This entry is inspired by Daniel.
Here I am listing down a list of computer softwares and programmes of choice that are currently installed in my humble laptop. I am not a computer geek, and my knowledge about DIY PC is disappointingly limited. Nevertheless, it does not stop me from “playing around” with the system, since computer has become such a significant necessity in our everyday lives.
KEYBOARD AND MOUSE
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
Anti-Virus: PC Cillin
Winamp 5.0 Pro – MP3 Player and CD Ripper
Enhancer Plug-In for Winamp – Adds control and flexibility over additional sound processing.
Vista Skin – Just for the looks to compliment the Vista OS visuals.
Windows Media Player 11 (with installed K-Lite Codec Pack)– Plays most “downloaded” movies and Tv-Dramas.
Real Player – Back up for Windows Media Player, and some porn sites actually require live streaming over Real Player only.
Quicktime – To play lame quicktime movies obviously.
DVD X Player – To watch ALL kinds of movie DVDs, since this is a region free dvd player software.
MAIN SOUND CONTROL
Microsoft Office 2003 – Document processing, a necessity for almost everyone. I chose not to upgrade to Office 2007 which hogs the RAM like a fat ugly bitch.
ACD See PowerPack 7.0 – Light photo-editing. Very efficient and handy software, requires minimal resources, unlike Photoshop. I only needed the basic functions of photo editing, for now.
Picassa 2.0 – Photo organizing.
DVD/CD STORAGE BOX
CD/DVD Burning/Ripping Tool
Nero OEM 6.0 – I know, I am very outdated. But it works, so I never bothered to upgrade.
Magic ISO/Magic Disc – This is a necessity in ripping dvds, or reading ripped dvd on ISO format. Especially essential for the “alternative copy” of PC Games installation.
Daemon – Another virtual drive creator, to read CD/DVD Image.
Note that I use Winamp to rip music CD into MP3. Works wonders.
Autorun – Controls startup programmes with some extra functions.
CC Cleaner – Registry fix, and more.
I am not so keen on doing much tweaking with Vista, I had some horrible disasters over previous Windows XP OS. So I am just being more careful nowadays.
I installed a toolbar that works similarly with the one for MAC computers. This software is called RocketDock, and all the icons are customisable.
Limewire – For P2P downloads.
U-Torrent – For torrent file downloads. I find it more CPU friendly in comparison to Bitcomet and other torrent softwares. Who uses Bit-Torrent nowadays anyway?
Internet Browsing/Instant Messaging
MSN Messenger – Yahoo Messenger sucks. I installed a hack to disable ALL forms of advertisement.
Internet Explorer 7.0 – I support IE. I do not know why but I never liked Firefox. Of course Firefox gained its recognition for being marginally more superior than IE 6, but IE 7 has proven to be very reliable and efficient.
Bloglines Notifier – RSS Feed management and notification tool.
PORTABLE HARD DRIVE
PC Games Currently installed
Warcraft 3 (with Frozen Throne) – For DOTA only. Man I can die without Dota.
Half Life 2: Episode 1 – I am a Half Life fan, what to do? Can’t wait to get my hands on the Episode 2. Oh did I mention the graphics rocks????
Need For Speed Most Wanted – I know, an old game, but I have never played it before.
Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium War – Which I think is a very lame game and I shall uninstall soon.
Games I intend to play: Crysis, Timeshift, Half Life 2 Episode 2, NFS Prostreet.
I am hoping to get “cheap alternative source” of those games I intend to play when my friends return to Kuching. I could not possibly fork out hundreds of bucks to get the latest games like Crysis and Timeshift. I know, with my superbly hectic kind of life right now, how can I find time to play any of those games? Right?
I think that basically wraps up the system I am using now. If you have any suggestions or comments on better softwares and alternatives, please feel free to share your thoughts. After all, my IT knowledge kinda sucks, so yeah.
Ok Hak Jeng and Yiaw Wei, stop laughing at me. I know I am noob in these things.