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GateCrusher420 VIP Member

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#1 10 years ago

Now, I'm not talking about warez (i.e. pirated XP/Vista, Office, etc.). I'm talking about software like Open Office and what not. I've got a computer at my high school that I'm working on and unfortunately my teacher doesn't have the CD key for microsoft office (I just DL'd Open Office). So....along with Open Office, what other software programs would be a good addition to it's lineup? I have an anti-virus program (I'll be taking the computer home soon), windows blinds (yes, I purchased it), and IE8 (no mozilla this time). Unfortunately, this computer has shit for a hard drive (lol....20GB...fail). Any recommendations?




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#2 10 years ago

Obvious question would be what's it used for. You can get free software to do just about any task so there's no need loading it up with a load of software that will never be used just for the sake of it.




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#3 10 years ago

Basic stuff. No gaming. Just basic what not.




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#4 10 years ago
GateCrusher420;4595450Basic stuff. No gaming. Just basic what not.

That's not anywhere near specific. If you want to get helpful responses you need to specify what type of PC work that interests you or at least is necessary to your daily routine, school work, personal projects, etc.

There is literally a myriad of free tools ranging from video editing software to security programs, to photo editing, to music editing, to file compression/archiving, hardware monitoring, MS Publisher alternatives, etc, etc. Make your thread get more mileage by narrowing it down a bit at least.

Before you get too gung ho to DL lots of freeware though, I'd say getting a bigger HD might be a better priority.




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#5 10 years ago
GateCrusher420;4595450Basic stuff. No gaming. Just basic what not.

It still depends on what you want to do. Having software for the sake of having software achieves very little.

For example, I can tell you that my most commonly-used free (Freeware and open-source) software includes irssi, Code::Blocks, WinSCP and Notepad++. Unless you're an IRC user, a programmer, or have a remote server somewhere, that software will be entirely useless to you.

To try and give you a better answer than that, I headed to SourceForge and looked at the popular projects page. Curiously the top five are all P2P clients for various networks, although Audacity can be useful to just about anyone, and if you can get away with WindowBlinds, you can probably get away with Pidgin too. If you're looking to learn about other operating systems, then VMWare might be a good learning experience (It allows you to run other operating systems from within another, to simplify), which is the recommended way to test the highly-experimental Windows clone ReactOS, which right now is of interest to very few people who visit this forum. Slightly more cool is LiteStep, but I never did get that to work properly with WindowBlinds.

My software choices are skewed toward the ultra-nerd, however. Without knowing what kind of software you're interested in, nobody's going to be able to give you the answer you're looking for. I've recommended music software, IM software, virtualisation software, and even an OS. I suppose you can also include my earlier comments of software I use - An IRC client, a C/C++ integrated development environment, an FTP/SFTP client, and a text editor designed for scripting languages.




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#6 10 years ago

You already have OpenOffice, good start Thunderbird for email (Thunderbird - Reclaim your inbox) Ad-Aware for Anti-Spyware (Ad-Aware @ Lavasoft - The Original Anti-Spyware Company - Lavasoft) WinAmp for music (Winamp Media Player - MP3, Multimedia, and Music Player) Google Earth for mapping and such (Google Earth) GIMP for image editing (GIMP - Downloads)




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#7 10 years ago
Homer Gonerson;4595489You already have OpenOffice, good start Thunderbird for email (Thunderbird - Reclaim your inbox) Ad-Aware for Anti-Spyware (Ad-Aware @ Lavasoft - The Original Anti-Spyware Company - Lavasoft) WinAmp for music (Winamp Media Player - MP3, Multimedia, and Music Player) Google Earth for mapping and such (Google Earth) GIMP for image editing (GIMP - Downloads)

I'll agree with most of those, but I can't in good conscience say that I particularly like any e-mail client that I ever used. There is either no good way to handle e-mail for multiple inboxes, or I'm never happy.

I also prefer Paint.NET to GIMP, perhaps because it seems less cluttered. You can find that at Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing

I thought of Google Earth, but it fits into my "For the sake of having software" category. I've used it, I think I like it, but I've never found a practical reason for it. Sure, they're there, just not something I ever managed to get a real use out of besides finding out how old the maps are...




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#8 10 years ago
Sheepeep;4595522I'll agree with most of those, but I can't in good conscience say that I particularly like any e-mail client that I ever used. There is either no good way to handle e-mail for multiple inboxes, or I'm never happy.[/quote] Only suggested it because I know it's free, never used it :/ I just use my web access for my school email and BetterGmail plugin for firefox for a spiffier gmail
Sheepeep;4595522I also prefer Paint.NET to GIMP, perhaps because it seems less cluttered. You can find that at Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing

GIMP is the only "free" photo editor I've used, other that Photoshop 7... It was free from my brother, that's all I know.

[quote=Sheepeep;4595522]I thought of Google Earth, but it fits into my "For the sake of having software" category. I've used it, I think I like it, but I've never found a practical reason for it. Sure, they're there, just not something I ever managed to get a real use out of besides finding out how old the maps are...

Same here, I just mess around in it, it's a fun way to blow some time. Google maps is actually useful, but there's no application for download.




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#9 10 years ago

I don't have a lot of free programs installed, but here are ones I use frequently:

AVG Last.fm MusicIP Mixer NASA World Wind Opera Pidgin WinZip

I use those all pretty frequently. NASA World Wind is useful whenever I'm going out to take pictures and I want to know where the best views are. I use many more free pieces of software, but they don't serve an essential purpose. Such programs would include Whatpulse or TeamSpeak.




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#10 10 years ago
Ensign Riles;4595589. I use many more free pieces of software, but they don't serve an essential purpose. Such programs would include Whatpulse or TeamSpeak.

Skype is good too, if you know anyone that uses it.