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29-03-2003, 01:48:19

ICQ, Zonealarm Firewall, Download Accelerator Plus. I guess notepad counts too but that's hardly hard to find.

What are the tools that make your computer work better?

29-03-2003, 01:55:53
Are those really utilities? I have IM and text editors under tools in my Start menu.

Most useful utilities (firewall and AV excluded): GhostScript, Acrobat, StyleXP, TweakUI, EMS Free Surfer.

29-03-2003, 02:05:12
This wouldn't be the nerd forum if we didn't have something to split hairs over.

Why are you excluding your firewall and AV? Those are probably the most interesting.

29-03-2003, 02:07:18
I agree about TweakUI and StyleXP

Also very cool is Samurize: www.samurize.com

29-03-2003, 02:11:51
Samurize looks like on of those things that I start off thinking is really cool, then never actually use.

Shining1: Norton for both, so it’s boring :).

29-03-2003, 02:18:53
Ah, fair enough.

29-03-2003, 02:48:45
I find Samurize quite useful, it's been on my desktop now for about a year.

I haven't upgraded to the new version ("Serious Samurize") yet which supports PNG and stuff...

Right now mine shows CPU usage, RAM usage, C/D drive usage, uptime, IP, upstream (KB/s), downstream (KB/s), total uploaded, total downloaded, and how many unread emails I have (checks every couple mins).

It also has a graph of my upload and download speeds, graph of my HD read/writes in MB/s, and graph of CPU/RAM used over the past two minutes.

It's a dashboard, really.

Sir Penguin
29-03-2003, 03:01:24
TweakUI's OK. If I had to pick one of those extra Windows tool thingies it would be the calculator. It's great. The interesting things that load on Windows bootup are an anonymous heat monitor, MySQLadmin, ZoneAlarm, and Norton AV. I hear XP has a packet filtering firewall, which I'll have to check out some time. I've also got the Cygwin tools, like ls, grep, awk, and sed on %PATH%. Except for Python (for which I use IDLE in Windows), I do almost all of my text editing in TextPad. Under Linux, I would use gvim. I wonder if I can get it without installing X11 on Windows. I like the Koehler (?) colour scheme for Python syntax.


Sir Penguin
29-03-2003, 03:03:57
Oh, and I have TClockEx for the 24-hour clock.


30-03-2003, 11:37:06
Go!Zilla 3.5, WinImage 5 (to make ISOs), WinZip 7, Motherboard Monitor 5, VaporCD 1.41 (to mount ISOs as virtual drives), Bochs 2.0 (x86 emulator), rsync + cygwin dll, Clozemaker (text-to-speech).


If gvim uses GTK+, it might work with the Win32 port of GTK. I've only had a cursory look at the website, but it appears to need no X server. Of course, this depends on if gvim can be compiled to use the Windows-ified GTK+.....

Immortal Wombat
30-03-2003, 12:16:09
My multi-purpose text editor: EditPlus (http://www.editplus.com)

30-03-2003, 13:20:38
Well I've been checking out McAfee's Spamkiller. It seems to get rid of most of the spam I'm getting, albeit that it adds a layer of complication to getting email...

30-03-2003, 21:34:01
FireBurner is great for burning CDs.
eMule is great for filesharing.
Putty is a great SSH client.
CuteFTP Pro 3.0 is a great FTP client.

Jon Miller part Deux
30-03-2003, 22:28:58
partition magic


Jon Miller

01-04-2003, 19:04:36
I used to be into all those toys.

These days, I am more interested in information managers. *RANDOM* information managers. I use:

* Personal Brain (http://www.thebrain.com) - Great URL manager, good document shortcut tracker, cheap flow diagrammer.
* Vision (Scopeware: http://www.scopeware.com) - Great find anything on your machine anywhere utility. The new Windows File System (SQL Server) is meant to do the same thing.
* Literary Machine Pro (http://www.sommestad.com/lm.htm) - useful supreme notecard database. Good for tracking random information. (This is a selective deal... I choose the info that goes in.)
* KeyNotes (http://www.tranglos.com/) - Great freeware tree style outliner.
* Diskeeper (http://www.execsoft.com/) - Defragger for NTFS.
* Trillian IM (http://www.trillian.cc/index.html) - Multi IM!
* Black Ice Defender - Decent firewall.
* McAffee AV
* Google
* Password Keeper (Software By Design/Braun's http://www.gregorybraun.com/) - A nice password tracker.

I hate all things Norton. And consider anyone that uses Norton a complete idiot undeserving of being allowed to post here. (Ok, maybe not a COMPLETE one... ;))

I have tons of developer tools, but my needs move around so those aren't exactly set in stone or anything. And of course, I have tons of other utils I use, just not my first tier/first reached for items.

01-04-2003, 19:08:09
:love: DS, I never knew the feeling was mutual.

01-04-2003, 19:12:20
Norton used to be top of the line, Sean. But they've really gone into the cow pies.

I've had Norton do lots of nasty things. The worst is I've had it destroy all directories on HD 5 times. After the first time, I stopped using it on my personal boxes. The other 4 times were work machines. You know, SERVERS. Ugh! Norton thinks it knows better then anything else on your system, including the disk drive. I make sure Norton is never used anywhere I have a say in the software on a box. At times, that's a lot of boxes at NASA.

02-04-2003, 06:08:56
BlackIce is the biggest piece of shit "firewall" (in fact, the company doesn't claim (or didn't claim last year) it was a "firewall", but an "intrusion detection system" because it was so bad at protecting the computer).

02-04-2003, 19:19:30
It can't be the biggest piece of shit, Asher. It's not a Norton product. :)

02-04-2003, 20:17:57
Seriously, Norton Personal Firewall/Internet Security kicks BlackIce's way in every way possible.

You may think Norton is shit, but BlackIce is shittier.