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  • #16
    OpenOffice is absolutely amazing.

    Gimp instead of photoshop.

    Avast or AVG for antivirus
    Hell, I use almost no proprietary software(even dual boot Ubuntu.) But I still like Itunes, I have tried a bunch of different music playing software, but I haven't liked any of them.
    Last edited by someone447; 03-23-2009, 10:07 PM.
    I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
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    • #17
      VLC is great

      bonekrusher on the sig magic
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      • #18
        Originally posted by BeansDooma View Post
        VLC is great
        Occasionally I've had some problems with .mkv files, but otherwise its amazing.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by BeansDooma View Post
          VLC is great
          Agreed. I have had it for a year and a half now and it is wonderful. Not once have I ever had a problem playing any file I wish to. It also looks nice and the video image is sharp (I know that has to do with what files I am playing but still).

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          • #20
            Want to keep using Windows Media Player but cant with random ass file types?

            http://www.cccp-project.net/

            Best codec pack on Earth.

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            • #21
              Best.

              Thread.

              Ever.

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              • #22
                http://download.cnet.com/Simple-File...-10301332.html

                File Shredder...way better than recycling bin, deletes up to 7 times, so can't ever be found, unlike recycling bin where when you empty it its still somewhere on your hard drive taking up space. And also gives option of deleting i think 20 times if your really afraid.
                Last edited by brat316; 03-23-2009, 11:04 PM.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by bantx View Post
                  How about go to the site and read it. Its more than just games, and the game I use is Starcraft and Ive had the copy since 1998 the CD is all scratched up now so me having the image on my computer it can now run without the CD.
                  Wait, sorry if I seem dumb, but just trying to clarify. So if you have a game CD, but it's scratched so it doesn't run, you can use the program to run the game without the CD, but it has to have been previously installed?

                  Because there is a game I've wanted to play for years, but the CD is scratched so I can't load it on my computer and am too lazy to buy a new. But if it had to be installed first, then nevermind.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
                    Wait, sorry if I seem dumb, but just trying to clarify. So if you have a game CD, but it's scratched so it doesn't run, you can use the program to run the game without the CD, but it has to have been previously installed?

                    Because there is a game I've wanted to play for years, but the CD is scratched so I can't load it on my computer and am too lazy to buy a new. But if it had to be installed first, then nevermind.
                    No, it saves an image of the disc to your computer so you dont have to put the CD in the drive. Instead, it's like having the CD on your hard drive.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Brent View Post
                      No, it saves an image of the disc to your computer so you dont have to put the CD in the drive. Instead, it's like having the CD on your hard drive.
                      So like for a game, if I hadn't installed the game, but use this program, would it then allow me to install the game using the image of the CD or would I need to actually use the CD to install? Because that's my problem, that the CD is scratched and I can't install.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by njx9
                        [soapbox]

                        ugh. it's shocking that you don't like any of the hundreds of options that do everything itunes does (minus connecting to the store, but then, there are so many better options) and instead prefer software bloat, a crappy interface and a program that hogs memory more than vista, on a "per capita" basis.

                        [/soapbox]

                        in reality, i don't really care what you personally use and i'm only passionate about the argument because of the prevalence of "apple is the bestest" debate among people who don't have any idea what they're talking about.


                        BladeEnc - http://www.free-codecs.com/download/BladeEnc.htm
                        fastest mp3 encoder i've found (from .wav files). there are better rip packages that do everything, but this is by far the fastest.

                        Handbrake - http://handbrake.fr/
                        there may well be better dvd rip software, but it's worked well for pulling a few movies off DVDs i own when i have a lot of back to back transcontinental flights.

                        mp3tag - http://www.mp3tag.de/en/
                        use it to batch tag mp3s, when another program messes them up, or you need to alter the way the information was pulled from CDDB.

                        phpMyAdmin - http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/index.php
                        mySQL - http://www.mysql.com/
                        Apache - http://www.apache.org/
                        easy, free way to build your own applications web server on a windows box. i used this to build a website on my college ethernet that allowed people to easily share documents (in a sort of early but nowhere near as cool or functional version of google docs) and other information across campus. worked with one of the lead programmers for purevolume on an apache webserver.
                        I'm far from one of those people who say apple is the best. In fact, I would say, objectively, it obviously isn't the best. I think a lot of the reason is is that I am able to play music off any person on the networks playlist, and when you are on a college network that is a lot of ******* playlists(was even better my freshman year, when there was a program that allowed you to dl songs directly off other peoples itunes libraries 20k songs at 5 seconds a song? Sign me up.)
                        I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
                        Hunter S. Thompson

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                        • #27
                          thanks for the ccleaner thing. cleared up a lot of "things"
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                          • #28
                            Ive had this problem for a long time with WMP11 and I couldnt add any files or delete files. Found this to fix it and the problem was I had a corrupt library, heres the fix if anyone else has the problem.

                            Last edited by bantx; 03-24-2009, 07:30 PM.


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                            • #29
                              Two more from me...

                              Launchy 4.65
                              http://www.launchy.net/
                              Launchy is a free open source application launcher for GNU/Linux and Windows. It indexes shortcuts in the start menu, and files in specific folders to allow quicker access to programs without opening the start menu itself, or browsing to the relevant folder.

                              Fences 0.96
                              http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/
                              Fences is a program that helps you organize your desktop, and can hide your icons when they're not in use. Say goodbye to all that desktop mess.



                              Sveen's 2015 NFL Draft Spreadsheet

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                              • #30
                                This thread is great; much thanks to the OP, Sveen. So far I have DLed the Auto-Defrager, the CCleaner and the superantispyware. My computer feels so fresh and clean right now, I feel like I just went thru spring cleaning.

                                Any other you strongly recommend for cleaning or maybe freeing up memory?

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