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    Quote Originally Posted by KDude View Post
    I registered at a college and got a discount (I'm in TX too, so it should work with any UTSystem). You don't need to actually register any classes. It wasn't that cheap though..

    Yeah, i bought office 2007 once from my school. Pretty good discount.

    Did i mention the disk i found was the professional version? =D

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    Still looking for a decent music system. I'd like to get one where you can put "tags" on music so that they can show up in multiple playlists without being copied a hundred times.. "Beefstickers -- Weasel pop. 'Work out'. 'Techno'. 'Pull up all of my angry music instantly'." If I could tag my songs and just click on the tags and have them show up that'd be more than enough for me.

    I do use Microsoft Security Essentials now, even though last year I would have never thought of replacing AVG it started to slow down my computer and irritate me. MSE is more pleasent.

    VLC is the best media player I've ever come across, I'm never going back. Almost everything I do I use google for now-a-days. If they offer it, I probably use it or plan on using it when I get home. I do use open office occasionally, its awesome for being free and MSO compatible.

    Skype is my only home phone I'll ever need. I don't know how people pay more than $8 a month to call anywhere in the US and Europe. And I got to pick a customized number My lucky number is in my phone number three times.
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    To be honest, I am not a big fan of any piece of software. I just kinda use stuff. I eventually find annoying aspects of everything. As far as things that I "loved", I am likely to spout off a lot of really old pieces of software because they make me feel nostalgic.

    As far as OS's, I suppose Ubuntu is "good". It has basically all the Linux stuff with the ease of installation and use of Windows. But there is no such thing as a good OS. I've never written one myself, but I have wanted to, ever since one of my friends did it. I worked for a group, for a short time, that used custom written OS's and I thought that I may get an excuse to write one, but it turned out the one my boss wrote was good enough for long enough, that I did not need to do it.

    As far as browsers, Opera is fast, but there are many sites that look weird on it. Firefox and IE are really slow. Chrome is a good middle ground.

    As annoying as the MS Office stuff is, that is what I have gotten accustomed to using. It is difficult to do work without those types of tools. I use Open Office when I can, but there are a lot of nice features in the Microsoft Version (especially in Word and eXcel) that you just cannot find easily in Open Office (for instance trend lines that explicitly have zero intercept). I am favoring TeX for "word processing" these days (I use TeXworks and TeXmaker). I remember using Word Perfect as a kid. That was a nice middle ground. But these days it is either TeX or Word (sometimes Writer).

    A basic text editor is an absolute must. So far Notepad++ seems pretty good. But emacs still seems more powerful. vim and vile are what I use when I don't really have access to windowing system.

    I like having a unix-style command line even under windows (even if I have a dual boot setup). So I usually get cygwin before too long.

    I am not much of a gamer. Though, I have fond memories of some games. There was this freeware game called Raptor that I really liked. This was a game where you flew an outfitted F22 to blow up enemy ships. There was also this RPG called Castles of the Wind that was shareware. Also, I used to sign into Prodigy to play games they had on there (there were murder mysteries, a CEO game, science games,...). There was a maze based game on there that I used to play regularly. I don't really remember the name but after some google searching, I believe it was MadMaze. Wolfenstein 3D was my first FPS. I remember playing that a lot. Oh, and of course the incredibly modifiable qbasic games: nibbles, gorilla, donkey. We use do play each others hacked versions to see if we could exploit the "upgraded" features. Along the same lines were the TI-85 games that floated around.

    I suppose my favorite use of computers is to actually just to program stuff on them. Believe it or not, my first programming language was gwbasic, I used it to program my own version of the asteroids game using a book I checked out from the public library. My first regularly used IDE was Delphi (it made use of object Pascal and it blew the doors of Visual Basic). I used it to make a two person space-ship game, and it only took me a half-hour or so(most of which was spent on the "art work")...I made a space background using the most diffuse setting of the spray paint tool in Paintbrush, spaceship foregrounds using two ellipses each, and circles for the targeting sights. After that, I just bound keys for moving the spaceships and sights. Incredibly simple, but also, a lot of fun to play. Since then, I have learned a lot of programming languages (C/C++, Java, Fortran, x86 assembler, Motorola HC11 assembler, perl, python, TCL, M4,...). I have even made my own interpreted and compiled languages, and compilers for languages someone else specified (both in school and at work).

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    Almost all free software, including OpenOffice (too lazy to ditch it for LibreOffice) on my personal machines.

    The only commercial software I've got an itch to pay for is DipTrace, a PCB CAD suite, but the free 300-point version has been good enough so far. I should get into KiCad (supposedly mature open-source software) and port over all my patterns/component libraries but I am lazy.
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    Besides games (and indirectly drivers for hardware) all the software on my computer is for free or I didn't have to pay for it (Windows I get for free from Dreamspark).

    Some useful free stuff I didn't see mentioned here yet and that comes into my mind:

    7zip (Winrar alternative)
    foobar2000 (music player)
    Mozilla Thunderbird (email client, alternative to MS Outlook)
    Foxit Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader alternative)
    IrfanView (image viewer with some basic functions)
    Pidgin (alternative for ICQ etc., can be used for many things)
    XChat-WDK (alternative IRC client to mIRC)

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    Not sure where all of these are at now, but my most used freeware would be:

    itunes (music)
    Foxit Reader (PDFs)
    VLC (video files and DVDs)
    Firefox (browser)
    Thunderbird (mail)
    virtualdub (movie editing)
    7-zip (compression)
    Openoffice draw (like old mac draw for diagrams)
    virtualbox (virtual machines)

    I'll probably remember more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei
    Halla74 and I expect you to answer this thread!
    Your EXPECTATIONS are my ASPIRATIONS.

    For a MS Windows OS, my favorite freeware is:

    1. AVG FREE EDITION (anti-virus)
    2. SpyBot Search & Destroy (anti-malware)
    3. Www.Openoffice.org (free, awesome, never pay for MS Office again)

    To kill a MS OS and get a free awesome OS insread?

    Linux Mint (version 10 or above)
    Will make a single core pentium W/ 1 GB of RAM a relatively fast, stable, & functional machine.

    For FREE VSTi instruments/FX go to www.kvr.org

    Great free/cheap audio/MIDI sequencer = Cantabile OR Reaper

    So much more to tell later...



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    Sweetheart, please click the link below and thank me later.

    http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/free-dvd...e-download.htm



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