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Hiryuu
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Posted on 06-17-10 08:38:00 PM Link | Quote
Ran into Synergy.

It's alternative to a VNC in that you can jump from one computer to the other simply by scrolling your mouse from the server computer to the client computers. So if you have a laptop to the right of you that's on and you want to use the mouse and keyboard from the desktop that's to the left of it ON it and go back and forth just by scrolling the mouse between the two screens like you would a dual-monitor setup, then you'll want to get a hold of it. Slightly painful to hook up the first time. The lingo could use work and setting up links to either computer isn't very friendly to a new user.
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Posted on 06-18-10 10:40:17 AM Link | Quote
Hey Hiryuu!

Originally posted by OoBurns
Synergy is my latest, and possibly one of the greatest, piece of freeware I've downloaded. It lets me share my mouse and keyboard between my laptop and my desktop, exactly like a dual-monitor setup. It is pure awesome + useful.


But hey, it's all kinds of awesome so it might as well be shown once again.
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Posted on 06-18-10 10:52:30 AM Link | Quote
I had a feeling that might have been posted before but I did a check about a page back just to be sure.

Oh well.
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Posted on 07-01-10 06:55:50 AM Link | Quote
ImageJ.

I just discovered this and it's a godsend. It can do all kinds of stuff to images and also videos, like cropping, resizing, etc and all other kinds of stuff. On top of that, it has a plugin to save as APNG.
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Posted on 08-25-10 12:16:12 PM Link | Quote
A few useful utilities - I'd recommend QRes the most out of them (use it somewhat frequently to change resolutions on Windows 7. Perfect for batch files too! =)
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Posted on 09-29-10 07:17:51 PM Link | Quote
WnBrowse. Simple text (ASCII plaintext) viewer (a little like Vern Buerg's LIST from the DOS days, for those who remember it). Also has a hex viewing mode, for those who just happen to want to look at the contents of a file in hex mode.

Would RocketDock be considered productive? ;

There's also XMPlay. And VirtualDub and AVIDemux. Oh, and ffdshow for codec/DirectShow filter purposes, too.

Re (or, I'm being too damn lazy to quote multiple posts at the moment ): adding K-Lite to Media Player Classic HomeCinema - Maybe, but MPCHC also already has some built-in filters/codecs. I don't know if clsid, who's worked on both MPCHC and K-Lite (as well as ffdshow), is still contributing to MPCHC.

Re: SwissKnife - as it doesn't apparently work on Vista, anyone know of an alternative?

(Bleah.)
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Posted on 10-10-10 03:01:42 PM Link | Quote
Don't know if anyone's mentioned it yet, but Piriform has two of my favorite system utilities: CCleaner and Defraggler. =)
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Posted on 10-10-10 04:30:49 PM (last edited by Maxwell at 10-18-10 02:54 PM) Link | Quote
I'm not sure if this has been said, but it probably hasn't because not many people know about this. Tinypic Uploader. You basicly just drag images onto it and then it uploads it. It takes less than 2 seconds. You have to set it to imageshack (it has imageshack and tinypic as the options) until a newer version comes out, because tinypic added the captcha.
It also has an option to copy the link to your clipboard after it uploads which is really nice.
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Posted on 11-04-10 01:47:28 AM Link | Quote
DVD Decrypter is amazing. You uh, have to Google it, I guess? It's the first result.
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Posted on 08-16-11 06:40:21 PM (last edited by Illumina at 08-16-11 06:40 PM) Link | Quote
InfraRecorder is another burning program I keep handy, alongside ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP... this one can also do mixed-mode discs easily
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Posted on 10-27-11 02:05:47 AM Link | Quote
This program is only designed for people who use LED monitors.

Staying up late at night and your eyes feel strained due to the light?

F.lux changes that

During the morning time. The sunlight entering your room helps adjusts your eyes better for viewing your monitor. At night; it's horrible for your eyes. This program shifts the color tempature according to your local time. In the morning time the colors are normal. At night the colors slowly shift to a warmer, more easier color to look at. And it's a lot better for your eyes.

