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Join Date: May 2009
Location: Dallas TX
05-28-2009, 05:08 AM
TightVNC - a fantastic and free remote viewer and server. Of course I would only grade the viewer for a netbook. No real need to run a server on your netbook since it will probably be with you at all times.
Offline Update - not necessarily something you will need to store on your netbooks, but still a great tool to have if you are planning to do any Windows (2000, XP, Vista, Server) and Office (XP, 2003, 2007) updates on multiple computers without having to download the updates every time on each machine. I use this religiously at work. Ah the life of a help desk.
Putty - great telnet and ssh client. But more of an admin tool than a normal end user tool.
Finally - Kega Fusion 3.61 <- google and relive your childhood, so long as you aren't older than 37 :P
Dell Latitude D630 | 500gb HDD | 8gb RAM | W7 Pro 64bit | nVidia 135M (256mb)
Dell Precision T3500 "The Beast" W3570 quadcore 3.20ghz | 12gb 1333mhz ram | nVidia 240GT 1gb | Win 7 Pro 64bit | 12TB storage
Join Date: Apr 2009
05-29-2009, 05:56 PM
For email and web browsing:
Opera 10, loads faster than Firefox and has "Turbo" mode that reduces bandwidth consumtion (great for slow wifi or 3G pay-for-traffic ). Includes email client (with spell check and formatting, unlike Opera 9)
Softmaker Office 2006
Free Office Suite to Download
It is FREE and loads much faster than MSO (or OO) on SSD drives.
http://www.donationcoder.com/Reviews/Ar ... #textmaker
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
05-31-2009, 05:01 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Orlando, FL, US
08-17-2009, 07:46 PM
I installed ConfigFree from the Toshiba notebook line. It's essentially a WiFi and connection manager. It even gives you a real-time WiFi radar that determines where the connections are around you. If anyone is interested in this, I'll get the download link for the software (it's free from Toshiba) and the instructions on getting it to work on your Mini (because it's only supposed to work on Toshiba notebooks).
Join Date: Aug 2009
08-18-2009, 12:38 PM
My standard app package is:
Firefox (latest) - with plugins for Adblock Plus and Delicious which allows you to sync bookmarks between computers and the Delicious website... I tried Chrome which was faster but couldn't live without my FF plugins! There is also a great add-on called Smaller Tooltip which generates a tooltip when you hover over a link with the URL in it - really useful if you disable the status bar to save space.
Thunderbird - e-mail, just standard install works fine.
Skype - free calls and video chat - enough said!
Editplus - shareware but fantastic programmers text editor - I use it because it has integrated FTP upload/download for working directly with websites.
VLC - My favourite video player. I've always used it and always will because I love it! This thing'll play anything - I'm sure it would play a Word document if you asked it to!
Torn between Openoffice and Office 2007, I reckon if you have a licence for 2007 go for it, if not Openoffice. My personal mileage is that 2007 is faster.
CutePDF Writer to make PDF files - works like a printer.
Spotify - if you live in Europe it's like a cloud-based free jukebox, fantastic! Think the legal Napster, but less bloated, better looking, faster and free.
I think that's all the stuff that keeps me going for now... I keep it all on a flash drive for ease of re-installing
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
08-22-2009, 10:35 PM
There are several anti-virus programs that do not affect the performance of the mini at all. Its just a matter of finding the right one for your requirments. Plus the fact that they can be setup to run active; non active etc. There is NO reason to risk what might happen without one. Stay away from Norton and McAfee for sure; but AVG and several others work without you ever knowing they are there. fdalbor
Compaq R4000 laptop AMD 64
Compaq SR2034NX AMD 64
Join Date: Mar 2009
08-23-2009, 01:26 AM
Avira Antivirus Personal
Utorrent (works great on my mini)
Malwarebytes Anti- Malware
Nero Smart Start
VLC Media Player
AVS to DVD
Everything works great!
Cherry Red Mini 9..64GB Runcore SSD...2GB Ram....16GB SDHC card, BT...Win XP Home, Logitech mouse
Join Date: Jul 2009
09-28-2009, 06:59 PM
I'm using Windows XP right now with 8GB stock drive w/ 4GB of free space still left, so it's:
AppGuard (Blue Ridge Networks , On a fresh install: It's close to the last thing I install to avoid conflicts with other programs. It blocks all manner of things + takes the worry out of malware for the most part.)
Keyscrambler (QFX Software ;I'm still looking for a free alternative; customer service/tech support has become strange of late.)
Sunbelt Personal Firewall (Sunbelt 3yrs of updates when I bought it) Since this blocks stuff pretty well, I don't have to use too many/any add-ons with Firefox. (Still looking for a free alternative I'll like)
TweakNow PowerPack (which I bought many, many years ago when it was known as Customizer; free alternative: Powertoys for XP by Microsoft)
TuneUp Utilities (installed only 'cause I already had it & came in handy for my older desktops; otherwise: go with a free alternative. )
Superantispyware (free or paid; free, especially if used with AppGuard; no active protection enabled when used with AppGuard)
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (free or paid; free, especially if used with AppGuard; no active protection enabled when used with AppGuard)
ClamWin (ClamWin) and/or
HouseCall 7 browser free scanner
Cool PDF Reader (pdf to png)
doPDF (make/print pdf)
Erunt w/ NT RegOpt
Izarc (compression manager)
MS Baseline Security Analyzer
PortableApps (I need to get the hang of it to really have an opinion about it....)
Retriever from Halogenware (download manager for IE + Opera)
(I liked Orbit Download Manager but when I last used it about a month or 2 ago, it didn't work with Opera + Chrome & I only really wanted to have 1 program for everything.)
RegClnr (by Jouni Vuorio, very old & hard to find but helpful to find out about registry keys that sneak on the computer (Yahoo Toolbar/Pager); tends to crash/not open when used on a Mini 9; patience + a reboot often required.... On my other older computers all running XP, I don't have this problem, though.)
SRWare Iron, portable version available (SRWare Iron)
TheWorld (portable version available)/Acoo (in case you have problems with IE) TheWorld is a relatively young browser, but I like it. It has some interesting features.
Acoo needs lots of customizing b4 use, if you can't stand clutter.
AcooBrowser (not sure if there's a portable version...)
I don't use Opera (bad experience with it), but b4 being turned off from it, I did like it. Maybe I'll use it again in the future & as with most things, avoid the forum.
(Annoying?) Unavoidables (???)
Windows Media Player 11
Java (Sun Microsystems)
Okay. I have been playing around with my install.
My Revised List
Sunbelt Personal Firewall
Keyscrambler (overlay option only)
*HouseCall browser independent scanner
*Windows Live Messenger
TuneUp Utilities 2009 (need lightweight alternative)
TweakNow PowerPack (need lightweight alternative)
HDD Low Level Format Tool 2.36.1181 (for pen drive recovery)
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.1.8 (for pen drive recovery)
NO Silverlight, NO .NET Framework
*You may not need these programs if you use PortableApps.
Join Date: Apr 2009
11-02-2009, 04:02 PM
Don't risk not running an anti-virus program. When a nasty one hits you'll be sorry as hell you weren't. Trust me... happened to me waaay back when. Spent hours cleaning my computer... almost threw up my hands and reformatted the hard drive... imagine losing all your data!
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