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« on: July 10, 2013, 12:30:45 PM »

I've came across some useful FREE apps. Anything else worthwhile out there?

AdBlock: To block ads
Grammarly Lite: Spell checker
Dropbox: Cloud based storage
Copy: Cloud based storage
Open Office: Word processor, Spreadsheet and so on.
Stellarium: Planetarium software
Evernote: Notepad and web clippings
Advanced System Care: Spyware and registry fix
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2013, 12:42:27 PM »

There’s tons of free software at SourceForge.net for all sorts of things, also covering different hardware platforms and operating systems.

One very useful utility is an audio editor/workbench called Audacity.  It’s better and more powerful than some of the ones you can buy.

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2013, 14:19:36 PM »

I have to give a shout out to

Gimp
Winmerge
Pixelruler
Colorpic

Which I use almost dailey
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2013, 14:30:38 PM »

Recuva for recovering deleted files
Freemake video downloader
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2013, 14:54:28 PM »

Total Commander: The only thing I use for file management. In comparison windows' "folder" interface feels retarded.
All in one gestures for Firefox. Once you get used to them, you can't live without them.
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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2013, 17:01:35 PM »

Total Commander: The only thing I use for file management. In comparison windows' "folder" interface feels retarded.
All in one gestures for Firefox. Once you get used to them, you can't live without them.



Does TC not come from the days of DOS?
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2013, 17:18:11 PM »

Does TC not come from the days of DOS?

You're thinking Norton Commander, same style interface.
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2013, 18:03:16 PM »

Can anyone recommend a database that won't cause too much synaptic strain?
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2013, 18:14:44 PM »

What’s the intended use?  It will determine your requirements.  That said, I don’t know of any freeware ones.

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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2013, 18:23:58 PM »

Mostly just storing one-column sets of info (contacts and details of properties and stuff). Some filtered reports would be useful. Perhaps Open Office comes with a database - will check.

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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2013, 18:44:09 PM »

That sounds like a job for a spreadsheet program like Excel as there seems to be little in the way of relational data extraction.  It sounds more like you’ll be using filters and possibly pivots to extract data summaries.  Not sure what the capabilities in this regard are of the spreadsheet program that comes with Open Office.

Of course, for high data volumes stored in multiple tables that capture different data, a database may be in order, but, as said, your description indicates that such isn’t warranted.

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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2013, 03:29:20 AM »

Recuva for recovering deleted files
Freemake video downloader


That video downloader may come in handy. I used to used a site called savevid.com. It worked wonderfully well. Yesterday it suddenly refused to do anything until I had downloaded a browser plugin. I duly downloaded the plugin, but it refused to install properly. or something. Can't work out what went wrong but that site no longer works. Time for a new downloader then - I am an avid web pirate... :-)

Edit: Well, the software works. But it also automatically installed something called "Tuneup", which automatically opens a web page inviting me to buy software. I had to uninstall that; it remains to be seen whether I will now be left in peace to pirate at will.

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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2013, 07:57:15 AM »

Mostly just storing one-column sets of info (contacts and details of properties and stuff). Some filtered reports would be useful. Perhaps Open Office comes with a database - will check.

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Stay clear of the OpenOffice database.  I can't remember what it's called (I'm at work, so can't look) but it's pretty dire. SQLite is a lightweight, freeware database; I think it's a slimmed-down version of MySQL. I prefer PostgreSQL, though, although it's probably much more than you need.
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2013, 11:33:43 AM »

Can anyone recommend a database that won't cause too much synaptic strain?

Access, *ducks*  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2013, 13:47:13 PM »

Can anyone recommend a database that won't cause too much synaptic strain?

Access, *ducks*  Grin
It's impossible to duck low enough to escape the opprobrium that will attach to you if you persuade some poor soul to use that pile of steaming, maggot-infested crap.
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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2013, 14:03:30 PM »

Some might say that you won’t need to duck because you’re wa-a-a-a-ay low enough already just for suggesting it…  Wink

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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2013, 13:00:09 PM »

I need to edit a movie. What do I use? Preferably free of course. Ms Movie Maker is on my computer but crash every time I try to use it. I downloaded ImToo but it can only convert to a different player. Maybe I've got the wrong model? Help please  Tongue
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« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2013, 13:17:36 PM »

I like VirtualDub.
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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2013, 13:25:09 PM »

I need to edit a movie. What do I use? Preferably free of course. Ms Movie Maker is on my computer but crash every time I try to use it. I downloaded ImToo but it can only convert to a different player. Maybe I've got the wrong model? Help please  Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2013, 22:40:18 PM »

Could be a nice alternative to ABBA while driving! http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/
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« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2013, 06:44:00 AM »

