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Old 25th October 2010, 13:19   #76
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In any terms let it be stock or with plugins its better than winamp when it comes to sound quality. I agree it looks plain jane but does the work right.
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Did you meant that the SQ is good for all formats or for any specific format or for ACD ?

The notable good thing about Foobar is it's smaller memory footprint. Anyway, I'm discussing solely about the SQ and not about the other features.
I love Foobar for the sound quality. It is the best out there, even when it is not updated for a long time. And it plays all formats, barring none. I haven't used WinAmp or WMP or others for a long time and it doesn't matter to me anymore. FooBar, ftw!
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Foobar2000 is good only for the dinner time!

I've tested it number of times. In stock mode or with any plugins ?

Anyway it looks yuck !
Agreed. Foobar2000 is prehistoric performance and UI wise. My bro used it till I showed him Winamp. He's a convert now.

Never use DirectSound. Try Winamp thru the waveout-->SPDIF/Coax digital output, FLAC or CD-A and a pair of good headphones & you'll know what I mean.

Even if one doesn't like Winamp, there are other modern options like iTunes, VLC (highly acclaimed by many, and the best after Winamp IMHO) Cowan JetAudio, BS Player Pro & a Winamp look-alike called MediaMonkey.

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Old 26th October 2010, 07:27   #78
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Can we list out all the portals having free and trusted softwares?

Just to start with
1. Brothersoft
2. Filehippo


Pls add on

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Old 26th October 2010, 21:00   #79
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Does anyone here recommend registry cleaners? Are they any good, and do they actually improve your PC's performance?
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Old 26th October 2010, 21:03   #80
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Never use Registry cleaners, they are more of threat than being safe for your system.

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Old 26th October 2010, 23:04   #81
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I use CCleaner. Never had any problems up till now.
Gives you the option to backup whatever registry entries it will delete. Just in case there are issues later on. I normally keep the back up for a few weeks and then delete it.
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Does anyone here recommend registry cleaners? Are they any good, and do they actually improve your PC's performance?
"Ccleaner" is having inbuilt registry cleaner. Light and effective
Another trusted regcleaner is "regisrymechanic"

Regcleaner improve the stability and cache management of PC hence improve performance a little.
For better PC performance optimization tuneup utilities are more effective. e.g. Tuneup2010

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I use CCleaner. Never had any problems up till now.
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"Ccleaner" is having inbuilt registry cleaner. Light and effective
Thanks guys.

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For better PC performance optimization tuneup utilities are more effective. e.g. Tuneup2010
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Old 27th October 2010, 12:33   #84
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You would be better served to use ccleaner, Quicksys Defrag, and windows 7 manager. Registry defragger often do more damage, but quicksys has never done anything messy at least in windows 7. Except for windows 7 manager, the other 2 are free.

One way to keep the PC clean would be to make periodic images through Ghost/Paragon/Acronis (windows 7 inbuilt is good when it recognises your backed up image. That is hit and miss and not to be trusted).
Say you make an image on day 1. Make incrementals or full images. Keep updating and doing whatever. Say on day 7, revert to day 1 images, and just install all the updates from day 1-7. Takes 10 mins to revert to image and the same amount to install updates. All the junk during 1-7 goes off c: and you are left with only updated OS. Backup image as day 1.

For windows 7 and non-SSD drives, one can try Perfect Disk pro 11. Great and boot time defrag is very useful.

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I have also used 'Registry Mechanic' and 'TuneUp'.
Both of them did some heavy registry cleaning which resulted in some programs/system crashing. I stopped using both of them.
CCleaner is not as heavy in cleaning, but has yet to produce a program/system crash.
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[UNQUOTE]
Can we list out all the portals having free and trusted softwares?

Just to start with
1. Brothersoft
2. Filehippo
Pls add on
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It seems people on TBhp like to share only about their Wheels

I am sure lot of techies are using a loads of free softwares,Come on Guys

Any ways Happy Dipawali and Gujarati New Year !
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One essential software utility for any one using GPS with tracks is GPSBABLE. Converts tracks between almost all formats. Its open source and its free. Available for windows and linux.
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For Laptop users i think Battery Bar is a good utility to stay aware of battery condition and charge levels.

Displays capacity
Displays time remaining
Displays time needed for full charge
Displays battery wear
Displays nice floating bar.

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You are wrong. Winamp is having better sound quality than WMP(in stock).
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foobar2000 eats WINAMP for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Well I gave away all my old/creepy headphones and bought Sennheiser HD 202. Installed Foobar and I must say its much better then Windows Media Player which I thought is the best!!
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Old 16th November 2010, 08:07   #90
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The following are useful utilities
1. Dropbox www.dropbox.com
After installing it works as folder but remains in Cloud so no need of pendrives.

2. Xmarks Xmarks | Bookmark Sync and Search
This help in ease of access at new location/system of all your Fav links

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