Installed and Configured Software

Useful Software!Every computing device that we sell has a suite of software installed and configured  that makes it useable right out of the box. It's all free, workable software that I use or that people have pointed out to me that we have used for years and can vouch for their utility and usefulness. The software is configured and ready to go. This page explains whats loaded onto each type of device. Everything from full Office suites to antivirus to virtual screen utilties. No bloatware/crapware here!

Laptop Software

Laptop

AVGANTIVIRUS: In their roundup of best free software for 2012, under the Antivirus category PC Magazine rates AVG the most effective. That's enough for me. The free version got a better score than the paid version!

OFFICE SUITE: Can't say it better than PC Magazine: "Based on the 20 years of work that has gone into OpenOffice.org, Lotus Symphony is PCMag's Editors' Choice for free office suites, even over the excellent LibreOffice (below). Symphony's been designed by IBM to be smooth and reliable for beginners and office workers, no matter what operating system they use. It only has three tools: word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets." We used to install LibreOffice and have recently switched to Symphony.

DEXPOT: Laptop screens are limited; I use and swear by this free-for-non-commercial use software from Germany. It creates 4 "virtual" screens and allows you to move easily between them. I use it on my desktops too! Dexpot is free for personal use.

GADWIN PRINTSCREEN: Gadwin Printscreen is a small light, powerful and free utility that Gadwin printscreenallows you to take screen snapshots and control all aspects of them, from output format to how the screen snapshot is taken. I find it a must-use piece of software. There's also a more fully-features Gadwin Printscreen Professional.

VLC: VideoLan is an Amazingly-capable open-source cross-platform multimedia player. It will play almost any video file, as well as music, DVD's and so on.

INFRARECORDER: A free CD/DVD burning solution. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration. Included on those systems with a burning-capable optical drive.

Google Earth

FLASH and JAVA: Both are essential underpinnings of the internet that you must have to work. Both completely up-to-date.

FIREFOX and CHROME: We include Firefox and Chrome in addition to Internet Explorer (included by Microsoft), so you have your choice of browsing however you're used to doing so.

HP UNIVERSAL PRINT DRIVER: One driver to control them all! HP is almost a  printer standard, and this one driver can print to all HP printers! Even allows you to find HP printers in your area if you're on the road and need to print.

ADOBE READER XReader This is the standard for reading PDF's though there's a  ton of free alternative too.

WINPATROL: I am a huge fan of this software, it has saved me more than once, and is great for controlling what starts up on your computer and understanding what's running. Wouldn't be without it. Works great in conjunction with Antivirus and malware software for complete security.

DropboxDROPBOX: This is a very smooth and straightforward way to move files from your laptop to the "cloud" and have them accessible from different machines. There is a free and paid version (the free version gives you 2 GB of cloud storage), I recommend it and use it.

MP3PRO: A small, lightweight and free MP3 player that I use all the time because of its simplicity and small footprint. Just drag MP3's onto it and drop them to play. Or click on the Playlist button to create playlists.

PicasaPICASA:  Free software from Google that allows you to Organize, edit, and share your photos. Will search your computer for pictures and import pictures from memory cards as well as your digital camera.

EVERNOTE: I LOVE this software and I use it constantly. It is indispensable; I could not do without it. You use it to keep notes, clippings from web sites, scans, pictures etc. "in the cloud" and can retrieve them from whatever computer / laptop / smartphone you're currently using. I have used the free and paid versions, its truly awesome (and I use that overworked) word sparingly.

CUTEWRITER: This is free software that allows you to "print" anything to a PDF file, no watermarks, no pop-up web ads. Very handy, and they have a professional version with much more functionality.

KeePassKEEPASS PASSWORD SAFE:  To quote from their web site, Keepass is a "...free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager." I use it, I like it, you should give it a try.

WINDIRSTAT: WinDirStat is Windows Directory Statistics, a free open-source software that is a "... a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool." Ever wonder where all your hard drive space is going? WinDirStat will tell you.

SHRED: This is a utility that was written in 2001 and still useful on Windows XP computers. You drag files and folders over it, release them and they are "shredded" securely so they cannot be recovered. Explore the various options that it gives you for secure file deletion.

Desktop Software

Desktop Computer

ANTIVIRUS: In their roundup of best free software for 2012, under the Antivirus category PC Magazine rates AVG the most effective. That's enough for me. The free version actually got a better score than the paid version!

