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if you have a pda look at my thread (stickied) in the gadgets and gizmos forum. It has a list of essential softwares

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Music: Winamp
Browser: Opera
Mail: Thunderbird
Anti Virus: AVG
Backup: True Image
CD/DVD durner: Nero 7
Disk manager: Disk Director
File Remover: Ccleaner

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Explore, Search and Discover

Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

  • Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you’ll zoom right in.
  • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
  • Save and share your searches and favorites.

Download Google Earth - Mac or PC or Linux
http://www.google.com/earth/download-earth.html

"For anyone who has ever dreamed of flying..." – New York Times

I love this software,
TIGA

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For image browsing I reccomend Picasa.It can be downloaded from a google webstite, and although i'm a photographer i i need a powerfull tool for images, i use this one, because it's great!)

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browser:firefox+opera
massenger:miranda
bittorent:ares+utorrent
firewall:windows live one care
ant-virus:windows live one care
adware:windows live one care
spyware:windows live one care
photo manipulation:photoshop cs3 extended(IT WORKED IT ITS ALLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVVEE)
audio:itunes
video:jet audio
system utilities:tune up utilities 2007
customization:all i gotta say is CRYSTALXP RUUULLEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ


my programs arent all freeware so sorry for ppl who dont have time to make patched like me :) and anybuddy wants help in these programs just tell me :)

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A terrific disk utility program: SpinRite by Gibson Research Corp (GRC)
This utility will restore unrecoverable data, refresh a hard drive and cure your asthma too. :)

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microsoft livecare sucks. It failed to be certified by the virus scanning comission because it was so poor

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I should probably update my list of recommendations as a few things have changed.
Security

  • AVG Free
  • Lavasoft Ad-aware SE Personal
  • Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Sysinternals Rootkit Revealer
  • Truecrypt

Multimedia

  • VLC
  • Virtual Dub
  • XViD codec (The best video codec I know of)
  • DivX codec (I only keep this on my system because a lot of people make DivX videos)
  • Nero
  • Adobe Photoshop

Internet & Communications

  • Tight VNC
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Skype
  • Azureus
  • Apache
  • X-Chat 2

Other Utilities

  • Foxit Reader (PDF reader - does exactly the same things as Adobe Reader, but is a fraction of the file size)
  • Cute PDF
  • Rocketdock
  • Dexpot
  • UberIcon (makes icons jump across the screen when you click on them - eyecandy)
  • WinRAR
  • Tortoise SVN (a version control system for things such as software)
  • Virtual PC (can use an OS within an OS)
  • Process Studio
  • RegCleaner

Firefox plugins

  • Advanced Dork
  • ColorZilla
  • del.icio.us
  • DOM Inspector
  • Download Helper
  • DownloadThemAll!
  • Firebug
  • Firefox Universal Uploader
  • Flickr Sidebar
  • ForecastFox
  • Googlepedia
  • HTML Validator
  • Linkification
  • OpenSearchFox
  • StockTicker
  • Talkback
  • Viamatic foXpose
  • Web Developer

For details of all of these, simply go to the Firefox website.
Other plugins

  • Wakoopa (uploads details of software you are using to a website using a Lastfm/Audioscrobbler-style service)
  • Audioscrobbler (a plugin I use in Windows Media Player to upload recently played track details to the Lastfm website)
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www.belarc.com use this for locating chipset without openning the computer, or if you forgot you windows xp key or any info from the hardware or software. its like looking at the system info but breaks it down and makes it easier to understand.

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1. emailStripper is a free program for cleaning the ">" and other formatting characters out of your emails. It will restore "forwarded" or "replied" emails back to their original state so they're easier to read.

http://www.papercut.biz/products/free_software/


2. AM-DeadLink - Freeware

AM-DeadLink detects dead links and duplicates in browser bookmarks and text files. If a bookmark has become unavailable you can verify and delete it permanently. Additionally you can download FavIcons for all your Favorites and Bookmarks.

http://aignes.com/products.htm


3. DoubleKiller is freeware that searches single or multiple directories for duplicate files by comparing any combination of file name, size, modification date and content. Using user-defined masks like *.mp3 or *.dll you can limit the scan to files that interest you or protect important files from being scanned. Great for eliminating duplicates in clip art, photos, etc.

http://www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller/


4. Registrar Registry Manager – Registrar Lite is free. Neat registry editor that allows you to search registry for any names, numbers, etc. You can modify or delete the entries found. Several other uses.

http://www.resplendence.com/downloads


5. Picasa2 is free software that makes it easy and fun to view, organize, edit and share the digital photos on your PC. Picasa won't delete your pictures or put them online without your permission. Great program for photography from Google. Surprised no one else mentioned it.

http://picasa.google.com/download/index.html

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I like:
*Foobar2k - The best and the most powerful audio player ever
http://www.foobar2000.org/

*BS Player PRO - I like how this programs looks, very quick and lots of options
http://www.bsplayer.org/

*Avast antivirus - THis one never gave me a problem
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

* Emule - Ive used it for years and years and i've got everything i've wanted the momment i wanted, i love the mule
http://www.emule-project.net
**Emule Xtreme MOD - This is a power up for your mule (one of many others) ive tried it and i like it
http://www.xtreme-mod.net/

*Orbit downloader - nice, fast, no ads, update. i really recommend this one
http://www.orbitdownloader.com/

i hope you find them useful

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I thought it would be great if we share our softwares here. So post your favourite software here that other people would love to have.

Note: Please write some description about the software and a link from where it can be downloaded.

I am using Opera browser and I think it is faster than Internet Explorer
It can be downloaded from http://www.opera.com/download/
Internet Download Manager For downloading faster

Adobe PhotoshopCS3
Adobe DreamweaverCS3
Trail version is available at ,You have to register as a member for downloading it.

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HI All

My 2 cents.

I am using "Bearshare" for downloading as it works fine for me. Good for downloading full movies, music, images, documents, applications etc. its a complete package. But beware the newest version which is compatible with vista doesnot allow anything except downlading music and music videos, nothing else.

You should have XP for the other download features and the older version Bearshare 5.2.5 to be able to use it to download everything i said before. You ll need to search on google to find the older version as the bearshare website dont have the older ones on it.

Next one is "Star Office" which is alternate to Microsoft office and is free from Sun download centre. Download it, its got word, excel etc. Havent looked at it in detail as yet but will get to it and let u all know.

Sorry guys, i know i have not included no links but beleive me google it and u ll get there. its no biggie.

Regards
Raj

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HI all

Another one i would like to share is called DVD Shrink.

Now what it ll enable u do is worth tryin. You can actually back your dvds up using this as it allows you to shrink your dvds and write em onto dvd r/rw which is quite good and also you can choose which features of a dvd u want to copy .

DVD Shrink is free to use. all you need is search for it.

and sorry for no links again!

Regards
Raj

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HI all

Another one i would like to share is called DVD Shrink.

Now what it ll enable u do is worth tryin. You can actually back your dvds up using this as it allows you to shrink your dvds and write em onto dvd r/rw which is quite good and also you can choose which features of a dvd u want to copy .

DVD Shrink is free to use. all you need is search for it.

and sorry for no links again!

Regards
Raj

i tried this one but has no good quality

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