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    Re: So what's in the box?

    This is my set:

    Graphics/Multimedia:
    - IrfanView
    - FastStone Image Viewer
    - ScreenSeize
    - RAD Video Tools (Bink)
    - Apple QuickTime player (free version)
    - DivX player
    - RealPlayer (almost never used)
    Internet:
    - Google Toolbar
    Security:
    - Microsoft Anti Spyware
    - SpywareBlaster
    - Spybot Search and Destroy
    - AdAware
    - CWShredder
    - I also have HiJackThis and RootKitRevealer but seldom use them.
    System (almost never used):
    - AutoRuns
    - BelArc Advisor
    - CCleaner

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    Re: So what's in the box?

    I have all freebies:
    Freedom Security and Privacy (antivirus & firewall), provided by my ISP Adelphia
    IrfanView
    Spybot - Search and Destroy
    Mailwasher (I purchased the 'Pro' version 2 days after I downloaded the freebie...that was in 2001)
    SpywareBlaster
    jv16 Power Tools ( one of the earliest, easiest versions - later freebie versions too complicated)
    WMPlayer v 9
    That's it...nothing else...rest are the standard bits & pieces that came with ME (Regedit; Device Manager;Msconfig)

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    Re: So what's in the box?

    FWIW

    JDiskReport 1.2.3 (drive statistics)
    Audacity (WAV editor)
    FileZilla (FTP)
    Lupas Rename
    RegEditX
    sDesk (desktop expander)
    iTunes
    Winamp
    Sygate Personal Firewall
    Spybot
    AdAware
    uTorrent
    Thunderbird

    HTH
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    Re: So what's in the box?

    Some free and some not. Have Hijack this and cwshredder, PrimoPDF, ARspeedup,DVD Decrypter,Skype and a few others but seldom need to use.
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    So what's in the box?

    Edited by <!profile=WyllyWylly>WyllyWylly<!/profile> to reduces size of attached image.

    Being a bit of a board bower bird for quality <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware, I thought it might be time to put the feelers out and find out what people favour in the way of utilities, tools, handy bits & pieces ... especially freebies. My custom launchbar shows shortcuts to the ones I currently have (well, most of them anyway).

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    Re: So what's in the box?

    Splitting into several catagories, the ones I regularly use are:

    Open Source: Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, Opera (OK not open source but fits in with the other applications in this category)
    Media Players: iTunes, QuickTime Real Player, Winamp
    Security: Ad Aware, Spybot, SpywareBlaster, Windows Defender
    Utilities: 7-Zip, IZArc, AM Deadlink, CCleaner, LeechGet, qLiner HotKeys, HHD Hex Editor

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    Re: So what's in the box?

    First off I'd like to recall this old thread relating to a similar topic.

    The apps I use tend to change slowly over time, depending on what I'm doing on my PC. So I'll name only a few apps that weren't mentioned and which I find very useful:
    - ePrompter: multiple-account, very light e-mail checker (also metioned in the old thread)
    - SequoiaView: I won't describe it. If you haven't used it, just click the link and try to resist the temptation <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>
    - AutoIt: not that I'm using it that much, but I'm getting progressively keen on it. So easy even <big>I</big> can use it <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>
    - SpamBayes: bayesian anti-spam filter (Outlook add-in). Been using it for more than two years and always worked great.
    <img src=/w3timages/blue3line.gif width=33% height=2>
    <img src=/S/flags/Argentina.gif border=0 alt=Argentina width=30 height=18> <big><font color=4682b4><font face="Comic Sans MS">Diegol</font face=comic></font color=4682b4> </big>

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    Re: So what's in the box?

    I don't understand how it works for them either... <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
    I used to use PhotoPlus 5 some 4 years ago when I was learning image edition on my own. I had read about half the PDF manual, but I haven't had a sophisticated need for it, so there's very little I remember. For the same reason I did't get much into PP 6, though I downloaded it.
    Something I like very much about PP is its Export Optimizer feature. You can preview your image and its size for diverse combinations of format (JPG, PNG, etc) and compression before actually exporting.
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    <img src=/S/flags/Argentina.gif border=0 alt=Argentina width=30 height=18> <big><font color=4682b4><font face="Comic Sans MS">Diegol</font face=comic></font color=4682b4> </big>

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    Re: So what's in the box?

