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Topic: Software & Gaming, post up your favourites or dislikes

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  1. Guest9337
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    7 July 2021

    G'day All! Please share up your interesting software and gaming stuff.

    I collect software like others collect stuff. Open source software is particularly satisfying, but big corp software is just as valid in my collecting. It's all windows stuff and I quite like windows 10.

    Microsoft Office 2007 Small Business introduced me to Outlook which I came to use heaps and love. These days my email software is Mozilla Thunderbird. LibreOffice is my current office suit as it is open source and good enough.

    Jriver Media Centre 20 serves up my music/movies it's an excellent paid for software. VLC the open source media player that'll play pretty much any file type. OBS Studio for capturing gaming video/audio and broadcasting. KODI is another free media player.

    Steam. EA Desktop. Xbox. Origin. all gaming clients.

    These days I play a little Elite Dangerous or Forza Horizons 4... but have gamed since Commodore 64 era.

    I'm not a fan of Zoom. Damn thing wouldn't uninstall completely when I told it to, no wonder its so popular most can't get rid of it. Discord or Skype are my preferred voips, though of course an iphone is better.

    I quite like Microsoft Edge browser, it was a seemless transition from google chrome.

    I lust after Adobe software but it's all just too expensive for me and not stuff I'd actually use much.

    More esoteric software are Freemind, a mindmapping software. Anki a flashcard creator - which was instrumental in me learning 200 new anatomy/physiology terms at uni level. GIMP 2.0 - no thats not something rude, it's a graphics manipulator.

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  2. Guest9337
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    7 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Student software like Endnote and Qiqqa make uni level referencing heaps less tedious, still frustrating at times but way better than by hand. Endnote integrates into Office for an often one click citation. Qiqqa shows a fascinating maps of connections between sources/fields/authors.

    Wolfram Alpha is pretty amazing for fact searching and calculating. One could easily check year 12 and higher level science/maths problems on WolframAlpha for free.

    Versions of Matlab and Godot were good fun to play with, not that I was ever any good at programming.

    LMMS, lets make music software. I've got this but it don't make sense to me, anyone else use computers to make music?

    I have cloud accounts for Dropbox, Onedrive, iCloud and Gdrive. Everyone should use these free cloud services to backup important data like personal photos, media, documents and records. Especially students! Ya want three copies of all work saved across three different places. Save on your pc harddrive, on your usb/device, in the cloud.

  3. Auton
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    17 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    me and my "squad" are loving Warhammer Vermintide 2 on the PC. It's a coop hack n slash and it's a lot of fun - really frantic - but fun. I'd recommend group play tho, can't see it being fun alone with AI teammates.

    Music wise - loving new Weezer "Van Weezer" and the New Chemical bros track "The Darkness That You Fear".. Older song wise it's all Roots Manuva (uk hip hop). He's the best!

  4. Guest9337
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    17 July 2021 in reply to Auton

    Yo A.

    I closed down Van Weezer quite quickly lol, not a soft metal morning person.

    Did like The Darkness that you fear.

    Played Alicia Keys, songs in a minor earlier, the whole ablum, yum yum

    I'm a bit ashamed of calling my self a Gamer, despite that I am, but I haven't played so many titles in the HUGE selection that exists these days. So nope, not tried, any warhammer at all.

    coop games are awesome. UncleD and I used to play starcraft 1 or 2 together for years, and Aoe2. So much better to have a team mate hey.

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  5. Auton
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    17 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    yeah need mates online to improve even average games!

    re: weezer - not to everyone's taste, for some reason i like everything they do lol - bit like Muse. Just like em.

    Obvs I dont love anything like i love Prince but that's another story haha

  6. Guest9337
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    17 July 2021 in reply to Auton
    Prince is one sexy man. Love those eyes.
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  7. Guest9337
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    18 July 2021 in reply to Auton

    Morning All and welcome to Sunday morning software selections...

    I have Mozilla Firefox, and I effing hate it, damn slow and not as pretty as either Chrome or Edge.

