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Good FREE programs everyone should know about

Jung

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LogMeIn

A free, secure remote access service that works with PCs or Macs and all major web browsers. This service is great for anyone looking for an alternative to Terminal Services/Remote Desktop for their home, or even work, PCs.
 

BRiT

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I wonder how meebo treats your communications. Do they state if they are routed through meebo's own servers and open to abuse or are they kept privately between your PC and the AIM/Yahoo/MSN/GoogleTalk servers? Their website doesn't reveal how this is accomplished.
 

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Launchy

Launchy is a free windows and linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!

Mp3Tag

Mp3tag is a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata (ID3, Vorbis Comments and APE) of common audio formats. It can rename files based on the tag information, replace characters or words from tags and filenames, import/export tag information, create playlists and more. The program supports online freedb database lookups for selected files, allowing you to automatically gather proper tag information for select files or CDs.

Media Player Classic (Direct Download)

Media Player Classic is the perfect substitute for Windows Media Player. Aestetically is identical to version 6.4 and has the same lightness in terms of RAM occupation, but it has much more usefull functions. Features: with 'right' and 'left' keys it's possible to go forward/backward of one single frame; with 'Ctrl + right'/'left' it's possible to skip one predefinite quantity of frames; with 'Ctrl + up' it's possible to change faster the speed of reproduction; it's possible to visualize with media player Quicktime and RealMedia movies (but that programs must be installed); in full screen modality it's possible to show a scroll bar putting the mouse in the lower portion of the screen; in full screen it's possible to do the redimension images and adopt a cinema format or a TV format; it work as a DVD player too; keys are completely customizable; it can show subtitles.

Auslogics Disk Defragmenter

"We found the program fast, even on older XP systems. A handy HTML report is prepared after each defrag session. A summary displays the total files and folders defragged, while the detail section lists the defrag outcome for each file. We only wish a final sector map was included in the report. Novices to system administrators will love this easy-to-use hard drive defrag program." -Cnet Review

Advanced WindowsCare V2 Personal

Slow down, freeze, crash, and security threats are over. Advanced WindowsCare Personal is a comprehensive PC care utility that takes a one-click approach to help protect, repair, and optimize your computer. It provides an all-in-one and super convenient solution for PC maintenance and protection. All work will be done with 1 click and 1 minute. This fantastic program is available free of charge. Compared with its nearest competitor, Advanced WindowsCare Personal provides the more essential and practical formula for Windows: Removing Spyware and Adware, Preventing Security Threats, Privacy Protection, Fixing Registry Errors, Temporary Files Cleanup, Startup Cleanup, Repairing Windows, Speeding up System and 1-click Mechanism.
 

BRiT

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Taskix

Taskix is a free windows utility that allows you to rearrange your Windows taskbar items. Simply drag-and-drop the button you want to move. No need to get all nervous when an application crashes or if you need to reboot; you can reorder your programs exactly as they were anytime by just dragging and dropping them directly within your Windows taskbar!

Benefit of this over Taskbar Shuffle is it works in 64bit OSes.

TreeSize Free

TreeSize Free tells you where precious space has gone to. TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. You can expand this folder in Explorer-like style and you will see the size of every subfolder. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The space, which is wasted by the file system, can be displayed and the results can be printed in a report. TreeSize Free is freeware for Windows 2000/XP/Vista.
 

Jung

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Along the same lines:


TaskBar Shuffle
Taskbar Shuffle is a simple, small, free utility that lets you drag and drop your Windows taskbar buttons to rearrange them. Here’s a full feature list:

* Reorder your taskbar buttons by dragging and dropping them
* Reorder your tray icons in the same way
* Reorder tasks in a grouped button's popup menu in the same way
* Middle-click to close programs on your taskbar
* Works with UltraMon taskbars
* Tweak taskbar button grouping

If you run more than a few applications at a time, you'll definitely find Taskbar Shuffle useful, so give it a try!
WinDirStat
WinDirStat reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views:

* The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size,
* The treemap, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away,
* The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.
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Ruffnekk

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I got some as well:

Defraggler

Great defragmentation tool for Windows, made the guys that made CCleaner. Is quicker and better than the standard defrag tool that comes with Windows.

K-Lite Codec Pack

A great free codec pack, enabling you to view 99% of all video formats found on the Internet. Windows Media Player Classic is included in the download, which rules the current WMP version by far.

(Sorry I can't post links yet, so just google the apps and you should find them easily.)
 

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53V3N

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TinySpell: Check your spelling with tinySpell: free tiny portable spell checker

Occasionally you need to check spelling in an application that does not include a spelling checker and you don't want to launch your word processor just for that. This is when tinySpell becomes handy. It is a small utility that allows you to easily and quickly check and correct the spelling in any Windows application.

tinySpell can watch your typing on the fly and alert you whenever it detects a misspelled word. It can also check the spelling of text that you copy to the clipboard.

tinySpell installs itself in the system tray for easy access.
 

Centered

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DTASKMANAGER
Powerful replacement for the very limited Windows Taskmanager
-Also check out Dimio's other programs

Granulab 1.1 (the free version 1.1, 8 is not free)
GranuLab makes sound in real time by generating masses of short sound "grains" (usually chopped from all over one of your soundfiles).
Features:
Real-time control over time-stretching and pitch of a sound.
Morph between straight playback and fancy synthetic sounds based on a soundfile.
All parameters can be controlled by MIDI.

Coagula
Coagula is an image synth. It is both a simple image editor, and a program for generating sound from images (using additive synthesis).
You can use Coagula to generate rich and complex synth sounds. There are special drawing tools to help you create the pictures. Some are not so common in other image editors. Lots of stuff that would be really useful is also missing. The program is still under development.

Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch
This is a program for stretching the audio. It is suitable only for extreme sound stretching of the audio (like 50x) and for applying special effects by "spectral smoothing" the sounds. It can transform any sound/music to a texture.
 

BigBad

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Audacity: About Audacity

# Record live audio.
# Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
# Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
# Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
# Change the speed or pitch of a recording.


GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

Basically Photoshop with out the pricetag

And in case you wanna turn your old comp into a file server: FreeNAS [FreeNAS]


Though i doubt most of us would have a use for a network file server.

Edited:i forgot something http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Download get folding damnit.
 

Kiwi

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Should I get GIMP or Paint.Net to edit images? Which one is better?
I guess it depends the use you want to give to the program. Personally I prefer GIMP, it´s a little harder to get in the beginning but has more functionalities, I would recommend it over Paint.net.