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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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#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
#87 by Marsh Davies
2003-05-19 12:47:02
www.verbalchilli.com
It's a little pointless recommending Photoshop and Flash MX, but these are the two programs that give my life most joy.

Hey, you know the add/remove programs list in XP? Is this hideously inaccurate? Not only do several installed programs not appear on it, but it tells me my usage of things like Photoshop, Terrapin FTP and Winamp are "rare". In fact, according to the list, the last time I used Photoshop was in January. It lies. I've used Photoshop every day since I installed it.

#88 by bago
2003-05-19 12:58:08
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Can I get a cheer for the Dotnet Compact Framework?

#89 by Morn
2003-05-19 14:11:29
morn@planetcrap.com http://hmans.net
Best anti-spam tool: SpamBayes. Get the latest CVS and be happy.

Who runs this place?!
#90 by Matt Davis
2003-05-19 14:48:41
http://looroll.com
Proteus Messaging Client
Snak
and Soulseek as in post #83

Troll, troll, troll your post, gently down the page...
#91 by jjohnsen
2003-05-19 15:23:59
http://www.johnsenclan.com
The best forum software :P


When will this be available to fellow crappers?

now is not a good time to be sober, now the idiots are taking over
#92 by Dethstryk
2003-05-19 15:33:44
jemartin@tcainternet.com
#81 Your Friend

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?

No, it has to do with the over-use of compression in the mastering phase of recording an album. The same thing happened when vinyls were around, and it stopped in the early 80s when CDs were first released. Ever since then, studios have been pushing the sound up against the wall lately, and it really removes a lot of the dynamic range from albums.

"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."
#93 by Gunp01nt
2003-05-19 15:43:01
supersimon33@hotmail.com
jjohnsen:
When will this be available to fellow crappers?


it's not completely finished yet, I still have to tackle some issues/decisions with the configurability of the forum. Expect a download within a month.

Todd: "Iíve heard stories about that guy (...) going through parties spraying people with squirt guns filled with pee."
Fat Mike: "Thatís standard."
#94 by jjz
2003-05-19 16:08:03
I can't stop playing Crimsonland.  I also played quite a bit of Ricochet.
#95 by "Atma"
2003-05-19 16:21:24
Irfanview - great freeware image viewer, has plugins for video and audio, much smaller and faster than others *coughACDSee*

Miranda - nice minimal ICQ client, been using it for months and it hasn't crashed yet.

LeechFTP - another small, simple app.. an FTP client with download queue and timer, can be minimized to system tray.

Mozilla - everyone's favorite browser..

NoNameScript - a big ass script for mIRC, have news headlines delivered to your active window, etc etc.

mIRCamp - a tiny script for mIRC.. /wa displays the current ID3 tag of the file you are playing in Winamp (or filename if there is no ID3 tag)

id3kill - an ID3 tag stripper
#96 by Warren Marshall
2003-05-19 17:55:41
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Mozilla - everyone's favorite browser..

I disagree with what you wrote.

Bubble Bombing Fun!
#97 by Bailey
2003-05-19 18:18:40
I agree with what Warren wrote.

I am a celebration of the english language.
#98 by Duality
2003-05-19 18:32:17
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
Yes, those wonderful winamp announcers that have been spamming IRC channels the world over for years.

Stupid!  Stupid!  Stupid!

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
#99 by OpenCrap User
2003-05-19 18:34:26
http://opencrap.refracted.com
Get a grip. That's like saying "the Caps Lock key is stupid."

"Where's the tape??"
"It's digital!!!"
#100 by CultureShock
2003-05-19 18:35:48
Warren,

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


Ya know, people do tell jokes sometimes. Still, it's nice to know I'm a big enough threat to your ego to warrant a FUD campaign. :)

"Save the attitude for someone who cares." - Judge Dredd
#101 by OpenCrap User
2003-05-19 18:37:07
http://opencrap.refracted.com
alt-F4 is the new plonk.

"Where's the tape??"
"It's digital!!!"
#102 by Marsh Davies
2003-05-19 19:00:04
www.verbalchilli.com
You can get drunk by closing windows?

#103 by Marsh Davies
2003-05-19 19:00:22
www.verbalchilli.com
GET IT? GET IT?

#104 by Warren Marshall
2003-05-19 19:06:31
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Ya know, people do tell jokes sometimes. Still, it's nice to know I'm a big enough threat to your ego to warrant a FUD campaign. :)

Jokes are usually funny.  I didn't recognize this new style that you're trying to promote.  My bad, carry on ...

Bubble Bombing Fun!
#105 by yotsuya
2003-05-19 20:07:43
I second IrfanView as a picture viewer. Trillian is awesome, and since I donated $5 when it was donationware, I got the Pro version for no additional cost. Premiere is now the only program I use for video editing. Finally, I picked up Crazy Taxi for $10 for my PC and love it!