    I have Tor Browser, its what WikiLeaks recommend is the worlds most anonymous browser. Also runs slow, I barely ever use it.

    Bitdefender. Does a decent job, free or paid.

    MAME32. Modern Arcade Machine Emulator, for all us very old people who used to play those "video games" at the local arcades. mame32 is quite legal, and you'll have to legally acquire roms to plug into the mame32, also has freeware roms too, so a great way to get open source games happening cheaply.

    Razer Central and Razer Synapse. Keyboard and mouse software to control Razer devices, nice pretty green colour, but that damned cursor of mine too often does something without my input. Corsair mice better!

    This Sunday Mornings software selection is brought to you by gaming giant Frontier Elite Dangerous Odyssey.

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  8. romantic_thi3f
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    22 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Hi david'n'goliath,

    Decided to jump on this thread too!

    For internet, I use google chrome mostly but safari on my phone as it's quicker.

    For gaming, I use steam and apple arcade.

    For cloud, I have the same as you. iCloud I use to backup photos, but I mostly use Dropbox day to day.

    For meetings, I use Go To Meeting, Ring Central, Zoom, Blue Jeans and Microsoft Teams. Just depends on who is hosting!

    For email, I use Gmail.

    Cool thread. I hope this is helpful or interesting :)

    rt

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  9. Guest9337
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    22 July 2021 in reply to romantic_thi3f

    Welcome to the party rt.

    thanks posting! dng. I've not heard of blue jeans before, Ill check that one out thx.

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  10. Guest9337
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    25 July 2021 in reply to romantic_thi3f

    Good afternoon One and All, welcome to Sunday afternoon's software update.

    Paint.net is the image software that is quite a bit simpler than aforementioned Gimp.

    Malaware bytes, yeh another free "antivirus" software, this one targets well, u k, malawares.

    and for those who use window 10 software, todays hot tip is press all three keys of windowskey+shiftkey+s together to start up the clipper to take a rectangular image of your current screen.

    If you are an appalicious kinda person then on the ios...

    Macqaurie Dictionary, is really quite good on ipad or iphone.

    Strava on ur phone is a brilliant gps fitness tracking app.

    Decibel Meter, will measure sound loudness in real time, just turn it on and see how loud you are!

    Find Phone. Really should use this to lessen chance of someone hiding/stealing your phone or knowing where it is.

    Centrelink app. Are you disappointed you can't reach centrelink by phone, letter, in person, email, or otherwise? Try the Centrelink App, everyone loves it!

    ezy reg. Completely befuddled by these old people talking about car rego stickers not sticking? Maybe u do it all via app!

    Thanks for tuning into our weekly broadcast, this time brought to you by Dodgy Daves Digital Disasters.v0.1.

  11. Guest9337
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    25 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Hot off the presses is a new concept for people needing to filter out adverts on their pc web browsers...

    Adblock. Enjoy.

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  12. Guest9337
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    27 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Terrific Tuesdays Tentative announcement is brought to you by being Slack.

    Slack : is a piece of cool software that is essentially a piece of communication software, "a work space" for people to collaborate. Looks pretty interesting I was able to quickly invite my wife via her email and she was up and running in less than 2 minutes and able to quickly access the text/links/images/videos that I had put up in our families work space on Slack. Cool man.

    so be slack, have a crack.

    This post is brought to you anonymously, in support of those who support anonymously.

  13. Auton
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    28 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337
    i used slack for a a project i work out outside of work and its good !!! we're a production team of 11 or so and swapping info/images etc during live events works great on slack!
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  14. Guest9337
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    28 July 2021 in reply to Auton

    Hump Day's Humongous app from Microsoft, MS Teams.

    Having had a microsoft a/c for quite some time I found installing MS teams fairly simple and up in running in about 10 minutes. Wife on the other hand couldn't get it operating and needed me to walk thru various login procedures, we must of logged in to 10 differnt ways of loggin in b4 it all snapped into place and wife joined our Family MS team. Yet to have a play with it though.

