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What are some "must-have" programs that every college student should have on his or her laptop/computer at college whether it be for work, entertainment, music, etc.?

I'm trying to find a good, free word processor with .doc and .docx support and a simple calendar/planner program, and I figured the Pit has to have some awesome ideas for not only these but other programs as well.



PS: Try not to list common stuff like iTunes or Firefox, please.
#3
Open Office.

EDIT: Vuze or another torrent program?
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winrar
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#6
uTodo is a pretty good planner/calendar program. You can make notes and pin them to your desktop, which is pretty cool.
#9
WinRAR,
Firefox/Chrome,
OpenOffice if you cant get Microsoft Office for free (which many Unis/Colleges will provide),
Steam,
whichever Instant Messenger is popular with you (Windows Live, Yahoo, Skype, etc),
Anti-Virus of some sort, I'd suggest Avast! or AVG Free,
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware,
GUITAR PRO (A MUST),
iTunes, foobar, or whatever music player you prefer,
VLC Media Player for those obscure codec vids,

and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Last edited by mishax92 at Aug 20, 2010,
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Quote by Erik_Aero
EDIT: Vuze or another torrent program?
P2P file sharing seems like a great way to get kicked out of college if you're doing it on the campus' server. I had my Internet service shut off when I was downloading the new version of iTunes. I had to call the IT office and explain to them what I was doing. I can't imagine what would have happened if I was torrenting some music or a movie.

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Quote by mishax92
WinRAR,
Firefox/Chrome,
OpenOffice if you cant get Microsoft Office for free (which many Unis/Colleges will provide),
Steam,
whichever Instant Messenger is popular with you (Windows Live, Yahoo, Skype, etc),
Anti-Virus of some sort, I'd suggest Avast! or AVG Free,
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware,
GUITAR PRO (A MUST),
iTunes, foobar, or whatever music player you prefer,
VLC Media Player for those obscure codec vids,

and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

And if you have a crappy computer like me that can't handle Oblivion, go for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
Reaper/Audacity also are good for free music recording, and I actually had to use them for oral assignments in my German class.
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Porn videos. Nothing but porn videos, you will be able to show your teachers them and get A's, an show them to people in the dorms becoming everyones favorite person!
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chemsketch and rasmol are essential if your studying chemistry
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#16
I would add, something to make presentations, like Powerpoint or some similar freeware.
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And if you have a crappy computer like me that can't handle Oblivion, go for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.


Hell yeah

In some ways, I still prefer Morrowind to Oblivion. Why not get both?
#18
I say yes to Oblivion.

Actually, this is quite a handy thread. I'm off to uni soon, so I might look into some of this stuff. Thanks guys
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#19
The only thing I used for college work was the Microsoft Office package.

Any other programs you needed were on the college computers.
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#20
I prefer opera over chrome and firefox. Its faster
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All you need is fingers and an internet browser. Porn streams my friend. Good luck at school!
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I prefer opera over chrome and firefox. Its faster


I disagree, too many sources indicate that Chrome is the fastest, especially on multiple core processors, but Opera is by no means slow. I personally use Firefox as I love all the add-ons that have enhanced my browsing experience.
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I'm entering my last year of university and I've found that Microsoft Onenote is EXTREMELY useful. It's a word processor that organizes information really well so you can have each course as a notebook that you can flip between with one click. Off of each notebook it has different tabs you can store different areas of the course under. ie; assignments, test marks, etc. Also, there's also a tab you can seperate all of your lectures under. It's 1000000000x better than Mic. Word.

You can also import spreadsheets, pictures, sound clips, anything you can think of into it and it automatically links to the source document (makes citing research journals, internet pages etc. much easier).
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The only thing I used for college work was the Microsoft Office package.

Yeah. I'm not a maths or science major though, I imagine that might change things.

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Defintely open office. Get rocketdock too, it's useful in general. For anti-virus get avast! antivirus.

