Release Notes: My 5 Favorite Apps & Utilities, the Early 2009 Edition

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gendoikari1

Wa-wa-wait. There's another person that uses the Zune player? I thought I was alone.

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nekollx

 Barack Oboma

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gendoikari1

I meant the software.

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techparadox

A little bit of editing would have cleared up some confusion in the article here.  Number 5 is a bit unclear. The description given here makes it sound like Magic Folder just arranges the files by type instead of its actual function of automatically moving them to user-specified locations.  Also, Number 1 neglects to mention that Synergy requires the user to have a monitor plugged in to each PC, which does us users no good if we just have one monitor to share amongst the multiple PCs - we'd be better suited by using a KVM at that point.

While I agree that don'tforgetthemilk is very useful, it quickly turns into a moot point if you don't have a smartphone with web access.  I personally get by with a small notepad and a pen, but maybe that's just the luddite in me.

I also note that "Enso Launcher" is a closed-source app.  While I'm not an open-source zealot, I'd definitely have to agree with the earlier comment posted advocating Launchy.  It's open-source, has the same functionality, and is infinitely customizable.

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ghot

...uh, yeah my mouse does THAT too...aka....right click, Send to...  :)

But hey, why use your brain when you can let MS do your thinking for you...I guess its a good thing that Newton and Einstein, didn't need "Magic Folders".  The brain is like a muscle...don't use it and it gets fat and lazy.

From some of the incredibly simple spelling mistakes I've seen in these articles, I think it may be time to start relying on our good old noggins a little more, than we do now.  But that's just me  :)

 

Take an OS, and edit out all the efficiency, and what you have left is a post-XP Microsoft operating system :)

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UpsideDownPants

This tool is for AUTOMATION, which is for SAVING TIME. It has nothing to do with using your brain or not. Save your agenda for when it is applicable. Thanks.

 

Oh yeah, and you win, you have definitely proven that you are the smartest "guy" in the room. (Despite your OWN common and frequent mis-spellings and gramattical errors, somehow.) You can troll somewhere else now, your work here is complete, guy.

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yuri61

Tanks for your suggestions. I may use some if not all...

Here are my must use apps:

 

1. Everything

http://www.voidtools.com

::makes searching for files in your machine as easy as...well there is still no comparison. On the first run it takes a little longer but then it keeps track of new files and as soon as you begin typing the filtered files begin to appear. You can even use multiple strings with spaces.

 

2. My Dropbox

http://www.getdropbox.com

::enables you to have (for free) at least 2GB of files everywhere you go, syncronizing a folder in your PC with a site on the net (register needed) and with any other PC in witch you install the app. You can even share a subfolder and do some colaborative work. My pen drive has been very lonely ever since....

 

3. XMarks

https://addons.mozilla.org/pt-BR/firefox/addon/2410

::addon for Firefox that enables fluid sync of your browser favorites over all the computers you use. A very interesting side effect is that when you install Firefox in a new machine with zero favorites, you can recall all your favorites in a breeze after installing the addon.

 

4. Bulky Rename Utility

http://download.cnet.com/Bulk-Rename-Utility/3000-2248_4-10174242.html?tag=mncol;lst

is a small app that renames a bulk of selected files changing whatever you want in whatever place in its names you can possibly imagine. Sometimes you just want to remove repetitive parts off the names of your mp3 collection or whatever...

 

5. Stamp Photo Renaming Utility

http://www.klingebiel.com/tempest/hd/stamp.php4

does the renaming  of your photos using the information the camera put in them. After renaming you have your photos named by the date and time they were taken. Ever wanted to have a slideshow of your holliday in the right order?

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Vladislav_Draculva

You know...I tried synergy and it is okay...but to be terribly honest in the long haul it makes me want to slap babies...I have found Input Director to be much more versatile than synergy...Not to mention there is a lot more support on their webpage...not sure if I am allowed to post links...but pretty much you can add a dotcom to the end of that and come to the site...I recommend that if you are synergy user and you like to give input director a try...you might just be amazed...

