Windows XP: The Lightweight Champions
So my friend Lindsay sent me a link to Matt B Thompson’s “Light or [Lighter-Weight Apps] to Replace Memory Hogs in Windows XP”, asking me, “There are a lot of programs listed. Which, if any, does HackCollege recommend?”
Alright, I’m not sure I did the “[ ]” right, but, either way, Matt’s got a great list of software that won’t slow down your computer. And that’s definitely one of the things that annoy me with Windows XP! I mean, with all the programs I’ll have running at once, it slows down –which does make sense but nonetheless still pinches my productivity.
So, of his great list, I personally am currently using and therefore highly recommend the following:
- Media Player Classic – http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/
- Firefox – http://www.getfirefox.com
- Thunderbird – http://www.getthunderbird.com
- AdAware SE – http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4-10399602.html?tag=lst-0-1
- Meebo – http://www.meebo.com
About these programs,
- Media Player Classic will play practically every type of media (audio, video) that ever exists.
- Firefox is a “duh”.
- Thunderbird is a lot safer than Outlook.
- AdAware SE will keep the adware off your computer (adware is bad!).
- And Meebo is an Internet-based version of AIM.
I think I’ll even add to my own collection:
- Foxit Reader – http://www.foxitsoftware.com
That will hopefully replace my Adobe Reader 7.0 with something sleeker and simpler. Furthermore, I also recommend (which weren’t on Matt’s list):
- CCleaner – http://www.ccleaner.com to clean up, well, all the “crap” programs leave on your computer.
- K-lite – http://www.my-k-lite.com for a cleaner version of Kazaa.
Let me know about any other great programs in the comments. Open-source software is always a plus!