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Useful Software and Extensions

A good list to have when you buy a new PC.

Opinion page by Duane Alan Hahn, a.k.a. Random Terrain.

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Windows Software


Zip and unzip. I love right clicking on a .ZIP file and selecting "Extract Here."


Affinity Photo

No subscription (subscription-free) photo editing software that is supposedly as good as Adobe Photoshop. At the time of typing this (May 12, 2019), the program was only $49.99. I can't afford it right now, but I'll try to get it later in the year if I can. They also sell Affinity Designer for the same price, but I don't think I need vector graphic design software. Photo editing software is pretty much all I need at the moment.




Easily record video and sound from an emulator or an area of your PC screen. Bandicam is the best screen/emulator recording software for making YouTube videos that I have ever tried (I don't have a Mac and I don't use Linux). It really does seem to have less lag (as they claim on their main page). When I start recording video games in Stella with other programs, there is a noticeable, jarring slow down, but not with Bandicam. (When using Stella, remember to press Alt + P to enable the phosphor effect before recording.)


The program makes it very clear what you are going to record. There is no irritating flashing rectangle around the area you're recording and you can easily disable the FPS overlay (under the FPS Tab), so you can record a game you're playing without any irritating distractions.


Unlike some other programs, you won't have to spend time just trying to find the record button. There are no mysteries or weird, complicated problems. It just works.


Easy GIF Animator

Edit or create your own animated GIFs. There's a free trial version, but the pay version is affordable. I bought it back when they were selling Easy GIF Animator 4. I need to buy the latest one since they improved it over the years. I was thinking about becoming an affiliate since I like the program so much, but you don't get paid until you reach $100 and I doubt I'd ever sell enough to reach that amount.



Yahoo moved from FTP to FTPS, so I use FileZilla to upload my files since Dreamweaver CS6 can only do FTP.



Free open source data backup software which helps you compare and synchronize files and folders so you don't have to copy the same unchanged files every time you backup your files.


Google Chrome

This now seems to be the best free internet browser.



The best free image viewer.



The most powerful free & open source office suite on the market.



Create animated GIFs directly from an emulator such as Stella. Using 33 FPS instead of 30 FPS seems to give a smoother result without increasing the file size by a huge amount. Program recommended by walaber. When using Stella, remember to press Alt + P to enable the phosphor effect before recording. You can also use a free online tool to resize your GIFs.


Moffsoft FreeCalc

Adjustable calculator size and simulated paper tape history.



Much better than Notepad.



This is one of the best free image/photo editing programs for Windows computers. It's much easier to use than GIMP (that weird, unintuitive program so many people seem to be in love with).


One of the things I love about Paint.NET is that it lets me draw straight lines that can be quickly turned into curved lines. Just grab one of those dots (control nubs) along the line and drag it until you have the curve you're looking for.


You can also select anything in an image, click on the Move Selected Pixels icon, move the mouse pointer just outside of the selection until a double headed curved arrow appears, then left click and drag the cursor to rotate the selection. I also use that technique to rotate text in an image. So far every tool I've needed to use has been easy to find and easy to figure out. Paint.NET is virtually frustration free. Just remember that you need to hold down the Ctrl key if you want to zoom in and out with the scroll wheel on your mouse.



The best Atari 2600 VCS emulator.


VideoPad Video Editor

Intuitive video editor for creating professional quality videos in minutes. I have the paid version.


VLC Media Player

The best free audio and video player.


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You have to pay for it, but it's affordable and it doesn't slow everything down. I got mine from Best Buy.



Compares two files and shows the differences. Get the xdocdiff WinMerge Plugin if you want to compare PDF files. Be sure to enable plugins (under Plugins/List) and select Automatic Unpacking.



English thesaurus and dictionary. I have the paid version.


Xenu's Link Sleuth

Checks your web site for broken links.





Google Chrome Extensions


Allows active content to run only from sites you trust.


Adblock Plus

Blocks annoying video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more.



Click on the miniGestures icon, select Options, put L next to "History Back" and R next to "History Forward," click the Save Configuration button, then close the tab. Those are the only mouse gestures that I use.



This is similar to Googlebar Lite on Firefox. I mostly use it for finding search terms on a web page.


New Tabs to the Front

Brings newly created tabs to the foreground.


Alternate Tab Order

Opens new tabs at the end (the right side).


Webroot Filtering Extension

This came with Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security with Antivirus, so it's not free. If you have Webroot, be sure to use it. Doesn't seem to slow down the browser one bit.






In Case You Didn’t Know


B Vitamins = Good

Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. For example, the wife of a guy I used to chat with online had severe mood swings which seemed to be caused by food allergies or intolerances. She would became irrational, obnoxious, throw tantrums, and generally act like she had a mental illness. The horrid behavior stopped after she started taking a vitamin B complex. I’ve been taking #ad Jarrow B-Right for many years. It makes me much easier to live with.



Soy = Bad

Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.” Fermented soy doesn’t bother me, but the various versions of unfermented soy (soy flour, soybean oil, and so on) that are used in all kinds of products these days causes a negative mental health reaction in me that a vitamin B complex can’t tame. The sinister encroachment of soy has made the careful reading of ingredients a necessity.



