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The Official Planetcrap Software Recommendation Bin
May 18th 2003, 16:34 CEST by Ergo

Got a favorite piece of software that you love and feel that others should know about? Let us know and let the one-upmanship begin!!
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#19 by Duality
2003-05-18 19:10:33
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
As if they haven't been pimped enough already ...

NetCaptor
McAfee SpamKiller

Others ...

o  StyleXP if you're into the whole Luna GUI for XP.
o  Alcohol CD/DVD burning software -- also has a very nicely working virtual CDROM drive you can mount Images to.  A lot better than that piece of shit that gets put on by Roxio.
o  Spybot S&D, which is a fine replacement for Ad-Aware, as it catches a lot of things AdA no longer looks for.
o  And not quite installable software, but useful nonetheless.  I don't do enough file transfers of infected files, trojans, etc. to warrant a big, resource hogging anti-virus, but every week or so I do a virus scan at [url=http://housecall.trendmicro.com/]TrendMicro's Housecall website.  Its also incredibly helpful if you have AV software, but a particular virus has gotten through and actually disabled its functionality (Klez, for example).

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
#20 by Duality
2003-05-18 19:11:28
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
Fucking fucktags!

TrendMicro

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
#21 by Bailey
2003-05-18 19:15:16
I'll suggest Nero for the software list.  Solid audio, data, and ISO burning for less than $15 USD (OEM).

About $15 USD less, if you want to be specific.

I am a celebration of the english language.
#22 by Dumdeedum
2003-05-18 19:22:52
http://www.dumdeedum.com
PuTTY - For all your Telnet/SSH needs.

"As long as I've got my health, and my millions of dollars and my gold house and my rocket car, I don't need anything else."
#23 by BobJustBob
2003-05-18 19:48:52
I thought we were supposed to be arguing about games.

Voices tell me I'm the shit.
<Whisp> BJB is a troll. <Whisp> Troll I say!
#24 by Bailey
2003-05-18 20:11:37
The topic says software, you mongoloid.

I am a celebration of the english language.
#25 by Warren Marshall
2003-05-18 20:27:10
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Duality

I like StylesXP, but are there any other sites that carry themes for it besides www.themexp.org?  That site is slow as shit on the best of days, and now they're having MySQL errors out the ass.

Bubble Bombing Fun!
#26 by BobJustBob
2003-05-18 20:32:26
Games aren't software?

Voices tell me I'm the shit.
<Whisp> BJB is a troll. <Whisp> Troll I say!
#27 by _Fury_
2003-05-18 20:35:03
ajhill@wi.rr.com
Textpad

Ah, the horrible darkness of the bread box! The slime-coated hideousness of the rarely cleaned butter tray! The shambling terror of the cold cuts!
#28 by Dethstryk
2003-05-18 21:17:43
jemartin@tcainternet.com
SequoiaView is one of the best programs ever written.

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#29 by Dethstryk
2003-05-18 21:21:30
jemartin@tcainternet.com
Is the UT2003 executable so small because all of the important shit is in DLLs, or something?

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#30 by Warren Marshall
2003-05-18 21:28:39
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Dethstryk

And .U files.  If you add up the EXE, the DLLs and the U files you'll get the total of the games code size.  Although that's not entire accurate either because .U files contain sounds and textures for some things, as well as the UnrealScript code.

Bubble Bombing Fun!
#31 by JMCDaveL
2003-05-18 21:28:52
I LIKES THE QBASIC

--jmc
#32 by I've Got Mail
2003-05-18 21:42:08
WinRAAAAAAAAAAAR

I've got it all.
#33 by UncleJeet
2003-05-18 21:48:49
CramTex!

Mark Randel - "We have our own combinatorial algorithm called "CramTex" that optimizes textures so that every pixel in the map is used and visible on characters and objects. Since CramTex uses AI algorithms, it is much better than any human can do on their own. It is important to use true color textures and higher resolution textures to get more detail. Nocturne used 2 256x256 BGRA textures for characters, Blair Witch uses 512x512 BGRA textures for characters. With CramTex, we get much better textel usage than other engines. Which is critical for making your game look great on older systems or game consoles."


