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Postby Zephyr » 2010.04.29 (09:17)

Hi, I'm trying to compile a list of handy programs every computer needs.
Everything is compatible with Windows unless it is said to be for something else.

Antivirus:
Kapersky Paid
Norton Paid
Avast! Paid
Spybot Search and Destroy Free
MSE Free

Audio/Editing
Grooveshark Free
iTunes Free but content can be bought
Last fm Free
VLC player Free
Spotify Paid/Invite (Ask a happy song) Only in Finland, France, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK
Foobar 2000 Free
Winamp Free
Audacity Free, Audio editor
TagScanner Free, manages your music

Burning:
CDBurnerXP Free

Cleaners:
CCleaner Free, Windows
Appcleaner Free, Macs only
Ad-Aware Free, pay for premium
Appcleaner Free, Macs only: Cleans out your unnecessary stuff I think

Compression:
Winrar Free trial but never expires
7-zip Free

Conversion:
Freestudio Free
Handbrake Free
MPEG streamclip Free

Customization:
Stardock Free
Customization Free
Geektool Free, OS X

Emulators:
Dosbox Free, x86 emulator
VirtualBox Free, Virtual machine emulator

Filesharing/Torrents:
Bittorrent Free
Utorrent Free
Frostwire Free
Filezilla The free FTP solution!
Torrent Harvester Free
Cloudapp Free, OS X

Gaming:
Steam Free but content can be bought
Gamebooster Free

IM/Chat:
MSN Free
Skype Free but content can be bought
Pidgin Free
Trillian Free
http://adium.im/ Free, OS X

Images/Editing:
Photoshop Paid, expensive but worth it if you use it alot.
Paint.net Free
GIMP Free
IrfanView Free, Image viewer

Internet Browser:
Firefox Free
Opera Free
Google Chrome Free

IRC client:
MIRC Free trial but lasts forever
Xchat Free
Chatzilla Free, Firefox addon

Office software:
Openoffice Free
Microsoft Office Paid
Foxit ReaderFree, PDF reader
Convert Free, Unit converter
Graphcalc Free, Graphic calculator

System:
WinDirStat Free, File/directory size stat analyzer
Process Explorer Free, explores processes!
Resourcehacker Free, edit resource files
iStat Menus Free/Paid, System Information for OS X
Recuva Free, File recovery for shit your little baby cousin deleted.
SIW Free/Pay for premium, System Information for Windows, stuff like temperature and processor speed.
XVI32 Free, hex editor

Video/Editing:
VLC player Free
iTunes Free but content can be bought
Miro Free
Virtualdub Free, Video editor

Other:
AIM adhack Free, Removes ads from AIM
Alarm Free
Hott Notes Free, Sticky notes

If you guys can find any other handy programs I'll edit them into the list.
Last edited by Zephyr on 2010.05.01 (03:06), edited 18 times in total.
Clickme
spoiler

Orange- N cannot be spoken, or even thought about in my household. If my parents ever found out that I have played N since the cleansing, my life would be ruined. I keep the game in a multi-passworded .rar on a USB flash drive inside a locked boron alloy container that requires two keys to open (I keep one under the 64th hammer in my piano, and the other one in a small section of removable ceiling in the corner of the attic) hidden in a wall compartment lined with aluminium foil to prevent sonar detection behind my 375 kg cupboard, which is bolted to the floor - the only way to reach it is to abseil outside the fourth floor window and use a screwdriver to unfasten the screws holding the secret brick in place on the opposite side of the wall, but the screwdriver must be a specific type like the one I own, since if any other screwdriver comes into contact with the screws, the entire building will explode, as will a seperate charge placed inside the boron alloy container, rendering the USB useless. Even once the container is retrieved, attemping to open it without the arming pin in place (which is kept inside the battery compartment of my Maglite) will cause the water reservoirs lining the container to burst and react with the caesium lining, causing the container to burst into flames - the only way to prevent this is to use the arming pins to shut off the reservoirs with a sliding steel door. The USB itself contains an accelerometer linked to an explosive charge, meaning that if the USB detects its own movement speed as being greater than 5 cm/s, it will explode - any person attempting to steal it would have to move at a uselessly slow speed. Once plugged into a computer, the USB will upload a ghost virus onto it, leaving no traces. Only the right password can deactivate this virus, and if it is left on the computer for more than six hours, it will format all drives.

