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Steven W
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2019-05-01 06:16 »

Yeah, let's start one of these threads. What software do use that you can't live without? Tell us about the little utilities that do a great job of that one thing you needed to do.

I'll get the ball rolling:

I recently found the Microsoft Excel Viewer doesn't open CSV files. That's kind of a pisser given that Excel will. Here's a good small program just for that purpose:


I was delighted when I was searching for such an animal and ran across NirSoft. I have previously used another tool when attempting to slap Win 95's Explorer on 98 SE:


Now, that's something you won't need on a daily basis, but that's one of the easiest ways to figure out what the hell is going on with those shell extensions.

For Registry Cleaning, I generally recommend CCleaner:


I trust this one so much that I let it delete registry entries without backing them up and the other tools in there are pretty useful too.

When I was working on my 98 project, I found this one would find a bit more, and according to my quick eyeballing, it seemed good. I didn't use it after I got everything set up to my liking though.:

Eusing Free Registry Cleaner ... leaner.htm

While I don't entirely trust this one (I never let it go manually), I do use it to search for things that are related to junk I remove from fresh XP installs:


For general Photo/Image viewing and light editing (crops/resizing/hue, brightness, contrast adjusting), nothing will ever beat IrfanView in my eyes:


FYI, the paint plugin on that page (under plugins) makes drawing arrows to point out things you're wanting to bring attention to a breeze.

To close out (*just for the moment*) I'll mention VLC. When Windows Media Player just doesn't cut it and you just want to be able to play your audio/video files without a ton of plugins:


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Steven W
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2019-09-09 02:35 »

! wrote:
2019-05-02 02:48




I think you know how much I love 7-zip, not only for archive files, but extracting files from EXE files, MSI files, MSU files...


They recently put out an update that is still compatible with XP, but it may be the last.
SeaMonkey and the future

Wow! A new release and two news items together. What is cooking?

With the SeaMonkey 2.49.5 release the 2.49.x line comes to an end. Unless a catastrophic bug is discovered 2.49.5 will be the last ESR 52 based version. Backporting security fixes and at the same time working on the next, already overdue, major release is not possible with the few remaining developers.

Plans are to do further interim 2.53 versions based on a much enhanced Gecko 56 base while working on bringing you the next ESR 60 based 2.57 version. After 2.57 we will decide about the future. The current Mozilla Gecko codebase has seen a flow of constant major changes and api removals in the last 2 years and is no longer really usable for our needs. By the end of the year the SeaMonkey project is expected to be completely independent of Mozilla. We will see how this pans out but we are doing our best and already have a new infrastructure in place where we do builds and website hosting.
It's not only a browser:
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I hate to say it, but I'd almost like to see them split from Mozilla and go their own way. If they could maintain Win XP, Vista and 7 support, they'd probably see an increase in donations.


Another NirSoft creation that I recently found useful :wink:


This can be a bit flaky when trying to be really advanced with settings, but for quick and dirty video converting, I think it's easy to use.


This can still be a bit flaky on Windows, but it's improved immensely in the past few years. On Linux, Avidemux is simply great. If you find you need to edit, resize add overlays... to an MP4, this is the first thing I try. It has wonderful options for audio conversion too.


For audio editing, this is pretty close to perfection.

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Steven W
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2019-09-09 03:41 »

Geez, I forgot about a minor issue with Seamonkey and Google that happens on XP, Google search, among other things, is messed:
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This is something Google is doing, not a problem with Seamonkey.

There's an easy fix:

open a new tab and type 'about:config' in the URL bar, press Enter

Click the 'I accept button'

Right click somewhere in the page and choose New, then String

in the New String Value dialog box enter:


then in the Enter String Value dialog enter:

'Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:52.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/52.0'
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There's people out there telling you to use a Trident (Internet Explorer rendering engine) entry for the string value. My advice is not to use that as it causes more errors. Apparently just bumping your Windows version in the string value is enough. :wave:

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2020-08-27 05:13 »

Word 5.5 for DOS: ... 55_ben.exe

That's come in handy for a thing or two.
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