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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

bigal123 Re:My list from a larger list i keep (531 comments)

sorry this post is messed up ... see next post down for better formatting .... i could not delete it after posting.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

bigal123 Re:Search Software (531 comments)

I have not used Agent Ransack.... the free version does not look to search inside Office files.http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack/features ...

I am curious have you compared Agent Ransack to either DocFetcher or Regain?
DocFetcher -- Open Source desktop search application: It allows you search the contents of documents on your computer (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://docfetcher.sourceforge....

Regain -- Search engine similar to web search engines like Google, with the difference that you don't search the web, but inside your own files and documents (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://regain.sourceforge.net/

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

bigal123 Reposting/Fixing My List (531 comments)

This list is part of a much longer list that I maintain and sometimes publish.

* 7-ZIP -- Create/Extra ZIP and many other other file compression formats, very powerful. Note can open some installer EXE and MSI files (see Microsoft Orca for more MSI options) (free, open source, Windows, there may be Linux/Mac variants). http://www.7-zip.com/

* CCleaner -- System optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. (free, closed source, Windows) http://www.ccleaner.com/ **Alternate Tool** BleachBit -- Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. (free, open source Linux/Windows) http://bleachbit.sourceforge.n...

* Greenshot -- Good Screen Shot tool with simple annotation options. (free, open source, Windows) http://greenshot.sourceforge.n...

* IrfanView -- Image Program View, convert, crop, optimize, sideshow, batch Processing etc (free noncommercial, closed source, Windows) http://www.irfanview.com/

Instantbird -- Multi Protocol Instant Messaging (IM) Client - AOL, MSM, Yahoo, etc (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) **Alternate Tool** Pidgin - Multi Protocol Instant Messaging (IM) Client - AOL, MSM, Yahoo, etc (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://pidgin.im/

* KeePass Password Safe -- Good Quality secure password manager, stores passwords encrypted. (free, open source, Windows Linux/Mac with Mono) http://keepass.info/

* LibreOffice -- Power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production. Excellent replacement for other Office Suites, can open many different and sometimes odd file types -- (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.libreoffice.org/

* Mozilla.org FireFox -- Web browser for more security then Internet Explore (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.mozilla.com/ http://www.mozilla.org/

* SpeedCrunch -- fast, high-precision and powerful cross-platform desktop calculator (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.speedcrunch.org/ & http://speedcrunch.blogspot.co...

* UltraEdit -- Probably the absolute best most powerful text editors around, edit huge files, FTP, column mode, and more (shareware, closed source, Win/Mac/Linux) http://www.ultraedit.com/ **Alternate Tool** Noteppad++ -- Good Text / Source Code Editor replacement for Microsoft Windows Notepad/Wordpad (free, open source) http://notepad-plus.sourceforg...

* VLC Media Player -- One of the best media players out there. Highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. (free, oen source, Linux/Mac/Windows)
http://www.videolan.org/

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

bigal123 My list from a larger list i keep (531 comments)

This list is part of a much longer list that I maintain and sometimes publish. There are few others, but some are more as needed special use cases. * 7-ZIP -- Create/Extra ZIP and many other other file compression formats, very powerful. Note can open some installer EXE and MSI files (see Microsoft Orca for more MSI options) (free, open source, Windows, there may be Linux/Mac variants). http://www.7-zip.com/ * CCleaner -- System optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. (free, closed source, Windows) http://www.ccleaner.com/ **Alternate Tool** BleachBit -- Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn't know was there. (free, open source Linux/Windows) http://bleachbit.sourceforge.n... * Greenshot -- Good Screen Shot tool with simple annotation options. (free, open source, Windows) http://greenshot.sourceforge.n... * IrfanView -- Image Program View, convert, crop, optimize, sideshow, batch Processing etc (free noncommercial, closed source, Windows) http://www.irfanview.com/ Instantbird -- Multi Protocol Instant Messaging (IM) Client - AOL, MSM, Yahoo, etc (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) **Alternate Tool** Pidgin - Multi Protocol Instant Messaging (IM) Client - AOL, MSM, Yahoo, etc (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://pidgin.im/ * KeePass Password Safe -- Good Quality secure password manager, stores passwords encrypted. (free, open source, Windows Linux/Mac with Mono) http://keepass.info/ * LibreOffice -- Power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production. Excellent replacement for other Office Suites, can open many different and sometimes odd file types -- (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.libreoffice.org/ * Mozilla.org FireFox -- Web browser for more security then Internet Explore (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.mozilla.com/ http://www.mozilla.org/ * SpeedCrunch -- fast, high-precision and powerful cross-platform desktop calculator (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.speedcrunch.org/ & http://speedcrunch.blogspot.co... * UltraEdit -- Probably the absolute best most powerful text editors around, edit huge files, FTP, column mode, and more (shareware, closed source, Win/Mac/Linux) http://www.ultraedit.com/ **Alternate Tool** Noteppad++ -- Good Text / Source Code Editor replacement for Microsoft Windows Notepad/Wordpad (free, open source) http://notepad-plus.sourceforg... * VLC Media Player -- One of the best media players out there. Highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats ) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. (free, open source, Linux/Mac/Windows) http://www.videolan.org/

