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Posted this thread again. because you can`t have so many words in a post (that sucks), anyway post you favorite software in this format:

name- link small descripction and if its for windows or linux or etc.


Antivirus:
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html (windows)

Javacool's SpywareGuard - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html (windows)

Panda Activescan - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/ is an online anti-virus scanner that is best used to give second opinions to people who already have anti-virus installed on the computer. (windows)

ImmunizeNOW!- http://www.mntolympus.org/ doesn't scan for and clean spyware infections - it
prevents / Immunizes the system against
Spyware being installed in the first place.

ImmunizeNOW! prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs. (windows)

Burning tools:

CDBurnerXP Pro- http://www.cdburnerxp.se/ (windows)

Image Burn: http://www.imgburn.com/ (windows)

Brasero (formally known as bonfire) http://perso.orange.fr/bonfire/

Constantly updated DVD/CD burning software. Supports the basic burning functionality of Audio, Data, Disc Copy and Burning images and blanking RW's. Great for the simple tasks instead of dealing with more complicated (and therefore has a simplified interface) tools like K3B or Nero. (linux)

burnatonce- http://www.burnatonce.com/ Audio cd creation (decodes mp3s and oggs automagically) / data cd creation, image burning (windows)

Compression / Decompression:

IZArc- http://www.izarc.org/ can encrypt and change isos in to another format. (windows)

7zip- http://www.7-zip.org/ (windows, linux)

Tugzip- http://www.tugzip.com/ (windows)

Alzip- http://www.altools.net/Downloads/DownloadALZip/tabid/88/Default.aspx (windows)

BSDTar: http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/libarchive.htm - Command-line compression program. (windows, linux)

Zipgenius- http://www.zipgenius.it/eng/index.php (windows)

Audio players:

Quintessential Player- http://www.quinnware.com/ and for media players i used this a while back - pretty nifty piece of software (can be set to work with a lot of winamp plugins, skinnable, built in encoders, etc.)

Aimp- http://www.aimp.ru/ like winamp but better,it comes with an encoder and tagging tool (windows)

Winamp- http://www.winamp.com/ (windows)

foobar2000- http://www.foobar2000.org/ (windows)

MediaMonkey- http://mediamonkey.com/ (alternative to iTunes player with powerful tagging tools and compatible to winamp plugins) (windows)

Amarok - www.amarok.kde.org/ Audio Player, (linux)

Exaile- http://www.exaile.org/

Meant as the GTK verison of Amarok, however I prefer it. Loads faster and has a cleaner interface.
Plugin support (album art on desktop, alarm, last.fm, iPod support and so on).
screenshot: http://www.exaile.org/screenshots/7/exaile_large.jpg (linux)

Audio Editing and utilities:

Exact Audio Copy- http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/ with CDRDAO burning -- let's you rip CDs with various encodings (even FLAC.)

Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ (Windows,linux)

Idump- http://www.softpedia.com/get/IPOD-TOOLS/Multimedia-IPOD-tools/iDump.shtml Idump is great for pulling all the songs off your ipod (windows)

Mp3tag - http://www.mp3tag.de/en/ (Tag your mp3's. The best I have seen yet) (windows)

KRISTAL Audio Engine- http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/index.php KRISTAL Audio Engine is a powerful multi-track recorder, audio sequencer and mixer - ideal for anyone wanting to get started with recording, mixing and mastering digital audio. (windows)

MP3Gain- http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/ MP3Gain analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume (windows)

AudioShell- http://www.softpointer.com/AudioShell.htm AudioShell is a freeware MS Windows Explorer shell extension plug-in which allows you to view and edit music tags directly in Windows Explorer. (windows)

Ardour - http://ardour.org/ Audio Recording/Editing Linux/OSX only

An awesome tool for recording and editing audio. SOme features from its website:
Multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. If you've been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Pyramix, or Sequoia, you might have found it. (linux)

TS-MIDI EDITOR- http://www.shareup.com/TS-MIDI_Editor-download-23207.html (windows)

WavePad- http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html You can buy a full version, but honestly the free version blows audacity out of the water. (windows)

dbPowerAmp- http://www.dbpoweramp.com/ nicknamed the Swiss army knife of audio (windows)

Modplug- http://www.modplug.com/ music editors in site and playback too (windows)

CD Art Display- http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Winamp_CD_Case/1109367710/1 a nice app for showing album cover art when songs are played through a variety of players. It looks for embedded art first and if nothing's there you can search Amazon and save the image you choose.

