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  1. PangingJr

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    NTREGOPT v1.1b (178 KB) - Registry Optimization for Windows NT/2000/XP
    http://home.t-online.de/home/lars.hederer/erunt


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    Autoruns v4.03 (40 KB)
    http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/autoruns.shtml

     
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    NirSoft ( http://nirsoft.cjb.net/ ) - freeware utilities - http://freehost14.websamba.com/nirsoft/utils/index.html


    IconsExtract v1.30 (19 KB) - http://nirsoft.mirrorz.com/

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    WinUpdatesList v1.00 (35 KB) - http://nirsoft.mirrorz.com/

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    TurnFlash v2.10 (6.6 KB) - http://nirsoft.mirrorz.com/

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    IECookiesView v1.60 (42 KB) - http://nirsoft.mirrorz.com/

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  3. grog

    grog Roxy Music

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    Cygwin:

    http://www.cygwin.com/

    Cygwin give Windows the ability to run GNU based applications.
    Cygwin is really a full enviorment and I don't think I could live without it in Windows XP.

    Best of all it is totally free.

    I have over 1.3GB of GNU software loaded and running under WindowXP PRO right now.

    * Want to learn C++, Perl or SED ? How about a full featured compiler (GNU) for free.
    * Want to use or learn X-Windows but do not want to install Linux?
    * Need to connect to another system using SSH?

    Several of my test machines are running Linux with no keyboard or mouse. I connect to them using SSH and bring up 'X' though the secure connection. Real easy to do and best of all I have all the tools to do it and it did not cost a single dime.

    Programming from the 'X' enviorment is very nice. Source code level debuggers are included such as DDD. Full X-Emacs and enhanced versions of VI.

    Full BASH shell programming with or without 'X'.

    You may run 'X' from seperate XTERM windows right from the Windows desktop or you can run full 'X' sessions including KDE and GNOME desktops (KDE and GNOME are not included with Cygwin so you have to download them as seperate items, twm is included howerver).

    Most of the Linux enviorment is duplicated as much as possible. You can even do this:

    $ cat /proc/cpuinfo
    processor : 0
    vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
    type : primary processor
    cpu family : 15
    model : 4
    model name : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
    stepping : 8
    brand id : 0
    cpu count : 0
    apic id : 0
    cpu MHz : 2002
    fpu : yes
    flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clfl mmx fxsr sse sse2

    $ uptime
    22:11:17 up 3 days, 3:41, 0 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

    You can also download GNU source programs and recompile them under Cygwin.

    Many project sources can be found on http://freshmeat.net/ and http://sourceforge.net/
    But will all that has been already compiled for Cygwin you may not even need to compile the programs.

    We will do one quick example.

    http://freshmeat.net/projects/ifstat/

    About:
    ifstat is a tool to report network interface bandwith just like vmstat/iostat do for other system counters. It can monitor local interfaces by polling the kernel counters, or remote hosts' interfaces using SNMP.

    Sounds like a cool program so lets download it.

    Download ifstat-1.1.tar.gz
    ----------------------------------

    Next go to Cygwin and un-tar the image.
    ----------------------------------------------------

    $ tar zxf ifstat-1.1.tar.gz

    Now lets go to the source files.
    ----------------------------------------

    $ cd ifstat-1.1

    Now lets configure the sources for our system. Almost every GNU project does it this way.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    $ ./configure
    creating cache ./config.cache
    checking for a BSD compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
    checking for gcc... gcc
    checking whether the C compiler (gcc ) works... yes
    checking whether the C compiler (gcc ) is a cross-compiler... no
    checking whether we are using GNU C... yes
    checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
    checking for ranlib... ranlib
    checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -E
    checking for ANSI C header files... yes
    checking for sys/time.h... yes
    checking whether time.h and sys/time.h may both be included... yes
    checking for unistd.h... yes
    checking for ctype.h... yes
    checking for sys/types.h... yes
    checking for sys/param.h... yes
    checking for sys/mbuf.h... no
    checking for net/route.h... no
    checking for net/if.h... yes
    checking for net/if_var.h... no
    checking for net/if_types.h... no
    checking for sys/socket.h... yes
    checking for sys/ioctl.h... yes
    checking for sys/sockio.h... no
    checking for net/soioctl.h... no
    checking for sys/termios.h... yes
    checking for errno.h... yes
    checking for signal.h... yes
    checking for stdarg.h... yes
    checking for limits.h... yes
    checking for fcntl.h... yes
    checking return type of signal handlers... void
    checking for sigaction... yes
    checking for snprintf... yes
    checking for proc interface in /proc/net/dev... no
    checking for kstat_open... no
    checking for kstat_open in -lkstat... no
    checking for net/if_mib.h... no
    checking for SIOCGIFDATA and ifdatareq... no
    checking for SIOCGIFDATA and ifreq.ifr_data... no
    checking for sys/sysctl.h... no
    checking for net/if_dl.h... no
    checking for sysctl... no
    checking for kvm_openfiles... no
    checking for kvm_openfiles in -lkvm... no
    checking for nlist.h... no
    checking for sys/dlpi.h... no
    checking for sys/dlpi_ext.h... no
    checking for stropts.h... no
    checking for sys/mib.h... no
    checking for dlpi streams interface... no
    checking for win32 GetIfTable interface... yes
    checking for net-snmp-config... no
    checking for net-snmp/net-snmp-config.h... no
    checking for ucd-snmp/ucd-snmp-config.h... no
    updating cache ./config.cache
    creating ./config.status
    creating Makefile
    creating config.h