Could be a nice alternative to ABBA while driving! http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/

Being roasted alive could be a nice alternative to ABBA whilst driving. I haven't tried that site, but I've downloaded a few books from librivox.  The problem with them is that they use volunteer readers, some of whom are excellent and some are woeful.  An Italian woman ruined David Copperfield by reading it in a heavily accented monotone (the reason why would a woman volunteer to read a male first-person narrative escapes me), and some foolish American made a horrendous hash of P.G. Wodehouse. I'll try this site, though.  Thanks.
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« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2013, 07:21:03 AM »

Being roasted alive ....
LOL Grin

Stones, I've downloaded a few, and so far they ALL started with the Librivox "foreword". So maybe this site somehow links to the other.

I wonder how long it will take for automated readers to compete with their (even quite average) human counterparts. I think this will have to await artificial intelligence since reading a story out load requires understanding of what's being read.

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« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2014, 16:34:30 PM »

Recuva for recovering deleted files
Freemake video downloader


I downloaded Freemake some time ago, and for a while there it worked wonderfully well. It has now stopped working: whatever I try to download, I get a message that says "Error: No downloadable video at this URL."

So I tried to use the online downloader at www.savevid.com, and there I get a message that says "Loading, please wait." And then you wait 'till Jesus comes again.

Now I wonder whether YouTube has built no security measures into their site so you can't download anymore, or what? Does anyone know? How can I download stuff from YouTube?

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« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2014, 16:52:42 PM »

I use the Download Helper plugin for firefox. Occasionally I'll find a video it doesn't download, but it's rare.
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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2014, 17:24:39 PM »

I use Downtube, if you have windows 8 installed, you should be able to find it in the app store. The nice thing about it is that you can download either in HD or low quality or even download it as a mp3

http://www.geogensoft.com/
http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/downtube/0c7c19cd-bf22-492f-96eb-483a900e9052

It also works with almost any youtube video, but not all are downloadable, just try and download any VEVO music video and see how far that'll get you! I do believe some youtube channels/videos have these security measures in place you're on about


Not sure if this is the article I read last year, but I've heard something about youtube allowing their youtube apps on cell phones to download so you can watch offline, anyway read this Guardian article they've got a whole story on it.
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« Reply #25 on: May 03, 2014, 02:49:58 AM »

I asked the people at Freemake what's going on, and rather amazingly for a free service, they promptly responded and suggested I just download the latest version. And lo and behold, now it works again.

I have a cap on my internet data, so I can't simply go watch things on YouTube. I have to stick to things I want to see/listen again, and then download it. I find YouTube a useful alternative to buying expensive CDs. Or rather, I would not mind buying CDs, but the kind of music I like is usually not really available in any CD shops around here.

Speaking of free music, here's a nice site:

http://pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=1

It features free recordings of classical piano music, all recorded by volunteers, but all at professional quality. Of course, it is only of use to you if you happen to like classical piano music. :-)
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« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2014, 18:42:56 PM »

... suggested I just download the latest version. And lo and behold, now it works again.
Good to know. I will do the same, then, to be on the safe side.

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« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2014, 11:46:09 AM »

I use Downtube, if you have windows 8 installed, you should be able to find it in the app store. The nice thing about it is that you can download either in HD or low quality or even download it as a mp3
Or youtube-dl on linux....
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« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2014, 14:59:12 PM »

How can I stop Windows 8 from changing to "Tiles" or from Tiles to Desktop. This happens when I work on the Desktop or Tiles but have something open in the background in the other mode. When I slide my cursor to the right, without clicking, it would change. A very annoying feature of 8. I switched off "tapping" on the touch pad.
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« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2014, 15:06:47 PM »

How can I stop Windows 8 from changing to "Tiles" or from Tiles to Desktop. This happens when I work on the Desktop or Tiles but have something open in the background in the other mode. When I slide my cursor to the right, without clicking, it would change. A very annoying feature of 8. I switched off "tapping" on the touch pad.



Ughh exacltly the sorts of reasons I changed to Linux, utterly detest windows 8, but I do have it in dualboot, so if somethings just can't be done on linux the windows safety net is still there, but really I don't bother with windows anymore
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« Reply #30 on: March 10, 2015, 20:03:18 PM »

Success at last! And with a webcam nogal! Cheesy

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« Reply #31 on: March 10, 2015, 22:22:37 PM »

Well done.  Grin
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« Reply #32 on: March 11, 2015, 11:09:54 AM »

Well done.  Grin
Cheers, but all credit to Katanshi Barcode Reader. Oh, and yourself of course for noting that it should be do-able in principle.Smiley This setup is workable till my proper scanner arrives.
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