Video players:

gom player- http://www.gomplayer.com/main.html comes with own codec for most popular video formats (avi, mvk,etc) (windows)

Core Media Player - http://www.corecoded.com/ (windows)

Media Player Classic- http://www.afterdawn.com/software/video_software/video_players/media_player_classic.cfm (windows)

VLC Media Player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ (windows,linux,etc)

Zoom player- http://www.inmatrix.com/ (windows)


Video utilities:

Handbrake - Great video converter (or so i have heard)

meGUI- http://x264.nl/ (windows)

AviDemux http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.
Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license. (windows,linux)

Virtuadub http://www.virtualdub.org/ Virtuadub - Free video editing program. Good for breaking avi's into frames of Jpeg's or bmp's for animated gif creation (windows)

TMPGenc http://www.tmpgenc.net/ MPEG endoding/video editing tool. Has a lot of features (windows)

Any Video Converter- http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/ ny Video Converter is a professional video converter which can convert video files from various formats with fast converting speed and excellent video quality . It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. It has an unmatchable speed and high quality. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.
(windows)

MediaCoder- http://www.rarewares.org/mediacoder/ MediaCoder is an open source universal audio/video batch transcoder (converter), which puts together lots of excellent audio/video codecs and tools from the open source community into an all-in-one solution, capable of transcoding among different audio/video formats. With many extra features and a expandable architecture, MediaCoder is more than a GUI of a bunch of command line tools. (windows)

Dscaler- http://deinterlace.sourceforge.net/downloads.htm Video deinterlacer. Record from your tv or other input devices like vcr or consoles (windows)

SDP MultiMedia: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/SDP_MultiMedia
SDP receiver enables saving of Microsoft streaming media over MMS, MMST, MMSU and HTTP streams like ASF, WMV (windows)

Real7ime Converter (R7C): http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Real7ime_Converter
Real7ime Converter (R7C) is a converter of any RealPlayer(tm) streaming medias (video and sound) to AVI/WAV/MP3 format. Just drag and drop RealMedia files or web links/urls on the R7C window to convert. **Note: This is the only freeware Real Media streaming video recorder I've found that works for Tavis Smiley** (windows)

Streambox VCR Suite 2.0: http://www.etplanet.com/download/details.php?file=215
StreamBox VCR Suite contains all the StreamBox related software needed to capture media streams on the Internet(RM, RMVB, RAM, WMV, ASF, ASX) **Note: I've only used this program to record streaming Real video from SVT.se** (windows)

AsfBin: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/AsfBin
AsfBin is a utility for cutting out fragments, joining, editing and repairing ASF,WMV files. AsfBin can be applied for any ASF file, that is, not only those with ASF extension but also those with WMV and WMA extensions. The whole operation is performed without any recompression. Thus the video quality is not degraded and the resulting file remains as unchanges as possible. **Note: I used this program to join the multiple chapters (in Windows Media Video) of a PBS special into one cohesive file** (windows)

OGMRip http://ogmrip.sourceforge.net/

Back up utility for video DVDs using the mencoder and ogg vorbis toolsets. Supports codecs like x.264, xvid, theora. Audio like ogg, mp3, pcm, dts, aac. Subtitle support, two-pass. And containers of ogm, mkv, avi and mp4.
Can be run through the command line or GUI. (linux)
 

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Notes and Reminders:

Stickies- http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies/ (windows)

Macro programs:

AutoHotkey- http://www.autohotkey.com/ AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can: Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
(windows)

Download managers:

Free Download Manager - http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/ (windows)

Flashget- http://www.flashget.com/en/download.htm (windows)


Firewalls:

Comodo: http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/ (windows)


Image viewers:

Xnview- http://www.xnview.com/ (windows)

FastStone Image Viewer- http://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm (windows)

Irfanview- http://www.irfanview.com/ (windows)

Picasa - http://picasa.google.com/ (Free photo manager, works great!) (windows)

CDdisplay- http://www.geocities.com/davidayton/CDisplay For my fellow comics/manga fans. If you've ever wondered why everything is zipped, rar'd, or cbr'd. (windows)

