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Posted: 12-Dec-2008, 11:54 PM
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Found a new one recently: jZip.
* Create, open and extract Zip, TAR, GZip and 7-Zip. Open and extract from RAR and ISO.
* jZip is absolutely FREE for everybody, home and enterprise users


Note: you cannot create RAR archives with this, however it is freeware and allows you to extract from already existing RAR archives. If you're looking for maximum compression, 7-Zip usually beats RAR and is faster as well.


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Posted: 13-Dec-2008, 12:08 AM
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Not a stand-alone program, but worth mentioning anyway is the Chatzilla plugin for Firefox.
Chatzilla is a full-featured IRC client. If more people installed it, the chat rooms here at celtic radio wouldn't always be so empty. smile.gif

The only negative to Chatzilla is that as a plugin, it cannot run unless Firefox is also running. For me, this is not an issue as I always have FF running.
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Posted: 05-Jan-2009, 01:18 PM
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This one has saved my proverbial ass more than once: SpeedFan.
"SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too. SpeedFan can even change the FSB on some hardware (but this should be considered a bonus feature). SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change fan speeds accordingly, thus reducing noise. SpeedFan can find almost any hardware monitor chip connected to the 2-wire SMBus (System Management Bus (trademark belonging to SMIF, Inc.), a subset of the I2C protocol) and works fine with Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Windows Vista. It works with Windows 64 bit too. "


I keep this running all the time; just last week a noticed a 10 degree (Celsius) jump in all temperatures. Upon investigation, I discovered that the fans in my power supply had failed. Thanks to this, I was able to correct that before any damage occurred.
By checking the S.M.A.R.T values of your hard disks, you can also (sometimes) have warning before drive failure- this has also saved my ass more than once.

For some reason, I keep forgetting these programs that I run constantly.
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Posted: 05-Jan-2009, 06:22 PM
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But is it only good on commercial computer...what I mean is I only have an ordinary HP Pavillion home device that I bought at " Best Buy" store?
Though it's big enough for what I use it for...it's nothing in comparison then what you probably have.

I downloaded it but I'm not sure if it's worth having it on a small home computer!

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Posted: 05-Jan-2009, 11:30 PM
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I'm almost afraid to ask what kind of computers you think I have.. smile.gif

It should work on most PCs, unless you have some really off-the-wall system with really obscure components. The only computers I've had that it couldn't get values from were older- and by that I mean from around 1998 or so.

The bigger factor is that not everyone will find every piece of software useful; if this isn't useful to you then uninstall it.
Just because *I* think it's necessary doesn't mean everyone else will feel the same way. No doubt there's some software you use daily that I would have absolutely no use for as well.

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Posted: 06-Jan-2009, 12:17 PM
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QUOTE (subhuman @ 05-Jan-2009, 11:30 PM)
I'm almost afraid to ask what kind of computers you think I have.. smile.gif

It should work on most PCs, unless you have some really off-the-wall system with really obscure components. The only computers I've had that it couldn't get values from were older- and by that I mean from around 1998 or so.

The bigger factor is that not everyone will find every piece of software useful; if this isn't useful to you then uninstall it.
Just because *I* think it's necessary doesn't mean everyone else will feel the same way. No doubt there's some software you use daily that I would have absolutely no use for as well.


Well from what I read from your posts and details on computers explanations you seem to me either a professionnal IT or a very good "connaisseur" nerd.gif in computer and I think that you must have a "super bomb" that is from a wall to wall floor to ceiling thing....while what I have is like I said a simple home computer....

And even though it's a simple thing I can't believe all this freaking wiring that I am just sitting by and with all this electro magnetics I will probably end up with a$$ cancer shocking.gif or whatever...so I thought that maybe by having this program on that it would reduce somehow the "heat" coming from it though it's not that hot but could prevent some future damage.

LOA who's trying to learn about computer gizmos lamo.gif
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Posted: 07-Jan-2009, 10:33 AM
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Subhuman I need help please....

I tried to "uninstall" the fan program and simply doesn't work.Everytime I try there is a pop window that says that to shutdown Speedfan first...but I can't and don't know where to go...

The reason that I want to uninstall the program is that my computer seem to froze all the time since I installed it...never had this problem until then.

Can you guide me in this please?

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Posted: 13-Jan-2009, 02:24 PM
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It would've been nice to have a reply back....

LOA smile.gif still waiting...thank you
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LOA Try starting your computer in safe mode and then uninstall it. It should work that way since all the programs do not startup.


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Posted: 17-Jan-2009, 09:45 PM
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Sorry, haven't looked at this thread for a while.

If safe mode doesn't work, I don't know what to tell you. I just uninstalled it as a test, and had no problems.

You could try finding the process in Task Manager and killing it through there first.
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Posted: 17-Mar-2009, 05:38 PM
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I've never installed SpeedFan, but I can tell you that by right-clicking on your taskbar (where all your running programs are usually displayed), in a blank area, you should have the opportunity to select Task Manager.

From there, you should click the "Processes" tab, and look for something that resembles "SpeedFan". Some possibilities are spdfn.exe, speedfan.exe, sf.exe, etc. I have no idea what it might be called, but if you find something that looks like a likely culprit, you can click on it, and then click the "End Process" button. This will kill that task. Then try to do the reinstall.

Using this method, you can't do any permanent harm to your computer, as if you restart it, everything that is supposed to run will run again.

Hope this helps, LOA, if you've not already taken care of this problem.


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I was wondering if anyone has any good Free for Enterprise anti-spyware software out there?

SpyBot S&D, Ad-Aware, and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware are all not free for corporate users. Our company is not that large, and can't really afford to pay a license fee for another software package. We'll do it if we have to, but I was wondering if anyone else had something to suggest.

I know the fees for this kind of software are usually not much, but a small business in this economy needs to pinch every penny to stay afloat.
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