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Today I have:

  • had Sunday lunch at the Ubiquitous Chip - expensive, but definitely worth it. I'd drunk there before, but not eaten.
  • bought a purple frying pan.
  • upgraded my PC from Vista to XP, at last. Hurray! It boots up incredibly quickly.
  • made fajitas for three of us for dinner. Mmmm. Proper chicken fajitas with loads of cheese and creme fraiche. And M&S vine-ripened tomato salsa and chunky guacamole.
  • discovered the reason I can't get wireless on this PC is because I, um, don't have a wireless adaptor.
  • successfully got wireless on the Eee.
  • been unable to find where on my external disk I saved all the Firefox stuff, if anywhere. Argh. I thought I did, but maybe it was set up to save somewhere silly. I had about 40 tabs open, most of which I meant to link to from here. Most of my bookmarks were on del.icio.us, but I've lost all my extensions and things. I can't find the theme I had before, either.

    Damn, I've just realised I'll have lost my WMP playlists too. But the important one is on my phone, and I'm going to switch media players again, anyway.


So! I'm basically starting from scratch on my (suddenly very fast) computer. Recommend me things, ideally open source. I've got my basic extensions (All-In-One Sidebar, Adblock Plus, Tab Mix Plus, Session Manager) but I'm sure there are more I should be using. Is there a better music player than MediaMonkey, or one that's as good for music but also plays video? If I do use MediaMonkey for music, what should I use for video? Any other random programmes you recommend?

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caitirin
May. 18th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
OMG I WANT those fajitas! That sounds to DIE for good!
pickwick
May. 18th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
They were AMAZING. And I still have enough stuff left to make them again this week. Yay.
endless_psych
May. 18th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Audio - winamp
Video - VLC.
pickwick
May. 18th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I used to use Winamp, I quite liked it. Hmmm.
endless_psych
May. 18th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
heres a link for VLC - best out there at the minute far aws I am concerned. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
pickwick
May. 18th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
OK, I just downloaded that and it looks good! Very simple.
endless_psych
May. 18th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
It should automatically find and download codecs for you aswell. Which is what raises it above the rest.
pickwick
May. 18th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, EXCELLENT. I'm always really vague about codecs - if a file won't work, I just go and download all the most recent codecs I can find until it does.
blue_condition
May. 18th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
I use vlc for almost all media streaming and playback both at home and at work. It has an awful user interface, but works wonders at de-regioning DVDs, mangling MPEG transport streams, and generally acting as a Swiss Army Chainsaw of multimedia.

File under "ugly but functional".

Scribefire is a good firefox plugin for blogging.

CustomiseGoogle and BetterGMail are pretty much mandatory for me (see recent post on how I use gmail)

I use emusic heavily, so Emusic Remote Helper is always in there; same goes for Veoh's own plugin.

Google Notebook I used to use heavily for organising my clippings and random thoughts, but I use Microsoft OneNote (possibly the best application they've ever written) for jottings, clippings, and notetaking these days (and push my work OneNote notebooks home every night).

Filterset.G is a must to go with AdBlock Plus.

What else do I have on my Windows box at home? Hm. iTunes, just to organise the music collection and manage the iPod. A complete and up to date install of Cygwin so I can have all my favourite command line utilities. Parallels and VMWare player so I can load up virtual machines for testing/fiddling around. GVim and Cream for editing. Minimoog V for making strange noises. Joost for legitimate Internet telly, and TVUplayer and SopCast for.... experimental Internet telly ;) VirtualCD so I can keep all of the Complete National Geographic, National Geographic Maps and various other reference stuff on disc rather than on CD. GriSoft AVG Free antivirus, ZoneAlarm Pro firewall (worth its weight in gold).

I've currently got OpenOffice 3.0 beta on there, but I actually use Office 2007. I use Dia for diagramming as I was too cheap to update my ancient version 2.0 of Visio (came on FOUR FLOPPIES!!! ;P). PDF995 and friends for creating and mangling PDF.

blue_condition
May. 18th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh and Photoshop Elements 5 for 'heavy lifting' with pictures and PhotoFiltre for quick hacks. I keep dithering about whether or not to buy Digital Light & Color's Picture Window Pro - I really liked the eval version but would I migrate from Elements? Hm.
pickwick
May. 18th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Eeek! A lot of that is way too technical for me. I think I want multimedia stuff with a teletubby interface. You have reminded me I want Clipmarks, although I might check out OneNote instead/ as well...

I was thinking about Scribefire and some sort of gmail extender. And I've just remembered the LJ Addons one too, I was finding it very handy for expanding comment threads and things.

Floppies, dude. I haven't even seen a computer that takes floppies for years.
anonymous_greg
May. 18th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
upgraded my PC from Vista to XP, at last.

*envies*

Heh. It's amazing how WRONG a company such as MicroSoft, with alllll its resources, can get Windows wrong, every other release. I wish I had a copy of XP so that I could -fix- this PC I've had to move to. Vista is slow, clunky, annoying, and nowhere near as robust as XP.

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