OFFICE SUITE: Can't say it better than PC Magazine: "Based on the 20 years of work that has gone into OpenOffice.org, Lotus Symphony is PCMag's Editors' Choice for free office suites, even over the excellent LibreOffice. Symphony's been designed by IBM to be smooth and reliabIBMle for beginners and office workers, no matter what operating system they use. It has three tools: word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets." We used to install Libreoffice but recently switched to Symphony.

DEXPOT: Monitor screens are limited; I use and swear by this free-for-non-commercial use software from Germany. It creates 4 "virtual" screens and allows you to move easily between them. I use it on my desktops too! Dexpot is free for personal use.

GADWIN PRINTSCREEN: Gadwin printscreen is a small light, powerful and free utility that allows you to take screen snapshots and control all aspects of them, from output format to how the screen snapshot is taken. I find it a must-use piece of software. There's also a more fully-features Gadwin Printscreen Professional.

Videolan SoftwareVLC: VideoLan ia an amazingly-capable open-source cross-platform multimedia player. It will play almost any video file, as well as music, DVD's and so on.

INFRARECORDER: This is a free CD/DVD burning solution. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration. Included on those systems with a burning-capable optical drive.

Google EarthGOOGLE EARTH: A stunning, instructional and fun piece of software.

FLASH and JAVA: Both are essential underpinnings of the internet that you must have to work. Included up-to-date.

FIREFOX and CHROME: We include Firefox and Chrome in addition to Internet Explorer Chrome(included by Microsoft), so you have your choice of browsing however you're used to doing so.

HP UNIVERSAL PRINT DRIVER: One driver to control them all! HP is almost a  printer standard, and this one driver can print to all HP printers! Even allows you to find HP printers in your area if you're on the road and need to print.

ADOBE READER X:  This is the standard for reading PDF's though there's a  ton of good free alternatives too.

Scotty from WinPatrolWINPATROL: I am a huge fan of this software, it has saved me (regarding viruses) more than once, and is great for controlling what starts up on your computer and understanding what's running. Wouldn't be without it. Works great in conjunction with Antivirus and anti-malware software.

DROPBOX: This is a very smooth and straightforward way to move files from your +.computer to the "cloud" and have them accessible from different machines and different locations. There is a free and paid version; the free version gives you 2GB's of cloud storage.

MP3PRO: This is a small, lightweight and free MP3 player that I use all the time because of its simplicity and small footprint. Just drag MP3's onto it and drop them to play. Or click on the Playlist button to create playlists.

PICASA:  Free software from Google that allows you to Organize, edit, and share your photos. It will search your computer for pictures and import pictures from memory cards.

Evernote!EVERNOTE: I LOVE this software. It is indispensable; I could not do without it. You use it to keep notes, clippings from web sites, scans, pictures etc. "in the cloud" and you can retrieve them from whatever computer / tablet / smartphone you're currently using. I have used the free and paid versions, its truly awesome either way (and I use that overworked word sparingly).

CUTEWRITER: This is free software that allows you to "print" anything to a PDF file, no watermarks, no pop-up web ads. Very handy, and they have a professional version with much more functionality.

KEEPASS PASSWORD SAFE:  To quote from their web site, Keepass is a "...free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager." I use it, I like it, you should give it a try.

WINDIRSTAT: WinDirStat is Windows Directory Statistics, a free open-source software that is a "... a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool." Ever wonder where all your hard drive space is going? WinDirStat will tell you.

SHRED: This is a utility that was written in 2001 and still useful on Windows XP computers. You drag files and folders over it, release them and they are "shredded" securely so they cannot be recovered. Explore the various options that it gives you for secure file deletion.

Tablets

Tablet Software

Tablets software is more personalized and less system-oriented than either laptops of desktops. In general the type of Apps loaded onto someone's tablet more or less represent what the tablet is being used for. We include a representative sample of different types of software apps on each tablet that includes:

WIFI ANALYZER: This is a great utility that allows you to see what WiFi hotspots are in range and gives you a number of different ways to visualize WiFi signals.

GOOGLE EARTH

CLOUD PRINT:

CHROME and DOLPHIN BROWSER:

NETFLIX:

NY TIMES and UK & WORLD NEWS:

DROPBOX:

EVERNOTE:

FANCY WIDGETS:

SPEED TEST:

NOOK and KINDLE eREADERS:

WEATHERBUG and THE WEATHER CHANNEL:

FILE MANAGER: ES File Explorer and File manager (free and paid)

TERMINAL EMULATOR:

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