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Old 09-08-2004, 20:01   #41
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It's very useful. MS hides the fact it will run non-MS operating systems however, but it does. Just pick 'other' as the OS type. There's no official support for other operating systems, but it will run a variety of Linux systems. I don't know if the pre-MS versions had the extra support software for "other" operating systems which lets you share drives etc. If they did, then that's missing in MS VirtualPC, but it's all there for all the versions of Windows.
I think mostly the OS selection determins the VPC settings. e.g. RAM to allocate etc. Should be no problem running just about any OS.
I find it useful for setting up a "Test" network. Also useful for testing software on different platforms. You could also use it to run apps that are no longer supported on newer versions of Windows. Lots of uses. Main problem for me is memory - 512 isn't much when VPC starts taking it away from you. Time to upgrade...
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Old 09-08-2004, 20:13   #42
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New Ad-Aware SE out here www.lavasoft.de
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Old 10-08-2004, 12:35   #43
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what exactly does FFDShow do?

i use WMP9 as my main media player [using PowerDVD for movies].
i have the klite codec pack installed and i think divx and xvid are on my machine too but i havent used them....
I did have BSplayer too and liked it but got swayed by the bling of WMP for the wife and kiddie

what is the most streamlined way of setting up media players/codes to have the fewest bits of software/codec/players floating around from all the bunch that was mentioned here....
[having WMP recognise the files would be a nice bonus]...

i take it that other than using the "alternative" players there is no codecs available to play Real or Quicktime in WMP?
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Old 10-08-2004, 12:37   #44
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...as for other must have Apps: Spybot Search and Destroy to accompany Ad-Aware SE...

paid software - i would add Diskeeper.
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Old 10-08-2004, 13:09   #45
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paid software - i would add Diskeeper.
(and don't forget the free 'lite' version, though it's hard to find).

and Partition Magic.

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Old 10-08-2004, 15:43   #46
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dammit yes how did i forget: my "essential maintenance apps" cd has:
Ghost [though i have never used it yet ]
Partition Magic
Diskeeper 7
NAV 2003
ZA Pro 4.5 [tried 5 but it conflicts with Diskeeper]
Ad-aware/Spybot
JV Power Tools...oh yeah: that's another one!
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Old 11-08-2004, 10:30   #47
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Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Advises you on your PC/Server's configuration and how secure that is, together with tips on what to do to make it more secure. Also checks on latest security patches, not just the ones on Windows Update, but for those the majority of people forget about such as Office Update and patches and security settings for things like SQL Server and IIS.


And talking of Office Update...

Office Update

Very important to run this in addition to Windows Update, as the latter will not spot security updates to Office apps.
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Old 12-08-2004, 19:08   #48
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Audacity is a good free sound-recorder/convertor/editor.
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Old 16-08-2004, 18:58   #49
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I keep meaning to post this but never get around to it. Useful for system builders and those that keep losing their data

The Ultimate Boot CD (it's about 600MB) : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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Old 19-08-2004, 11:48   #50
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OSNews has a nice list of freeware here.
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Old 20-08-2004, 16:08   #51
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How about we rate these? Perhaps then we can come up with the definitive Top 10 Downloads (or however many)?
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Old 20-08-2004, 22:48   #52
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i just installed and used webroot spysweeper; despite using spybot and adaware Se regularly this still found crap in my system, especialyl registry keys [one of them, worryingly for the Alexa toolbar] hence this gets a big from me too
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Old 24-08-2004, 09:51   #53
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Not an app, but a developer library...

Oracle Template Library (OTL)

Very handy template library for C++ that wraps up the horrid OCI (Oracle Call Interface) into a nice simple C++ templated interface. Also supports MSSQL (via ODBC/OLEDB/ADO), MySQL and DB2, all with the same interface.

The bonus of calling direct into Oracle via the OCI without using ODBC/OLEDB/ADO is it's faster and also platform independent (yeah, I know ODBC has a Unix version, but I wouldn't recommend it for calling into Oracle, it's slow and clunky).

From a programming point of view code is nice and neat C++ (OCI code is nasty ), also the whole library is a single header file.



Another useful app for developers...

oXygen - It's an XML/XSL editor/debugger, but also understands a whole load of other file syntax highlighting. Best thing is it's ability to step through an XSL transform and debug it. 30 day free trial, but fairly cheap anyway. Java so runs on any Java platform.

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Lots of useful stuff included in TheOpenCD
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Old 27-08-2004, 20:47   #55
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Lots of useful stuff included in TheOpenCD
That link doesn't work for me but this one does.

EDIT: But all the links from the .net site are for the .dk site!

EDIT2: Seems to be working fine now!

Last edited by Damon; 29-08-2004 at 18:38. Reason: Link works now! ;)
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Old 06-09-2004, 08:26   #56
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Any free picture viewers / slide show proggies?
Other half wants to show off holiday photos on her laptop and wants some software to do it as easily as possible (so as not to confuse her 70 year old technophobic Mum).

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Any free picture viewers / slide show proggies?
Other half wants to show off holiday photos on her laptop and wants some software to do it as easily as possible (so as not to confuse her 70 year old technophobic Mum).

Jon
JAlbum is good. Will create HTML photo albums from a folder full of photos and even has a slideshow function so you can automatically scroll through the photo's in any browser. It also lets you select them manually and comes with about a dozen really nice templated to use.

Cracking bit of freeware
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Any free picture viewers / slide show proggies?
Other half wants to show off holiday photos on her laptop and wants some software to do it as easily as possible (so as not to confuse her 70 year old technophobic Mum).

Windows XP. Use the thumbnail or filmstrip view in Explorer, plus when you view a photo you can stick it in slideshow mode (if the file associations haven't been re-assigned to some other app that is. The photos should open in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer).

There's also a slideshow screensaver somewhere (on Microsoft's site perhaps or maybe it ships with XP, I can't remember now).

Or...

IrfanView.

Does a lot more than you probably want but it's free and has thumbnail/slideshow support, including the creation of slideshow executables/screensavers or burning to CD.
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Thanks guys, downloading JAlbum as I type. The laptop is running WinME so this is the easiest option.
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Just tried JAlbum. Got to say I'm seriously impressed with the results especially using BananaAlbum skin. Thanks Welshlad.
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