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

bigal123 The Cloud with Slow Internet Connection.... (414 comments)

I was in a very similar situation about 3 months ago, but with 80+ gigs of data. I had pictures that don't compress well, personal documents all sorts that needed to save. I used to just back them up to an external drive. Then i would hear stories about something happening to peoples computes and their external drive that was left connected. I never wanted to go to the "cloud" and loose my data, besides I had a very slow DSL connection so uploading would be a pain. I went researched the cloud solutions went round and round then held my nose and purchased a subscription to Mozy. Yes it took about 4 weeks to get my data upload. Of course i was using the internet connection for other things at the time also. At the time I figured what is 4 weeks when i have gone for so long with very few other options. After everything was done I now have Mozy running in the background and every few house it backs up. I love it I feel more comfortable about my data being safe. I don't have to worry as much about it. I still use my external drives for things like an extra copy of my Quicken data but that may change as I change my habits as Quicken data is also backed up by Mozy. For me I worry, what could happen to a computer, drive, even raid corruption, fire, flood, tornado, etc. I am paying for it and i know some want something free or less cost, but if i want to spend less i guess i could use the free version of Mozy and just do a few docs and no pictures. However family pictures are just as important as some of my personal documents. I know some may prefer one of the other backup services but right now I can say I am impressed with Mozy, even on my slow connection.

more than 2 years ago
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GIMP 2.8 Will Sport a Redesigned UI

bigal123 New Interface, but Feature Lacking (401 comments)

The new interface will have pros and cons but what is really needed are more image editing/management features. There is still no IPTC and EXIF support viewing editing and if I remember IPTC data is actually stripped out. 8 Bit Color Support is too low and CMYK is a must i know these will come with future GEGL improvements, but still. None of these are on the road map for 2.8. I don't even do that much photo work and have hit the wall so I am sure there are others out there that do much more than I that have even bigger feature needs.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

bigal123 Re:Keepass (1007 comments)

Don't forget that Keepass 2.x series is cross platform compatible via Mono running "Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, Mono (Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, ...)" http://keepass.info/compare.html

more than 4 years ago
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What Would You Want In a Large-Scale Monitoring System?

bigal123 SolarWinds Orion (342 comments)

I would have to agree with the other poster that suggested SolarWinds Orion network monitor. You can monitor network swithes, each port, servers, apps on the server, other devices with SNMP strings, things that don't support that.... you can import multiple maps etc. At our site in Orion we have a US Map, state map, then campus maps for a few sites. then building maps then to server room. Custom views and alters. My login to orion shows different stuff then our telecom person's login. and no i don't work for them http://www.solarwinds.com/

more than 5 years ago
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OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta Released

bigal123 New Good Stuff? (390 comments)

Nice to see this out. However I am disappointed that PDF import even when it is ready will only be added as an extension. It should be part of the core. I was also hoping for a few more big features. Even the improved Crop feature in Draw/Impress was a feature that a developer did as a side job in is free time http://blogs.sun.com/GullFOSS/entry/improved_picture_cropping_for_draw Will 3.0 include some of the features that were forked off with Go-OO http://go-oo.org/ ? ie: -SVG support - So we can import Inkscape documents ... remember SVG is a standard also. -MS-Works import - This would be nice as many home users use this as it cost less then MS Office -Improved EMF rendering - I have not done this in a while but EMF quality was poor -WordPerfect Graphics import -GStreamer integration -Rich fields support - some of the features OOo people said they would not support. -Other Go-oo features I am not trying to start a turf war, but there are some nice features. I would think that there might be time to integrate some of existing code i.e. Works support etc into OOo before 3.0 is final. AS the other features have been sitting in Go-oo they might be considered stable enough to port back to OOo at this beta stage.

more than 6 years ago

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How to keep Student's Passwords Secure?

bigal123 bigal123 writes  |  about a month ago

bigal123 (709270) writes "My son's school is moving more and more to online and is even assigning Chromebooks or iPads to students (depending on the grade). In some cases they may have books, but the books stay home and they have user names and passwords to the various text book sites. Then hey also have user names/passwords to several other school resources. Most all the sites are 3rd party site. So each child may have many user names (various formats) and passwords. They emphasized how these elementary kids needed to keep their passwords safe and not share them with other kids. However when asked about the kids remembering all the user names and passwords the school said they are going to have the kids write them down in a notebook. This seemed like a very bad practice for a class room and to/from home situation. Do others have good password management suggestions or suggestions for a single sign-on process (no/minimal cost) for kids in school accessing school provisioned resources?"

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