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    PAY ? for what !


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    I love IZArc. I have to deal with lots of .tgz and .tar files, and IZArc works great with those. It also does a nice job on .rar files. Also, it can open and CONVERT image files, like Nero .nrg files to .iso files, which is very handy! Highly recommended!

    http://www.izarc.org/

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    Irfanview is still one of my all time favorites!
    Some others are:
    PDF X-change Viewer (32 & 64bit)

    Infrarecorder (32 & 64bit)

    Clock X (32 & 64bit)
    Main System
    Running Windows 7 Home Premium x64
    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX Power Supply
    ASRock X58 Deluxe Mobo
    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield Quad Processor
    OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600 SDRAM (12GB)
    Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB (OS HDD)
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (Data - Personal Folders & Files)
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB (Dual Boot XP Partition & Storage)
    HIS H485QS1GP Radeon HD 4850 1GB Video Card
    SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F
    GMC R-2 Toast AZT-GMCR2-BL Mid Tower Case

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    Some of my favourite tools:

    7-Zip http://www.7-zip.org/
    Notepad++ http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
    PDF995 http://www.pdf995.com/download.html
    Unlocker http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

    Network administrators should really take a look at Lansweeper (http://www.lansweeper.com/default.aspx). This free network inventory program keeps getting better and better. Initial installation may take some time, but it is certainly worth the effort. The next version will offer even more features, take a look at this screencast for a preview: http://www.screencast.com/users/Lans...-1e8f61ca3195#

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roelof Kotvis W123 View Post
    Network administrators should really take a look at Lansweeper (http://www.lansweeper.com/default.aspx). This free network inventory program keeps getting better and better. Initial installation may take some time, but it is certainly worth the effort. The next version will offer even more features, take a look at this screencast for a preview: http://www.screencast.com/users/Lans...-1e8f61ca3195#
    Brilliant tool - wipes the floor with my General Managers Desktop Authority Hardware scan -

    ps don't tell him tho, I haven't, yet - not sure I could watch his head explode after all the money he spent on it! :-o
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    I maintain a freeware list for students in the IT degree program at Illinois Institute of Technology; it's pretty complete and most of my picks are also in the top three in Gizmo's list. The list is at http://trygstad.rice.iit.edu/iitapps/.

    I'll have to look at IZArc as I've not heard of it before; I use 7zip.

    --Ray Trygstad

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    A couple I find useful.
    PopPeeper If you have more than one e-mail address to keep up with. Works on Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, POP accounts, etc.
    EssentialPIM Free version. Does everything I want in scheduling my activities.
    Also, Weather Pulse. http://www.tropicdesigns.net/

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    Just a few to complement those already mentioned:

    XnView - Free graphic and photo viewer, converter, organizer - similar to IrfanView, but nice to have both
    Convert to PDF free with doPDF - one of many such freeware PDF printer drivers, but the only one in my experience which will faithfully understand the page/ paper size of the original document. PDF995, PDF Creator, CutePDF and PaperlessPrinter have all failed to pick up the custom page size of a MS Word doc, even when I had them all set to "Custom Size".
    LastPass - online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure.

    I could go on and on... come to think of it, looking at this forum, I already have.

    Alan

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    An interesting list that's just appeared: 61 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For - Thanksgiving - Lifehacker

    Alan

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    Don't overlook Taskbar Shuffle - drag and drop your taskbar buttons - I use it every day.
    Taskbar Shuffle

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    KeePass password manager for all those passwords you didn't realize you had. Also great for CC details, bank, tax etc, etc.

    cheers, Paul

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    I 2nd, or 3rd, IrfanView, doPDF and LastPass.
    Another one that I like is OrbitDownlader.
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    From one of the freeware sites you mentioned I just found Everything which I got to like instantly.

    Locate files and folders by name instantly.
    - Small installation file
    - Clean and simple user interface
    - Quick file indexing
    - Quick searching
    - Minimal resource usage
    - Share files with others easily
    - Real-time updating
    WinXP's file finder is too awkward, so I've been using PowerDesk's one for several years now. Seems it's going to have a hard time trying to rival Everything!
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    A few, mostly small, often quite old, free applications that I'd have difficulty living without:

    WorldTime v5.5. A bit long in the tooth, but still very valuable for those communicating with others in different time zones

    Clipomatic. Makes saving clipboard simple

    AutoIt v3. Ideal for quick and dirty programming, but very capable for more complex tasks

    AutoHotkey. Great for automating tasks, and for boilerplate.

    bxNewFolder. Gives explorer a make new folder button

    CrossHair - displays two full-screen lines intersecting your mouse cursor when you press a hot key

    PropertiesPlus 1.65 - great for changing file properties

    KatMouse - allows mouse wheel scrolling in non-active windows

    And for linux, my vote goes to Mint - a more user friendly Ubuntu Linux

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisJakarta View Post
    A few, mostly small, often quite old, free applications that I'd have difficulty living without:
    ...
    Nice list. In the same basket I'd place
    FileBox eXtender - keep favorite folders at your fingertips
    Get File Size - an Internet Explorer add-on that allows you to find out the size of a file before downloading it.
    and of course my own concoction for utilizing Lightweight Viewers in Context Menu Windows Secrets Lounge.

    Alan

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