As you can see, I take my N playing very seriously.

Guiseppi- I'd much rather watch animals get boned in the ass.

Yanni- If it's glad, it's not rape.

Tsukatu- I refuse to use throw-away bags for such a frequent purpose as buying groceries. Instead, I've collected the hair of my two pet dogs and have woven them together into an all-natural, 100% environmentally friendly bag that I bring with me everywhere. And when I buy products that come in glass and plastic containers, I track down the company that packages them and ship back their containers so that they don't take up space in landfills.


Yeah, I use plastic.

Tsukatu- I hear Ebony Online is great, too. Cum save your princess, my lord!

Ska- UR MUM LIKE IS SPICY

Ska- why d i get the feeling what i typed will end up in the quote depository; or worse: someone's sig.

KinGAleX- I did it on the couch a little while ago.

Zeph- I got too pissed at the knife in the end so I just broke the wood on my knee

[13:50:29] |<-- Zeph has left irc.mountai.net (Quit: Zeph)
[13:50:53] <Zeph> omfg 1950s jazz :D
[13:50:57] <WorldCupE> ZEPH
[13:51:01] <WorldCupE> WHAT
[13:51:11] <WorldCupE> hpw
[13:51:12] <WorldCupE> how
[13:51:12] <Zeph> everyone wears out halfway through the match
[13:51:15] <WorldCupE> ._.
[13:51:17] <WorldCupE> you
[13:51:19] <WorldCupE> aren't
[13:51:20] <WorldCupE> here
[13:51:24] <WorldCupikaze> I think the broadcasters lowered the volume for certain frequencies
[13:51:35] <WorldCupikaze> WOAH
[13:51:38] <WorldCupikaze> STOP IT ZEPH
[13:51:46] <WorldCupE> he's in #n
[13:51:49] <WorldCupE> but not here
[13:51:58] <Zeph> that nz guy wasn't fouled
[13:52:05] <WorldCupikaze> DUBBLE YOO. TEE. EFF.
[13:52:05] <WorldCupikaze> STOPIT
[13:52:29] <WorldCupE> I don't think Zeph can read what we say
[13:52:38] <WorldCupikaze> No
[13:52:41] <WorldCupikaze> But it still happens
[13:52:46] <WorldCupE> xD
[13:52:47] <Zeph> holy shot I'm vibrating to 1950s relaxing jazz
[13:52:58] <WorldCupE> ZEPH
[13:53:01] <WorldCupE> CAN YOYU HEAR ME
[13:53:20] <WorldCupE> donfuy
[13:53:23] <WorldCupE> have you seen this
[13:53:35] <Donfuy> i can't
[13:53:43] <WorldCupE> can't what
[13:53:47] <WorldCupE> Zeph isn't here
[13:53:48] <WorldCupikaze> WHAT's GOING ON
[13:53:51] <WorldCupE> but is speaking
[13:53:51] <WorldCupE> D:
[13:53:58] <Donfuy> can't see what huh?
[13:54:06] <WorldCupikaze> IT'S THE APOCALYPSE
[13:54:10] <Donfuy> where's zeph o_o
[13:54:18] <WorldCupE> precisely
[13:54:21] <WorldCupikaze> Exactly
[13:55:21] <WorldCupikaze> call wide
[13:55:24] <Zeph> Pooh
[13:55:28] <WorldCupikaze> EH?
[13:55:37] <WorldCupikaze> OOOOOOOOoh
[13:55:38] <Zeph> amazing slide tackle saves day
[13:55:48] <WorldCupikaze> WHY ARE YOU TALKING YOU AREN'T HERE
[13:56:53] <WorldCupikaze> call wide
[13:57:02] -->| Zeph ([email protected]) has joined #Worldcup

[13:32:33] |<-- Zeph has left irc.mountai.net (Quit: Zeph)
[13:32:43] <WorldCupE> ZEPH D:<
[13:32:44] <Zeph> fucking irc app
[13:32:47] <WorldCupE> O_O
[13:32:50] -->| Zeph ([email protected]) has joined #Worldcup


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Postby a happy song » 2010.04.29 (09:55)

Game Booster: download
Open Office: download
VLC player: download
Spotify: download
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Postby Zephyr » 2010.04.29 (10:53)

Wow, spotify looks really good, I'll check it out.

