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Old 10-04-01, 12:53 PM
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Getting a new laptop -- what programs should I download?

I'm out of the loop, and have an old computer at home.

Are there some fun and/or necessary applications I need to download tonight when I get it?

For instance, I know for screensavers/wallpaper, I want Webshots.
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Probably pkzip or winzip, and adobe acrobat reader.
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Here are some I would recommend:

Cookie Wall
http://www.analogx.com/contents/down...ork/cookie.htm

POW
http://www.analogx.com/contents/down...etwork/pow.htm

SiSoft Sandra
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0...st-7-1.6313817

Tweak UI
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0...st-7-1.2830963

3D Mark 2000 and/or 2001
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/1...ities&ca=10001

Ad-Aware
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0...st-7-1.7302674

AVG Anti-Virus
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0...st-7-1.1549065

CNet Catch-Up
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0...0-1503125.html

Zone Alarm
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0...st-7-1.6747047


Best part is these are all free downloads
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Oh yeah and for zipping and unzipping I like:

Aladdin Stuffit Expander
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0...st-7-1.7386907

Also some from the post above are benchmarking utilities for CPU, memory and graphics which may not interest you, but I like to see what my machine is capable of
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Alright ... this is what you need ...

" ... is what you need yeah!" - apologies to INXS

Anyways, this is the core foundation IMO that you need for any comp or laptop.

WinZip for un/compressing files - you need this because pretty much any program is downloaded in a compressed format.

Some kind of virus software - Nortons etc ...

A defragmentation program because the in-house M$ programs really bites. GoldenBow VoptME for Win98/ME or Norton Speedisk.
Diskeeper or O&O for NT 4.0/2k

I tend to find Norton Utilities indispensable to clean up .dlls and other weird OS problems as much as you can before having to reload your OS.

This is the nice to have category:

Norton's Ghost or PowerQuest's Drive Image.

- load up your OS with the bare essentials including the various driver updates, software updates (OS) and all that. When your system is relative pristine and you haven't subjected it to the "dirtying" effect of installing and uninstalling programs et al (an uncluttered registry) - you save an image to cdr/w with either of these two programs. Keep it in a safe place.

When it comes time to install a fresh OS whether due to a virus causing catastrophic damage or what have you - you just reload the image and within 10 minutes you are back to normal in a pristine way. Beautiful.

SiSoftSandra is also interesting for it's diagnostic tools and benchmarking programs.

ACDSee is a great viewer program.

Memturbo2 is a nifty memory resource utility.

If using dialup internet use any of the many dialup internet optimizer programs available that will optimize your registry settings for maximize surfing speed.

PopUpKiller or any of the usual programs that will disable annoying and bandwith destroying popups.

ZoneAlarm or any of the software firewalls which will "protect you" to a certain extent and give you an idea of any kind of spyware either installed or running through temp programs from the internet trying to send your personal info while you are surfing away.

What else ... that's all I can think about at the moment.

Oh yeah, for a laptop you may want to check out programs like CPUIdle which tune down your CPU core temp (and maybe increases efficiency and battery life?) when your laptop is not humming away. I understand that most people probably turn off their laptops when they aren't using them unlike home PC's where many leave on 24/7 - but i'm sure that there are times when a program like CPUIdle may be effective. YMMV. Especially good if you overclock.

Good luck.
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AVG is great..


RegCleaner is a pretty good program dell recommended to me...

tweakfiles shut, but I found another place

http://www.webmasterfree.com/regcleaner.html
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webshots

sorry.. but from a user support point of view, webshots is the work of the devil.. an application that has the sole purpose of changing your background.. yet it is an extreme resource hog and has alot of issues with software incompatibilities
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Re: Getting a new laptop -- what programs should I download?

Originally posted by Toad
Are there some fun and/or necessary applications I need to download tonight when I get it? For instance, I know for screensavers/wallpaper, I want Webshots.
In addition to the utils above, you WILL want to use a CPU idling utility for Win9x operating systems. When you arent' doing anything with the CPU, it will idle and save on power and heat. Download RAIN 2.0 here. Although this download is from an unofficial dell users' website, but the program is good for use with many different brands of laptops. Some laptops have brand-specific utilities which I can't mention here because I don't know what brand of laptop you are getting. For example, some laptop utils are available to keep the laptop running with the lid in the full-closed position while the LCD image display remains off...

As for your liking of Webshots for images, I have to agree with Twikoff that having it run on your machine is not a good idea (as there are other freeware versions available). However, it is, in my opinion, the best online image archive source as long as the image isn't "edgy". However, it is an EXCITE company and it has entered bankruptcy proceedings recently. So, I wouldn't count on Webshots being available for too much longer without fee or reduction in no-charge image sizes/resolutions. So, if you archive images for classroom or school-group project use there, keep in mind that one day, the images might not be available if EXCITE cannot restructure out of bankruptcy. Click HERE for an example of an image that Webshots doesn't consider overly edgy and allows on their site.

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While I appreciate the thoughts on Webshots, I use it solely because it provides me with brilliant/gorgeous photos of many of the places I've been.

I don't much care about the "system resources" thing.
If I find something better, I'll use it instead of Webshots.

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Re: Alright ... this is what you need ...

Originally posted by bill_n_opus
If using dialup internet use any of the many dialup internet optimizer programs available that will optimize your registry settings for maximize surfing speed.
Any suggestions on where to get one?
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Sure ...

I'm trying to think of some of the programs that do this ... this is exactly what happened when I wrote the last post, I couldn't remember some of them.

What I do know is that you can go to any software download site like cnet.com or softseek.com or whatever and search using the terms "internet" and "optimizer" or something to that effect.

Wait ... I remember one.

SkyLam Intelli-dialup. It optimizes your rwin and crap like that in your registry and makes for smoother surfing. Although, i've found that the most effective way of increasing surfing speed is to turn off pictures in the internet options part of IE. By not having to load pics it makes things faster since I just like to read the text anyways. If I have to see a pic then I just turn it back on and reload.

Hope this works for you.
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I used Download accelerator Plus to help boost download speeds on my dial up connection, you may want to try it.

On dial up you may get a few extra kb/s. I only realized about a 3-4kb/s increase, but that was double what I was getting. If you ever use cable or DSL you will get a big increase, sometimes as large as 100-150kb/s

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