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Old 02-02-2009, 11:05 AM   #1
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What programs are on your computer?

A neighbor moved over the weekend and left out a “free box.” I took a couple of books and some software. The only thing that installed okay and works is the Encyclopædia Britannica. I see that you can buy it new for $19.95 or used at $9.99. It never crossed my mind to buy that kind of software. It’s a 2007 version but apparently links to the internet and is to be cited as 2009.

What did you buy/acquire for your home system? What do you find useful? Which ones were a waste of money or storage space?
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:36 PM   #2
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here is my software file I currently use to set up computers - all recommended software is free :

TOOL TYPE
RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE
SAMPLE DOWNLOAD LOCATION

browser
Firefox (3.0)
Firefox web browser | International versions: Get Firefox in your language
Adblock Plus (0.7)
Adblock FIlterset.G (0.3.1.3)
Flashblock (1.5.6)

firewall, incoming and outgoing
ZoneAlarm (Free option)
ZoneAlarm Firewall (Windows 2000/XP) - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

virus checker
AVG anti-virus
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

music library player
Media Monkey
MediaMonkey » Download

dvd player
PowerDVD
PowerDVD Free Download

malware monitor
SpyBot Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

PDF reader (superior replacement for Adobe)
Foxit Reader 2.3 exe
Foxit Software - Downloads

CD to MP3 ripper
FreeCDRipper
Free CD Ripper - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

Player for all media files (.avi, .wmv, .flv, .mp3, .rm, etc)
Windows Media Player Classic
Free-Codecs.com :: Download Media Player Classic 6.4.9.1 : Media Player Classic is an enhanced version of Media Player 6.4

Codecs for all media types for Media Player Classic
KLite Codec Pack Standard
Free-Codecs.com : Download K-Lite Codec Pack 4.5.3 FULL, K-Lite Codec Pack 4.5.3 STANDARD, K-Lite Codec Pack 4.5.3 BASIC : K-Lite Codec Pack is a collection of codecs and related tools

video format converter
Any Video Converter
Any Video Converter - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

--Associate all video file types (and .mp3) to media player classic
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:08 PM   #3
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too many to list them all, but the ones I use all the time:

internet explorer / Apple safari (browsers)
Microsoft FS2004 plus a (very) large number of add-ons (game)
Quicken (finances)
McAfee security (malware, viruses, firewall) / Microsoft windows defender / Glary utilities (repair, cleanup)
Itunes (music, videos)
Mozilla (Email)
Openoffice (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, etc..)
Skype (phone, chat, fax)
Paint.NET (graphics editor)
Google Earth
Evrsoft first page (HTML editor)
Handbrake (video format converter)
Plus of course a bunch of utilities (windows media player, QuickTime, cuteFTP, fraps, PDF master, etc..)
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:13 PM   #4
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Thanks, you two, that's a lot to look into. I'm a beginner.
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Old 02-02-2009, 05:31 PM   #5
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I'd add one thing to CyclingInvestor's list:

NoScript -- JavaScript/Java/Flash blocker
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:04 PM   #6
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Ad-Aware 2007
Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
AVG 7.5
Easy CD Creator 5 Basic
FileZilla
FinePixViewer Ver.4.1
IrfanView
Microsoft Office XP Small Business
Mozilla Firefox (3.0.5)
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:34 PM   #7
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Firefox and assorted plugins
Photo Impact 12
Snagit 8
Webstudio 4
Word Perfect
Adobe acrobat
Corel Draw
Google talk, Google earth
Finale
Encore
Pro Tools 7 and plugins
Norton antivirus and System Works
Quickbooks pro
Thunderbird (hoping to ditch soon in favor of enhanced google apps)

Various MS office products that I avoid using whenever possible
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Janet, does Quickbooks Pro fetch account information from banks and brokers and CC companies?

I've been using MS Money, but I would actualy prefer a double entry system.

I would only use the chart of accounts and the general ledger.

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Janet, does Quickbooks Pro fetch account information from banks and brokers and CC companies?

I've been using MS Money, but I would actualy prefer a double entry system.

I would only use the chart of accounts and the general ledger.

Ha
You can set up import/download from various banks and other accounts, but I have no idea about various ways to configure this as I do manual (on demand) imports as needed. I mostly use quickbooks to manage customer accounts and keep fairly simple books (remember you are getting advice from a musician here..). I also appreciate that it syncs up with Turbo Tax seamlessly for quarterlies, etc.
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