  15. Guest9337
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    28 July 2021 in reply to Guest9337
    Google Arts & Culture is an extension for chrome or edge browsers and has given me an epic amount of joy. The version I have is set to show a different piece of Art every time I open a new tab, just get so many magnificent pictures, the app is well worth the $0.00 fee.
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  16. Guest9337
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    8 October 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Greetings and salutations fellow software users.

    U do not even need to buy microsoft office anymore, just use the microsoft browser "edge" and get urself a free microsoft account and start using the office that is freely available in the browser/app store. It works well without all the nonsense of a billion different editing options.

    Google docs works well too, not quite as well as microsofts free online office though.

    Check out Deviant Art, they are a very cool art work social media that aims to protect users copyrights for their art.

    apple also have their suit of free software for ios users, that also works on a windows 10 pc through browser = edge.

    Is anyone else into wordpress publishing website, they seem quite decent for cheap fees.

    dng

  17. mmMekitty
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    8 October 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Hello, hello, how'd you get around so much?

    I didn't see this thread before this evening. I was looking back over the posts, and I wonder, did you ever figure out how to completely remove Zoom? Could I install the app to an external drive and use it from there, and thereby avoid bits of it becoming permanent residents in my PC? I've been reluctant to try it, but some/a lot of people do since early 2020. I don't like keeping old or unusable things on my PC, so I would really like to be able to completely and utterly get rid of it again if I don't like it.

    When I first bought this PC, when it came with XP pre-installed, (yep, that old), it also had Norton Security, and I found bits of it had remained behind, after I thought I had removed it. Hidden way in there, the fellow said. Far as I am concerned, that is not nice.

    I notice how popular Steam is. I wanted to give you all a cautionary note about it. Last year, my bank had contacted me (yes it was legitimate), about how my account, via someone's online purchasing games via Steam. They told me this was a common way for people to try to use a randomly generated card number and build a profile, buy and such. I don't really understand it all, because they would not have my the name on my card, the security number either, but the attempt was made. A tiny amount at first, my bank said, just to verify the target was a 'live' bank card number. Then a larger amount.

    But my bank got onto it quickly. My card was cancelled and I had to go to the bank and get a new card, & make up a new PIN, too.

    It is rather scary to think of what might have happened.

    May I suggest, Have a separate account/card for Online purchases, & don't keep a lot of money in it.

    The only way the bank had noticed was that I do not regularly shop Online - & not gaming for years. The activity on my account was flagged as unusual.

    mmMekitty

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  18. Guest9337
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    8 October 2021 in reply to mmMekitty

    re Zoom. MateyMightyMekitty, just go with the flow and use it! lol. so many different communications apps these days that to not have one just denies one the opportunity to chat with everyone who uses that particular com app.

    we haven't used our home address phone line in years, yet it is just forced upon us. So i am pro-choice in these things, now i'm advocating online.

    zoom is turning out to be fun anyways, got that background image thingy looking cool.

    Iam glad ur bank caught onto the nasty cybersteam theives, that is afterall what you pay the account fees for!

  19. mmMekitty
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    9 October 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    I'm just getting my head around stuff, and something else comes along... but I don't even have a camera connected to my desktop. I don't like little screens, don't like being on camera, (or in photos for that matter),

    I never wanted to do Online Gaming. I don't like registering/subscribing for sites I use - I make exceptions for just a few, like here.

    I don't like how, even though I have not registered/subscribed anywhere on YouTube, Google puts up a very old (obsolete) account pic saying I am commenting as [me]. YouTube's algorithms keep suggesting things similar (not much) to things I might have looked at one time only, & thought, no, didn't want that. Keep putting up ads, no matter which option I select, 'irrelevant', 'inappropriate', 'repetitive'. I'd like another couple options, 'bleeping nuisance' & 'bleeping noisy'.

