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Posted on 02-01-09 10:39:20 AM (last edited by Fate Testarossa at 02-01-09 10:39 AM) Link | Quote
Dunno if this has been said yet or not but:

CPU-Z - Good information tool for finding out some of the basic information about your system's on-board specs, including processor, motherboard and RAM details.

GPU-Z - Decent tool for gathering information about your on-board video card. Doesn't work unless you have the drivers for your card installed correctly, so its auto-detection for information is only so-so.
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Posted on 02-09-09 05:17:13 PM (last edited by hydraphatphelinez at 02-13-09 05:19 PM) Link | Quote
Not going to have time to update the thread with the new list. I will be able to tonight.

Edit: oy.
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Posted on 02-13-09 07:33:49 AM Link | Quote
Staxrip: Encoding for dummies!
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Posted on 02-23-09 01:28:35 PM Link | Quote
Notepad++ - Very useful text editor. I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet.

FindeXer - Great shell extension. It basically gives Explorer a sidebar which you can add shortcuts to anything (even programs). I don't think this will be much use for those on Vista/7, though, seeing as it already supports this in the "Favourite Links" folder.
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Posted on 03-22-09 01:55:18 AM (last edited by emcee at 03-22-09 02:00 AM) Link | Quote
It doesn't seem like anyone has mentioned AutoIt. It's a scripting language for interacting with the Windows GUI (among other thing). You can make scripts that start programs, manage windows, send keystrokes and click buttons. It also supports more advanced things like COM access, GUI creation, regexes, and sockets. It's very handy.
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Posted on 03-22-09 09:57:43 PM Link | Quote
I used a (very expensive) program that does what you say AutoIt does, and it was really awful at the job.

How well does AutoIt work? My program choked completely when it ran into command lines, for example.
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Posted on 03-22-09 10:42:44 PM Link | Quote
Autoit is awesome (you know, as computer software goes).

I've never had trouble sending keystrokes and mouse clicks to any windows, although it does have trouble accessing controls on some nonstandard GUIs kits (like Qt or wxWidgets). You can still work with them, though, it just takes a little more effort.
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Posted on 03-22-09 10:54:23 PM Link | Quote
Ah. See, my program didn't have any problem sending keystrokes and mouse clicks and all, but I needed it to actually check what it was doing on occasion.

The only way I could get it to read command-line output was to pipe everything to a text document, open it, copy everything in the document to clipboard, then compare it to the expected value. It was pretty dumb.
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Posted on 03-22-09 11:06:24 PM Link | Quote
Oh, I see what you're saying. Autoit provides StdoutRead($pid). Where $pid is the process id returned when you called the run function.
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Posted on 04-24-09 11:29:19 PM Link | Quote
Notepad2, a simple yet excellent Notepad replacement.
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Posted on 04-25-09 06:41:34 AM (last edited by Sakura at 04-25-09 06:42 AM) Link | Quote
SwissKnife.

Ran into this in the attempt to search for something akin to PartitionMagic. Freeware that does basic conversion of partitions to FAT, FAT32, NTFS. This was necessary for me to get a 160GB external to re-partition fully into FAT32 for use with the PS3 (usually you cannot do this with FAT32 with hard drives over 32GB).
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Posted on 04-25-09 12:48:58 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by emcee
It doesn't seem like anyone has mentioned AutoIt. It's a scripting language for interacting with the Windows GUI (among other thing). You can make scripts that start programs, manage windows, send keystrokes and click buttons. It also supports more advanced things like COM access, GUI creation, regexes, and sockets. It's very handy.

There's a similar application called AutoHotKey
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Posted on 05-29-09 02:44:31 PM Link | Quote
Taskix is a small program to give the windows taskbar a tab bar like interface, such as reorder programs and close on middle click.

Small, but makes a ton of difference.
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Posted on 05-29-09 02:46:52 PM Link | Quote
CDBurnerXP was added to my swiss army collection of thumbdrives recently. It may not be as proficient in terms of features than Nero but it does come free.
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Posted on 05-29-09 08:12:32 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Treeki
QTTabBar and QTAddressBar: two very useful Explorer addons. The first gives you tabbed Explorer windows, as well as various other features.


Qouted because this needs some more attention, very very useful addons.

TinyPic Uploader, if you ever need to share an image fast.
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Posted on 06-19-09 01:39:55 PM Link | Quote
Taskbar Shuffle - already mentioned but I figured it was worth mentioning again. I used to use TaskbarEx, but I decided to see if Taskbar Shuffle was better. It works a lot better, doesn't randomly hide taskbar buttons and has smoother dragging.

Filebox Extender - extremely useful tool. It makes all file open/save boxes resizable and adds a button to the titlebar that lets you choose from your favourite folders. (Vista has this as an editable sidebar I believe, but XP has a limited selection of 5, so this tool is pretty useful.)

Y'z Shadow - Not really that useful, but if you like eyecandy like me... I get transparent menus and window shadows with it (along with XP styles) and it doesn't slow down stuff like WindowBlinds and similar programs do.

Can't really think of anything else but I'll be sure to post it if I do.
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Posted on 06-24-09 11:50:01 AM (last edited by Friend2.0 at 06-24-09 11:50 AM) Link | Quote
This is now officially my favorite thread! I have been searching for an alternative to Microsoft Office, Add and Remove Programs, and many other things for a long time. I thought they didn't exist but now my noob-ish brain has been educated. Thank you so much for this thread.


It seems that I learn more from the internet than I ever did in school...odd.
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Posted on 06-24-09 03:22:27 PM Link | Quote
Not freeware in itself but Lifehacker often has freeware articles and top 5 lists that are very well worth checking out.
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Posted on 07-15-09 10:21:50 PM Link | Quote

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema
This is an improved version of the original Media Player Classic.

Universal Extractor
This application can extraxt files from almost any type of archive.

Neo's Safe Keys
This is an on-screen keyboard with many security features. There are multiple features for protection against loggers.

Windowpaper XP
This app makes it easier to use the hidden feature of adding backgrounds to folders in Windows XP.

TopOCR
This is a free optical character recognition app for cameras, smartphones, and mp3 players.

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Posted on 07-16-09 03:52:55 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Shadow Bone

Media Player Classic - Home Cinema
This is an improved version of the original Media Player Classic.

Or get K-lite (configured to run with ffdshow wherever possible) and play just about everything. It includes MPC-HC.

Speaking of which, I don't recommend K-lite for anyone who will just use the defaults. If you'd rather be lazy, get the USSR CCCP instead. (Also includes MPC-HC.)
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