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Old 12-19-2008, 08:51 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Does anyone know of a program that shows TV listings on the desktop? My cable companies guide has been getting a lot of stuff wrong lately. I know I can get them online, but I'm looking for a desktop app.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:55 PM   #102 (permalink)
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Ahhhhh.... well either do as standardman says and convert or get an iPhone. I've used both the iPhone and the iPod touch and I much prefer the iPhone (but I'm biased because I was an AT&T customer to start, and didn't have any hassle getting the iPhone).

I understand if you're stuck in a contract, but unlimited internet access aside, the iPhone still has a two major advantages over the 'touch:

External speaker
Camera

You'd be surprised (or maybe not) at how much the speaker turns your iPhone into a "pocket Mac"
The Touch has an external speaker and it's got a dramatically faster processor that is way better for running apps that use 3d. The camera is a downside and their is currently no way to jailbreak a touch 2.0
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:00 PM   #103 (permalink)
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The Touch has an external speaker and it's got a dramatically faster processor that is way better for running apps that use 3d. The camera is a downside and their is currently no way to jailbreak a touch 2.0
Since when does the iPod Touch have an external speaker?

EDIT: What does your second sentence mean? I'm confused by your "wordplay"...

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Old 12-19-2008, 10:26 PM   #104 (permalink)
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Since when does the iPod Touch have an external speaker?

EDIT: What does your second sentence mean? I'm confused by your "wordplay"...
Sorry, when I type I become stupid. The second sentence was only meant to say that not having a camera is a downside and not being able to jailbreak is also a downside.

Anyway the iPod Touch 2g has a speaker and a fast processor.
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:58 PM   #105 (permalink)
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Sorry, when I type I become stupid. The second sentence was only meant to say that not having a camera is a downside and not being able to jailbreak is also a downside.

Anyway the iPod Touch 2g has a speaker and a fast processor.
Ah- we're on the same page. The Touch is probably pretty damn sweet now that it has a speaker. It was really the main benefit of the iPhone (as far as hardware is concerned).
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:56 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Q-Dir is a terrific file manager/window explorer replacement. It's lightweight, multi-paned and feature rich.

Here I'm using to organise photos to upload to facebook and putting music on to my phone:



Much more info here.

I'm using it instead of Windows Explorer now.



Executor is a fast, light-weight app launcher with extra sexiness, from Lifehacker:

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Free application Executor is an application launcher very similar in look and feel to Lifehacker reader's favorite application launcher, Launchy. In fact, after a bit of testing Executor might have just snagged Launchy's place as the app launcher of choice on my Windows machine. One of the major differences between the two is Executor's emphasis on keywords. Although it does text search for just about anything, Executor gives priority to user-assigned keywords for launching apps, documents, and folders. What's more, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to any keyword for quick launches without even invoking Executor. Keyword functionality aside, Executor is also very fast and lightweight, eating just over 10MB of RAM in Task Manager. But that's not all that makes it great.



You can browse your filesystem and even view your launching history and clipboard history. Like Launchy, Executor does web searches (e.g., wiki Lifehacker searches Wikipedia for Lifehacker), accepts quick calculations (e.g., #5+2), and supports many different skins. As an added bonus, it works seamlessly with the latest Windows Desktop Search in Vista and XP (just type find search terms to use it). Executor is wildly customizable, sporting an enormous set of preferences that any power user will be dying to tweak.



It's also chock-full of smart keyboard shortcuts and other hidden features worth reading through in the documentation page.
Compliments Rocketdock nicely.



Everything is ridiculously fast desktop search app with a tiny footprint and amazing filters (for NTFS file systems only - right click on your drive and click 'properties' to check). SO FAST, YOU MUST TRY IT!

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Old 01-24-2009, 07:16 PM   #107 (permalink)
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The KM Media Player will play anything you throw at it and has a host of nice features without taking up much memory.

The feature list is huge but it's all in context sensitive menus so it doesn't overwhelm. Here's a sample of the things it can do:





It also has a nice coverflow style menu and can open files from rars without you needing to unpack them, making it a perfect program to use with your download folder.



I could see this replacing VLC as my media player of choice.

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Old 01-24-2009, 08:04 PM   #108 (permalink)
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I've been using Dropbox for about 6 months now. Online storage that automatically syncs multiple computers. What's in my home machine Dropbox is automatically in my office machine Dropbox. Very easy, very slick. It's free for 2gb of storage, subscription for more.

And I finally got sick of trying to remember so many passwords, so now I'm using Keepass, a free password manager.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:27 PM   #109 (permalink)
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Fences is fan-bloody-tastic.

I'm copying and pasting from Lifehacker because I'm lazy.



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Desktop icon organizer Fences arranges your cluttered desktop icons into containers so you can clean up the mess into useful groups of shortcuts—or optionally hides them altogether.

Once installed, Fences will run through a couple of first-time beginner screens asking if you'd like to use one of the built-in layouts, and will attempt to auto-detect which icons should be placed inside each fence. You can modify any of the fences by simply moving or resizing them around the screen, and then use the Lock item on the desktop context menu to fix them into place when you are done.

The thumbnail on the left shows my cluttered test desktop before, and the one on the right shows the default organizer layout generated by Fences—much cleaner.



Right-clicking on the desktop gives you a couple of new options, including quick and easy access to the settings panel, where you can tweak the look & feel as much as you'd like.



The best feature is the ability to double-click on the desktop to toggle visibility of the icons—but you can optionally exclude certain fences, a very useful feature for hiding clutter while keeping application launching icons visible all the time.

Exactly what I needed.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:38 AM   #110 (permalink)
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Fences is fan-bloody-tastic.

I'm copying and pasting from Lifehacker because I'm lazy.





Exactly what I needed.

man all these apps look so shiny.. If only my pc didn't fall all too crap on me .. Oh wells
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