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Absolutely essential software..

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by John Corn, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. John Corn

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    I was wondering what software you folks install as must-have's when you get a new system....I'm not talking about massive, specialized software packages that are great (Photoshop), but programs every single person should have on their machine. Programs that when you see a computer without it you just say to the owner---you fool! ;)

    Can be free or shareware or commercial, but they should be essential and something you want on your computer seconds after you boot into your OS for the first time.

    A couple of mine are:
    1. IrfanView for viewing images
    2. Callwave internet answering machine
     
  2. gcutler

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    1) Anti-Virus (with active subscription) should be on every PC.

    2) Some form of backup program To Tape or CD-RW/DVD-RW (Seagate Backup or Ghost)

    3) Firewall SW (if have a firewall router and only at home ok, but if travel absolutley)

    4) A WinZip/PKZip type program.

    Can't think of anything else, Perhaps a Norton Utilties type program for repair, but many utils now included in OS
     
  3. Mark Holtz

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    It varies. I usually end up putting in TweakUI or a variant thereof just to remove the "Shortcut To" and that silly arrow.

    I used to put in TimeRC to set the clock under Windows through the Internet, but Windows XP has basically included a time setting utility.

    For terminal programs, I install TeraTerm Pro. Not only is it a telnet client, but it also allows you to communicate through a COM port..... handy when setting up equipment. I also use PuTTY, which is a freeware Telnet client that includes SSHv2 support.

    WinAmp is a definate must, as it plays all sorts of music formats. Kinda better than Windows Media Player, but I haven't played around much with WMP9.

    Adobe Acrobat is also a definate must, as it is a de-facto standard in reading on-line documents.

    I've also replaced the standard Notepad program with a better freeware program called NotePad Plus, which has more functionality and allows me to have several text files open at once.
     
  4. Timco

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    WinZip - I don't know how to survive without it...
     
  5. MarkA

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    GIMP
    Mozilla
    Voyetra Turtle Beach AudioStation
    OpenOffice.org
     
  6. Steve Mehs

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    MS Office XP Pro
    Dreamweaver MX
    Kazaa Lite
    NAV
     
  7. MarkA

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    "WinZip - I don't know how to survive without it."

    Use pkzip/pkunzip or get Windows XP?
     

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