I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#34 by Matt Perkins
2003-05-18 22:00:11
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
SequoiaView...  It's pretty damn spiffy and nifty.  But what do I do with it?

"It's all fair game once you click "post", mind you." - Bailey
#35 by Gumbo
2003-05-18 22:00:51
#9
From the site ...

"Basically it is Vim 6.1 with all 474 patches included"

Sounds great!


At least you are consistent.  

My last post was months ago and the only person who responded to that one was you, also with a shitty sarcastic remark.

Hi.
#36 by Matt Perkins
2003-05-18 22:04:10
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Gumbo
At least you are consistent.  

My last post was months ago and the only person who responded to that one was you, also with a shitty sarcastic remark.

If it makes you feel any better...you're only making him happy by posting remarks like that.  Warren is our troll with mad hiding and bluff skills.

"It's all fair game once you click "post", mind you." - Bailey
#37 by jungleB0y
2003-05-18 22:09:20
Warren:
I like StylesXP, but are there any other sites that carry themes for it besides www.themexp.org?


Deskmod has some.

DeviantArt must have then too.
#38 by Bailey
2003-05-18 22:19:07
Games aren't software?

Applications aren't software?

I am a celebration of the english language.
#39 by BobJustBob
2003-05-18 22:23:36
I have no need for most of these applications.

Bring on the games!

Voices tell me I'm the shit.
<Whisp> BJB is a troll. <Whisp> Troll I say!
#40 by UncleJeet
2003-05-18 22:29:06
Nocturne?

I'm fighting terrorism by playing violent video games!
#41 by Warren Marshall
2003-05-18 22:43:12
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Matt
If it makes you feel any better...you're only making him happy by posting remarks like that.  Warren is our troll with mad hiding and bluff skills.

Keep saying I'm a troll.  One day it might come true ...

HINT : click heels together while typing

Bubble Bombing Fun!
#42 by Warren Marshall
2003-05-18 22:45:14
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
jungleboy

Thanks for the link!

Bubble Bombing Fun!
#43 by Duality
2003-05-18 22:45:20
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
Warren
I like StylesXP, but are there any other sites that carry themes for it besides www.themexp.org?

Eh some, but ThemeXP seems to be their sponsored site -- so is going to have the most number of themes available.  As stated, Deskmod has some.  I thought Deviant Art did, but it appears they don't.  Otherwise, there's Customize.org, GetSkinned.org, and XPTheme.info.  That's just what I've found thus far.  I really don't look much since most of the themes I use are found at ThemeXP anyhow.

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
#44 by CultureShock
2003-05-18 22:55:07
I see everyone's forgetting their basic systems analysis. What's the point in recommending a piece of software before you know the requirements of the client? Tsk. Tsk.

"Save the attitude for someone who cares." - Judge Dredd
#45 by Duality
2003-05-18 23:00:06
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
We only care about fulfilling the clients needs when money is to change hands.

Pay up, bitches!

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
#46 by Dethstryk
2003-05-18 23:01:03
jemartin@tcainternet.com
#34 Matt Perkins
SequoiaView...  It's pretty damn spiffy and nifty.  But what do I do with it?

If you are wanting to free up hard drive space, it's very handy to use because you can quickly see what files or directories are taking up the most room.

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#47 by Duality
2003-05-18 23:07:18
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
So its like TreeSize Professional?  Or does SequoiaView actually have Explorer functions (rename, delete, move, etc.) from within the program?

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
#48 by Duality
2003-05-18 23:10:47
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
Which, BTW ... I found to be incredibly useful.  I had it installed on all of my servers at work, so that I could take a quick glance at where storage space was at.  Also, the reports it generated were superb when asking for a cluster storage array in the budget.

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
#49 by zimbardo_ugly
2003-05-18 23:15:03
zimbardo_ugly@hotmail.com
Style XP is basically unnecessary, since replacing one .dll is all you need to be able to put your own themes, and you can change the "loginui.exe" field in the registry for the login part. And, of course, you can customise your login.exe (or any other executable)'s resources with the huggable and free Resource Hacker

Regarding other software (that hasn't been mentioned yet here, of course Total Commander is the love of all loves and things like Crazy Browser or Nero are close), I would like to once again pimp my favorite media player - the (free) Media Player Classic shares only a name and nostalgic resemblance with the MS antecedent. It has all the strong points of BSPlayer, none of the weird quirks. Take a look at the filters list and tell me why all software can't be this effective and simple to use.