F-Spot- http://f-spot.org/Main_Page

Mono based photo management tool similar to Picasa (but I prefer it ).
Scans harddrive for pictures. Photo editing options, colour adjustment, tag editor and export to Flickr , 23 , Picasa Web or SmugMug account option. (linux)

comicrack- http://comicrack.blogspot.com/


Image editors and utilities:

Gimp - http://www.gimp.org/ (windows and linux)

Paint.NET- http://www.getpaint.net/index2.html (windows)

VIX- http://homepage1.nifty.com/k_okada/ (win32, image viewer, editor, screenshot app, batch converter) (windows)

Microsoft gif animator- http://www.jhepple.com/gif_animator.htm (windows)


UleadGifAnimator22- http://www.pricelessware.org/thelist/files/ gif maker (windows)

gifworks- http://www.gifworks.com/ free online gif making tool (all)

UnFREEz- http://www.whitsoftdev.com/unfreez/ UnFREEz is a high-speed Windows application that will take any number of images, saved as separate GIF files, and create a single animated GIF from those images. (windows)

Picture relate- http://www.walthelm.net/picture-relate/ it scans photos to find ones that are the same, even with different filenames/resolutions.


Web browsers and utilities:


Firefox - http://www.getfirefox.com (windows,linux)

K-Meleon - http://kmeleon.sourceforge.net/ (windows)

Seamonkey- http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/ (windows,linux)

Netscape - http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/default.jsp (windows)

Opera - http://www.opera.com (windows)

Sandboxie- http://www.sandboxie.com/ Encapsulates your browser so anything malicious you encounter browsing doesn't escape the sandbox environment (great for porn... or so people tell me) (windows)

Browser Security Tests- http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/BrowserSecurity/ (all)

Encryption and Security:

TrueCrypt - http://www.truecrypt.org/ Encrypts harddrives, partitions, usb drives, etc. (windows,linux)

Keepass - http://keepass.info/ Keep your passwords secret, keep them safe. (windows,linux,osx)

AxCrypt- http://www.axantum.com/AxCrypt (windows)

Blowfish Advanced CS- http://www.lassekolb.info/bfacs.htm (windows)

Cryptainer LE- http://www.cypherix.com/prods.htm (windows)

Eraser- http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/ erases your data (windows)

Free Hide Folder- http://www.cleanersoft.com/hidefolder/free_hide_folder.htm Free Hide Folder is a free computer security software to hide your private folders, hide your porn! (windows)


word processors:

Notepad++ - http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm

Open office- http://www.openoffice.org/ can download plugins , awesome.

LaTeX- http://www.latex-project.org/ typesetting bitches

AbiWord- http://www.abisource.com/ Open source word processor.

Metapad- http://www.liquidninja.com/metapad/ metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad's features and much, much more. (windows)


Backup:

Syncback - http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncbac...back-hub.html: Used to sync backups

Microsoft SyncToy - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...o/synctoy.mspx: Easier to use then Syncback, but lacks features and for some reason does not delete empty file folders.

Filehamster- http://www.mogware.com/FileHamster/ FileHamster provides real-time backup and archiving of your files while you work. It enables you to monitor specific files on your hard drive and automatically create incremental backups whenever those files are modified. It also enables you to store notes about the changes that have been made, allowing you to quickly locate a specific revision or provide a detailed account of the work you've done on a project.


Mounting tools:

Virtual CloneDrive
- from the makers of clone CD/DVD, works pretty well.

Daemon tools - http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.php be careful when installing because it comes with a search bar that sucks,be sure to click so it doesn`t install the search bar.

MagicISO- http://www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm better that daemon, can make iso images of CD/DVD discs in various formats, supports several types of cd/dvd images.

Virtual Floppy Drive- http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/vfd.html#top (windows)


IM:

miranda- http://www.miranda-im.org/ (very customizeable IM with plugins for pretty much every im protocol out there and small memory footprint)

Trillian http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/ IM client.

Pidgin - http://www.pidgin.im/ Instant Messaging

Used to be GAIM, supports MSN, AIM, IRC, ICQ (who uses that...?) and many more. Also really customizable.

