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Nominated already: Textpad, Photoshop, Netscape 7Odd things I use a lot: FTP Navigator, TC Monitor (freeware part of "The Cleaner"), tables in MS WordTwo favorites from ten years ago working at a magazine with old MACs: z-term, organicer (the best $7 shareware program I ever registered, I sent a check to some kid in Norway).Common software I'm surprised no one mentioned: Quicken, HR Block Tax-Cut8-bit memory: RogueBest one-hour problem solvers: Norton Disc Doctor, Partition MagicOdd personal preferences: Adobe Go-Live and In-Design over Dreamweaver and Quark XPress

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I've been preparing a review of EverNote for Lockergnome, and I can't express how impressed I am with this note-taking and note-storage application.From their site:

All Your Notes in One PlaceWith EverNote, all your notes are stored in one convenient place: an endless digital roll of paper. No need to search through folders, files, bookmarked web pages or scraps of paper.Take Notes in Any FormatEverNote works with all types of notes, including Text Notes, Web/HTML, Digital Ink, and many types of images.Fast Search & RetrievalMultiple methods for finding notes: visually, by time, categories, automatic labeling and keywords.Categories, Not FoldersNo need to limit your notes to one folder; you can assign multiple categories to your notes for easy organization and retrieval.NEW! AIR-search in imagesSearch photos and graphics stored in your notes to find embedded typed or handwritten text. Use it for snapshots of whiteboards, product labels, in-store packaging and pricing, business cards, trade show badges, and more.
It's available as freeware, shareware and as a mobile application. I use the paid version, but the free version is full-featured enough for the casual user. No longer do I have to open a notepad app to copy text to then open My Documents to find a place to store the info. Now I simply click the taskbar EverNote icon and paste. It saves automatically. This one app has revolutionized the way I keep notes in Windows.Now if they'd only make a Linux version...
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Nominees: CCleaner and IE 7. Micro$oft finally seems to be getting it right. Oh, and with IE 7 I love Calling ID. Look it over for yourself. Firefox simply does NOT work on my 'puter.

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FirefoxOffice 2007JV16 Power Tools 2008Vista ManagerSIWSpywareBlaster 4.0Spyware TerminatorTotal Unistall 4.0X-Setup ProPaint.NetAvast

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I've been preparing a review of EverNote for Lockergnome, and I can't express how impressed I am with this note-taking and note-storage application. ...
This EverNote sounds like a genetic improvement via a combination of EditPad +ClipCache +MicrosoftOffice OneNote, spliced together with great results. Thank you!RipBot264 for video conversion as a FREEware is pretty nifty.Cheers

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Don't like filling in "user names or passwords" then this is for you. The FREE version only allows 10 logins to sites. You can use Robo Form with GNU/Linux with their on-line tools but I have never done this. http://www.roboform.com/features.htmlhttp://www.roboform.com/faq.html#faq_fixedportableI ended up getting the Pro version for £7 via one of those try this get this free deals and I must say it has made life a lot easier. :hysterical:

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My #1 favorite app = Altap Salamander file manager - http://www.altap.cz/salam_en/I use it in lieu of Windows Explorer because Altap, running at elevated admin level, will allow you to go places in Windows 7 & Vista that Windows Explorer never will. Current version 2.54 is x86, so you will be redirected to the x86 \windows\syswow64 when accessing the x64 \windows\system32.A great compromise included in v2.54 until an x64 version released - you can access \windows\system32 through the virtual \windows\sysnative directory (icon appears as a shortcut or Junction).Altap can handle zip, rar, cab, iso, compressed, + other files; has FTP interface and much more.

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My #1 favorite app = Altap Salamander file manager - http://www.altap.cz/salam_en/I use it in lieu of Windows Explorer because Altap, running at elevated admin level, will allow you to go places in Windows 7 & Vista that Windows Explorer never will. Current version 2.54 is x86, so you will be redirected to the x86 \windows\syswow64 when accessing the x64 \windows\system32.A great compromise included in v2.54 until an x64 version released - you can access \windows\system32 through the virtual \windows\sysnative directory (icon appears as a shortcut or Junction).Altap can handle zip, rar, cab, iso, compressed, + other files; has FTP interface and much more.
I used to love salamander file manager, but these folks want $30 for it. Used to be freeware. Oh, wait, that was Servant Salamander file manager free. That has been around since at least Windows 95. Not sure if it even works with Windows 7/Vista or 64-bit. So if one really likes a 'stereo' windows file manager shell, similar to Norton Commander or mc in linux but in true GUI form, Altap Salamander File Manager would be it now. I love a dual panel or 'stereo shell (404 on the files now)' (another good one that's gone the way of the 'divide by zero' error and never fixed). We talked about File Manager replacements like these in this topic here on the forums.Welcome John C Griffith/jcgriff2 aka J C Griffith, friend of our own Corrine! And a wonderful specialist in Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)! Welcome!!Great welcome! :thumbsup:

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My #1 favorite app = Altap Salamander file manager - http://www.altap.cz/salam_en/I use it in lieu of Windows Explorer because Altap, running at elevated admin level, will allow you to go places in Windows 7 & Vista that Windows Explorer never will. Current version 2.54 is x86, so you will be redirected to the x86 \windows\syswow64 when accessing the x64 \windows\system32.A great compromise included in v2.54 until an x64 version released - you can access \windows\system32 through the virtual \windows\sysnative directory (icon appears as a shortcut or Junction).Altap can handle zip, rar, cab, iso, compressed, + other files; has FTP interface and much more.
Welcome John!

