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802.11n
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! Smiley Happy

 

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 Smiley Happy

 

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 Smiley Happy

 

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 Smiley Happy

 

 

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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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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Posts: 1,172
Registered: ‎05-29-2010
Location: Singapore

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) Smiley Very 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

 

Happy 2012! :smileytongue::smileyhappy::smileyvery-happy:

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Posts: 179
Registered: ‎01-07-2009
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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802.11n
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Registered: ‎11-10-2011
Location: Albania
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Re: What's your flavor?

Nice input JWBlue Smiley Happy
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My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.
802.11n
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Re: What's your flavor?

Update number two. See the first post.

 

Have a great day.

 

abvasili

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My hardware: TP x120e 0596-2ru. Windows 7, sp1, 64Bit, English, installed in UEFI mode.
802.11n
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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.