Windows Live Messenger- http://get.live.com/messenger/overview ehhh its good old messenger

P2P clients:

Utorrent - http://www.utorrent.com/

Azureus - http://azureus.sourceforge.net/

Emule - http://www.emule-project.net/home/perl/general.cgi?l=1 (Other than torrents, this is the best filesharing system out there)

Frostwire- http://www.frostwire.com/ just like Limewire but not restrictive of content, faster, more results

Soulseek- http://www.slsknet.org/

Bitcomet- http://www.bitcomet.com/
 

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Internet tools:


Ziepod- http://images.nana10.co.il/sitefiles/software/ZiepodSetup.exe A podcast retriever.

Free meter- http://www.tiler.com/freemeter/ you can see your internet usage (windows)

netmeter- http://www.metal-machine.de/readerror/ checks your internet usage (windows)

FTP Wanderer- http://www.pablosoftwaresolutions.com/html/ftp_wanderer.html[/url FTP Wanderer is a multithreaded FTP client with the look-and-feel of Windows Explorer, and makes moving files between the Internet and your computer as simple as local file manipulation. (win32) (windows)

Xfire- http://www.xfire.com/ See what your friends are playing, click to join them, chat while in-game, and look for servers. (windows)

Teamspeak- http://www.goteamspeak.com/ voice chat, chat with your friends in games that don't have voip (like wow) (windows,linux)

Smart FTP- http://www.smartftp.com/download/ best ftp client. The unlicensed version just gives you a "this is unregistered" screen when you start it up during certain hours, but it's not really a big deal. (windows)

CheckGmail http://checkgmail.sourceforge.net/ (linux)

taskbar gmail checker. Allows previews of emails by hoovering over the icon. Can set a custom command when clicking on the icon (I use it to open up thunderbird). Ability to mark messages as read without having to open gmail in a browser. (linux)

WinSCP- http://winscp.net/eng/index.php Free SFTP, FTP and SCP client (windows)

Speedtest.net : The Global Broadband Speed Test - http://www.speedtest.net/
Website to test your broadband download/upload speeds and compare your results to the averages for your ISP, region, country, and globally. (all)


Ventrilo- http://www.ventrilo.com/ It's like teamspeak, only much clearer. Servers cost money, but the program is free. (windows,OSX)

Recovery tools:


TestDisk- http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again (all)

GParted- http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ free Partition Editor application that can be used as a liveCD , i have use it a lot, so awesome. (all)

iRecover- http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/irecover.htm iRecover is a Windows based, read-only data recovery utility.
iRecover does not repair the damaged volume or disk. Instead it analyzes the damaged source and rebuilds a "virtual file system" in memory. From this virtual file system you can recover data by copying it to an intact drive. (windows)

Recuva- http://www.recuva.com/ Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. (windows)

Avira UnErase Personal- http://www.free-av.com/antivirclassic/avira_unerase.html What is gone is gone? Far from it! Avira UnErase recovers data that have been deleted from the hard drive – either accidentally or as a result of a virus infection, an uninstaller or defective software. The danger of important data being lost forever is averted with Avira UnErase.

The private, non-commercial use of Avira UnErase Personal is free. (windows)

Direct Registry Browser- http://www.sysdevsoftware.com/soft/dreg.php Direct Registry Browser
With Direct Registry Browser you may recover your lost registry data (program settings, registration inforamtion, profile settings etc.) directly from Windows registry files. (windows)


File managers:

PCMan- FM http://pcmanfm.sourceforge.net/

GTK File manager that has tab browsing support. Also toolbar option to open directory in root mode. (linux)

xplorer²- http://zabkat.com/x2lite.htm lite version of xplorer2 (windows)

ExplorerXP- http://www.explorerxp.com/ ExplorerXP is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non - commercial use) file manager for Windows 2000/XP. Unlike the regular Windows Explorer, it displays the total size of each folder and allows you to browse multiple folders from a tabbed interface. (windows)

Virtualization:

VirtualBox - http://www.virtualbox.org/ innotek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. (windows,linux,osx)

VirtualPC 2007- http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx allows you to have a virtual machine in your PC

Desktop utilities:

Taskbar Shuffle - http://www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm - Nice freeware that let you rearrange the programs on your Windows taskbar :O (windows)

Citrus Alarm Clock - http://www.ornj.net/citrus/ (Citrus is a software alarm clock, never be late for work again) (windows)

Launchy- http://www.launchy.net/ 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! (windows)

