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  • #46
    Just realized it is not in here - certainly freeware and worth it's pound of gold. Now does it fall under utility that be the other question? More an Application I think but no section for that....

    But OpenOffice certainly is a great free alternative to MS Office and compatible to it to boot.


    • #47
      Originally posted by BB_One
      Just realized it is not in here - certainly freeware and worth it's pound of gold. Now does it fall under utility that be the other question? More an Application I think but no section for that....

      But OpenOffice certainly is a great free alternative to MS Office and compatible to it to boot.
      Thread title updated. Post 1 updated.


      • #48
        Kerio personnal firewall
        AVG free anti-virus
        Lavasoft adaware free edition

        These three have been really good to me... I have tried others but I always go back!

        Open Office Not worth paying for M$'s stuff... this is the sh*t...
        Friendly and bug free... the latest versions as far I experienced... This guy can be a bit outdated... but he has tons of little apps that do a lot for you! Shoot The Messenger & LeakTest are two that come to mind... His online "ShieldsUP!" is a good security test tool too...

        Originally posted by Moop
        I've always liked
        I don't want poop your boop, Moop... but I used to be really impressed with Crap Cleaner... recommended it to my skeptical Boyfriend and... one day, about two years ago... it wiped most of our everything... both of our computers... a couple of days apart... I have since kept away from it.CrapCleaner has been EVIL to me...

        He recently figured it was abug that should be fixed by now. So he went ahead and dled it, carefully checked all the options... and Boum! it erased everything important again... including some (most) MP3's, all his emails, bookmarks and such... it seems they were labeled as crap... SO... A word of advice, it does a good job if you have backup everything... then it's good! ---> My two cents...

        I have a lot more links to share...
        Now I must sleep

        Lady Bunny


        • #49
          Added Allway Sync file synchronization tool. It's free but with the following limitation:

          Customer agrees that Allway Sync Free has certain limitations, that these limitations may change over time without notice or obligation on the part of Developer. Currently, these limitations allow Customer to synchronize no more than 20000 files per 30-day period.
          I haven't hit the limit though, and it's super simple and effective.


          • #50
            Alcohol 52% Free Edition !

            Released today, get it here:

            "Emulation software allowing users to play CDs DVDs without the need for the physical disc. Notebook users and PC Game players would benifit the most from Alcohol 52% Supports 25 plus languages Can handle up to 6 virtual CD DVD-ROM drives, all at once. The reading speed of a virtual CD-ROM is 200X. This means you can play a CD from the virtual CD-ROM with 200X reading speed. Supports normal CD DVD and CD RAW sub-channel reading methods: RAW reading method enables to emulate all CDs. CD formats supported: CD-DA, CD+G, CD-ROM, CD-XA, Video CD, Photo CD, Mixed Mode, Multi-session CD DVD for... "


            • #51
              Thanks Just Learnin', added it to the list. This actually knocks out not only a freeware way of mounting disk images in all the common formats, but also the creation of images as well - something I've been looking for.

              One gripe - the installer requires that you install the Alcohol browser toolbar. It does make it clear that it can be uninstalled at any time though - which I did right away, and it does not affect the operation of the main program.


              • #52
                Apparently the toolbar enhances the program, see if I can find how again.


                • #53
                  Found this,
                  The toolbar that is included in this free version allows you to quickly search what protections are used on media which then allows you to quickly set up the software.

                  It is 100% spyware/adware free and can easily be uninstalled at any time.
                  Posted by Quinton on this page Digg Seems to be an insider for Alcohol Software so.....


