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Wakrak

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#275917 16-Sep-2020 18:51
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A place to post apps / programs that you're thankful for and think other members may find useful. The idea for this thread came up when I was watching a Youtube video and activated my 'Turn off the lights' chrome extension. 

 

So here's my list to kick things off; 

 

Chrome extensions;
- Turn off the lights (for YT. Fades page to dark so you can focus more on the video. Good if you don't want to go fullscreen).
- Key socket media keys + tampermonkey (allows me to pause, play, skip music/videos playing. Used for YT and Soundcloud). 
- Notifier for Gmail (desktop and in-browser notification for all of my gmail accounts). 

 

Computer
- PatchMyPC (one program that downloads/installs updates for many of the apps I use).
- Driver Booster 7 (The one program I pay for. Keeps my drivers updated; bluetooth, monitor, gpu, network etc). 
- Youtube Music desktop app 
- Dolphin (GameCube / Nintendo Wii emulator)
- MSI Afterburner / HWiNFO64 (internal temperatures and GPU overclock).

 

Mobile
- Blokada (block ads/popups)
- KWGT (create custom widgets)
- Bleacher Report (keeps track of NBA, Rugby, NRL, NFL news in one location)
- QKSMS (text messaging, can customize) 


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rb99
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  #2566191 16-Sep-2020 19:27
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Anything ?

 

Emby (obviously)

 

MakeMKV

 

Handbrake

 

Notepad ++

 

MediaInfo

 

NextPVR

 

BulkRenameUtility

 

Affinity Suite

 

Avidemux

 

Backblaze

 

MyMedia for Alexa

 

Everything, file finder

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  #2566195 16-Sep-2020 19:38
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I have a couple of Must Installs on new (Windows) builds:

 

Drive Software's Atomic Alarm Clock for a nice large clock to replace the tiny default

 

Stardock's Start 10 to remove the default Tiles interface

 

VLC Media player that plays absolutely anything.

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing other's suggestions.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2566198 16-Sep-2020 19:46
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fMost of the things I use now are all web based apps.  But there are a few non web apps I still use...

 

My go to list of things to install on a PC (in order of I think of them...not importance):

 

  • VS Code (and a bunch of extensions - but the really cool ones are the remote editing ones)
  • Windows Terminal
  • WSL2 (for Windows)
  • Greenshot (for Windows) or Flameshot (for Linux)
  • Bitwarden (browser plugin rather than app)

Things I also install but a bit more work focused...

 

  • git (yep...even for home stuff)
  • Docker (and Docker compose)
  • Terraform
  • Ansible

Things I have installed elsewhere

 

  • Pihole
  • Plex server
  • Watchtower (docker container that updates your docker containers - its very handy)
  • OAuth2-proxy (docker container I use for authentication with google in front of insecure sites)
  • InfluxDB + Telegraf for some monitory/data collection
  • Grafana (for displaying the above)

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  #2566199 16-Sep-2020 19:46
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the two i always use for my PC is the K-lite codec pack with Windows Media player classic included and Internet Download Manager which lets me download videos from You tube and other sites and speeds up Downloads, i have used them both for as long as i can remember.





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  #2566239 16-Sep-2020 21:00
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Notepad++ - great for editing code

 

GOG Galaxy - One stop shop for all your gaming clients (Steam, Uplay, Origin etc)

 

Discord - get the chat on

 

CLCL - Clipboard manager

 

ANydesk - remote away!

 

Jellyfin - Got fed up with Plex

 

 





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  #2566249 16-Sep-2020 21:23
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Vs code (python, openhab and platformio extensions)
OpenHAB
Mosquitto
Evernote
Plex media center
And a later addition, docker.




Previously known as psycik

OpenHAB: Gigabyte AMD A8 BrixOpenHAB with Aeotech ZWave Controller, Raspberry PI, Wemos D1 Mini, Zwave, Xiaomi Humidity and Temperature sensors and Bluetooth LE Sensors
Media:Chromecast v2, ATV4, Roku3, HDHomeRun Dual
Windows 10
Host (Plex Server/Crashplan): 2x2TB, 2x3TB, 1x4TB using DriveBender, Samsung 850 evo 512 GB SSD, Hyper-V Server with 1xW10, 1xW2k8, 2xUbuntu 16.04 LTS, Crashplan, NextPVR channel for Plex,NextPVR Metadata Agent and Scanner for Plex


Wakrak

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  #2566266 16-Sep-2020 22:12
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xpd:

 

Notepad++ - great for editing code

 

GOG Galaxy - One stop shop for all your gaming clients (Steam, Uplay, Origin etc)

 

Discord - get the chat on

 

CLCL - Clipboard manager

 

ANydesk - remote away!

 

Jellyfin - Got fed up with Plex

 

 

 

 

Might have to grab GOG Galaxy. All these free games got me using four different clients. 


 
 
 
 


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  #2566391 17-Sep-2020 07:11
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General Apps:

 

  • Plex
  • Notepad++
  • 7-Zip
  • Discord
  • XShell - You'll never be able to go back to Putty.
  • Hard Disk Sentinel - Simply the best HDD health tool

Browser Extensions:

 

  • Ublock Origin
  • Privacy Badger
  • HTTPS Everywhere
  • Lastpass

I used to swear by a bunch of other things like CloneSpy, FileBot, File Renamer Turbo,  VLC etc, but they are largely redundant now I'm embracing Radarr/Jackett/SickChill/etc tied into Plex

 

Stuff I'm in the market for recommendations on:

 

A decent replacement for RDC Manager. I've been using mremoteNG and just not warming to it. 





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  #2566606 17-Sep-2020 09:18
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Wakrak:

 

 

 

Might have to grab GOG Galaxy. All these free games got me using four different clients. 

 

 

 

 

You still need the individual clients installed, but Galaxy just integrates them all into one so you can see at a glance what games you have etc. Gives you various filters so you can just view those installed, or just from certain platforms etc.

 

I only have Galaxy fire up at startup, and if I hit play on a particular game, it fires up the required client and launches the game.

 

 





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