    I used to play some games, Simple stuff, brick breaker, ball, and puzzle and old style Snake (I even had a Gameboy once), I got a NGage phone which introduced me to The Sims. I liked the Sims. I was glad to be able to get boxed discs, and play offline. Glad to be able to pause, to read what would pop up. Still, it went more and more towards the social side and online, and I was not able to read without zooming hugely, and losing the tiny cursor they forced me to use, & it cost real money to buy many unreal objects....& it kept me up all hours.

    Before playing any video game, I had not credited how quickly and easily these things could take up so many hours each day. How I could sit and be playing, forgetting to attend to even the basic needs, like eat, unless it was to open a pack of junk food. I could even sit longer without going to the bathroom. Next thing, time passes, and I hear birds singing outside. It is dawn! No sleep, no tablets, eyedrops, food, nothing, but what I achieved in the game, which really didn't seem like much considering how many hours I'd been playing.

    I was astonished! The worry is, If I could, I would still play. What a great way to zone out and not think about reality?

    mmMekitty

  20. Guest9337
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    9 October 2021 in reply to mmMekitty

    i advise mmMekitty uses the chrome extension "adblock" by adaware, free version that is really great at destroying and removing adverts. easy peasy.

    It is even better than paid for versions, for it is light and quick and uses very little resources and works very well!

  21. mmMekitty
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    10 October 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Ah, ubt I don't use Chrome... years ago I tried and my text-to-speech reader didn't like it, or I couldn't get around it with my keyboard as )ha!) efficiently as I manage with good old fashion Google, without all the annoying background, , and clutter all over the place. WhenI open Edge, my defautlt is set for Google.

    I don't like their algorithms either ... it is getting bleeping impossible to avoid them, ain't it?

    You're a star!🌃I'm not sure, but it could be Betelgeuse. 😺

  22. Guest9337
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    10 October 2021 in reply to mmMekitty

    mmMekitty, Which browser do you actually use friend?

    And Chrome has become more and better (and easier) over the years as it is continually incrementally improved.

  23. mmMekitty
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    Okay, I'll have another look.

    Here's another little technical query. You see how Jo's red hearts are red, ❤️like this one? What is wrong with the red heart emoji I have ❤available to me? It does not turn up looking at all red! ❣, not that one,

    Not sure you see this one🤍is the white heart as my screen is black with white font anyway, so it does look white to me,

    but 🤎looks brown & beating heart does look red💓, but I think is a little smaller and narrower.

    🧡is orange, 🖤well, not exactly black, but dark grey, 💙is blue, 💜is like a jacaranda flower purple, 💛is a sunny yellow, 💚is a light on the yellow side of green, but that red heart looks white to me.

    Why? It makes me wonder what people thought when I used my version of the red heart ❤ and it looked like this? (What does it look like to you?) I am perplexed beyond how much it really matters.

    I would also like to know if I can get more emojis my Microsoft 10 )Win+.) can have downloaded and included. There are not enough cats - as least as many people, please, I reckon would be right. oOr just more things, like more different animals, flowere, colours of what is there, , all because the things are more often announced to me, sometimes incorrectly, I have discovered, but it is better than no descriptor.

    🐱mmMekitty

  24. Guest9337
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    11 October 2021 in reply to mmMekitty

    i cannot assist you with the love heart colours issue, for i do my forumming on the main computer and apparently the smartphones are the ones that have the love heart thingys.

  25. mmMekitty
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    11 October 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    This is on my PC
    , I don't use my phone for this. . I do email via my pc, & rarely respond to txts either. Hmmm, I wonder if Jo is sending posts through via phone? Hard to imagine writing long posts on a phone. I don't like doing that at all.

    Sometimes I open a word document and commpose what I want to post, being sure to keep within the letter +spaces count, & copying my text to the post a reply edit box, because I find it is easier to edit in the word first. I do the same for ordinary emails, if I think my email might be long.

    I suspect there may be more emojis on my phone. Wonder if it would work if I could send an email from my phone to my PC, including some of those emojis? Would they work then? Time for an experiment! But I'm too tired just at the moment.

    mmMekitty

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