This is my first instructable, and it is a guide showing you several of the programs that I love on my computer, because I want to give something back to this wonderful site. These software applications will cover a broad range of uses, including: legitimate work, data protection, data monitoring, internet use, etc.

Step 1: Internet

Okay, there are three programs i would like to describe for internet use, the first of which is opera Opera's website describes it as "The coolest, fastest, and most secure free Web browser available", and i agree 110%. Some of the things I love about it are: speed dial (a feature that allows you to have 9 home pages, to some extent (see picture), BETTER tabbed browsing (where a page would originally open a new window (pet peeve), opera opens a new tab, and the fact that if you close it, the next time you open it, it will have the same pages up.

The other program i would like to mention is utorrent. **NOTE: I am not endorsing internet piracy. Torrents, as with all peer-to-peer transfers, have legitimat uses, many things are in public domain, or are open-source**. that being said, utorrent is the lightest torrent software out there (weighing in at ~200 kilobytes). While I do not have any experience with other torrent programs, utorrent has treated me well. the great advantage to using torrents over other peer-to-peer transfers is that you are far less likely to pick up a virus, especially if you screen your transfers well.

The third is Sygate Personal Firewall. It is far better than the crappy windows firewall, which i disabled after this was installed. this software will ask you about which software you want to access your network. Every time something attempts to access the network, sygate will give you a nice little popup asking whether this software should be allowed through, at which point you can press yes or no, with the optional check to remember the answer for that software. it will also perform checks when software changes, i.e. when you update, or a program is mutated into a virulent form. It will also allow you to turn access fully on or fully off, fully open network is necessary for windows file sharing.
Oh my God The Zombie Hunters is your desktop!!! epic!!!! 11! 1!!! 1
 Which is better Google Chrome or Opera?
I'd like to heartily recommend VirtualBox by Sun (<font color="#008000"><a href="http://www.virtualbox.org" rel="nofollow">www.<b>virtualbox</b>.org</a>).<br /> <br /> It allows you to create virtual PCs and take snapshots of their running states which you&nbsp;can revert to at any time&nbsp;- perfect for trying out downloaded software.<br /> <br /> The one downside is that it doesn't easily support (but can be done) multiple monitors. For that try VMWare's Player (<a href="http://www.vmware.com/products/player/" rel="nofollow">http://www.vmware.com/products/player/</a>).</font>
cool! check out more programs <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/5-FREE-Programs-to-make-your-computer-slightly-e/">here</a>
May you please put the video back onto you tube. I liked it and was going to suggest for my science teacher to show in class. But now I cant.
vlc media player is the worst program I have ever seen. it took over all of the file associations on my computer and there is no way of setting them on the program. and i can't stand that orange cone icon thing it puts on all of the media files. the only reason it is still on my computer is that another program that i use a lot needs vlc to run.
wats the name of the program? yeah, vlc sets the file associations too. The only way to reset them is to: 1. Click on any open folder window. 2. Choose Tools>Options. 3. Click the File Types tab. 4. Navigate to the file types that u dont like. 5. You should get the idea.
If you have Vista, just go to default programs on the start orb, then set your default programs, and I think you can figure it out from there.
i dont have vista. i would rather use ms-dos than vista.
I also hate Vista. I use Ubuntu mainly with vista only for gaming.
6 simple steps: 1: Right Click the file that you would not like to have opened with VLC. 2: Click Properties 3: Click 'Change' next to 'opens with' 4: Select another media player of your choice 5: Click Apply 6: Next time you install something, pay attention instead of clicking next, I agree, and finish. Do some research before you accuse an open-source program to the "the worst program I have ever seen."
blender rules
Another cool thing for your computer is Dream Render. It allows you to play videos, music, and your own creations as your background.
ZOMBIE HUNTERS BATTLE CRY!!!! for those uneducated in the battle cry google The Zombie Hunters
PUT THE cell mitosis VIDEO BACK ON YOUTUBE!!!!!&gt;=|<br/>
Does Instructables have a Folding@home team? If so, what is it so I can join!!?!
Can you set TrueCpyt "Drives" to read from physical drives and how to read the drive, like a DVD drive mounted through TrueCrypt and reading DVD disks from the CD Drive? Or could DaemonTools do that? (I mean read a ripped DVD "Image").