    No problems so lets compile it.
    ---------------------------------------

    $ make
    gcc -I. -g -O2 -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -c ifstat.c -o ifstat.o
    gcc -I. -g -O2 -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -c drivers.c -o drivers.o
    gcc -I. -g -O2 -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -c data.c -o data.o
    gcc ifstat.o drivers.o data.o -liphlpapi -o ifstat

    Now we can install it.
    ---------------------------

    $ make install
    /usr/bin/install -c -d -m 755 /usr/local/bin
    /usr/bin/install -c -s -m 755 ifstat /usr/local/bin/ifstat
    /usr/bin/install -c -d -m 755 /usr/local/man/man1
    /usr/bin/install -c -m 644 ifstat.1 /usr/local/man/man1/ifstat.1

    Now we can find out all about our new utility by doing a man on the name.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    $ man ifstat


    Lets try our new utility. Since this is a network status tool lets get some network activity going 1st.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    $ ifstat -tTb
    Time 3Com Gigabit LOM (3C940) - Packet Scheduler Miniport Nortel IPSECSHM Adapter - Packet Scheduler Miniport Total
    HH:MM:SS Kbps in Kbps out Kbps in Kbps out Kbps in Kbps out
    22:35:59 1325.20 38.23 0.00 0.00 1325.20 38.23
    22:36:00 1313.93 37.62 0.00 0.00 1313.93 37.62
    22:36:01 1326.52 38.88 0.00 0.00 1326.52 38.88
    22:36:02 1267.09 42.58 0.00 0.00 1267.09 42.58
    22:36:03 942.63 35.16 0.00 0.00 942.63 35.16
    22:36:04 1326.52 38.88 0.00 0.00 1326.52 38.88
    22:36:05 1313.57 37.62 0.00 0.00 1313.57 37.62
    22:36:06 1315.24 37.89 0.00 0.00 1315.24 37.89
    22:36:07 1326.16 39.67 0.00 0.00 1326.16 39.67
    22:36:08 1323.88 38.28 0.00 0.00 1323.88 38.28
    22:36:09 1311.91 37.77 0.00 0.00 1311.91 37.77
    22:36:10 1324.84 38.84 0.00 0.00 1324.84 38.84
    22:36:11 1314.53 37.57 0.00 0.00 1314.53 37.57


    Well we have added one utility by compiling an open source project and running under WindowsXP PRO.
    The neat thing is this same program will also run under Linux as well. You can create programs that will run under both OS's this way yourself.

    I know, you want to do windows GUI programs. You can do that to.

    I will create a simple program for you to see how easy this is.

    $ cat hello.c
    #include <windows.h>
    int STDCALL
    WinMain (HINSTANCE hInst, HINSTANCE hPrev, LPSTR lpCmd, int nShow)
    {
    MessageBox (NULL, "Hello, Windows!", "Hello", MB_OK);
    return 0;
    }

    $ gcc hello.c -o hello

    $ ./hello

    We should see a hello dialog on the screen.

    Oh, you can also Pascal and Fortran. There are also projects like CSharp for doing C# work and even .net is supported.


    Hope that is enough information to give you an idea what Cygwin is about.
    BTW: Cygwin is a RedHat project in case you wondered.

    Greg
     
  4. grog

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    Next pick.

    Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/visualc/vctoolkit2003/

    * Microsoft C/C++ Optimizing Compiler and Linker. These are the same compiler and linker that ship with Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional!
    * C Runtime Library and the C++ Standard Library, including the Standard Template Library. These are the same static-link libraries included with Visual Studio.
    * Microsoft .NET Framework Common Language Runtime. Visual C++ can optionally build applications that target the Common Language Runtime (CLR).
    * Sample code. The toolkit includes four samples designed to showcase the powerful new features of the 2003 version, including new optimization capabilities, features to improve code-security and robustness, enhanced ISO C++ standards support, and the ability to use the .NET Framework library and target the CLR.

    And best of all its free!
    Yes you can use the latest Microsoft C compiler and tools to build .net programs.
    No Visual Studio but full compiler and libs.

    Greg
     
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    grog Roxy Music

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    xp_emegencyutil.exe - http://www.dougknox.com/ (Windows XP Utilities)
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  7. PangingJr

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    Useful utilities but not free.