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Thank you for the warm welcome.My apologies for not mentioning that Altap Salamander was not freeware. On the -0- cost side, the SysInternals Suite by Mark Russinovich available free from Microsoft TechNet is at the top of my list. My favorites out of the 70 stand-alone executables:- AutoRuns- LoadOrder- Process Explorer- Process MonitorThese 4 specifically have helped to solve a variety of system problems for users seeking help.

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Excellent choices! Certainly all of those are my personal favorites. Don't you have a BSOD information gathering program that you wrote as well? :thumbsdown:

Excellent choices! Certainly all of those are my personal favorites. Don't you have a BSOD information gathering program that you wrote as well? :)
Maybe you will be so kind as to post a similar posting like you have on other Windows Forums and then we can Pin it so folks will find it easily.

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Excellent choices! Certainly all of those are my personal favorites. Don't you have a BSOD information gathering program that you wrote as well? ;)Maybe you will be so kind as to post a similar posting like you have on other Windows Forums and then we can Pin it so folks will find it easily.
Without a doubt, jcgriff2's BSOD File Collection application is the tool of choice for analyzing BSOD's. However, complete analysis of BSOD's generally requires not only that tool, but often others as well that have rather large output and need to be zipped and attached to forum posts for review by qualified analysts. That said, a separate topic -- or group of topics -- on updating drivers, harddrive & memory diagnostics, etc. in The Learning Center would be an outstanding addition for Windows users. Between jcgriff2 and others such as usasma (John Carrona), there is an incredible amount of knowledge.

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Without a doubt, jcgriff2's BSOD File Collection application is the tool of choice for analyzing BSOD's. However, complete analysis of BSOD's generally requires not only that tool, but often others as well that have rather large output and need to be zipped and attached to forum posts for review by qualified analysts.
I'm not sure that I would consider myself to be n the "qualified" category, but on topic of analyzing output data, I have found windows debugger a very useful tool in troubleshooting very perplexing problems where standards tools/applications have left me stymied. There is both a 32-bit & 64-bit version available on the download page. Edited by Tushman

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Without a doubt, jcgriff2's BSOD File Collection application is the tool of choice for analyzing BSOD's. However, complete analysis of BSOD's generally requires not only that tool, but often others as well that have rather large output and need to be zipped and attached to forum posts for review by qualified analysts. That said, a separate topic -- or group of topics -- on updating drivers, harddrive & memory diagnostics, etc. in The Learning Center would be an outstanding addition for Windows users. Between jcgriff2 and others such as usasma (John Carrona), there is an incredible amount of knowledge.
That would be wonderful!!! :o

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Exact Audio Copy is a so called audio grabber for audio CDs using standard CD and DVD-ROM drives.With other audio grabbers you usually need to listen to every grabbed wave because they only do jitter correction. Scratched CDs read on CD-ROM drives often produce distortions. But listening to every extracted audio track is a waste of time. Exact Audio Copy conquer these problems by making use of several technologies like multi-reading with verify and AccurateRip.

 

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Seeing as I am on a roll.

 

NetWorx – Free Bandwidth Monitoring and Usage Reporting

 

Key Features

  • Clear graphic and/or numeric display.
  • Usage reports with export to a variety of file formats, including Excel, MS Word and HTML.
  • Permits close supervision of uploads and downloads.
  • Works with dial-up, ISDN, cable modems, ADSL, Ethernet cards, and more.
  • Includes network information & testing tools with advanced netstat that displays applications using your Internet connection.
  • Option to notify user or disconnect from the Internet automatically when network activity exceeds a certain level.
  • Speed meter to accurately time downloads and report the average transfer rates.
  • Dial-up session journal with detailed information about every session.
  • Absolutely free and does not contain any adware/spyware/malware.

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nice finds, abarbarian!

 

of note, as i type this, the top of the page is jan of 2007! and the entry before abarbarian's is oct 2011!

 

[temmu takes air hose and blows piles of dust off of self & this thread.]

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Yes, thanks to abarbarian for resurrecting the topic!

 

There are so many new programs and it's great to know if they are any good!

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Woot! It has been almost 10 years (05 June 2003) since this post was initially started.

Thank you abarbarian, for the "networx" utility link. If it was not for my trusted PAYware DUMeter; I would definitely be using your FREEware recommendation.

 

One of my all time favorite FREEware programs going all the way back to WinXP days has got to be BillP Studios WinPatrol.

WinPatrol has saved my bacon so many times that I paid for a permanent license for it many a moon ago.

Recently, I was recommended a set of FREEware utilities from Nirsoft and they are worthy to try out.