Katmouse- http://www.code-scout.net/katmouse/ The prime purpose of the KatMouse utility is to enhance the functionality of mice with a scroll wheel, offering 'universal' scrolling: moving the mouse wheel will scroll the window directly beneath the mouse cursor (not the one with the keyboard focus, which is default on Windows OSes). This is a major increase in the usefullness of the mouse wheel. (windows)

AviScreen Classic- http://www.snapfiles.com/get/aviscreen.html AviScreen Classic enables you to capture screen activity, and save it as AVI video or Bitmap images. The program allows you to define the capture area by size, or Windows object - however does not provide any on-screen guide during the recording. AviScreen offers a unique `follow the cursor` feature that will stay within the user defined size, however pan the video to follows your cursor. The program is good for quick and easy recordings, however the captures can be extremely large in size (2mb per second), unless you convert them to a different format or use DivX for video compression. (windows)

SCREEN2EXE- http://www.snapfiles.com/get/screen2exe.html SCREEN2EXE is an easy-to-use tool to capture desktop activity and save it as a self-playing .exe file. The program will capture mouse movements, clicks and even optional audio comments from your microphone. You can choose to record the entire screen or just a selected area, configure the recording quality and also the frame rate. The captured video is highly compressed and saved as standalone .EXE viewer that can be sent by email or made available for download.

Pros: Easy-to-use; video compression; audio recording; outputs as standalone .EXE file

Cons: Does not support Flash or AVI output; no text annotations (windows)

system utilities:

CCleaner / Crapcleaner http://www.ccleaner.com/

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! (windows)

StartupCLP- http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml with this you can control which programs start at startup (windows)

Vnc- http://www.vnc.com A free remote desktop type program (windows)

System Information for Windows- http://www.gtopala.com/index.html shows information about your PC. (windows)

FrontMotion Login- http://www.frontmotion.com/FMLogin/index.htm animated xp logins (windows)

My talker-http://www.download.com/My-Talker/3000-2169_4-10565843.html The World's Simplest Text to Speech Software. Using funny cartoon characters you can hear the text you type. If you really want to a headache free tool to get Audio Voice HEARD and SAVE as WAV file for any text you type or copy paste from file then this is the software you are looking for. (windows)

Flexible renamer- http://hp.vector.co.jp/authors/VA014830/english/FlexRena/ (win32) A file/folder renaming utility, which can use Wildcard or Regular-Expression and Tag-information (MP3, EXIF). (windows)

SizeMe- http://lars.werner.no/wordpress/?page_id=2 SizeMe scans a directory and compare it to how many floppy/zip/CD-R/DVD-discs you need (windows)

Windirstat- http://windirstat.info/ WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows (all current variants). (windows)

Sendto- http://www.trogsoft.com/ SendTo 1.6 simplifies sending any file or folder to any location on your computer, using the Right Click 'Send To' menu. You can even send to applications and FTP sites on the internet. (windows)

CloneSpy- http://www.clonespy.com/ CloneSpy is a Free Duplicate File CleanUp Tool for Windows© 98se/NT/ME/2000/XP (windows)

Process Scanner- http://www.processlibrary.com/processscan/ Our new Process Scanner brings new interactive functionality to the Process Library. Simply click on the scan button and the Process Scanner deep scans your system online to provide within seconds a complete list of all the processes, .dlls and other items that open on your system on startup, while the system is running, or even those which are programmed to run later. (windows)

Weather Watcher- http://www.singerscreations.com/AboutWeatherWatcher.asp Weather Watcher is your personal Windows desktop weather station. Automatically retrieve the current conditions, hourly forecast, daily forecast, detailed forecast, severe weather alerts (US only), and weather maps for over 77,000 cities world-wide, be sure to download the full setup because the bundle comes with a search bar. (windows)

Fraps- http://www.fraps.com/ take screens or record your pc games and software, free versions is restricted to 30 seg videos. (windows)

DiskData- http://www.digallery.com/diskdata/default.htm DISKdata is a powerful explorer-like application for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista that analyzes disk space utilization (windows)

Free Window Registry Repair- http://www.regsofts.com/free_registry_repair/registry_repair.htm Almost all Windows users gradually experiences the downfall in their PC's performance. Much of it can be attributed to Windows Registry Errors. By using Free Window Registry Repair regularly and repairing your registry your system should not only be more stable but it will also help Windows run faster. For your convenience it automatically backup any repairs made so that you always can restore Windows registry to the original state. (windows)

