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03-01-2004, 12:41 PM
OK, I'd like to know which programs you use on your computers. I'm talking about tools that makes your work easier.

I thought about using Mozilla Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/), but discovered that it seems to need a lot of extensions to get me where I'm with MyIE now.

So, tell me about your browser, download manager, theme, screensaver, media players, rippers, encoders, editors...

Fraps (http://www.fraps.com):
Takes screenshots from anywhere you want. It also has functions to make movies and to show the frame-rate in games.

MyIE (http://www.myie2.com/):
Adds cool features to the Internet Explorer browser (ad blocker, tabbed browsing...)

CDex (http://cdexos.sourceforge.net):
MP3 encoder, also rips CDs and converts audio formats. It's easy to use, versatile and fast.

TextPad (http://www.textpad.com):
Text editor with a lot of functions. It doesn't look impressive at first, but there are a lot of nifty features to be found.

Jedi Outcast: Clouds (http://www.lucasarts.com/products/outcast/html/screensavers.html)

media player:
Windows Media Player for single files (minimal size on screen)
WinAmp 2.79 (http://www.winamp.com) for playlists and OGGs...
I use the skin Glacial Age (http://www.winamp.com/skins/details.php?id=58599)
PowerDVD (http://www.gocyberlink.com/english/products/product_main.jsp?ProdId=28) for playing DVDs

I'm still using WinZip to unpack zipped files, but have recently installed 7-Zip (http://www.7-zip.org) which supports a lot more formats (like RAR).

AntiVir Personal Edition (http://www.free-av.com)
Freeware virus scanner (quote from the site: »Quality "Made in Germany"« )

Ray Jones
03-01-2004, 01:13 PM
firefox; browser
thunderbird; mailclient
windvd4; ..
nero burning rom; ..
winRAR; .. WAAAY better than ZIP.
vdmsound; .. whoooooooohoo.


03-01-2004, 01:22 PM
Originally posted by RayJones

winRAR; .. WAAAY better than ZIP.

i agree, much better

Ray Jones
03-01-2004, 01:29 PM
not only much.. WAAAAAAYY better!!


03-01-2004, 06:34 PM
Okay big guy, here we go.

First of all. Media Players

Most internet sites use Windows Media Player (version 9 is the best, you can have a little window on the task bar so when you play a DVD, you can just have it there on top of everything and it won't get in the way much and if it does, minimize it and listen to it, also has basic buttons on it) or Real Player, so basically, get both. I still use WinDVD 5 for my DVD's as functionality works great on it (and time stretching is fun, try it on the Yoda Fight sequence in AOTC and you'll see why)

And I personally think the best freeware antivirus software out there (and my school uses this and has been virus free since 1997 4 days ago when I threw in my trojan horse Mwuahahahaha!) AVG Antivirus software.

Hope this helps.

03-02-2004, 09:44 AM
Originally posted by RayJones
winRAR; .. WAAAY better than ZIP.

tar + bzip2... waaay better than winrar...

os: debian gnu/linux!

browser: sometimes firefox, sometimes dillo (http://dillo.sf.net)
texteditor: vim
audioplayer: sometimes xmms, sometimes mp3blaster
videoplayer: mplayer (http://www.mplayerhq.hu), THE movie player
burning cds: cdrecord, cdrdao
window manager: at home enlightenment, in school blackbox
theme: something selfmade in blackbox, in enlightenment a theme called "alchemy"
c-compiler: gcc (the gnu c compiler)
c++-compiler: g++
pascal-compiles: fpc (the free pascal compiler)
webserver: apache
database: mysql
icq-client: ysm
irc-client: irssi
mailclient: mutt


03-02-2004, 01:36 PM
The only program I'm in love with is Winamp 5 :D

Ray Jones
03-02-2004, 01:51 PM
Originally posted by DrMcCoy
tar + bzip2... waaay better than winrar...


no question here.

i too use linux, but this #%* modem of my notebook does not work under linux. or .. linux cannot drive that modem correctly. and i havent taken the time to fix it yet. sound doesnt work too. its ok, i'm open to the world and therefore use windows. :p but i am going to fix it anyways, sooner or later..