    UserMonitor 1.6 - http://www.neuber.com/usermonitor/index.html
    (15 computer license $49 )


    Security Task Manager 1.6 - http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/index.html
    (Single user license $29 )
     
  8. HawgsHead

    HawgsHead Rest In Peace

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    Executive Software Disckeeper Pro......

    Best de-fragger I have EVER seen!!!It defrags the 4 HD's on my Alienware machine in about 45 scconds.The 1st time you defrag it will take 2-3 minutes or so.Then click the"Set it and Forget it" mode and forget about it.It will defrag whenever the screen saver kicks in,or any time of day you choose.....Sorry,I ment to put this in the :"Useful Utilities" column.
     
  9. Vampyromaniac

    Vampyromaniac confutatis maledictis

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    merged for you :)
     
  10. Shinjikun

    Shinjikun 第3 子供

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    I don't know if this app was mentioned in this thread all ready but I use this small freeware app called Disk Cleaner. It basically automates cleaning certain folders or preset caches on your hard drive and is very usefull. You can write your own 'plug-ins' and customize what it cleans. Small and helpfull.

    Disk Cleaner
     
  11. nitolbot

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    Astonshell.
    Its probably the most robust desktop enhancer I came acroos. You can d/l one of the many themes other ppl created modify them as much as you want or create one of your own from scratch.

    SphereXP
    A small pr0g which turns your desktop into a virtual 3d sphere. Not really THAT useful but has a fun novelty value & think every1 should check it out atleast once.

    Ati Tool. But im assuming every1 who has rad.s here use Omega drivers so ya guys should already have it :)
     
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    Louie6666 Just One Sick-Lizard

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    Hmm I really wanted to give these ago..but it seems there dns2go account is suspended...oh well will try locating them elsewhere....They sound reaaly useful :)
     
  14. PangingJr

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    Hmm, the links are working fine from my end just now..
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    Louie6666 Just One Sick-Lizard

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    lol

    lol yep its fine my end now...too which is nice :)
     
  16. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Shutdown machine V1.0

    http://www.download.com/Shutdown-Machine/3000-2344-10138258.html

    Advanced WMA workshop V2.01

    http://www.litexmedia.com/?from_WMAWorkshop

    ^You'll find a hell 'o lot of other useful media utilities there, like Fast CD Ripper 1.7, All To WMA Converter 1.77 and Acoustica MP3 CD Burner 3.01.

    RadLight SE 3.03 (bloody good for playing vids, quality is just amazing!!! :D )

    http://www.download.com/RadLight-SE/3000-2194_4-10152448.html?tag=lst-0-2

    Send To Toys 2.1 (very flippin useful, I can't live without it!, 100% yay, 0% nay votes on site!!! I'm lovin' it!!! :w00t:)

    http://www.download.com/Send-To-Toys/3000-2347_4-10128852.html?tag=lst-0-1

    Neh neh oh neh neh, oh neh neh, man I just love the apps above :D :D :D I deeply appologise if any one of the apps. above has been posted already, but I read the entire thread, and I didn't see any of them. May have missed one all the same! ;)

    PS: Wonderfull job you're doing here on DH Ctrl-Alt-Del, you make me feel like pressing those keys right now for now flippin reason man!!! :)
     
  17. OldBuzzard

    OldBuzzard DH's oldest Geek

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    LogiGamer for the MX series meeses. If you have an MX mouse and game this is almost a must have. It's good for non-gaming applications.

    Get it here: http://www.logigamer.com/
     
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    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Blind Write 5 - Get it >>here<< --------> (not free)
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    I've found that Alchohol is really good for backin up CDs, however, I suggest Blind Write if you're new to the art of backing discs up as Alcohol can be a little technical at times.
    Blind Write is also very powerful, however, and can be used in ways that even Stephen Hawking probably wouldn't even know about. I must say, I esp. like the pcouffin plugin that it comes with, much better than the standard Windows one anyday. :w00t:
     
  19. Randy P

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    Great Utilities

    I was wondering what you guys consdier to be great/good/crappy software for the pc. I had Norton System Works, but this weekend it all died and errors galore...too many to get into now. The Symantec guys said it was a common problem with a complicated solution.

    Anyway, I thought Speeddisk, Windoctor (fixes common Windows errors) and one button checkup were all wonderful.

    Do you gentlemen know of any programs like this....I am personally boycotting norton from here on out. So any other similar products which have similar programs like the above mentioned would be greatly appreciated.

    By the way I switched to McAphe Antivirus.
     
  20. pr0digal jenius

    pr0digal jenius Delete Me

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    TweakXP is great for tweakign your windows settings, and as far as virus protection, I use a firewall, not an AV program(I use blackice)

    for spyware, I use Spybot 1.3, Spywareblaster 3.2, and Adaware SE
     

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