Recycle Bin Secure Delete v2 - http://www.mntolympus.org/ (scroll down)
- Secure Delete offers convenient and no-cost way to ensure your files and folders are securely deleted off of your hard drive and unrecoverable to prying eyes, simply right-click on Windows Recycle Bin and select "Secure Delete".
-Not sure if this works with Vista...please give some feedback about compatibility if you're using this on Vista. (windows)

HTPC / Media Center software:

Meedio/MeediOS- http://www.meedios.com/ (windows)

MediaPortal- http://www.team-mediaportal.com/ (windows)

OS:

Ubuntu - www.ubuntu.com Debian-based user friendly OS.

CentOS- http://www.centos.org/

Mepis: http://www.mepis.org/

OpenSUSE- http://www.opensuse.org/


Development Environment:

AutoIt- http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3 AutoIt v3 is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting (windows)

KiXtart- http://www.kixtart.org/index.asp KiXtart is a free-format scripting language and has rich built-in functionality for easy scripting (windows)

Eclipse- http://www.eclipse.org/ While a bit of a memory hog, excellent GUI-based development environment. (windows)

Dev-C++- http://www.bloodshed.net/devcpp.html Another great piece of software for C/C++ programming. (windows)

Code: blocks- http://www.codeblocks.org/ Open source IDE (windows,linux)

Visual Studio Express- http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/ C++, C#, VB and J# versions. (windows)

NVU- http://www.nvu.com/index.php (multi platform, HTML editor and site manager) (windows,linux,OSX)



PDF:

PDFCreator - http://www.pdfforge.org/products/pdfcreator Creates PDFs from any program because it acts like a virtual printer. (windows)

Sumatra PDF- http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/ Free, open source, portable pdf viewer. (windows)


3D Graphics:

DAZ 3D studio- http://www.daz3d.com/i.x/software/studio/-/index? 3d design (windows)

Cryptic AR- http://www.crypticar.com/ animation tool used in city of heroes (windows)

Blender- http://www.blender.org/ 3D content creation (windows,linux)

Anim8or- http://www.anim8or.com/ 3D modeling and character animation program (windows)
 

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Games: (game are also software you know...)

5 Days A Stranger- http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/5days/ 5DAS is a medium-length free adventure game with a horror theme

7 Days a Skeptic http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/7days/ 7 Days a Skeptic is the sequel to 5 Days A Stranger

Trilby's Notes- http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/notes/ prequel of 7 days

6 Days a Sacrifice- http://www.fullyramblomatic.com/6days/ 6 Days A Sacrifice is the fourth and final instalment of the John DeFoe series

Cho Ren Sha 68k - http://www2.tky.3web.ne.jp/~yosshin/my_works/index.html Indie bullet-hell shooter

Nomltest FS - http://www.vector.co.jp/download/fil.../fh362111.html another indie bullet-hell shooter with retro look

Warning Forever - http://www18.big.or.jp/~hikoza/Prod/ Bullet Hell, boss-after-boss

Cave Story - http://agtp.romhack.net/doukutsu.html You’re no indie gamer if you haven’t played this one. With a brilliant story, colorful graphics and awesome 8-bit music, this is THE indie game. Very famous, fun and really deep platformer.

Within a Deep Forest - http://withinadeepforest.ni2.se/ An incredibly well done mix between a puzzle and a platformer, with a brilliant music composition and a very nice level design.

Every Extend - http://www.vector.co.jp/download/fil.../ff327077.html A very unique concept executed brilliantly. Every Extend Extra (PSP) is based on this game. You could probably catalog it as puzzle/shooter

N - http://www.harveycartel.org/metanet/n.html A fun (and very frustrating!) platformer. You play as a ninja, what else do you need?

And Yet It Moves- http://www.andyetitmoves.at/ Fun, short game with cool paper cut-out visual style

Fire and Forget- http://robfitz.org/fireandforget/index.htm Kind of a side-scrolling shooter with cool music and crazy stylized graphics

Dice Wars - http://www.gamedesign.jp/flash/dice/dice.html A very cool online strategy game with some deep mechanics and fun gameplay.

Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory http://www.3dgamers.com/games/wolfensteinet/ A traditional WWII FPS for Linux, Windows and Mac.

