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« Thread started on: Aug 24th, 2007, 6:22pm »

I'm a computer geek. I've been in the field now for about 10 years. Yes, I'm old.
Not sure if there are enough people who actually visit this place enough anymore to really contribute, but I'm starting a thread anyway.
My current computer is 100% legal. More or less. Yes, I have a licensed copy of Windows. Most of my other stuff is freeware. Needless to say, when you're dealing with freeware, be careful. Use the following at your own risk.
Here's some:

Web Browser: Avant Browser.
They're currently on version 11.5. It was tabbed before tabbed was cool. It runs on the IE engine, but you no longer have to have IE installed to have it. It's very customizable (add buttons, remove buttons, move tool bars around, etc.) and there are quite a few skins available for it. Go here:
http://www.avantbrowser.com/

Email Client: Thunderbird.
I've used Outlook Express all my life until I recently moved to MS Vista (which I soon dropped back to XP). Vista didn't have OE, it had MS Mail. I imported my email from the last decade into it, then couldn't downgrade back into OE. Thunderbird let me. It's easy to use and you can manage multiple accounts in it - I currently have my main account @thedcu.net and two Gmail accounts dumping into it.
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/

Media Players: Winamp (audio), Media Player Classic (video)
I've been using Winamp for as long as there have been mp3s. You can't beat it. It's simple and fast. And like Avant Browser, there are countless skins you can use with it:
http://www.winamp.com/
Media Player Classic has the interface Windows Media Player 6.4 had. It's fast and reliable. Tons of codecs for it. It and Quicktime alternative (which is exactly what it sounds like) come bundled together here:
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Mega_Codec_Pack.htm

AntiVirus: AVAST!
Never been a big AV fan. I don't normally do stuff that would put me at risk. And if I do, I'm pretty good at getting rid of them. I've used Norton, McAfee, and Trend in the past, but why pay for something when you can get something just as good for free? Avast updates regularly, has a small footprint, and seems to do the job quite well:
http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

Comic Book database: Comicster
Yes, I catalogue my comics. Comcister runs on the .Net technology and is the best of all the free stuff floating around out there. I demoed some of the for pay stuff and was never impressed. The guy who creates and maintains it is very friendly and quick to help if you find a bug. I discovered one a while back and he worked with me extensively for a few days until he worked it out.
http://www.madprops.org/comicster/

Home Office: OpenOffice.org
This program completely rocks. It can do anything MS Office can do and then some. It'll open any MS Office file, and you can save natively as an Adobe Acrobat PDF. I love it. There is a huge community (it's open source) that love to tinker with it and create new forms, etc. I can't speak highly enough about it.
http://www.openoffice.org/

CD ripping / MP3 creator: CDEX
I've used CDEX for years, too. never had a problem with it other than one of the recent betas. It was a beta, though. That's what they're all about.
You can stick a cd in (remember those? silver disk that you pay for that has music on it? cool ) and can rip directly to mp3 or wav. It'll also convert from either format to the other (mp3 > wav or wav > mp3).
http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/

Audio editor: Audacity.
I used to use a hacked version of Cool Edit Pro, but this one is free and just as good. Amp up your audio files, remix them, crop them, it'll do just about anything (including record).
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Spyware stopper: MVPS host file
This isn't a scanner, so don't confuse it with an alternative for Adaware or Spybot S&D. For those of you who are unaware, a host file is something your computer has deep down in the windows directory which your browser and whatnot looks at before going to the internet. Basically, the guy who runs the site goes out and gathers bad news stuff and other ads (this forum for me has no ads) and points them back at the local machine - therefore your browser will not display them.
Read up on it, it's really neat and effective. I never get spyware.
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

More to come...

Like I said above, just because I've had good luck with the above doesn't mean you will. I'm not affiliated with anything here and I'm not getting paid for it. Just thought I'd pass on some knowledge.
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 26th, 2007, 6:53pm »

Id also like to add Trillian, greatest messaging software out there. Allows you to talk to msn, yahoo, and AIM at the same time on one nice buddy list.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 12th, 2007, 10:46am »

Anyone know some good programes that can resize desktop wallpapers without losing quality?

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« Reply #3 on: Sep 12th, 2007, 10:51am »

on Sep 12th, 2007, 10:46am, Chaos wrote:
Anyone know some good programes that can resize desktop wallpapers without losing quality?



Probably the best / easiest image manipulator I've run into (that's free) is Photofiltre:
http://www.photofiltre.com/
It has quite a few features and there are tons of add-ins on the download pages there.

