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May 18th 2003, 16:34 CEST by Ergo

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#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
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#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!!!"
#69 by Oneiros
2003-05-19 04:30:32
oneiros42@hotmail.com
How do you browse the web without Opera?

Object Desktop has some really nice stuff in it.

Anyone know a good XML/RSS reader?
#70 by Matt Perkins
2003-05-19 04:43:37
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
Object Desktop...  and the theme thing that people mentioned here.  People don't notice a slowdown with those programs?  Are you all running ungodly machines?  On a P4 1.8 here and it's noticable.

"It's all fair game once you click "post", mind you." - Bailey
#71 by Squeaky
2003-05-19 05:30:59
Style XP has an option to not load at startup. It will load a 300kb proccess which overrides uxtheme.dll to allow you to use non-microsoft themes.

An alternative to Style XP is to overwrite uxtheme.dll with a hacked one. On WinXP machines pre-SP1, you just have to copy it over. After SP1, it's not so simple.

But Object Desktop, WindowBlinds and that shit are all way too slow.

oh my god, are you giving me cancer? stop it! stopitstopitstopit!
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#72 by hangedmanAG
2003-05-19 05:36:51
www.livejournal.com/users/hangedman_ag/
#60 by Oneiros
How do you browse the web without Opera?


Easy.  Mozilla.  It's fun, fast and free.

s'right
#73 by Leslie Nassar
2003-05-19 05:39:47
http://departmentofinternets.com
like a sexually transmitted disease.

obdisclaimer:  i love america!
#74 by Squeaky
2003-05-19 05:41:06
How do you browse the web without Opera?

effectivly.

oh my god, are you giving me cancer? stop it! stopitstopitstopit!
DVDs
#75 by Duality
2003-05-19 06:27:27
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
Matt P
People don't notice a slowdown with those programs?  Are you all running ungodly machines?

Not with the StyleXP / UXTheme.dll hack.  They're just workarounds for Luna, the built-in skinning engine for XP.  Stardock's apps load separately ... and load a lot.  I did like having an Object Desktop subscription for a while.  I really like the MacOS themes that can be made with the various object apps.  Not only does the desktop look like MacOS X, but it has most of the same functions of the GUI.  I put it on secondary machines that I don't do much and can afford the resource hit.

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
#76 by Warren Marshall
2003-05-19 07:40:26
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
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.

Posts like this aren't helping your "I was banned unfairly from the 3DR forums" campaign.

Bubble Bombing Fun!
#77 by Warren Marshall
2003-05-19 07:41:26
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
effectivly.

And quickly.  And without banner ads built into the browser window itself.

Opera = ass.

Bubble Bombing Fun!
#78 by "Abe"
2003-05-19 07:59:25
Mp3Gain - Don't know the homepage, but a google should come up with places to download it. It normalizes the volumes of your mp3's, so you don't have to fiddle with the volume knob every song. You can do it by album too, so that the tracks on an album the same volume in relation to each other, but normalized with everything else. In my experience it works pretty good, doesn't screw up the dynamic range within songs, and keeps them all pretty close to the same volume level.
#79 by Squeaky
2003-05-19 08:18:38
Mp3Gain - Don't know the homepage, but a google should come up with places to download it. It normalizes the volumes of your mp3's, so you don't have to fiddle with the volume knob every song. You can do it by album too, so that the tracks on an album the same volume in relation to each other, but normalized with everything else. In my experience it works pretty good, doesn't screw up the dynamic range within songs, and keeps them all pretty close to the same volume level.

Or you could, you know, not download shitty-quality rips from kazaa and buy the damned record.

oh my god, are you giving me cancer? stop it! stopitstopitstopit!
DVDs
#80 by Dethstryk
2003-05-19 08:51:51
jemartin@tcainternet.com
#79 Squeaky
Or you could, you know, not download shitty-quality rips from kazaa and buy the damned record.

Some recordings are quieter than others, so it's a very valid complaint. Just look at the waveforms for music recorded over the years--it gradually gets louder. (Which is another discussion entirely, because it's really starting to ruin music.)

"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."
#81 by Your Friend
2003-05-19 09:36:08

Some recordings are quieter than others, so it's a very valid complaint. Just look at the waveforms for music recorded over the years--it gradually gets louder. (Which is another discussion entirely, because it's really starting to ruin music.)


I think it is a symptom, not a cause.  Who really needs a pristine well-mastered copy of Britney Spears' newest?

I was trendy before it was trendy.
#82 by Gunp01nt
2003-05-19 11:47:50
supersimon33@hotmail.com
The best forum software :P

Todd: "Iíve heard stories about that guy (...) going through parties spraying people with squirt guns filled with pee."
Fat Mike: "Thatís standard."
#83 by OwenButler
2003-05-19 12:25:46
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
putty
scanner
idea (for java programming)
tortoise cvs
vnc
wackget
soulseek (for large mp3 mixes)

There are some good programs on www.tinyapps.org too.
#84 by Quad
2003-05-19 12:35:22
Putty - for all your ssh/telnet needs
Textpad - easily the best text/html editor
Trillian Pro (not the regular version) - instant messaging
SmartFTP - I like this ftp client best
XP Powertoys - Nifty software from microsoft
#85 by OpenCrap User
2003-05-19 12:45:28
http://opencrap.refracted.com
I can also heartily endorse Scanner, linked above in #83. I frankly don't know what I would do without it.

I bet there are fancier tools to perform this function, but it is very small and very free.

"Where's the tape??"
"It's digital!!!"
#86 by zimbardo_ugly
2003-05-19 12:46:29
zimbardo_ugly@hotmail.com
#63 by mnemonic
  
 zimbardo_ugly, is your sig by any chance in loj'ban?


Yes, it is in the language of the majestic idiot savant, loj'ban. It is actually an excerpt from an interview with Ringo Starr.
The translation would be something like:
"Ringo Starr - I asked him - were you always so brave?
- Ever since I can remember myself."

.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
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