Klass of 99- http://retrospec.sgn.net/users/rjordan/klass/ A remake of the awesome old ZX Spectrum/Commodore 64 game Skool Daze.

Elder Scrolls: Arena and Daggerfall - Precursors to Morrowind and Oblivion.

Grand theft auto 1 & 2 and Wildmetal Country - It's old school GTA and another game

Mechwarrior 4
 

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I figure this is as good a place as any to ask: what's the deal with soulseek? Some of my friends evangelize about it, what makes it different than the other P2P programs?
 

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Armitage said:
I figure this is as good a place as any to ask: what's the deal with soulseek? Some of my friends evangelize about it, what makes it different than the other P2P programs?
its mostly for music it seems and it allows you download entire folders plus good chat support. or so it says wikipedia.
 

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why would I use a burning tool when I could just drag & drop files?
 

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GaimeGuy said:
why would I use a burning tool when I could just drag & drop files?
They might be faster at burning things than the built-in Windows too, I'd imagine.
 

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armitage: soulseek is the best p2p program for music, period. also has great chat rooms focused on whatever genre you're after, it covers everything and if it doesn't you just make your own room.

is the wolfenstein game listed the same as RTCW or what?
 

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Request:
Is there an easy, simple program that can change the instruments and tempos of midis, but requires no other knowledge?
 

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Here is some more excellent free software:

WinSCP (Free SFTP, FTP and SCP client for Windows) - http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

SUPERAntiSpyware Home Edition (free version) - http://www.superantispyware.com

Javacool's SpywareBlaster - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Javacool's SpywareGuard - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareguard.html

Panda Activescan - http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/

And use this site to test the security of your browser - http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/BrowserSecurity/
 

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Link1110 said:
Request:
Is there an easy, simple program that can change the instruments and tempos of midis, but requires no other knowledge?
check under audio utilities

Linkzg said:
just wondering, are there are free tools that could make gifs?
check under image editing.
 

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I'm glad somebody made this thread because I'm looking for a good AIM client now that I'm using Vista.

-- DeadAIM doesn't work in Vista
-- Miranda doesn't have tabs by default
-- GAIM file transfers don't work
-- Pidgin's away message doesn't work.
-- Trillian doesn't have tabs by default, and is a cluttered mess.


Ideally, I'm looking for something like Pidgin, but with an away message that works!!!
 

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dumb question but, every time i load a new list on winamp, i go to sort list, and arrange in abc order, and i usually have to hit it like 10 times before everything is in the right order

anyone know why this is?
 

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I'm using Vista too.

I just tried to activate some of the Adobe CS3 trial software to no avail. I'm going to pursue alternative paths but I could do with something to clean the registry so my PC doesn't get all clogged up.

Anyone know of any quality registry cleaners?

Also add www.BitComet.com to the torrent section. Meant to be one of the best alongside Azureus.
 

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Anyone know of any quality registry cleaners?
check under system utilities, i added some registry cleaners to the list, try it and tell me if it works.
 

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MrSardonic said:
I'm using Vista too.

I just tried to activate some of the Adobe CS3 trial software to no avail. I'm going to pursue alternative paths but I could do with something to clean the registry so my PC doesn't get all clogged up.

Anyone know of any quality registry cleaners?

Also add www.BitComet.com to the torrent section. Meant to be one of the best alongside Azureus.
Bitcomet has a lot of exploits for it, so its banned from a good portion of trackers.
 

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ImmunizeNOW! v1.4.7 - http://www.mntolympus.org/ (scroll down)
-Prevents / Immunizes against spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers etc (including ActiveX and Javascript based) being installed in the first place. Doesn't need to be launched or be in the background to protect.
-Recommended for Vista users because SpywareBlaster/Guard isn't Vista compatible yet. Having many layers of spyware/malware protection is a good idea anyway!

Recycle Bin Secure Delete v2 - http://www.mntolympus.org/ (scroll down)
- Secure Delete offers convenient and no-cost way to ensure your files and folders are securely deleted off of your hard drive and unrecoverable to prying eyes, simply right-click on Windows Recycle Bin and select "Secure Delete".
-Not sure if this works with Vista...please give some feedback about compatibility if you're using this on Vista.