"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
#106 by Euri
2003-05-19 21:18:52
yolora@attbi.com http://www.eurikins.com
Caryn said:
I recommend rhapsody.


<3 This, seriously.   I thank you endlessly for first exposing me to it all those weeks ago.

Anyway.

VirtualDaemon for ISO mounting
CDex (Uses LAME) for mp3 encoding.
Overnet for game trials
Also, AdAware. Without a bajillion dataminers on my system, I have noticed fewer annoying "custom" ads.

No cake is complete without at least one ethnic slur.
#107 by Ergo
2003-05-19 21:46:46
Euri--

Try SpyBot. It finds things that AdAware doesn't.

Unneeded Editor -- Respawn Games

DVDs
#108 by jjz
2003-05-19 22:55:01
And a lot more things that you don't care about.
#109 by Bailey
2003-05-19 23:40:44
SpyBot has that unfortunate tendency to rip the fuck out of any legitimate program you might have installed that likes to update itself, even if you gave it permission.

I am a celebration of the english language.
#110 by Butt Sauce
2003-05-19 23:56:06
Street life" books ó also known in the publishing industry as "ghetto lit" ó are often highly profane and sexually explicit stories featuring guns, drug dealers and prostitutes. -You Best Be Readin Dees Books, Or I'll bust a cap in yo ass!
#111 by Butt Sauce
2003-05-19 23:56:31
SpyBot rules Bailey.  You just have to know how to use it, you drunken clown.
#112 by Xero
2003-05-20 00:17:07
http://novakometa.blogspot.com/
#110 Butt Sauce
Street life" books ó also known in the publishing industry as "ghetto lit" ó are often highly profane and sexually explicit stories featuring guns, drug dealers and prostitutes. -You Best Be Readin Dees Books, Or I'll bust a cap in yo ass!


What?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from noise.
#113 by bago
2003-05-20 00:44:19
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Pretensions by the pound!

#114 by Neale
2003-05-20 00:51:23
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
Perfect thread for this - I have a 40Gb disk with two partitions - 5Gb and 35Gb. I attempted to resize them to 10 and 30Gb respectively.

However, It all went horribly wrong. Not only did it not resize anything, but it's effectively killed the 35Gb partition. Any suggestions on tools to fix this? I've got about 20Gb of data on there that I'd like to get back.

You can't derail this train of idiocy, Shadarr. Not even with a big fat cow of logic on the tracks. - Bailey
#115 by Ergo
2003-05-20 00:58:44
What tool were you using to resize the partitions?

Unneeded Editor -- Respawn Games

DVDs
#116 by Neale
2003-05-20 01:01:12
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
Oops, forgot to mention that. Partition Magic Pro 7

You can't derail this train of idiocy, Shadarr. Not even with a big fat cow of logic on the tracks. - Bailey
#117 by Ergo
2003-05-20 01:07:31
The system is still bootable?

Unneeded Editor -- Respawn Games

DVDs
#118 by Neale
2003-05-20 01:15:40
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
Yeah, XP is installed on the small partition (too small, which is why I was trying to resize it). The lost one was "just" data.

You can't derail this train of idiocy, Shadarr. Not even with a big fat cow of logic on the tracks. - Bailey
#119 by Whisp
2003-05-20 01:46:08
::Crossing off PM7 from my list of programs to buy::

Googlism: whisp is de expert in zwerkbal
#120 by Whisp
2003-05-20 01:47:03
What's so much better about Trillian Pro versus Trillian free?

Googlism: whisp is de expert in zwerkbal
#121 by Bailey
2003-05-20 02:15:43
Supposedly, it works as advertised.

I am a celebration of the english language.
#122 by Matt Perkins
2003-05-20 02:43:31
wizardque@yahoo.com http://whatwouldmattdo.com/
#118 Neale
Yeah, XP is installed on the small partition (too small, which is why I was trying to resize it). The lost one was "just" data.

That's odd, because I just did some resizing with Partition Magic 8 and it worked fine.

I don't know what to tell you to recover the data...  if you REALLY need it, you can take your hard to some place that will charge you an arm and a leg to get the data back

"It's all fair game once you click "post", mind you." - Bailey
#123 by Whisp
2003-05-20 02:57:37
I've never had issues with the original Trillian.  I ditched that hideous default skin though.  I use MBG v2.  It comes with a small exe that will automatically generate a new version of the skin based on a RGB value you supply, so it'll always match your desktop color.  Unfortunately, that small thumbnail doesn't do the skin justice - it really looks better than that.

Googlism: whisp is de expert in zwerkbal
#124 by Duality
2003-05-20 03:06:41
Dualipuff@yahoo.com http://stratoscape.ath.cx/
Wow Whisp, thank you for pointing that out!  One of the worst things about Trillian is that nobody ever makes skins that match my XP themes properly!

Commissioner!  How's the rash?
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