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"Your top 10 Apps"

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Tue 30/03/04 at 11:09
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Well, I figured this forum needed a bit of a boost, it seems to be turning into a support forum more then a chat one! Anyway, i'm interested to know what your top 10 appplications are, what applications make your computing life easier/more interesting?

I'll start, just list anything you like, afterall this could turn out to be quite a decent thread for getting "Program reccomendations".

1. Mozilla Firefox - Probably the most advanced web browser ever, fast and easy to use. Excellent!
2. MSN Messenger - I cannot live without this, I have to communicate with people, and this seems the best way to do so.
3. mIRC - For those "file" getting needs (totally legal, yup).....
4. Winamp - This is probably the best multimedia playing app I have seen, it's fast and easy, and very very versatile. Highly reccomended as an alternative to WMP.
5. Nero - Awesome CD Burner, has lots of features.
6. AVG Antivirus - Seeing as I have a Windows system, it's best I keep myself protected, and this beast of a checker does exactly what it says on the tin.
7. Kazaa Lite - Obviously to get music from those budding underground artists....
8. Dev C++ - For my C programming requirements, this program is apt enough.
9. WinRAR - I have to do a lot of copmpression, and this beast of a compresser is excellent for my needs!
10. ExpressPCB - Excellent little Circuit Designer.
Wed 01/09/04 at 22:58
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In no particular order:

Mozilla - Allows me to go onto porn sites without having to clear IE's history afterwards thus causing lots of suspicions.

KazaaLite K++ - Better than Kazaa Lite, plus it allows me to download really big porn movies off of lots of people at the same time.

MSN Messenger - Keep me in touch with people so that I can exchange the best bits of porn.

Panda Antivirus - Stops bad porn from b*ggering up my laptop.

Outlook Express - Receives random emails offering me porn all day every day. I can also get loans and mortgages to pay for the porn.

Notepad - So quick and easy, I can note down porn sites quickly and easily.

Photoshop - Nice and illegal, like me downloading copyrighted porn off of Kazaa. Allows me to make porn posters.

Smart FTP - I can upload porn to my website to make it more popular. People like porn.

Roxio CD Creator - Allows me to make compilation CDs of porn to play on my DVD player.

Windows Media Player - Where would I be if I couldn't play the porn?

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That's probably my proper list too, just the reasons aren't 100% true. They're definately not 100% false however...
Wed 01/09/04 at 19:20
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Damn, I can't even remember posting this.
Wed 01/09/04 at 19:12
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"The mighty GE90-115"
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Icky you're evil...
Wed 01/09/04 at 19:06
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*pop*
Thu 01/04/04 at 00:04
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"Jim Jam Jim"
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Sorted the bookmarks but one annoying thing is that if I add a new one to IE, firefox doesnt see it. Is there a way to import them? As the import method looks to deal with HTML files.

Mouse gestures sound ok but with my 5 button mouse I dont use buttons like back and forward.
Wed 31/03/04 at 23:59
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Miserableman wrote:
> adrian wrote:
> I'll give Firefox a go, what do you mean by my firewall is oblivious
> to webpage popups? It stops them if I enable the setting, but I
> dont.
>
> Actually most of the features I mentioned above are native to Opera,
> although you can get mouse gesture plugins for Firefox and Mozilla
> afaik. Until very recently I used Opera exclusively, but I tried
> Firefox at home the other week and it's come a very long way in a
> very short time, and is now a rapier-quick, very minimalistic
> browser. If I had to pick one and ditch the other for ever more,
> though, I'd probably choose Opera.
>
> You're confusing webpage popups and windows messenger service popups
> - your firewall blocks access to a port (port 137 iirc) which
> prevents people on the internet sending you NETBIOS messages (disable
> your firewall and type "net send localhost hi!" for a
> demonstration). These are quite distinct from browser popups, which
> are generated by web pages and cannot be blocked by firewalls.
>
> To be fair, the google toolbar for internet explorer has a
> popup-blocker built in, so apparantly you can live a pretty
> popup-free life with IE.

No the firewall I have does include a web based pop up blocker. I turned it off as pages that actually did have pop ups as part of the site were getting blocked.

Might try Opera to see what thats like. Will probably stick with IE normally and then use Firefox when needed as the tabbed browsing is actually pretty useful and can see it becoming 2nd nature and one feature that I could get use to. I have now got use to my optical mouse which as the 2 side buttons which are used as back and forward, when I go to my friends his mouse doesnt have that and I always try and press them :D.
Wed 31/03/04 at 23:53
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adrian wrote:
> One thing I dont like is the Favourites menu, you can't sort by name
> which makes folders appear different than in IE. Would like to get
> ride of the favourites menu and start again with the same favourites
> that are from IE and nothing else, dont like them being in a folder
> called "imported from IE".

You can go to Bookmarks->Manage Bookmarks to move your IE bookmarks up to the top level. You can sort the bookmarks alphabetically here too, but that doesn't seem to be reflected in the order on the actual menu. You can move them about manually though.

> What is mouse gestures?

These enable you to perform most of your browsing without moving your mouse. I don't use them myself I must admit, but they are along the lines of "hold right-mouse and tap left" to go back a page, and vice-versa to go forward. The people who do use them swear blind by them, perhaps I should look into it..
Wed 31/03/04 at 23:46
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adrian wrote:
> I'll give Firefox a go, what do you mean by my firewall is oblivious
> to webpage popups? It stops them if I enable the setting, but I dont.

Actually most of the features I mentioned above are native to Opera, although you can get mouse gesture plugins for Firefox and Mozilla afaik. Until very recently I used Opera exclusively, but I tried Firefox at home the other week and it's come a very long way in a very short time, and is now a rapier-quick, very minimalistic browser. If I had to pick one and ditch the other for ever more, though, I'd probably choose Opera.

You're confusing webpage popups and windows messenger service popups - your firewall blocks access to a port (port 137 iirc) which prevents people on the internet sending you NETBIOS messages (disable your firewall and type "net send localhost hi!" for a demonstration). These are quite distinct from browser popups, which are generated by web pages and cannot be blocked by firewalls.

To be fair, the google toolbar for internet explorer has a popup-blocker built in, so apparantly you can live a pretty popup-free life with IE.
Wed 31/03/04 at 23:46
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adrian wrote:

> What is mouse gestures?

Depending on the extension, it involves holding a button (probably middle) and waving the mouse in a direction before release. A menu shows up right after you middle press and hold.
Wed 31/03/04 at 23:37
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"Jim Jam Jim"
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adrian wrote:
> Have you ever used tabbed browsing or mouse gestures? Does IE give
> you the option on startup to resume all previously loaded sessions,
> so that if your browser crashes you can effortlessly pick up where
> you left off? Can Opera or Firefox wipe directories just because you
> clicked on a link? The main reason I use Opera/Firefox is because IE
> is the internets version of cancer, but arguing that Opera/Firefox
> don't offer anything over IE is ludicrous.

Just install Firefox. Tabbed browsing is a good idea, as its annoying when you want to open a few links and you need to keep going back to the page.

One thing I dont like is the Favourites menu, you can't sort by name which makes folders appear different than in IE. Would like to get ride of the favourites menu and start again with the same favourites that are from IE and nothing else, dont like them being in a folder called "imported from IE".

What is mouse gestures?

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