If you're making your images bigger, you're going to lose quality as a general rule. If you're making them smaller, you shouldn't.
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 13th, 2007, 3:18pm »

Cheers cheesy

I'll give it a try
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 16th, 2008, 1:25pm »

Does anyone no anything about UseNext and other same type thing?

I'm looking for certain stuff and want to kow if i would fins it on there
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 16th, 2008, 7:20pm »

GIMP.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 17th, 2008, 3:58pm »

I'm about to switch over from AOL dial-up to Bellsouth DSL. Is there any way I can keep my AOL AIM and email address for free?

And as if that question wasn't bad enough: How often should one get a new computer? My Dell of which I owned for 8 years now is running pretty slow as of late.
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 18th, 2009, 5:56pm »

Got a real fucking annoying problem

I upgraded to AVG 8.5 today, and when Firefox hangs and i close it i get "Firefox has encountered a problem and needs to close" but it can't be shutdown.....even going into task manger doesn't do shit. It just fucking stays there and i have to restart if i want to use Firefox again angry


I'm going to try AVAST instaed. Has anyone had any problems with Firefox using that?

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 18th, 2009, 6:04pm »

I've been using FF3 and Avast together for a while with no problem. Never heard of that problem with AVG, though, either.
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 19th, 2009, 04:49am »

Avast rocks. Firefox rocks. Together they keep on rocking.
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 19th, 2009, 07:03am »

Man totally pissed now angry

I uninstalled AVG and installed Aast, still same thing happens. Hang, can't be close even with task manager

So i backed up my Firefox profiles and created a new one, and copy pasted bookmarks. Bookmarks didn't show and exaclty the same problem

So all my boomarks are probably lost angry

Fuck knows what the AVG 8.5 has done. Everything was fine untill i put that on there angry

Can;t seem to find a solution on the net either angry

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« Reply #12 on: Mar 19th, 2009, 4:29pm »

Here is a great stepwise plan from a Dutch website that always got me out of trouble when my computer was fucked beyond my capabilities (which are not great, but still).

Links to the programs can be found here:
http://www.hijackthis.nl/computerschoonmaken.html

Step 1: ATF Cleaner

Download ATF Cleaner.
On tab "Main", select Select All.
Remove the selection of Prefetch.
Hit Empty Selected.

If you use Firefox or Opera:
Click on their tabs and select Select All.
If you want to save your saved passwords you will be given the option.

Exit.

Step 2: Spyware scan

Download and install the following programs.
Perform an update after installing and run a complete system-scan afterwards.
Ad-Aware
Spybot S&D
AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5

Step 3: Trojanscanner
Perform an online scan at:
Kaspersky
Eset/Nod32

Save the logfile when they ask you.

Step 4: Virusscan

If you have a good, up-to-date virusscanner, perform a complete system-scan, preferably in Safe Mode.

If you do not own one, it is old, or it does not work (Malware can disable a virusscanner), perform one of these online scans.
Use of Internet Explorer is preferred since other browser might not be supported (with excpetion of Housecall):
Bitdefender
Panda
Trendmicro Housecall

Step 5: Create Hijackthis log

[The two times I had to do this, my computer was fixed before I had to use Hijackthis. Be very careful with that program because it can be read only by professionals and if you do not know a lot about computers, deleting stuff might result in you missing essential files. That will fuck up your computer even worse.]

Download Trend Micro Hijack This™
Doubleclick on Hijackthis-setup and Hijackthis will be installed.
Doubleclick on hijackthis to start it up.
Click on "Do a systemscan and save a logfile"
A Notepad window will open. Press CTRL+A and everything is selected.
Press CTRL+C to copy everything.

You can then log in on their Forum and post a "nieuw onderwerp" (new topic).
Give it a title, describe the problem, tell them what you did and what you could not do.
Paste (CTRL+V) your Hijackthis log and hit OK.
[I think they would not mind to handle a topic in (broken) English.]

Note:
Windows Vista users will have to right-click on Hijackthis.exe and choose "Run as Administrator"

Step 6: read this
You might spend hours or even days fixing this problem. It might be frustrating but realise that all people on the Forum are volunteers with a job.
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 23rd, 2009, 11:00am »

Cheers cheesy

I downloaded a few of the spyware/mailware ones and they didn't find anything

I clened out a load of shit with the ATF thing and that seems do have done that trick, though last night when i went to shutdown it took fucking ages. I'm sure IE was still in the task manger and couldn't be shut down again but i had no hang ups or nothing, so that's obvioulsy an improvement
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 24th, 2009, 2:15pm »

I do not know if you did it, but it is important that you follow the steps in the order outlined above.
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