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Here’s a list of some cool and useful stuff i’ve compiled for Holly’s brother. I thought i’d share it here.

You never have to worry about spyware, adware, viruses, trojans, worms, or other malware, because i’ve already used this stuff, plus i only use apps and sites that are already well-known to be pretty friggin’ excellent. Every one of these sites and apps come with a solid reputation.

All of this stuff is 100% free, except for a few that you can optionally pay for, like Reaper (audio recording). Naturally, i do not recommend downloading pirated software or media content.

Awesome free stuff you have to have, or at least need to know about:

System utilities and just plain excellent basics

Cool, useful stuff for your desktop

Audio, video, media

  • Audacity (audio)
  • Reaper (audio)
  • foobar2000 (music)
  • VLC (media player)
    • Great video player. Looks daunting, but all you have to do is play video or audio files. It’s one of the few that can open almost any file type. Can also convert, stream, save, etc.
  • GIMP (images)
    • Like Photoshop, but a little scarier-looking. A couple of hours playing with it and you’ll get the hang of it. Powerful.
  • Irfanview (images)
  • DVDFlick (DVD authoring)
    • Put your legally questionable downloaded movies on DVD with menus and everything! Not the best, but really easy to use.
  • uTorrent (downloading)
    • Download anything you want with this.
    • Best sites for searching are:
      • Obviously, use at your own risk. Read comments, look at details, and install anti-malware apps first. BTjunkie even has icons for # of ‘good/bad’ reports per torrent, so make sure to check them out.
        • You can use Peer Guardian to hide your IP address while you’re downloading legally questionable content. Not perfect, but better than nothing.
  • TVersity (media center)
    • Like Windows Media Center, but free and better. Download podcasts and videocasts and share your video across your home network.
    • If you have an Xbox or some other device for your TV, you can even watch your hard-drive movies/music/photos on TV. Super awesome.

Web sites that you will presently become completely, slobber-mouth addicted to, because they are awesome and will make you WIN.

  • Google Calendar
    • You can even remind yourself of appointments via email or SMS to your mobile phone! You can also share calendar events and add other people’s events to yours.
  • Lifehacker
    • Learn how to make life easier, cooler, better, and awesomer. Comes in many flavors, from real-world DIY projects to digital shortcuts
    • I really cannot say enough good about this site. Some of the best tips, tricks, and suggestions i’ve ever found for all areas of life, both digital and in meatspace.
    • Seriously. Wicked awesome.
  • Facebook
    • Find old friends. Avoid others. Lots of dumb widgets, and you can “poke” people until their brains bleed. Annoying, but awesome too.
  • Picasa
  • Flickr
  • Gmail
  • Google Reader
  • Twitter
    • Like a micro-sized blog. Send “tweets” from your cell phone or via web.
  • Wordpress
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Craigslist
  • BoingBoing
    • “A directory of wonderful things” - weird, cool stuff, plus news you might not hear about elsewhere.
  • Digg
    • Social news site. Most popular submitted stories rise to the top. Addictive, interesting, and easy.
    • Social networking, music-style. Also download their desktop player. With that you can play music tagged with descriptive keywords. For fun, try typing in “unlistenable.”

If you’re ever looking for killer software (or a web site) that does ‘X, Y, and/or Z,’ just let me know and i’ll point you to something good, safe, fun, and useful.

My username is “transmothra” on most sites - if you run into me online be sure to say hello!

pc issues

Jan. 26th, 2007 06:18 am
transmothra: (Default)
So i just did a fresh, clean install of XP (MCE) and my pc still won't boot half the time. It powers up, but doesn't boot. It usually takes 2-4 tries. It won't restart, either, it just hangs, every time, after XP is down and it's still powered on. The screen is janky and just about anything makes it go all crazy, even after i uninstalled and reinstalled the driver.

I thought for a bit about building my own PC, scavenging what i can from this one, but too much is integrated into my mobo and i really don't know what, exactly, i can scavenge, since i don't know which bits are fried. Also, i can find a good mobo for cheap, but i have found that i have pretty demanding specs - when you're thinking about committing to a project like that, you really think long and hard about future-proofing as much as you can afford to. If i'm going to build my own rig, i want it to be capable of swapping out for bigger, better, badder parts and whatnot.

So i'm going to wait a little while and use this thing as much as it will allow me to, and then take it into the shop and plunk down as much as they want to just fix it.

I've found that, having bitten off far more than i could ever conceivably hope to chew in the course of a lifetime on several occasions, i honestly don't miss working on my computer all that much. I don't miss the internets very much. It's kind of nice to have nothing to do. Although, i do have a brand new batch of terrible/mediocre/pretty decent CDs to review, so that's got to get done. Other than that, though... I think it will be a nice change of pace to be dormant in cyberspace for a little while longer.

Still... if anyone has any tips or insights they'd like to impart, please do feel free....
transmothra: (aaiiighhh!!)
Ho Li Qrap! i've been backing up recursively! i had less than 20Gig of free space on my 200Gig main drive! what a moron! it's taken an hour so far to delete the old backups, and it's not done yet. good fuck! i need to take smarter care of my system. i can't believe i was backing up backups.

anybody know offhand what the argument is to exclude folders, and what commenting scheme XP likes, in a batch file?

cleanXP.bat )

i am such a retard.
transmothra: (aaiiighhh!!)
update: when i try to open http://localhost/index.html (in Firefox anyway), my PC reboots. wtf?


Nov. 23rd, 2005 02:40 am
transmothra: (aaiiighhh!!)
Q: what [virus] could cause a PC to make farting noises through the speakers, about every hour or so, even when the mute is on?
transmothra: (fuzzed)
PC is not exactly doing any better. luckily for me, i have a brilliant girlfriend who knows computers well and is smarter than ass.

i think it will work out.


C: drive partially hosed, need to format & reinstall XP.

worse problem:

PC won't boot, not even from CD.


router, drive enclosure, cables, 1 working PC running XP, brainy girlfriend, liquor & beer, Astroglide.

March 2011

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