One program that simply has NO alternative is the G-spot, which will tell you more about codecs for a particular stream than you could wish to know. And if you simply do not wish to know anything, install FFDShow, and chances are you won't have to. Plays it all, enables you to add all sorts of weird effects and grain and shit and takes less processor for the same thing than either XviD or Divx codecs. Just grab the latest alpha.

Then there is OE Quotefix, which makes Outlook Express useable and bearable.

And the proof that you don't have to pay for PGP - WinPT. Uses and includes GnuPG - very lovely interface. For OE-GPG integration, there is a plugin on the same site.

Lastly, there is Tight VNC, which you probably actually don't need, but it's well written and free and I love it.

Oh, and play Raven Shield.

.i lu doi ringos.star. xu do puku'aroroi dunli dopecaku leni virnu li'u
.i lu go'i co'i le pamoi se morji be mi li'u
#50 by Caryn
2003-05-18 23:16:36
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
I recommend rhapsody.

SNIKT!
#51 by zimbardo_ugly
2003-05-18 23:18:20
zimbardo_ugly@hotmail.com
You know what else is a "powerful and flexible harddrive space manager"? Total Commander - in the root of a drive press control+b, wait a few seconds and then sort by size. It is also a few dozen things besides - and very cheap.

.i lu doi ringos.star. xu do puku'aroroi dunli dopecaku leni virnu li'u
.i lu go'i co'i le pamoi se morji be mi li'u
#52 by Bezzy
2003-05-18 23:53:33
painberry@hotmail.com http://www.antifactory.org
Daemon tools - never waste a CD on that questionable .bin you downloaded.

My only problem with Bezzy is, truly and honestly, about one third of his longer, passionate posts make no sense to me.  I don't necessarily agree or disagree, I just literally can't parse them.  - Hugin
#53 by JMCDaveL
2003-05-19 00:17:58
COMMAND.COM it makes this magic black box appear and you can type stuff in and i think you enter cheats like in a gameshark this way !

--jmc
#54 by LesJarvis
2003-05-19 00:42:48
Audio Editing: Saw

That's really about it.

"The internet has gone all fiddle faddle foo."
-lwf
#55 by yotsuya
2003-05-19 00:44:24
Caryn-

Rhapsody sounds interesting. Is it hard to make CDs from the downloads?

"YES!!  You see people, THAT'S why he's the Vice-President of A/V Services here at Respawn Games.  Yotsuya ALWAYS unleashes the fucking fury!" - Warren Marshall
#56 by Creole Ned
2003-05-19 00:55:50
Using MailWasher has demonstrated to me that my primary e-mail account has become a useless collection bin for every piece of spam on the Internet.

Handy and free image viewer: Irfanview

Spellchecker for Internet Explorer text boxes: ieSpell

Voice comm for games: TeamSound offers good quality and is simple to use, although the interface is a bit kludgy.

Trillian, the best instant messenging program, IMO. Supports all of the big boys: ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, AIM and IRC.

"I don't bemoan the great paste" - LPMiller
#57 by BobJustBob
2003-05-19 00:58:27
I tried Trillian once and hated it.

Voices tell me I'm the shit.
<Whisp> BJB is a troll. <Whisp> Troll I say!
#58 by ProStyle
2003-05-19 01:04:25
http://prostyle.deviantart.com
If you get your hands on the pro version it's pretty nice, otherwise it's pretty meh.

I'm like a quote out of context...
#59 by Creole Ned
2003-05-19 01:38:28
I don't expect an IM program to cook meals and give me blowjobs, I expect it to transmit text messages and files between myself and people I communicate with. In that regard, I've found it quite satisfactory, hence the recommendation. I'm not using the Pro version.

"I don't bemoan the great paste" - LPMiller
#60 by zimbardo_ugly
2003-05-19 01:38:39
zimbardo_ugly@hotmail.com
I prefer a fresh nightly build of Miranda for my IM needs. ICQ, MSN and all that crap. Even a GPG plugin for the paranoid.