*edit* Should have guessed it wouldn't be free ;_;
Clickme

spoiler

Orange- N cannot be spoken, or even thought about in my household. If my parents ever found out that I have played N since the cleansing, my life would be ruined. I keep the game in a multi-passworded .rar on a USB flash drive inside a locked boron alloy container that requires two keys to open (I keep one under the 64th hammer in my piano, and the other one in a small section of removable ceiling in the corner of the attic) hidden in a wall compartment lined with aluminium foil to prevent sonar detection behind my 375 kg cupboard, which is bolted to the floor - the only way to reach it is to abseil outside the fourth floor window and use a screwdriver to unfasten the screws holding the secret brick in place on the opposite side of the wall, but the screwdriver must be a specific type like the one I own, since if any other screwdriver comes into contact with the screws, the entire building will explode, as will a seperate charge placed inside the boron alloy container, rendering the USB useless. Even once the container is retrieved, attemping to open it without the arming pin in place (which is kept inside the battery compartment of my Maglite) will cause the water reservoirs lining the container to burst and react with the caesium lining, causing the container to burst into flames - the only way to prevent this is to use the arming pins to shut off the reservoirs with a sliding steel door. The USB itself contains an accelerometer linked to an explosive charge, meaning that if the USB detects its own movement speed as being greater than 5 cm/s, it will explode - any person attempting to steal it would have to move at a uselessly slow speed. Once plugged into a computer, the USB will upload a ghost virus onto it, leaving no traces. Only the right password can deactivate this virus, and if it is left on the computer for more than six hours, it will format all drives.

As you can see, I take my N playing very seriously.

Guiseppi- I'd much rather watch animals get boned in the ass.

Yanni- If it's glad, it's not rape.

Tsukatu- I refuse to use throw-away bags for such a frequent purpose as buying groceries. Instead, I've collected the hair of my two pet dogs and have woven them together into an all-natural, 100% environmentally friendly bag that I bring with me everywhere. And when I buy products that come in glass and plastic containers, I track down the company that packages them and ship back their containers so that they don't take up space in landfills.


Yeah, I use plastic.

Tsukatu- I hear Ebony Online is great, too. Cum save your princess, my lord!

Ska- UR MUM LIKE IS SPICY

Ska- why d i get the feeling what i typed will end up in the quote depository; or worse: someone's sig.

KinGAleX- I did it on the couch a little while ago.

Zeph- I got too pissed at the knife in the end so I just broke the wood on my knee

[13:50:29] |<-- Zeph has left irc.mountai.net (Quit: Zeph)
[13:50:53] <Zeph> omfg 1950s jazz :D
[13:50:57] <WorldCupE> ZEPH
[13:51:01] <WorldCupE> WHAT
[13:51:11] <WorldCupE> hpw
[13:51:12] <WorldCupE> how
[13:51:12] <Zeph> everyone wears out halfway through the match
[13:51:15] <WorldCupE> ._.
[13:51:17] <WorldCupE> you
[13:51:19] <WorldCupE> aren't
[13:51:20] <WorldCupE> here
[13:51:24] <WorldCupikaze> I think the broadcasters lowered the volume for certain frequencies
[13:51:35] <WorldCupikaze> WOAH
[13:51:38] <WorldCupikaze> STOP IT ZEPH
[13:51:46] <WorldCupE> he's in #n
[13:51:49] <WorldCupE> but not here
[13:51:58] <Zeph> that nz guy wasn't fouled
[13:52:05] <WorldCupikaze> DUBBLE YOO. TEE. EFF.
[13:52:05] <WorldCupikaze> STOPIT
[13:52:29] <WorldCupE> I don't think Zeph can read what we say
[13:52:38] <WorldCupikaze> No
[13:52:41] <WorldCupikaze> But it still happens
[13:52:46] <WorldCupE> xD
[13:52:47] <Zeph> holy shot I'm vibrating to 1950s relaxing jazz
[13:52:58] <WorldCupE> ZEPH
[13:53:01] <WorldCupE> CAN YOYU HEAR ME
[13:53:20] <WorldCupE> donfuy
[13:53:23] <WorldCupE> have you seen this
[13:53:35] <Donfuy> i can't
[13:53:43] <WorldCupE> can't what
[13:53:47] <WorldCupE> Zeph isn't here
[13:53:48] <WorldCupikaze> WHAT's GOING ON
[13:53:51] <WorldCupE> but is speaking
[13:53:51] <WorldCupE> D:
[13:53:58] <Donfuy> can't see what huh?
[13:54:06] <WorldCupikaze> IT'S THE APOCALYPSE
[13:54:10] <Donfuy> where's zeph o_o
[13:54:18] <WorldCupE> precisely
[13:54:21] <WorldCupikaze> Exactly
[13:55:21] <WorldCupikaze> call wide
[13:55:24] <Zeph> Pooh
[13:55:28] <WorldCupikaze> EH?
[13:55:37] <WorldCupikaze> OOOOOOOOoh
[13:55:38] <Zeph> amazing slide tackle saves day
[13:55:48] <WorldCupikaze> WHY ARE YOU TALKING YOU AREN'T HERE
[13:56:53] <WorldCupikaze> call wide
[13:57:02] -->| Zeph ([email protected]) has joined #Worldcup

