right now):

Firefox (of course)
Notepad++
Metapad (if Notepad++ is too much)
CCleaner (is worth mentioning again)
Spywareblaster
Spybot Search & Destroy
Avast! Antivirus
7-Zip (worth another mention as well)
CDex
Media Player Classic (MPC)
Winamp (duh)
Foxit Reader (if you view PDFs at all)
PowerCalc (Windows Powertoy replacement for calc.exe)
Convert
Trillian (Basic is free)
FileZilla

I'll add more later if I can think of any.
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Old 7th July 2008, 12:37   #8
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Lots of good ones here. My personal favorites are the Digital Mars C++ compiler and the GNU C++ compiler, as well as the host of build/link/resource tools for each.

Useful for when you just can't find the free software to do that tiny "ten minutes to code from scratch" job... or for when you find some other guy's ten minutes of work up for sale instead of being free (like it should be! you know who you are!!! :P ).

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Old 7th July 2008, 12:46   #9
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Re: Free Software Rocks v2

Quote:
Originally posted by tuckerm
I know there was a thread around here for free software that was useful but doing a quick search yielded nothing.
A search of GD for "freeware" brings up the thread as the fifth result.
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread....light=freeware

I would just like to thank ryan who posted unlocker. It saved me from closing every program just to find out who had loaded devil.dll. It was Winamp, somehow.

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Old 7th July 2008, 13:38   #10
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Only listing stuff that hasn't been mentioned already:

Actual free software:
Audacity
Avisynth
ffdshow
ImageMagick
Lame
oggenc
OpenOffice.org
Python
VLC
x264

Freeware:
EAC
foobar2000
neroAacEnc
TAK

Useful MS Powertoys:
CmdHere (Adds "open cmd here" to folder context menus. Yes, can be done manually as well.)
SyncToy
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Old 7th July 2008, 15:26   #11
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Re: Re: Free Software Rocks v2

I like FoxIt, it's very useful.

Trilly is also useful, i've had it since the beginning and it's never let me down. I wouldn't think of using anything else.

Quote:
Originally posted by J_Darnley
A search of GD for "freeware" brings up the thread as the fifth result.
http://forums.winamp.com/showthread....light=freeware

I would just like to thank ryan who posted unlocker. It saved me from closing every program just to find out who had loaded devil.dll. It was Winamp, somehow.
It's all about keywords, I searched best free software or something and went through page 10 and didn't see it.
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Old 7th July 2008, 16:27   #12
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In no particular order, software I tend to use a lot:

Valgrind
vi(m)
Transmission
Putty
VirtualBox
openssh
LaTeX
Perl
powertop
irssi
gnu screen

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Old 7th July 2008, 22:02   #13
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openSUSE 11 comes with a shitload of free software, check my sig
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Winamp, Firefox and VLC. Those I use regularly.

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Old 8th July 2008, 13:17   #16
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stuff i wont miss anymore:

winamp
www.blender.org
www.gimp.org
www.pidgin.im
Firefox
OpenOffice.org
Filezilla
7zip
hmm, cant think of more atm even tho i have more (im sure i have)
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Old 8th July 2008, 14:54   #17
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Quote:
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PowerCalc (Windows Powertoy replacement for calc.exe
worth mentioning again and again. I just love it.

> Irfanview
> ATnotes (digital PostIt's)
> Media Player Classic
> (Nokia NTest for testing your (CRT) monitor)

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Hmm... A calc.exe replacement? I shall have to try it. In fact, why don't I have more of those?

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Quote:
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In no particular order, software I tend to use a lot:

Valgrind
vi(m)
Transmission
Putty
VirtualBox
openssh
LaTeX
Perl
powertop
irssi
gnu screen
Winner. You don't see too many valgrind users around.

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Neat Image (not technically freeware, but the so-called demo works fine as long as you don't want to do further processing (except downsizing))
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