I’ve come to the conclusion that people, well most people, in short everyone except me, don’t know what’s best for them. Therefore I think it’s important to tell you what you need and don’t need to have, listen to or use. I’m going to start of with a few apps/games everyone should always have installed on their system. And I will be talking about Windows stuff here since, well I use it, and I, as previously stated, knows what’s best.
This one is easy and most know it, for a client it’s Flash FXP. Maybe you like CuteFTP? Well you suck. Install Flash now. If you’re running a server use RaidenFTPD.
AcdSee. Now the question here is AcdSee Classic or not.. for most people Classic will do just fine, for us awesomely cool Manga fansub readers we might have to go with the latest version since it’s got better integration with archieves such as rar/zip. Whatever you do tho, disable the plugins for the later version that allows you to preview video.. or should I say try to preview but end up taking an hour and then stalling your system?
This is a complex one.. if you’re using an Ipod like me (Ipods make you cool, only thing Apple has made right), ITunes is just so simple and pretty..even
tho it’s a piece of shit software that hogs system resources (but hey Apple made it, so sort of a given). I use it as my Ipod / main library and when I just want to listen to music for on and on. My default Mp3 player is however Winamp. Now if you don’t use Audioscrobbler, go with Winamp Classic, if not get the latest
LITE version. Winamp has become bloatware like everything else and these days tries to be a general video player and supports video formats. Anybody who watches video in Winamp should be shot on sight.
*4) VIDEO (DIVX/XVID,MPEG 1/2/4)*
Media Player Classic and as complement player VLC. Media Player Classic is just a thing of beauty, does nothing than what it is supposed to do, open source, zero bloat.. just a piece of work. VLC is a nice sidekick for those times a codec decides to go haywire or when you, for some reason, need to watch a video clip as it’s being downloaded (VLC streams almost all formats). VLC can’t be used as a standard player tho because the subtitle support ain ‘t all that. MPC combined with DirectShow filter tho is as good as it gets.
Needles to say Windows Media Player is the worst player ever. It’s shit and if you use it you’re shit. No not the shit just shit, a lame smelling turd nobody wants to be around. And yes Intervideo sucks too..and PowerDVD.
*5) INSTANT MESSENGER*
Miranda. Why use ass MSN/ICQ bloatware when this baby can use all those protocols, makes a point out of having a CLEAN interface with zero bloat and has tons of nifty plugins. Oh and it doesn’t support MSN audio/video yet, but that doesn’t matter because that suck anyway. Now next to Miranda you want to have Skype installed which is simply the one and only client to own when it comes to voice. If you don’t know why then I don’t like you but go to their homepage and find out.
You should always have a fresh copy of FuhQuake + Quake 1 on your harddrive. Why? FuhQuake adds awesome stuff to Quake (which is just so hard-ass already one might wonder if it’s possible) like high-resolution textures, colored lightning, smooth model interpolation.. but that’s just for tools, all cool people use FuhQuake because then Quake can look like this:
Which is awesome. Now if you never played Quake or don’t know what it is..I know who you are. Let me paint a picture for ya (and a poor one at that):
You’re that guy on the Counter-Strike server that always gets your nuts handed to you and just can not understand why that is. Here’s a tip for everybody who wants to piss on people and have a constant edge when it comes to FPS, play Quake for 3 years and for the first year more or less like 1-2 hours every day. That shit will make you a man among men. If you after that still get owned in CS it’s because the other motherfuckers cheat or are lucky and trust me, there are a lot of those.
Basically all the young players today are cheaters (13-18), how can they not be? They were sucking on their moms teat while me and my homies were destroying their elder siblings in Quake..rendering them hopeless alcoholics and abusers of their younger siblings..whom in turn got low self-esteem forcing them to cheat for recognition in future computer games!
*7) EMAIL CLIENT*
Eudora, and an old version at that.. and have the MS viewer disabled. People who need to change font or color or in general style their email are wrong. Just wrong. Stop doing it. It’s wrong, you’re wrong. Thunderbird or The Bat are ok alternatives. Outlook Express is for corporate tools who loves sending & receiving viruses. Spam? Only suckers get spam and if you get it, you deserve it.
Mozilla Firefox. Despite the monster memory leaks that popup sooner or later it’s sweetnes. Use Ad-Block with it. Now if someone could just write a content block..so I could filter out every single piece of news related to reality shows.
Don’t use it. If you get a virus, well, just like spam you deserved to get it.