Speedtest.net : The Global Broadband Speed Test - http://www.speedtest.net/
Website to test your broadband download/upload speeds and compare your results to the averages for your ISP, region, country, and globally.

Namesco BroadbandMax ADSL Broadband Bandwidth speedtest - http://www.speedtest.bbmax.co.uk/
Website to test your broadband download/upload speeds

How to tweak Firefox - http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/How-to-tweak-FireFox-t95160.html
- Fantastic guide on how to optimize Firefox and what the best extensions are for people who want to protect their PCs from malicious scripts, improve download management, block ads, etc.
- I'd highly recommend that website if your PC ever runs into any spyware, malware, virus, trojan or worm infections. Worth reading to prevent yourself from getting infected too.

Gexecuter said:
check under system utilities, i added some registry cleaners to the list, try it and tell me if it works.
I used CCleaner as a general cleanup tool and Free Window Registry Repair to repair any registry errors. Both work with Vista, easy to use, fast to do their job. Despite my PC being 2 days old Registry Repair found 1500+ errors and fixed them for me.

I'd recommend both of them. It's a good idea to clean out and repair the registry every now and then to keep your PC in good shape.
 

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VirtualBox - http://www.virtualbox.org/

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). See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction; see "innotek" for more about our company.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux and Macintosh hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

and

Taskbar Shuffle - http://www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm - Nice freeware that let you rearrange the programs on your Windows taskbar :O
 

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Dali said:
How did that happen? Have you installed a sh!tload of software in those two days?
Of course. I've installed anti-virus, several anti-spyware/malware, firefox, winscp, msn, xfire, azureus, divx, zipgenius6, most of adobe cs3, and lots of other stuff. Because it's Vista I've also had to uninstall things that turned out not to be compatible yet.

Which reminds me...

ZipGenius 6 - http://www.softpedia.com/get/Compression-tools/ZipGenius.shtml
Compress/Extract almost any kind of archive

Most of the registry errors were some missing divx files/folders and a lot of cs3 pre-installation stuff that I've removed. I needed a registry cleaner specifically because I knew it would be full of cs3 crap that I'd removed and reinstalled.

Good program though. Will use it relatively regularly to keep the registry clean.
 

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I am pretty ignorant of FTP, but are there any free programs that can turn your PC or Mac into a FTP server so that you can share large files with other users?

I am trying to find an easy way to send large amounts of photos or videos to friends and family. The upload sites seem to be flaky most of the times and often crap out at the very end of the upload or downloading process.
 

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LakeEarth said:
Is AVG still free?
Yeah but I think Avast or AntiVir are more practical now. Check out their websites. AVG just looked like a lot of hassle having everything separated...and you do get the feeling that it isn't going to be reliably free for long.
 

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What's the closest analog to VirtualDub for OS X? Anybody have any recommendations? My MBP is a beast at encoding things, but it's not as useful as it could be since I do all the basic stuff in VirtualDub on my PC. In the same vein, how about a simple, clean LAME/Ogg Vorbis/FLAC(/AAC?) encoder like WinLAME on Windows?
 

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thatbox said:
What's the closest analog to VirtualDub for OS X? Anybody have any recommendations? My MBP is a beast at encoding things, but it's not as useful as it could be since I do all the basic stuff in VirtualDub on my PC. In the same vein, how about a simple, clean LAME/Ogg Vorbis/FLAC(/AAC?) encoder like WinLAME on Windows?
have you tried this one?,it looks pretty basic but it might be what you are looking for.
 

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Can someone point me to some software that will let me take screen captures from a DVD playing in my DVD drive.
 

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Can someone point me to some software that will let me take screen captures from a DVD playing in my DVD drive.
Hit F5 in Media Player Classic.

Or if you have that crappy DVD software player that gets bundled with drives for Windows (power something?) you can capture that way.
 

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Nevermind, I can just "print screen" in WMP. It's just that on my old PC that didn't work with capturing images from video for some reason.
 

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MrSardonic said:
Nevermind, I can just "print screen" in WMP. It's just that on my old PC that didn't work with capturing images from video for some reason.
Actually, you'll have to turn off hardware acceleration or whatever it is in the options to be able to capture from WMP. Try that on your old PC, but it sounds like you got it working anyways. :)
 

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i added the latest suggestions, sorry for not doing earlier but i was sick, keep them coming.
 
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