                  • #54
                    Giving SpamPal ( a try. Free email scanner so thought it was worth a try. So far so good although it does take a bit to set it up (I like apps that are easy such as left clicking an email and assigning it as spam) but hey what can I expect for free

                    Profile - Webpage

                    You can't live life without living - me

                    Nothing is that important that it must be done today as long as you will wake up tomorrow - me


                    • #55
                      A couple more to try out:

                      AVS Disc Creator I'm using this one now and it's pretty darn good.
                      Write your data to CD, DVD and Blu-ray Discs quickly and easily using FREE AVS Disc Creator.
                      AVS DVD Player Besides the free DVD codec I found a couple of years ago, I haven't seen too many free DVD players. Haven't tried it yet but will.
                      UNIVERSAL DVD, VIDEO & AUDIO PLAYER Support for a very wide variety of video formats: apart from regular DVD (PAL, NTSC, VCD, SVCD) formats, also supported are: the entire range of MPEG4 (including DivX, XviD, etc.), MPEG1, MPEG2, AVI, Real Media video, Quick Time files, WMV files (including WMV-HD), H.263, H.264, mobile video formats (3GP, 3GP2, MP4). This strong compatibility makes AVS DVD Player a universal player;
                      Burrrn This one looks nice and simple and supports a lot of audio types. Haven't tried it yet.
                      Burrrn is a little tool for creating audio CDs with CD-Text from various audio files. Supported formats are: wav, mp3, mpc, ogg, aac, mp4, ape, flac, ofr, wv, tta, m3u, pls and fpl playlists and cue sheets.


                      • #56
                        Have to add Poderosa to the list.
                        It's a terminal emulator that features tabs and telnet, ssh, and serial port connections. Requires .net framework 2.0

                        Works great and very configurable.


                        • #57
                          I like the Free Zonealarm Firewall it gets in my book.


                          • #58
                            Tunnelier is a great app. The main thing I'm using it for right now is the FTP-SFTP bridge. This feature lets you connect to SFTP servers using clients that only support vanilla FTP. The great freeware text editor PSPad for instance, I like to use for writing code, but it only supports FTP transfers from within the program itself. So if I want to save my work to the server and the server only allows SFTP I'd have to save locally and then upload with a different app like WinSCP. With the bridge I can now save to the server directly from PSPad. Nice. (Ultraedit supports SFTP but Ultraedit isn't free!)

                            Here's some other reasons to use it - possibly can ditch PuTTY and WinSCP if you are using that for SSH connections / transfers.

                            one of the most advanced graphical SFTP clients;
                            state-of-the-art terminal emulation with support for the bvterm, xterm, and vt100 protocols;
                            support for corporation-wide single sign-on using SSPI (GSSAPI) Kerberos 5 and NTLM user authentication, as well as Kerberos 5 host authentication;
                            support for RSA and DSA public key authentication with comprehensive user keypair management;
                            powerful SSH port forwarding capabilities, including dynamic forwarding through integrated SOCKS and HTTP CONNECT proxy;
                            powerful command-line parameters which make Tunnelier highly costumizable and suitable for use in specific situations and controlled environments;
                            an advanced, scriptable command-line SFTP client (sftpc);
                            a scriptable command-line remote execution client (sexec) and a command-line terminal emulation client (stermc);
                            an FTP-to-SFTP bridge allowing you to connect to an SFTP server using legacy FTP applications;
                            WinSSHD remote administration features;
                            single-click Remote Desktop forwarding.


                            • #59
                              I'm going to have to retract my recommendation for Allway Sync file synchroization utility in favor of:

                              Microsoft Synctoy - File Synchronization Utility

                              I hit the file limit with Allway Sych. MS Synctoy is totally free (except for the OS you need to run it ) and seems to work really well so far.

                              While you're at it, check out all the Windows XP Powertoys.

                              This is all probably old news, but I really like the enhanced alt+tab as seen below:
                              Attached Files


                              • #60
                                Faststone Image Viewer 2.9

                                FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF and DNG).
                                I like this piece of software, small download, quick, intuitive easy to use - although I wish it had an option to automatically specify a target directory when batch editing.

                                I'm going to have to try FastStone Capture 5.2 as well which allows screen capture of scrolling windows.