[13:32:33] |<-- Zeph has left irc.mountai.net (Quit: Zeph)
[13:32:43] <WorldCupE> ZEPH D:<
[13:32:44] <Zeph> fucking irc app
[13:32:47] <WorldCupE> O_O
[13:32:50] -->| Zeph ([email protected]) has joined #Worldcup



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Postby a happy song » 2010.04.29 (11:07)

Zephyr wrote:Wow, spotify looks really good, I'll check it out.

*edit* Should have guessed it wouldn't be free ;_;


It is free. Entirely free.

There's an option to remove adverts for a monthly fee, but otherwise there are no payments needed at all.
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Postby Vyacheslav » 2010.04.29 (12:28)

I'm only adding what I have on OS X right now. All freeware.
Alarm Clock - http://bluefive.pair.com/alarm.htm
AppCleaner (OS X) - Free OS X software uninstaller
Audacity - Cross-platform sound recorder/editor.
Google Earth - http://earth.google.com/
Handbrake - Video conversion utility
Miro - Video player with YouTube support and a library
MPEG Streamclip - A MUST have for video conversion. Requires Quicktime.

I have more, just not free ones.
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Postby Tanner » 2010.04.29 (19:27)

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Postby Zephyr » 2010.04.29 (20:35)

I'll get around to putting up links for all these, probably after school today.

@atob: Isn't it invitation only though?
Clickme

spoiler

Orange- N cannot be spoken, or even thought about in my household. If my parents ever found out that I have played N since the cleansing, my life would be ruined. I keep the game in a multi-passworded .rar on a USB flash drive inside a locked boron alloy container that requires two keys to open (I keep one under the 64th hammer in my piano, and the other one in a small section of removable ceiling in the corner of the attic) hidden in a wall compartment lined with aluminium foil to prevent sonar detection behind my 375 kg cupboard, which is bolted to the floor - the only way to reach it is to abseil outside the fourth floor window and use a screwdriver to unfasten the screws holding the secret brick in place on the opposite side of the wall, but the screwdriver must be a specific type like the one I own, since if any other screwdriver comes into contact with the screws, the entire building will explode, as will a seperate charge placed inside the boron alloy container, rendering the USB useless. Even once the container is retrieved, attemping to open it without the arming pin in place (which is kept inside the battery compartment of my Maglite) will cause the water reservoirs lining the container to burst and react with the caesium lining, causing the container to burst into flames - the only way to prevent this is to use the arming pins to shut off the reservoirs with a sliding steel door. The USB itself contains an accelerometer linked to an explosive charge, meaning that if the USB detects its own movement speed as being greater than 5 cm/s, it will explode - any person attempting to steal it would have to move at a uselessly slow speed. Once plugged into a computer, the USB will upload a ghost virus onto it, leaving no traces. Only the right password can deactivate this virus, and if it is left on the computer for more than six hours, it will format all drives.

As you can see, I take my N playing very seriously.

Guiseppi- I'd much rather watch animals get boned in the ass.

Yanni- If it's glad, it's not rape.

Tsukatu- I refuse to use throw-away bags for such a frequent purpose as buying groceries. Instead, I've collected the hair of my two pet dogs and have woven them together into an all-natural, 100% environmentally friendly bag that I bring with me everywhere. And when I buy products that come in glass and plastic containers, I track down the company that packages them and ship back their containers so that they don't take up space in landfills.


Yeah, I use plastic.

Tsukatu- I hear Ebony Online is great, too. Cum save your princess, my lord!

