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abvasili
Posts: 182
Registered: ‎11-10-2011
Location: Albania

What's your flavor?

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Hello,

 

I would like to open this thread regarding customization and how we get the best out of our computers for everyday use.

 

What themes for windows 7 do you use? What programs? Wallpapers? Can we share with each other opinions and suggestions?

 

I can start with some of my favorite programs, the first programs I install after installing windows:

 

Antivirus: AVIRA, free. IMO the best free antivirus. Light and very efficient. I feel very protected with it! :smileyhappy:

 

Video player: VLC. Plays almost every video codec and uses very well the resources of my x120e. First thing I do after installing VLC I go to: Tools/Preferences, than Input and codecs, and tick use GPU acceleration. This enable the capabilities of my laptop to play smoothly 1080p videos.

 

Audio player: iTunes. A bit heavy, but very good in organizing and playing my collection.

 

Dj Mix software: Mixxx. Free software, and works beautifully with a lot of controllers and possibilities. Mix like a pro :smileyhappy:

 

Internet browser: Google chrome. Light and fast. I prefer it more than firefox because it is light on the cpu and the fan is never overloaded.

 

Dock bar: Rocket dock. Very happy with it. It is fast, light and beautiful. Very handy to fast open your software.

 

Windows Explorer replacement: Total Commander. A powerful utility, two side browser, and a lot of integrated utilities. 

 

Picture viewer: Picasa (from Google). Interesting way of managing photo albums. And attractive way of displaying photos.

 

Photo slides: Photo story. I fell in love with this software from windows since I installed for the first time windows XP. Now it works in windows 7 too. A very elegant way of preparing slideshows for fun or work.

 

This is only a small list, just to start. I intend update it little by little. If you would like, share something with us. We can make our experience with our TP more fascinating :smileyhappy:

 

Thanks to anyone

 

abvasili

 

 

Update 1:

 

Torrent: µTorrent (micro torrent). It's really tiny, but does the work beautifully. Anyone should have this.

 

Codecs: k-lite_codec_pack. To make sure your windows 7 will play every kind of audio or video files you can install .


Tag editor: Tag&rename. To manage all your audio files, rename albums, add cover art to your songs you can use this program. Very powerful software, with a lot of tools to easily edit audio tags of your collection.

 

 

Update 2:


Audio player (2): Media monkey. Fast and full featured. You can browse your computer in a tree view, and play your files.

 

Picture viewer and light editing: FastStone Image Viewer. Very very fast and light.

 

Video player (2): KMPlayer. Highly customizable, plays a lot of video and audio format as well. Light on resources.

 

Office Suite: LibreOffice. A MS office replacement. A very good one... and it's Libre :smileyhappy:

 

 

Update 3:

 

MP3 Tag editor (free): Mp3tag. Mp3tag is a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata of common audio formats where it supports ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, iTunes MP4, WMA, Vorbis Comments and APE Tags.

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My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.
goretsky
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Re: What's your flavor?

Hello,

 

I like using Autohotkey for automation tasks on my ThinkPads. 

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 



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Re: What's your flavor?

Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials,Eset 

 

Video player: VLC

 

Audio player:  WMP player for windows and Banshee in Linux

 

Dj Mix software:  Aaudacity 

 

Internet browser: Google chrome 

 

Dock bar:  Cairo dock in Linux 

 

Windows Explorer replacement: None

 

Picture viewer: Picassa ,Fspot in Linux

 

Photo slides: None






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PeterTWJ
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Re: What's your flavor?

For me

Antivirus: ESET / Symantec

 

Video / Audio Player: Windows Media Player 

 

Internet Browser: Google Chrome (Firefox for video downloading, flashgot as addon. IE for compatibility)

 

Torrent: utorrent (same as yours, abvasili) :smileyvery-happy:

Codec Pack: Combined Community Codec Pack

 

Cleanup Tool: CCleaner (free and solid)

 

Defrag: PerfectDisk (solid performer, does great job)

 

Others: Paragon Alignment Tools (for XP or older OS), Windows Vista auto-align partition for optimal performance

 

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JWBlue
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Location: United States, California, Newport Beach

Re: What's your flavor?

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Video Player: DIVX > Best picture and sound on my system.

 

Both offline and in my browser.

 

http://www.divx.com/en

 

Blows away Adobe flash.

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abvasili
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Re: What's your flavor?

Nice input JWBlue :smileyhappy:
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802.11n
abvasili
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Re: What's your flavor?

Update number two. See the first post.

 

Have a great day.

 

abvasili

I'm just a volunteer. I like to help others where I can. Do my ideas work? I hope so. o_O
Who helped you today? Do not forget to thank him.
My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.
802.11n
abvasili
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Registered: ‎11-10-2011
Location: Albania
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Re: What's your flavor?

Hi, Update three.

 

Now all the software names have their own link where you can read for more information and download.

 

Cheers!

 

abvasili

I'm just a volunteer. I like to help others where I can. Do my ideas work? I hope so. o_O
Who helped you today? Do not forget to thank him.
My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.