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Old 06-12-06, 01:55 AM
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Top 3 programs / utiilies that improves your computing experience?

What are your top utilities you use? Freeware, small shareware programs etc?

Mine are probably :

1. Roboform - this is just freaaaking awesome.. no more password problems
2. DQSD - Daves Quick Search.. windows-s to any search
3. hmm tough one.. maybe google toolbar, saves me from popups?

Whats yours?
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Old 06-12-06, 03:21 AM
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I'm on a Mac, but this is disregarding all of the regular features in Tiger, since there are so many incredible things built in:

1) Sidenote - The perfect note taking app.
2) Dictionary widget / Wikipedia widget - Within seconds I could easily find the meaning of a word or event with the flick of the wrist and some typing. No extra windows or tabs necessary.
3) iTunes - Hate to put this, but it's the only other side-program that's always open.
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Old 06-12-06, 08:05 AM
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1) Statbar: Instantly access/monitor most important functions of your comp.
2) Xplorer2: Awesome Windows Explorer shell replacement
3) Maxthon: IE based browser replacement


Honorable Mention: Startup Control Panel, AM-Notebook Pro, AddUp, Clipboard Magic, MobileNetSwitch (when using my laptop)

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Old 06-12-06, 09:11 AM
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Roboform - How could anyone live without this?
jv16 Powertools - So many utilities, and much safer than anything I've used on the market.
Argentum Backup - To me, the best backup out there, especially since it puts your backup files in the native ZIP format--so anything can restore it.
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Ad Aware - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Spybot, S&D - http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
AVG Anti Virus - http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5
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Old 06-13-06, 12:34 PM
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AIM, Winamp, Internet Explorer.. That's all I need.
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Old 06-13-06, 01:03 PM
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On my PC:
- Mozilla Firefox - Amazingness
- AIM - uh.. ya.
- Spybot Search & Destroy

On my Mac:
- Final Cut Pro Studio - Sweet Video Editing
- iCal - So I can keep track of my crap
- Stickies - These are so great on the mac desktop.
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Old 06-13-06, 04:11 PM
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1. Google Desktop (the best utility known to man)
2. Google Talk
3. Google Earth
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Old 06-13-06, 10:26 PM
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1. Directory Opus - Replaces Windows Explorer, but much more customizable, stable, and usable for me. It has several advanced display modes and a ton of options, but I actually have it set up almost identical to explorer in basic layout. Commercial.

2. Firefox - Mostly because of the extensions, I have about 2 dozen installed. The only problem is it's a bit resource intensive and unstable. Open source.

3. UltraEdit - Notepad replacement. Tabbed windows, auto syntax highlighting, advanced search/replace, and a bunch of other goodies. Commercial.
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Old 06-14-06, 06:53 AM
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hmm..

1. DeltaCopy - windows build of rsync. fantastic incremental backups on a schedule. thank you DVDTalk!

2. Diskeeper - defrag program - MUCH better than standard windows defrag.

3. (Real)VNC - remote desktop software. don't think i could live without it.

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- EditPlus - multi-functional text editor.
- FireFox - duh.
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Old 06-14-06, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Patrick G
1. Google Desktop (the best utility known to man)
2. Google Talk
3. Google Earth
Really?

I think the desktop searches offered by others have all been superior to Google Desktop. I find Copernic's to be 5x better -- for the simple fact that I can search by type (picture, music, email, etc.) If you can do that with Google, I never figured out how. I found the sidebar to be mostly useless, though I thought the Gadgets were neat.

I found Google Talk bland. But then, because I have contacts that use different services: AIM, Yahoo, and even Gtalk... I use GAIM so I can talk to them all.

Google Earth is pretty awesome though... But I think it's more "neat" than practical -- though I have used it for practical things in the past.
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Old 06-14-06, 04:42 PM
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Firefox - Mostly because of extensions -- including Roboform!
Copernic Desktop - The best desktop search I've used so far
Thunderbird - Lets me easily check my Yahoo and Gmail at home along with keeping track of several RSS feeds (which it does really well).
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Old 06-14-06, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DodgingCars
Really?

I think the desktop searches offered by others have all been superior to Google Desktop. I find Copernic's to be 5x better -- for the simple fact that I can search by type (picture, music, email, etc.) If you can do that with Google, I never figured out how.
Yes, you can do that with Google Desktop. In addition, you can search password-protected Word and Excel files
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Old 06-14-06, 04:49 PM
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Yes, you can do that with Google Desktop. In addition, you can search password-protected Word and Excel files
I couldn't figure out how to get my searches separated into filetype categories... That's why I gave up on it. I'm not sure the ability to search in password protected files is a good thing.
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Seriously, Firefox, Winamp and Flashget. Life has never been easier.
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Firefox, Winamp, and Anti-Vir.
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Old 06-15-06, 07:23 AM
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Copernic - Makes searching through emails a cinch.

That's probably the only efficiency utility I use.
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Clever Keys. As is, you can right-click highlighted text in almost any app and it will search google, amazon, dictionary.com & a few more. I modified mine, taking out a few I never used and adding IMDB, netflix, wikipedia, google image search, and urban dictionary. I can't live without it.

There's an OS X version as well as a windows version.
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Old 06-17-06, 05:38 PM
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In google desktop you have the taskbar search.. i really want to map windows-s to bring up google search. is there a way? if so, then maybe i can stop using dqsd (although thats freaking awesome too)..

You can do ctrl-twice i think or something, but its not the same Actually, is there a general macro program to code macros for loading/activating apps?
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Old 06-17-06, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ravan
In google desktop you have the taskbar search.. i really want to map windows-s to bring up google search. is there a way?
If you have the new version - CTRL+ALT+G
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Old 06-17-06, 06:37 PM
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Privacy Keeper - best program ever.
Crap Cleaner (seriously)
FastStone Image viewer
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Old 06-20-06, 05:16 PM
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Bearshare, Weatherbug, and Realplayer.
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Bearshare, Weatherbug, and Realplayer.
Well, Weatherbug is the most appropriately-named utility.
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