03-02-2004, 10:14 PM
OS: Slackware 9.1
Desktop/Window manager: Gnome
Browser: Mozilla Firefox
Mail Client: Mozilla Thunderbird
IM client: Gaim
IRC Client: Xchat
ftp client: the command line one, ftp
media player: xmms
dvd player: mplayer
image viewer: gthumb
text editor: vi/gedit
vector drawing: inkscape
image editor: gimp 2.0
livejournal client: drivel
file sharing: overnet + ed2k_gui
3d modeller/renderer: blender+yafray
C++ IDE: anjuta

I prefer tar + gzip to tar + bzip2 because I can just type tar -xzvf blah.tar.gz.

03-02-2004, 11:09 PM
Linux users are SO LEET!

This is how leet I am:

OS: Windows XP
Browser: Internet Explorer
Video player: Media Player
MP3 player: WinAmp 2 (none of your fancy slow-to-load Winamp 5 rubbish)
IRC thing: mIRC (some old version)
Mail/News thing: Thunderbird

So leet!

03-02-2004, 11:18 PM
How do you sleep at night? Why don't you use ms office to complete the effect? Oh you do do you? FILTH!

03-02-2004, 11:29 PM
Hey, don't be mocking the MS Office! I'd like to see YOU find such a troublefree, intuitive set of programs on your COMMIE operating system! Why, I've used MS Office for years, and not ONCE has it misbehaved, or caused me to pace around the room shouting obscenities. It is truly Bill Gates' greatest achievement. Really.

03-02-2004, 11:32 PM
I point you towards http://www.openoffice.org/ and rest my case.

03-02-2004, 11:34 PM
Pfft, free?! You get what you pay for, you socialist pig!

03-02-2004, 11:37 PM
Here's my list, graciously nicked from ptdc.

OS: Windows XP!
Desktop/Window manager: LiteStep!
Browser: Mozilla Firefox!
Mail Client: Outlook! (>:)
IM client: MSN Messenger!
IRC Client: mIRC!
FTP Client: Bulletproof!
Medis Player: Of choice? Quicktime!
DVD Player: Non-existent!
Image Viewer: Windows Picture/Fax Viewer!
Text Editor: Wordpad!
Vector Drawing: Flash!
Image Editor: Photoshop!
livejournal client: www.thrik.net!
File Sharing: Kazaa / mIRC!
3d Modeller/Renderer: Maya!
C++ IDE: The hell?!

03-02-2004, 11:37 PM
I can see that is the case, judging by the amount of people who don't pay for windows. You capitalist swine!

03-02-2004, 11:38 PM
Outlook? Shame on you. SHAME!

03-02-2004, 11:40 PM

03-03-2004, 02:24 AM
I once heard Outlook is the way to go if you want to contract 95% of all viruses ever invented.

03-03-2004, 03:33 AM
All that really, truly matters is the vector drawing.

And personally, I use "red"

03-03-2004, 05:17 AM
Originally posted by ptdc
I prefer tar + gzip to tar + bzip2 because I can just type tar -xzvf blah.tar.gz.

tar -xjvf foo.tar.bz2

03-03-2004, 11:49 AM
Yeah, huz told me that one. Is my face red? ;p :rolleyes:

03-03-2004, 03:17 PM
Red like your HAMMER AND SICKLE, you COMMIE scum!

03-03-2004, 07:45 PM
Are you feeling alright, you look a little green. It must be all that money that's filling the hole where your soul once was. Capitalist bastard!

03-04-2004, 08:24 PM
Anyone who doesn't use BSPlayer (http://www.bsplayer.org) for video files is arguably a cur. Zoomplayer (http://www.inmatrix.com/files/zoomplayer_download.shtml) users will also avoid being bopped several times in the face.

China has thrown down the sickle and given in to the wads of green joy, your ethos is over! 1,000 Chinese labourers are no doubt in various rooms with computers - eventually, the latest Microsoft operating system will be with us! It's time to start building planes with two right wings, and knock in our nails using bullets!

Avant (http://www.avantbrowser.com) is a nice browser too, but Firefox is like an illegitimate half-brother to me - think how good it would be if it were commercial!

Ray Jones
03-04-2004, 09:05 PM
i would interpret "zoomplayer" as female girlfriend of zoom rabbit .. :p

03-04-2004, 10:38 PM
You have no soul scabb, no soul.