Ska- UR MUM LIKE IS SPICY

Ska- why d i get the feeling what i typed will end up in the quote depository; or worse: someone's sig.

KinGAleX- I did it on the couch a little while ago.

Zeph- I got too pissed at the knife in the end so I just broke the wood on my knee

[13:50:29] |<-- Zeph has left irc.mountai.net (Quit: Zeph)
[13:50:53] <Zeph> omfg 1950s jazz :D
[13:50:57] <WorldCupE> ZEPH
[13:51:01] <WorldCupE> WHAT
[13:51:11] <WorldCupE> hpw
[13:51:12] <WorldCupE> how
[13:51:12] <Zeph> everyone wears out halfway through the match
[13:51:15] <WorldCupE> ._.
[13:51:17] <WorldCupE> you
[13:51:19] <WorldCupE> aren't
[13:51:20] <WorldCupE> here
[13:51:24] <WorldCupikaze> I think the broadcasters lowered the volume for certain frequencies
[13:51:35] <WorldCupikaze> WOAH
[13:51:38] <WorldCupikaze> STOP IT ZEPH
[13:51:46] <WorldCupE> he's in #n
[13:51:49] <WorldCupE> but not here
[13:51:58] <Zeph> that nz guy wasn't fouled
[13:52:05] <WorldCupikaze> DUBBLE YOO. TEE. EFF.
[13:52:05] <WorldCupikaze> STOPIT
[13:52:29] <WorldCupE> I don't think Zeph can read what we say
[13:52:38] <WorldCupikaze> No
[13:52:41] <WorldCupikaze> But it still happens
[13:52:46] <WorldCupE> xD
[13:52:47] <Zeph> holy shot I'm vibrating to 1950s relaxing jazz
[13:52:58] <WorldCupE> ZEPH
[13:53:01] <WorldCupE> CAN YOYU HEAR ME
[13:53:20] <WorldCupE> donfuy
[13:53:23] <WorldCupE> have you seen this
[13:53:35] <Donfuy> i can't
[13:53:43] <WorldCupE> can't what
[13:53:47] <WorldCupE> Zeph isn't here
[13:53:48] <WorldCupikaze> WHAT's GOING ON
[13:53:51] <WorldCupE> but is speaking
[13:53:51] <WorldCupE> D:
[13:53:58] <Donfuy> can't see what huh?
[13:54:06] <WorldCupikaze> IT'S THE APOCALYPSE
[13:54:10] <Donfuy> where's zeph o_o
[13:54:18] <WorldCupE> precisely
[13:54:21] <WorldCupikaze> Exactly
[13:55:21] <WorldCupikaze> call wide
[13:55:24] <Zeph> Pooh
[13:55:28] <WorldCupikaze> EH?
[13:55:37] <WorldCupikaze> OOOOOOOOoh
[13:55:38] <Zeph> amazing slide tackle saves day
[13:55:48] <WorldCupikaze> WHY ARE YOU TALKING YOU AREN'T HERE
[13:56:53] <WorldCupikaze> call wide
[13:57:02] -->| Zeph ([email protected]) has joined #Worldcup

[13:32:33] |<-- Zeph has left irc.mountai.net (Quit: Zeph)
[13:32:43] <WorldCupE> ZEPH D:<
[13:32:44] <Zeph> fucking irc app
[13:32:47] <WorldCupE> O_O
[13:32:50] -->| Zeph ([email protected]) has joined #Worldcup



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Postby a happy song » 2010.04.29 (20:44)

Zephyr wrote:I'll get around to putting up links for all these, probably after school today.

@atob: Isn't it invitation only though?


I thought they'd removed that restriction, but if it's still in place I have some invites I can send out.

There man be a country restriction in place, you'll have to do a little more research to see if the free service is available to you. I know it works for the US and England, France, and Germany (as I have friends who use it in these places).

If you find you can use it, let me know and I'll send you an invite (Pm you email to me).
click sig :::

spoiler


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::: My eight episode map pack: SUNSHINEscience
::: Map Theory: The Importance of Function & Form

-
M U S I C
::: The forest and the fire: myspace
::: EP available for FREE download, here.

-
A R T
::: Sig & Avatar Artwork by me - see here!