.i lu doi ringos.star. xu do puku'aroroi dunli dopecaku leni virnu li'u
.i lu go'i co'i le pamoi se morji be mi li'u
#61 by Eric T. Cheng
2003-05-19 01:50:43
erictcheng@hotmail.com
I tried Trillian. I connects to my MSN Messenger fine but it can't with my ICQ. :/

Kilt Wearing Pixel Pushing Monkey Boy
IMDB Entry
DVD Collection
#62 by mnemonic
2003-05-19 02:14:34
xmnemonic@softhome.net http://jti.developer.graphyx.net
Web ad blocker:
Proxomitron (totally customizable and free) coupled with Mozilla pop-up blocking and Windows hosts file

Spam blocker:
Cloudmark spamnet.  Spamnet users make up a peer to peer network that identifies spam quite effectively.

Music player:
Foobar2000.  Uses tiny amount of ram, no graphics, simple (yet powerful) interface.  Has advanced audio playing capabilities (sound dithering, bunch of other crap that I don't care about)

Online game server browser:
All Seeing Eye.  Refreshes way faster than Gamespy.  Uses less ram as well.

Network remote control solution:
TightVNC.  One computer has the client, another runs the server.  User starts up the client and connects to the server.  Screen output of the server is sent to a window on the client.  Like back orifice or netbus without the hacker/cracker stigma (currently at least).  Very useful if you've got networked computers and don't like running between them to check stuff on them.

Website leeching solution:
WinHTTrack.  Downloads entire sites intelligently, with tons of configuration options.

Image editing application:
GIMP.  Yes, it is available for Windows (has been for a while).  Has some excellent filters and scripts.

Web server:
Apache.  It's been available for Windows for a while as well.  It really is not that hard to set up (I did it succesfully without any web server installation experience).  The main pre-requisite is literacy.

Audio recording (only application I've listed here that isn't free):
Total Recorder.  Can record any audio that passes through your soundcard.

Not entirely on topic, but I'd like to add that Windows batch scripting can be pretty useful.  I made a very convenient backup solution using a batch file and WinRAR's command line abilities.  Just run the batch file and it archives specified folders (without wasting time on re-archiving files that already exist in the previous backups), then copies the archives across the network (I know it'd be better to do something like burn 'em to CD's, but I'm too lazy for that).
#63 by mnemonic
2003-05-19 02:15:44
xmnemonic@softhome.net http://jti.developer.graphyx.net
zimbardo_ugly, is your sig by any chance in loj'ban?
#64 by jjohnsen
2003-05-19 02:55:18
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Audio recording (only application I've listed here that isn't free):
Total Recorder.  Can record any audio that passes through your soundcard.


I have used this program to turn realmedia files to mpg.  Very useful.

now is not a good time to be sober, now the idiots are taking over
#65 by Matt Perkins
2003-05-19 03:19:51
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
WM
HINT : click heels together while typing

Don't assume I didn't try that the first day.

Deth
If you are wanting to free up hard drive space, it's very handy to use because you can quickly see what files or directories are taking up the most room.

Yeah, I got the idea of the program, but like I said, it's pretty...  didn't seem very functional as opposed to just showing me percentages ala treesize that someone else mentioned.  Very pretty, less useful, it appeared...like a soap star.

"It's all fair game once you click "post", mind you." - Bailey
#66 by Caryn
2003-05-19 03:20:40
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#55 yotsuya
Caryn-

Rhapsody sounds interesting. Is it hard to make CDs from the downloads?


I haven't used that part of it, unfortunately. I just make vast playlists and use that.

SNIKT!
#67 by CultureShock
2003-05-19 04:00:19
The old ones are still the best.

FORMAT: Does something useful, like erasing your hard disc back to the stoneage and forces you to do something useful like talk to people and go outside.

"Save the attitude for someone who cares." - Judge Dredd
#68 by OpenCrap User
2003-05-19 04:10:37
http://opencrap.refracted.com
SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP.

"Where's the tape??"
"It's digital!!!"
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