 

Afterall, friends should only recommend friends FREEware!

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I nominate No Script , which I gladly donate once a year to :thumbsup: . Whenever i'm on a pc without it I wonder how people using the pc manage surf productively. It is really the main reason IE is not my main web browser.

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I just did an update of Forte Agent. From 3.0 to 7.1. I just knew that that large of a jump in versions was going to be a nightmare.

Surprise! The single best update I've ever done. No user Interface changes, zip, nada. However, all the problems I had with the

program magically went away. A truly great update. I had to check the version to believe it had done the update. It's now faster

and way more "Solid" to use. Good job Forte

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This is the new era where even "FREEware" are burdened by additional (and hidden) utilities that become a "gotcha" if the installer does not pay attention during installation.

In order for me to paste the following information on everyone's behalf [No, the other 'half'!] I am forced to first plug for Dave's PC tips site.

The topic he had a few weeks ago was "Avoiding “Death by Toolbar”

One of the joys of the internet is the incredible array of free software to deal with just about anything you need to do. Unfortunately this free software often comes with some baggage - additional junk software that gets installed at the same time. Even big name companies try to make a little extra money on the side by hoping you won’t notice the additional adware, trialware and other nonsense that will get installed with the software you actually wanted. Toolbars will be added, your search settings changed and probably your home page will be hijacked as well. At best all this slows your browser down, and at worst it can make your internet activities unreliable and even stop the browser working altogether.

Fortunately, in many cases, you can avoid most of these problems with just a little care and attention during the installation.

Toolbars – where do they come from?

Beware the pre-checked box

Whenever you install new software, there are usually a few windows which pop up where you have to click “OK” or “Next” to continue. That software license that you never bother reading, some option to have an icon on the desktop – that sort of thing. It’s all too easy to be impatient and go click click click until the software is ready to run. Slow down! This is where you need to be vigilant.

One example which catches many people is that Java update which seems to pop up all too often. If you have Java installed then keeping it updated is a good idea, but watch carefully for the ASK toolbar option which will be pre-checked by default:

Those check boxes just need to be un-checked and you can then continue the update without the extra toolbar and a change to your search provider.

When installing any software, keep your eyes open, and don’t stop looking after only one window. Some of the worst examples of this behaviour can offer three or four windows, each trying to install software that you don’t need or want, and those check boxes will always be pre-selected for you. Uncheck them all and eventually you should get only the software you wanted in the first place.

Toolbars – how to get rid of them

But it’s too late, the damage is done!

So now that you know what to do in future, but what if the computer is already infested with unwanted software and toolbars? Fortunately, there is help available from programs specifically designed to clean up the mess. The free JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) can be dowloaded from the author’s website here, and is the simplest to use as it just needs to be run. Alternatively, AdwCleaner gives more control over the process, allowing you to scan and then select each item to remove. AdwCleaner is also free and can be downloaded from the French host site here or from the excellent bleepingcomputer.com website.

Prevention is better than cure

If you are the one supporting friends and family, you know they probably won’t be as careful as you when installing software. What is really needed is a way of protecting their computers from being taken over by unwanted software, in spite of what they might download. It’s not an easy thing to do, but one solution available via AdwCleaner gives a way to block the web sites of well known sources of junk software. The idea was developed by French anti-malware site www.malekal.com and uses the Windows HOSTS file to prevent access. Windows checks the HOSTS file for URL matches before going to the web, and if it finds a match, goes to the IP address listed in the file. Malekal has compiled a list of domain names of places to avoid, and using this list in the HOSTS file neatly redirects the request back to the computer’s own localhost address, 127.0.0.1, rather than the actual site.

 

You can just copy the list into your HOSTS file manually, or there is software on the Malekal site which will do it for you, and keep the list up to date by regularly checking back with the site for the latest list.

A link to this software can be found in the AdwCleaner Tools menu:-

Once installed, future junkware will be blocked and the system should stay free of unexpected toolbars and browser hijacks.

 

Yes, I know full well that the above does not directly post software for the "Hall of Fame" but only if the reader is not wanting to clicky at the links provided. ;)

Cheers!

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Okay, Okay, I'll partially play by the rules set forth and plug a few nice FREEware utilities that others may find handy.

1. Privazer

2. Anvir Task Manager

3. Pazera Audio Converter

4. Ace Video Converter, and

5. Free Commander XE (But make sure you download the 'Beta' version that truly is far removed from a 'beta' as it can get and works flawless even in Win8Pro).

If you don't like any of these FREEware worthy of posting here, I promise to give you your money back >> if you ask!

Afterall, "Friends ONLY recommend Friends FREEware... else; they are japing you! :whistling:

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sir, there is a dog in your space suit and he's using your radio! :D

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sir, there is a dog in your space suit and he's using your radio! :D
At least it is not rap and just 'space' music!

Anyways, just to continue keeping this thread alive, I would have to recommend "FreeFileSyncy" utility that I have been using for quite some time (and even across my LAN).

Description >> FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization tool providing highly optimized performance and usability without a needlessly complex user interface.

Afterall, friends only recommend friends FREEware.

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