-
G A M I N G
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::: Steam Username: brighter



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Postby Chase » 2010.04.29 (21:29)

I can't believe MSE isn't on the Antivirus list, it's free and outclasses almost all others in tests. Only one bests it and that's a paid solution.
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Postby toasters » 2010.04.29 (21:33)

a happy song wrote:
Zephyr wrote:I'll get around to putting up links for all these, probably after school today.

@atob: Isn't it invitation only though?


I thought they'd removed that restriction, but if it's still in place I have some invites I can send out.

There man be a country restriction in place, you'll have to do a little more research to see if the free service is available to you. I know it works for the US and England, France, and Germany (as I have friends who use it in these places).

If you find you can use it, let me know and I'll send you an invite (Pm you email to me).

As far as I can tell from their site, Spotify is still unavailable in the United States. How did your friends get it?
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Postby a happy song » 2010.04.29 (22:00)

Perhaps I'm lying through my teeth. Let me review this and get back to you...

EDIT:
a happy song is confusing spotify and Last FM. Spotify is only available in the following countries:

Finland
France
Norway
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom


If you can, enjoy!
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Postby Nexx » 2010.04.29 (22:55)

The title, "a list of programs every computer needs", seems rather inappropriate. In the first place, it just seems more like you're compiling a list of useful free programs. In the second place, every computer does not need all of those programs. Like for example, my computer really really doesn't need iTunes. It also doesn't need VLC player. Or Skype. Or an alarm program. Or MSN messenger.

Speaking of messengers, are you aware of Pidgin?

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Postby T3chno » 2010.04.29 (22:59)

I actually like Trillian for IMing more than Pidgin as it has more functionality.
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Postby a happy song » 2010.04.29 (23:06)

Nexx wrote:The title, "a list of programs every computer needs", seems rather inappropriate. In the first place, it just seems more like you're compiling a list of useful free programs. In the second place, every computer does not need all of those programs. Like for example, my computer really really doesn't need iTunes. It also doesn't need VLC player. Or Skype. Or an alarm program. Or MSN messenger.


Yeh, I'm pretty sure the title isn't taking itself as seriously as you are. Just for fun, and all that.
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Postby t̷s͢uk̕a͡t͜ư » 2010.04.29 (23:40)

Obligatory Linux trolling

All of the following are totally free. Links are not provided to any software listed here because it can all be directly obtained without needing to visit each site individually, searching for the download link, and then running an installer. Painless installation and automatic updating are built-in with all of these.

Alarm:
Just use crontab and your favorite media player and music.

Antivirus:
First off, lol.
ClamAV is fine if you really want antivirus software.

Audio:
Amarok
Banshee
Dragon
Juk
Exaile
Rhythmbox
VLC
(plus countless more)

Audio Editing / Recording:
Audacity
Ecasound (for batch audio editing)
Jokosher
Muse

BitTorrent Clients:
The original bittorrent client is native in Linux as well, and uTorrent works fine through Wine.
Transmission, Deluge, and kTorrent are also all fantastic.

CD/DVD Burning:
Brasero

Compression:
Just use tar and gzip.
Alternatively, the "p7zip-full" and "p7zip-rar" packages will handle silly proprietary compression schemes your Winblows-using friends will send you.

Conversion:
ffmpeg beats all, no contest.

Download Manager:
wget will kick the crap out of any download manager you've ever used.

Gaming:
Wine runs Steam and most popular Valve games as though they were native.
Plenty more work besides, and updates to Wine tend to be focused on popular games, but Linux is obviously lacking when it comes to new releases.

IM/Chat:
Empathy and Pidgin both pretty much cover all bases.
There's a native Skype client for Linux, too.
TeamSpeak is an excellent VoIP server/client free from the fascism of Ventrilo, but Mangler is a Linux port of the Ventrilo client in case you want to talk on Vent.

Image Editing:
GIMP
I'm not big on graphics, but there are undoubtedly other vector graphics packages and all sorts of whatnots. Wikipedia tells me that Inkscape is good.

Internet Browser:
Firefox
Google Chrome
Opera
Dozens of others besides.

IRC Client:
Countless numbers, including the already mentioned XChat and Chatzilla.
tinyirc, Bersirc, BitchX, lostirc, and KVirc are also all excellent clients.
And of course, the best of the best: irssi.

Office Software:
Eeeewwwwwwwww.
OpenOffice if you absolutely must use Office for some retarded reason, or IBM Lotus Symphony if you like the candy-covered look.
Typeset your work with LaTeX, and the world will take you much more seriously. Not to mention LaTeX is practically a requirement for math/science/engineering grad school and industry work.