If you are a gamer; you can easily switch the "Off" switch on this program. But while not gaming this program is a god-send. At least to me that is.
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Posted on 11-03-11 01:35:35 AM Link | Quote
That F.lux thing is pretty good. My eyes weren't getting strained, but it helps me sleep a lot better. No more being kept up forever just because I had to program 'til moments before I went to bed.
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Posted on 11-12-11 09:33:06 PM (last edited by Bloodstar at 11-12-11 09:41 PM) Link | Quote
Couple of good things to keep in mind for OS X users:

Paintbrush is a pretty decent Paint clone, of sorts. I've gotten some regular use out of it. (PPC/Intel)

And for anyone who may be stuck on / prefers to run Tiger, Virtue Desktops is an excellent virtual desktop implementation that even rivals Spaces. (PPC/Intel although it's really only useful on PPC. Discontinued, too)
I'd link to the official site, but it's pretty much broken down.
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Posted on 05-02-13 03:06:24 PM Link | Quote
Speaking of MSpaint clones, the only good one I have ever found is Kolour Paint (cross-platform).
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Posted on 05-09-13 05:31:03 PM Link | Quote
For better or for worse, I've been pretty obsessed with MacType, a font rasterizer for Windows that makes fonts look closer to they do in OSX. There's a whole debate that comes with that that I won't go into but for now if you share my affinity for chrominance-over-luminance subpixel font rendering, you should grab this nifty app asap.
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Posted on 07-15-13 03:05:51 PM Link | Quote
Might as well toss something in:

Zim: though it's promoted as a desktop wiki, I've used it as a notepad for long-term lists (my Wii and DS to-get lists, a general TODO list, some potential program ideas, etc.). It has a checkbox list feature too, which is nice. Automatic saving is a plus. It might be useful to some people in other ways too? =P
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Posted on 07-24-13 02:14:05 AM Link | Quote
I've grown very attached to Programmer's Notepad as my primary text editor, as opposed to the much more popular Notepad++. It feels more polished in general, though offers less options to tweak around with.

Minerva is an editor for the save files that Flash creates, useful for messing around in text based flash games. Or breaking them entirely. Take your pick.

HexChat is the less popular cousin of the Silverex XChat Windows port. It's a bit less stable but unlike the Silverex port does not require the awkward separate tray icon program.
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Posted on 09-21-13 01:15:31 PM (last edited by usr_share at 10-16-13 12:38:49 PM) Link | Quote
Here's a couple of previously unmentioned programs I use when trying to get other programs to work.

AVZ is a useful AV tool from one of KAV's developers. It's not a full anti-virus, but works very well for finding spy- and adware. Also provides manual tools for finding and removing stuff your AV kits can't find. AVZ Guard temporarily blocks the system from doing anything remotely suspicious, so viruses you (or your other AV program) is removing can't reinstall themselves.

(WARNING: The homepage is in Russian, but the program itself has an English interface, too.)

Homepage (in Russian) Direct link

Process Monitor (procmon.exe) - shows you what files and registry keys a program is accessing. If a program crashes and you can't find out why, it's worth checking if any of the files are missing or can't be accessed. ESPECIALLY useful if your software disagrees with the idea of all users having limited rights and you want to find out what exactly it needs.

Get procmon.exe Get procmon's help file

P.S. Whoops, I apologize, I should have put this into Troubleshooting/Diagnostic Apps.
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Posted on 10-14-13 05:28:23 PM Link | Quote
I felt posting here, don't ask me why.

AnVir Task Manager

It's like ProceXP, but with more stuff built in, like Service and Autorun manager. I have it running at startup.

WinDirStat
It gives a graphical representation on how much space does a file take. This is how I found out how much big my Virtual Machine folder actually was.
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Posted on 11-04-13 11:03:17 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Kak64
WinDirStat
It gives a graphical representation on how much space does a file take. This is how I found out how much big my Virtual Machine folder actually was.

Or if you're on a Mac, or equivalent, there's Disk Inventory X.
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