For backing up your files online get mozy. You get 2 gb free online and it's very fast, reliable and easy to back-up. Just two clicks and you can back-up things, like school work.
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µTorrent
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Dropbox replaces USB drives, and is useful for group assignments (sharing files). You'll have access to files on your own computer anywhere, and you can share files. All files update instantly, so if someone edits your group assignment, everyone gets the update. And of course it works as an online backup for your files as well.

Tiddlywiki is not essential, but very good if you'd like to organize notes in a little wikipedia of your own.
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UltraSurf to get past fire walls
Peer Bock w/ the edu list to get torrents through
Truecrypt to hide and encrypt your porn archives
J Downloader for downloading stuff
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Avast!, Google Chrome, OpenOffice.org I guess are sort of minimums you'll need. Depends what sort of subjects you're doing if you need it for them.
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For photo-editing and stuff, if you can't manage to find Photoshop then Paint.NET and GIMP are good alternatives, I use both for different things.

Also, CCleaner is a good program for getting rid of and fixing extraneous junk. TuneUp also seems to be a good program in managing this same junk in real time, among other things.
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#33
I like how most of these recommendations have nothing to do with uni.

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#34
Thanks for all the replies!

For those interested, I'm double majoring in Engineering Physics and Film Studies. I'll check out all these programs (the ones I don't know about) later tonight.

I'm going to stay away from the torrent suggestions for now. I usually use a combo of uTorrent and Demonoid to get whatever I'm looking for, and I haven't had any problems with my ISP using that combo (I received two letters from my ISP before I got smart with my torrenting...). But I'll let someone else test the waters at the uni before I jump in.

Thanks again, and keep the suggestions coming!



EDIT: Also, what's a good program to record audio (or audio and video) via webcam for lectures and the like instead of using an oldschool tape recorder?
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I like how most of these recommendations have nothing to do with uni.


Really? I thought they were good so far.. Most good and general ones have been made anyway by the looks of it.

I posted some general system maintenance software.. if I come to class late or something (or even in general), I'd like to have my system up and running as fast as possible to optimize my working performance (research, writing) - to do this would include but is not limited to proper disk management and system monitoring. Defragging, prioritizing directions and making the computer do no more work than it should be doing. Ensuring this is very helpful regardless of how invisible the instances seem and can only be beneficial to a day in the life of a student

also:

briefly on movie editing software that i'm aware of: avisynth, avidemux and virtualdubmod
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Really? I thought they were good so far.. Most good and general ones have been made anyway by the looks of it.

I posted some general system maintenance software.. if I come to class late or something (or even in general), I'd like to have my system up and running as fast as possible to optimize my working performance (research, writing) - to do this would include but is not limited to proper disk management and system monitoring. Defragging, prioritizing directions and making the computer do no more work than it should be doing. Ensuring this is very helpful regardless of how invisible the instances seem and can only be beneficial to a day in the life of a student

Yeah but it benefits everybody, not just college people. And I didn't think of speed in class because the only time I use a computer in class was when the World Cup was on during my Personality Psych section

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Yeah but it benefits everybody, not just college people. And I didn't think of speed in class because the only time I use a computer in class was when the World Cup was on during my Personality Psych section


Luckily, 'college people' are included in 'everybody', and the individual traits from 'everybody' that still pertain to 'college people' will still benefit them just as much and in its own way in comparison to 'everybody'. I don't know why I made so many single quotes, organization I suppose. I pay a little less attention in school than you might by the sounds of it

Audacity is the simplest go-to recording program I would say, short of the most basic Sound Recorder included with Windows. I used to do that.. but the constant typing clicks and coughing or whatever through my recordings was a bit annoying, and I was really just experimenting for fun. I figure it'd be relevant to say that there is software out there that can track what you say and type it out automatically...
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#38
Solitaire.



it is a neccessary tool.

My fastest is 62 seconds.


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