OS Emulation:
Sun Virtualbox is native in Linux, as is DOSBox.

PDF Reading:
evince
xpdf

Video:
VLC is native in Linux, as is Miro.
mplayer, Ogle, xine, and Totem all rock the Casbah.

And we didn't even get into web servers (apache2, lighttpd), remote file-transfer (scp, sftp, lftp, rsync, sshfs), remote login (ssh, VNC), systems administration (NIS/NFS, OpenLDAP, Kerberos), version control (mercurial, subversion, git), encryption (GPG, mcrypt, TrueCrypt), mathematics utilities (Octave, gnuplot, scipy, orpie), or the glory that is the shell (zsh ftw!).

And it's not surprising that you didn't even mention customizing the UI, because Winblows users and Macfags are not used to that even being an option. There's a stupidly huge list of windowing managers, all open-source and easily extensible, which are also not integrated into the goddamned kernel (a totally senseless limitation brought to you by Microsoft).



But here's my list of absolutely necessary Windows software:
Avast! Antivirus (free)
Spybot Search & Destroy (free)
Steam (free)
lots of disk space for games
and explicitly nothing else besides, because Windows is for play, not for *giggle* productivity
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"... and when i say 'scary as hell' i really mean 'tight pink shirt'." -kai


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Postby Donfuy » 2010.04.30 (00:30)

Hahahahahahah I never got what's so fascinating about irssi.
What's with your need to protect linux with rage, on a topic like this?
Also, there are a lot of tools to customize how the 7's UI behaves.

Anyway, you can put Google Docs into productivity too.
Oh, oh, oh you guys are missing the ultimate productivity tool!
Notepad! (or mousepad on linux)
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Postby Zephyr » 2010.04.30 (06:35)

Chase wrote:I can't believe MSE isn't on the Antivirus list, it's free and outclasses almost all others in tests. Only one bests it and that's a paid solution.


If you can find a link I'll add it, google seems to have failed me.
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Orange- N cannot be spoken, or even thought about in my household. If my parents ever found out that I have played N since the cleansing, my life would be ruined. I keep the game in a multi-passworded .rar on a USB flash drive inside a locked boron alloy container that requires two keys to open (I keep one under the 64th hammer in my piano, and the other one in a small section of removable ceiling in the corner of the attic) hidden in a wall compartment lined with aluminium foil to prevent sonar detection behind my 375 kg cupboard, which is bolted to the floor - the only way to reach it is to abseil outside the fourth floor window and use a screwdriver to unfasten the screws holding the secret brick in place on the opposite side of the wall, but the screwdriver must be a specific type like the one I own, since if any other screwdriver comes into contact with the screws, the entire building will explode, as will a seperate charge placed inside the boron alloy container, rendering the USB useless. Even once the container is retrieved, attemping to open it without the arming pin in place (which is kept inside the battery compartment of my Maglite) will cause the water reservoirs lining the container to burst and react with the caesium lining, causing the container to burst into flames - the only way to prevent this is to use the arming pins to shut off the reservoirs with a sliding steel door. The USB itself contains an accelerometer linked to an explosive charge, meaning that if the USB detects its own movement speed as being greater than 5 cm/s, it will explode - any person attempting to steal it would have to move at a uselessly slow speed. Once plugged into a computer, the USB will upload a ghost virus onto it, leaving no traces. Only the right password can deactivate this virus, and if it is left on the computer for more than six hours, it will format all drives.

As you can see, I take my N playing very seriously.

Guiseppi- I'd much rather watch animals get boned in the ass.

Yanni- If it's glad, it's not rape.

Tsukatu- I refuse to use throw-away bags for such a frequent purpose as buying groceries. Instead, I've collected the hair of my two pet dogs and have woven them together into an all-natural, 100% environmentally friendly bag that I bring with me everywhere. And when I buy products that come in glass and plastic containers, I track down the company that packages them and ship back their containers so that they don't take up space in landfills.


Yeah, I use plastic.

Tsukatu- I hear Ebony Online is great, too. Cum save your princess, my lord!

Ska- UR MUM LIKE IS SPICY

Ska- why d i get the feeling what i typed will end up in the quote depository; or worse: someone's sig.

KinGAleX- I did it on the couch a little while ago.