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by skitterbug on 01-Apr-06 20:51. Gracious! I found a spelling error - Glad I found it first! Whew!)</P>I was checking out the older thread that also has lots of interesting stuff noted (of course newer versions are offered now). One that I clicked on was PhotoPlus mentioned in your <post#=208,544>post 208,544</post#>. They are currently offering Version 6 for free and version 8 plus a free mini camera for $9.99 US. What is the catch to this? see their offer here. I don't believe I need to buy more editing software but I found this to be an interesting way to market their product.


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    Re: So what's in the box?

    Hi Diegol!

    I guess I have gotten used to the features that IrfanView has - which include its ability to open a large variety of graphic file types and saving them again in lots of choices. It does allow compression of 4 or 5 of those file types including .jpg (jpeg), .png and .gif. and a lot of manipulation techniques for editing purposes. I know the purchased programs such as Paint Shop Pro, has a large group of users (and I have the latest version of it too) but for many tasks, I still go back to MS Photo Draw because it is what I am used to. I have a feeling, from what I read about it, that PhotoPlus has a lot to offer as well. I'll probably end up downloading the free one and playing with it to see how it fits in with my routine! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    For freebies that I like - I still have an older version of WS_FTP95 for up-loading web pages - as well as the usual spyware/adware freebies.
    Gimp for more picture editing (although I am still working to learn this one too)
    Google Earth to snoop with! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    Unlocker - for occasional hard to delete files
    Process Explorer - for another way to look at what's running on my computer
    CPU-Z and System Info - when I wanted to order RAM and was trying to decide what type I had. These two show lots of information about the hardware.

    Of course all of these (and plenty more) have been recommended over time by many helpful loungers. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>


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    Re: So what's in the box?

    Just by coincidence, CPU-Z has released v. 1.33 (04/02/2006). Changes include:

    Memory Command Rate timing added.
    Improved support for Intel Conroe/Merom CPUs.
    Celeron M 420/430 Yonah.
    Xeon Dual core Dempsey.
    VIA C7-M CPU detection added.
    VIA PT880, PT880 Pro, K8T900 chipsets support.
    nVidia nForce 550/560/570 (MCP55) chipset support.
    VIA VT8251 southbridge support.
    Fixed HyperTransport information misreports (in dump file).
    Added K6-2 and K6-III logos.

    Alan

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    Re: So what's in the box?

    Hi Skitterbug,

    I'm also a big supporter of IView. What's so good about the Export Optimizer feature, however, is that it lets you preview the resulting image before actually exporting. IView lets you export to a variety of formats and within a quality range, but once you've exported you have to close IView and then open the exported file to check out whether the quality reduction and size reduction combination is acceptable. With PP's Export Optimizer you can do this before exporting. It takes a second to preview a certain size/compression combination's output. If none of these combinations for a certain format (say, JPG) work for you, it takes just another second to switch formats and preview the output for different compression settings.
    Now, for everyday use I stick to IView too. My PC is rather old and a bit sluggish, and launching PP does take a while. But whenever, for some reason, I need to be very precise, or when I want to optimize size/quality to update a web site, I install PP and use its Export Optimizer.
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    Re: So what's in the box?

    Serif like to send junk mail and call you up, that's the catch.

    Ken

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    Re: So what's in the box?

    Thanks Ken - for the warning. I really don't like to be bothered by companies calling me offering "even more, etc." I figure if I am interested in a product, I'll contact them, and not before. Anyway, I did download the freebie because I want to see what it does. I was intrigued by Diegol's recommendation. Who knows, it may be my next most favorite freebie on my box! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: So what's in the box?

    Hi Ken,

    I think you might have to edit your URL - Might be missing the "m" the dot com part perhaps? Thanks for the link!


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