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My last thread inspired me to ask about what is some of everyone's favorite software to use. For example..spotify or pandora..for music streaming..fraps for video capture..VLC player..etc etc. With my recent discovery of ninite.com I was struck with curiosity about what other little hidden gems of websites or software I might be missing out on. Not to say that ninite was a well-kept secret or anything. Anyway please share with us some of your software and your opinions on what would make a great addition to any person's arsenal of software for productivity or leisure. Also, sorry of this thread makes little to no sense..I am typing it out on my mobile and I am a little on the inebriated side at this particular point in time. Thanks for reading!
post #2 of 14
Hmm good idea!

I use Rainmeter to customize my desktop (although since I reinstalled my copy of Ultimate and went to 1440p I haven't had time to come up with a theme, i'll do that once this semester is over)

Back when I was just running my HDD, I used Auto Login and Lock, which will log you into Windows so Windows sets up in the background, then it locks it, so not just anyone can log into your computer. (Saves you from just sitting in front of the computer and waiting to sign in before walking away to give windows a chance to load). Might not be necessary with a SSD

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I used to have iTunes for playing music but then I found out about Clementine. It's so much faster and better every way. I recommend for everyone! thumb.gif
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foobar2000 for music. It's incredibly lightweight and highly customizable.
k-lite codec pack for video. Compared to VLC, it's very lightweight and uses open source drivers. (It should be noted that VLC does, too, but some are "proprietary" and are not as good/optimized as the ones used in k-lite's.)
IrfranView for viewing images. It's more lightweight and has more options than the standard viewer from Microsoft.
SumatraPDF for PDFs. Acrobat Reader doesn't even come close.
Notepad++ as a substitute to the regular Notepad.
    
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I use:


GameBooster


Mainly for my Acer Aspire 5739G Laptop, as it frees up some RAM, disables pointless operations etc... that I cannot be bothered doing myself to improve gaming performance!

CCleaner

This is THE best program and a must have for any user. Clears registry, clears temporary files, internet cookies, the lot. Also comes with many handy tools, highly recommend checking this out.

DriverReviver

Excellent program for when you can't be bothered searching for drivers individually, granted it doesn't update everything to 100% new, but it updates drivers that are known to work well. For example, the latest Nvidia drivers black screen my laptop. This program doesn't update to the latest driver, it detects the most viable option for your graphics card etc...
    
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post #6 of 14
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This is some really good stuff everyone. I am at school right now so I can't investigate any of these programs yet but I am looking forward to giving them a try once I get back home. Foobar2000 in particular.
post #7 of 14
I like CCleaner, i feel so fresh (placebo effect) after I clean everything.

I like to use TeamViewer 7 for remote desktop control or remote desktop sharing, it's free for non-commerical purposes (helps when I have to fix someone's computer back home since i'm off at school)
post #8 of 14
Grooveshark (website) for music.

As for software, my only real 'must' is dropbox.
If you use firefox or chrome, get adblock plus (make sure to enable experimental extension api in chrome for best experience and use the ABP dev build (chrome://flags)) and lastpass.
f.lux is nice too for relaxing your eyes.
sumatra for reading .pdfs (lightweight)
Wincdemu for mounting virtual drives. (also lightweight)
Foobar (I really like lightweight programs)
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Ooh, download helper is an awesome add-on that'll rip pretty much any unprotected streaming media off a site

HIGHLY recommend adblock plus, but... using it takes away revenue from sites like Overclock.net because you're not viewing and clicking on their ads (I just hate popups)

No Script is a good add-on, if you use it correctly you'll NEVER get a virus smile.gif
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7 zip
winamp
recuva
dxtory
hwmonitor
gpu-z
MPC-HC
SumtraPDF
PDF Writer
Audacity
Paint.net
ImgBurn
Tera copy
skype
Revo uninstaller
Chrome
handbrake
LibreOffice
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