Zeph- I got too pissed at the knife in the end so I just broke the wood on my knee

[13:50:29] |<-- Zeph has left irc.mountai.net (Quit: Zeph)
[13:50:53] <Zeph> omfg 1950s jazz :D
[13:50:57] <WorldCupE> ZEPH
[13:51:01] <WorldCupE> WHAT
[13:51:11] <WorldCupE> hpw
[13:51:12] <WorldCupE> how
[13:51:12] <Zeph> everyone wears out halfway through the match
[13:51:15] <WorldCupE> ._.
[13:51:17] <WorldCupE> you
[13:51:19] <WorldCupE> aren't
[13:51:20] <WorldCupE> here
[13:51:24] <WorldCupikaze> I think the broadcasters lowered the volume for certain frequencies
[13:51:35] <WorldCupikaze> WOAH
[13:51:38] <WorldCupikaze> STOP IT ZEPH
[13:51:46] <WorldCupE> he's in #n
[13:51:49] <WorldCupE> but not here
[13:51:58] <Zeph> that nz guy wasn't fouled
[13:52:05] <WorldCupikaze> DUBBLE YOO. TEE. EFF.
[13:52:05] <WorldCupikaze> STOPIT
[13:52:29] <WorldCupE> I don't think Zeph can read what we say
[13:52:38] <WorldCupikaze> No
[13:52:41] <WorldCupikaze> But it still happens
[13:52:46] <WorldCupE> xD
[13:52:47] <Zeph> holy shot I'm vibrating to 1950s relaxing jazz
[13:52:58] <WorldCupE> ZEPH
[13:53:01] <WorldCupE> CAN YOYU HEAR ME
[13:53:20] <WorldCupE> donfuy
[13:53:23] <WorldCupE> have you seen this
[13:53:35] <Donfuy> i can't
[13:53:43] <WorldCupE> can't what
[13:53:47] <WorldCupE> Zeph isn't here
[13:53:48] <WorldCupikaze> WHAT's GOING ON
[13:53:51] <WorldCupE> but is speaking
[13:53:51] <WorldCupE> D:
[13:53:58] <Donfuy> can't see what huh?
[13:54:06] <WorldCupikaze> IT'S THE APOCALYPSE
[13:54:10] <Donfuy> where's zeph o_o
[13:54:18] <WorldCupE> precisely
[13:54:21] <WorldCupikaze> Exactly
[13:55:21] <WorldCupikaze> call wide
[13:55:24] <Zeph> Pooh
[13:55:28] <WorldCupikaze> EH?
[13:55:37] <WorldCupikaze> OOOOOOOOoh
[13:55:38] <Zeph> amazing slide tackle saves day
[13:55:48] <WorldCupikaze> WHY ARE YOU TALKING YOU AREN'T HERE
[13:56:53] <WorldCupikaze> call wide
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[13:32:33] |<-- Zeph has left irc.mountai.net (Quit: Zeph)
[13:32:43] <WorldCupE> ZEPH D:<
[13:32:44] <Zeph> fucking irc app
[13:32:47] <WorldCupE> O_O
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Postby t̷s͢uk̕a͡t͜ư » 2010.04.30 (07:45)

Donfuy wrote:Notepad! (or mousepad on linux)

vi/emacs
Noob.

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Postby Donfuy » 2010.04.30 (09:52)

Tsukatu wrote:
Donfuy wrote:Notepad! (or mousepad on linux)

vi/emacs
Noob.


I fucking knew it! You couldn't resist.
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Postby Vyacheslav » 2010.04.30 (13:33)

Microsoft Security Essentials - http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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Postby Tunco » 2010.04.30 (16:19)

CCleaner: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner (Cleaner)
Bittorrent: http://www.bittorrent.com/ (Downloader) oops didnt see it was already on the list
Stardock: http://www.stardock.com/ (Customizer)
Ad-Aware SE Free / Plus / Pro: http://www.lavasoft.com/ (Another Cleaner)
Samurize: http://www.samurize.com/ (Customizer)

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Postby otters » 2010.04.30 (16:27)

  • Geektool
  • Adium
  • Quick Search Box
  • Cloudapp
  • iStat Menus
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Postby Vyacheslav » 2010.04.30 (16:42)

^ OS X programs.
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Postby Nexx » 2010.04.30 (17:32)

Tsukatu wrote:Obligatory Linux trolling
[...]

Wooooow.
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