i would like to answer your question, but could you please try that again?
Never mind. I read the DaemonTools website, so no worries.
Iz Bysoft Free Ram Free or do u hve to get thu illegal and shifty ways
hay can you make an instructable on how to use blender?
I might I've used it for about a year now...
OK, pm me if you do
Will do
Firefox 3.0 has the same 'special' features that Opera has, and its open-source!
it really does come down to personal preference: your choice of internet browser is your choice. also remember: i wrote this back in february, before the release of ff3. but i love it for other reasons too, like the f12 context menu (opens a menu allowing you to enable or disable things like proxies, javascript, sound (really wonderful when m00t decides ROW ROW, FIGHT THE POWAH!), etc) i am now a firefox user. why? i switched to ubuntu, and opera didn't seem to want to install correctly. i don't mind firefox, its a real gem of the open-source world, and it is really no better or worse than opera, like i said, its all personal preference.
Other than that, nice 'ible
This was a triumph... I'm making a note here huge success. lol Great job!
the cake is a lie!
pretty good =)<br/>
what does it mean when it says Opera is secure? What does it do to stay secure?
i havnt had any viruses since i switched to opera. when i was using ie i would have to remove several viruses each month.
it remains unused. because it is not as popular as internet explorer and firefox, people are far less interested in finding exploitable code. i'm sorry i can't give a more detailed description, but feel free to do research on it.
+1, good start.<br/><br/>you've helped me with a program i was looking for!<br/><br/>here's some you may want to look at:<br/><br/>CPUZ/CPU ID (free)<br/>- this tells you your computer specs. everything you need to know.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php">http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php</a><br/><br/>Alchohol 120%<br/>for imaging, mounting, and using virtual drives, <br/>- not free, but well constructed<br/><br/>Partition magic 8<br/>multibooting operating systems<br/>- not free<br/><br/>want media off of websites like youtube or myspace?<br/>(firefox required.) - www.downloadhelper.net<br/>-free<br/><br/>CC cleaner is great for managing your pc.<br/>- its free too.<br/>you may backup/delete registries, or pc files<br/>-you may add/remove programs quicker than in the traditional windows manner<br/>- change which programs start up when windows starts<br/><br/> 3rd party firmware<br/>do you own a router? people have open source firmware that optimizes your router. <br/>-increased support and performance <br/>- more useful than official editions<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=47282">http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=47282</a><br/><br/>and of course, acquire these by their appropriate and legal means.<br/>
can you post an instructable on how to use blender? thanks
Thanks, there were a couple of proggies in there I didn't know about. This is a nice little guide for people who were not aware they could do all this fun and useful stuff.
have u ever noticed that it is starting to become less geeky that many teenagers(usually 13+) know tons about computers and can even do some coding, so this stuff isn't really nerdy.. anyway thx I never knew u can make win use only 123 mb of ram (mine uses 550 right now with itunes, firefox, hamachi and 50 other little processes out of 1gb)
What do you mean a heatmap?
in the upper-right hand corner, under the thingy with the numbers, on the right side - the box. it shows the frequency of screen regions my mouse has visited since i restarted that app - this was right after a reboot.
I've got the Google web accelerator and a KeyScrambler (not sure which flavor gadget it is), and there are some that I haven't tried yet. But there are a lot of BS ones that you have to search through for the goodies!
how did you make your heat map so small!
just click and drag the bottom-right corner to resize
lmao, I like the Portal reference at the end there.
Thank you so much for this short and to the point overview. For me, it has been extremely informative and resourceful!
dude portal rocks!!! DONT eat the Cake!!!
wow is cod 4 pretty good
its a great game, however i would suggest against buying the pc version for the multiplayer; some of the anti-piracy functions can screw you out of your multiplayer, even if you bought it legitimately
I recommend JKDefrag. Has a screensaver function that will defragment your HDD during your down time, but it will pop back to your desktop with a nudge of the mouse.
hmmm... this software seeems pretty good, i am going to check it out for a few days, then possibly add it to this instrucable

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