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Programs [Aug. 9th, 2008|04:26 pm]
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Have finally gotten all the programs uploaded onto the PC. It seems fairly stable apart from not wanting to shut down properly some of the time, which is a huge improvement on the overall functionality. Time will tell how it lasts on a PC that caused on old priest to proclaim it as EVIL, moments before he burst into flames and died!


Anyway, just thought I'd put up links to a few of my favourite handy programs. Most of these have free versions. I'm not saying these are the best out there, these are just the ones I've found that I've liked and used for some time. Figure some of you will know about a few of these, but for those that don't, some are worth repeating...

Spacemonger - A handy little program that gives a nice clean graphical representation of what's on a hard drive. Very handy for discovering where a chunk of your excess space has vanished to, etc. I tried the newer version, but for me it wasn't good enough to stick with, so I went back to the older version.

Wallpaper Master - About a year ago I posted up a whole bunch of wallpaper pictures that I use. And my wallpaper managing program of choice is this one. It allows you a fair amount of control over when it changes piccies, what directories you use, lets you assign ratings, categories, etc. I paid for the Pro version but the basic version is still rather good.

CDex - As I oh-so-slowly back up all my CDs onto my computer, this is my program of choice. It documents any problems with each track, you can set it to rip slowly and carefully on scratched CDs, etc. There are a few things that I wish worked better, but it's free and I've yet to have it not be able to handle a CD.

Truecrypt - Now admittedly, I don't have that much in the way of sensitive information to protect. However, I do have a few pictures here and there, either ones I've taken or ones that have been sent to me, of friends wearing less than normal. The last thing I'd want is for a guest to stumble across them, or to have them easily accessible in the event I get hacked. I found the program fairly straight forward and user friendly, but would have struggled more and made some silly mistakes if I hadn't carefully read the instructions first. It can also be set up to encrypt entire drives, so once Lex starts trying to get on the PC, my porn is safe from being deleted and replaced by pictures of the Wiggles. Oh, and my child won't get to see anything naughty either.

Picasa - I figure most people will know about this picture organising program. I'm not claiming it's perfect by any means, but it is pretty good and easy to work with, especially if you've lots of pictures.

Trillian - Another one where I paid for the full version. Basically lets me throw all my instant message programs together in the one melting pot. I try not to get on IM too often as it tires me out, but I do find this to be a pretty handy all-in-one prog.

ljArchive - I write a lot of rubbish on here, but not all of it is crap. Either way, some of it I want to keep. ljArchive lets me basically keep a copy of my entire journal on my PC. So if or when LJ finally dies, I won't lose all my stuff.

And that's it! Feel free to reply with your own fav programs, or to say 'nonono, that program is crappy compared to this one!'

[User Picture]From: cheshirenoir
2008-08-09 02:12 pm (UTC)
izArc for compression / decompression. It's free and it handles wierd formats

xnview for image viewing. I used to use irfanview but this is marginally better. Neater. More features.

Of course these are only when I'm using evilOS. I'm now one of those smug linux users. (And I KNOW why they're smug too. Heh. It even plays Neverwinter Nights. Why would I ever leave?)
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From: kadeton
2008-08-09 04:05 pm (UTC)
It even plays Neverwinter Nights. Why would I ever leave?

Neverwinter Nights 2? :P
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2008-08-10 01:56 am (UTC)
ljarchive: interesting - I've been using http://www.ljbook.com/ up until now, will have to check that one out.
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2008-08-10 02:00 am (UTC)
Hmm, looks like they're not quite the same things. I'd love to be able to create a PDF of a document of posts with specific tags.
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[User Picture]From: rendragon
2008-08-11 12:46 am (UTC)
I've used Trillian. I personally use Meebo (www.meebo.com) at the moment as it is web based (so I don't have to download/install software at work). Lets you log in to multiple accounts at once (ie, yahoo/msn/icq) and has lots of funky language options, like Bork! (think Chef from the Muppets)
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2008-08-11 12:22 pm (UTC)
Irfanview, for viewing pics. Very easy to use, keyboard controls, my old friend Beorn put me onto it at the beginning of the year. Loads images really fast too. I used it in a lecture earlier this year instead of Powerpoint, because it was a lot less clunky to open the pictures that way.

I dislike Picasa, because the two times I've had a set of picture directories on a memory stick and plugged it into someone's computer that had Picasa, it immediately opened and found the pictures in order of porn-ness. Which is impressive given that I don't collect porn. Some things should not accidentally appear on your boss's screen though, and this includes a close-up picture of your vagina held open with pegs, with mouse-drawn lines across it explaining what all the parts are. I didn't even remember that I had that on the memorystick, it was buried so deep in the tree.
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[User Picture]From: shazgirl
2008-08-12 03:22 am (UTC)
Ha. Danny had that happen to him when he went to get the tax done. Plug the memory stick containing the information for his business into the tax agent's PC and up came the porn!
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