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ghot

I just right click ANY folder in XP and tell it  arrange icons by "type"  and then click "apply to all folders" in Tools/options.....silly me  :/

 

Take an OS, and edit out all the efficiency, and what you have left is a post-XP Microsoft operating system :)

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UpsideDownPants

You figured out the right mouse button! Magic Folder actually MOVES files (as in to a different location) automatically based on their extensions. (Among other things)

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lien_meat

I've been running an equivalent list of products in ubuntu(I use it more often then windows) for a while actually.
If you are curious what the apps are:
5. Folderview screenlet gives approximately the same functionality, but magicfolder sounds better.
4. Amarok is my favorite media player of ANY platform.  In my opinion there is no equal.
3. Avant window navigator has a remember the milk plugin...but I recently decided I don't like avant, so I don't use it anymore.  There is probably another app that does the same thing, just haven't looked yet.
2. Gnomedo is phenominal.  It does the same thing, and has pluggins for posting to twitter, searching google, and I can't even remember what else.  I love it.
1. I don't have the need right now...but like he says...it's cross platform.

Another app that I cannot give up in ubuntu: Tomboy notes.  Very powerful and simple note making too. (does anyone know of an equivalent windows-based product?, I'm curious.)

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orca11

I'm not familiar with TomBoy, but I use Freemind on Win to keep notes.  It takes a bit to get used to, but basically supports building heirarchy trees.  You can even encrypt particular nodes (for keeping account numbers etc).  I use it to keep game notes at home, general information like City office addresses and numbers, to do lists at work, server names and logins, names of other teams' members I work with (I'm horrible with names and work with an average of 6 different groups at a time, and just about anything I need to be able to browse through and find quickly.  Definitely worth checking out.

Pretty sure it was a MaxPC recomendation, but it's been so long I don't remember for sure.

http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

 

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orca11

Double posted... sorry!

 

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1337Goose

Are you on KDE? For some reason, Amarok always feels pokey on Gnome. Otherwise, it's pretty nice, dunno if I would call it my favourite

~Goose

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1337Goose

When I read the article here, it says it's by Will Smith (which I know it is), but when I go to track the article, it says it's by "jamor" . What gives? 

~Goose

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nekollx

 that's his common name, all the editors have their real name and a psydonym

IE if i became a MPC blogger it would read "Micheal Jordon" up top there but NekoLLX is tracking.

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Coming soon to Lulu.com --Tokusatsu Heroes--
Five teenagers, one alien ghost, a robot, and the fate of the world.

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1337Goose

 Are you sure that's right? Because this article is tracked as Norm, and it's written as Will Smith. Also, clicking Norm's name in the tracker brings up Norm's page. Clicking Jamor brings up a different page. 

Somebody confirm if this is right, but I think Jamor has posted this article on behalf of Will, that's the only plausible reason I could think of. Is that correct? 

~Goose

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UpsideDownPants

I'm just trying to decide if it EVEN MATTERS.

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DBsantos77

LAWLERCOPTERZ

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1337Goose

Damnit, I've been trying to get Zune player working ever since I read this "Ed Word" in the magazine, but for some reason, it always gets to the same spot in setup, and then decides that it doesn't want to go any further.

Also, for some reason, I've always liked Launchy better than Enso. I think it's because Enso has more of a verbose syntax whereas in launchy you can be a little more terse.  

~Goose

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tim_hilton

I had the same problem with my zune setup. If I remember correctly, all I had to do is update my Microsoft .NET framework (.NET HERE) and it worked perfectly after that for me.

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1337Goose

Thanks for the tip. It's strange, I always expected the .Net runtime to be updated automatically through automatic updates. I think having old versions of the .Net programming languages installed may have screwed me over a bit, and I usually run Linux anyway, I only occasionally jump to XP.

Anyway, thanks again. I installed Zune Player, and it's not as great as I thought it'd be. I have media strewn all over my hard disks, thats why I like WMP: it seems to find it all. 

~Goose

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UpsideDownPants

Launchy! FTW

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