Wheat = Bad

If you are overweight, have type II diabetes, or are worried about the condition of your heart, check out the videos by William Davis and Ivor Cummins. It seems that most people should avoid wheat, not just those who have a wheat allergy or celiac disease. Check out these books: #ad Undoctored, #ad Wheat Belly, and #ad Eat Rich, Live Long.



Negative Ions = Good

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.



Litterbugs = Bad

Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.



Climate Change Cash Grab = Bad

Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.


Watch these two YouTube videos for more information:

CO2 is Greening The Earth

The Climate Agenda



Hydrofracking = Bad

Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.



Hydroxychloroquine = Good

Although some people with certain conditions may not be able to take it, hydroxychloroquine is a cheap drug that has been prescribed by doctors since the 1950s and it seems to be helping many people who have COVID-19 when administered early enough. (Hydroxychloroquine is also supposedly safe and tolerable as an anti-cancer therapy.) Seems like most news sources are going out of their way to make it sound like hydroxychloroquine is the most dangerous drug in the world, but they also make it sound like it’s the greatest drug in the world for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients. They basically say that using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients would be taking that great and wonderful drug away from the other patients who need it. So which is it? Is hydroxychloroquine deadly or divine?


If you believe that a couple of Trump supporters took the medicine hydroxychloroquine and it’s President Trumps fault that the husband died, you’ve been duped. Watch this video. The wife was a prolific Democratic donor, it seems she hated her husband, she used fish tank cleaner (not the medicine hydroxychloroquine), and now she is the subject of a homicide investigation.


Some people claim that the reason so many news sources want to keep doctors from using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 is that they are desperate to keep everyone afraid to leave their homes since mail-in voting will make voter fraud much easier (the only way they could beat Trump). Others claim that the rabid anti-hydroxychloroquine campaign was to make way for the expensive new drug called remdesivir. Drug companies can’t make much money with old generic drugs, so new drugs must be pushed. Both claims could be true since remdesivir supposedly isn’t as good as hydroxychloroquine.


According to Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, hydroxychloroquine does four things: (1) stops viral entry, (2) stops viral RNA replication, (3) stops viral particle assembly, and (4) stops cytokine storm. Remdesivir only stops viral RNA replication. Did you get that? Hydroxychloroquine does four things and remdesivir only does one. The doctor also said that nearly 70 percent of the people who took remdesivir had some type of adverse effect. If all of that is true and the more anemic medicine ends up being used by most doctors thanks to the smear campaign against hydroxychloroquine, the average American will beg to vote from home.


In case you didn’t know, Patrick Howley reported that one of the authors of the ‘study’ saying that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work at VA hospitals got a research grant from Gilead (the company that makes remdesivir). Does that seem a little fishy to you?


Bryan Fischer said in an article that Dr. Fauci has known since 2005 that chloroquine is an effective inhibitor of coronaviruses. You might also want to check out the following three links:

The REAL Truth about Dr. Fauci, Remdesivir and Hydroxychloroquine!

Chloroquine Is a Potent Inhibitor of SARS Coronavirus Infection and Spread (2005)

Sequential CQ / HCQ Research Papers and Reports


“The Disruptive Physician” had this to say at Twitter: “Meanwhile, regular doctors like me are using HCQ + Azithromycin and Zinc to good effect. One nursing home in NE Ohio had 30 cases - started everyone on HCQ, no deaths. Quick recovery. Why would the MSM hide this? Why would twitter block people who question the WHO?” You might also want to check out Dr. Stephen Smith, Dr. Ramin Oskoui and Dr. Yvette Lozano.


In case you’re interested, here are a few COVID-19 patients who appear to claim that hydroxychloroquine saved their lives: elderly couple Louis Amen and Dolores Amen, Daniel Dae Kim, Rio Giardinieri, John McConnell, Margaret Novins, Jim Santilli, Billy Saracino, and Karen Whitsett (Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives).


Software I Quit Using

Opinion section by Duane Alan Hahn (2019y_05m_04d)

Avast Free Antivirus

An update to Avast in May of 2018 mangled my Windows 8 system profile. I finally uninstalled Avast in April of 2019, but of course, Avast acted like a virus and blocked the Windows anti-virus from working after Avast was uninstalled. If you want to avoid the problems I had, you might want to stay away from Avast.




Dreamweaver CS6

Opinion section by Duane Alan Hahn (created on 2019y_05m_05d, updated on 2019y_05m_12d)

Dreamweaver CS6

If you want undo/redo buttons, click on the View menu, hover over Toolbars, then click on Standard. Now you'll have undo/redo icons or buttons or whatever you want to call them.


To bring back the Properties Panel that shows link content and other things, click on the Window menu, then click on Properties (or use Ctrl + F3).


To quickly find something, highlight some text or code, then press Shift + F3. To find the next occurrence, just press F3.


To check the spelling of your text, click on the Commands menu and select Check Spelling.


If you have WordWeb Pro, hold down the Ctrl key and right click on a word that you want to check. WordWeb Pro will pop up with the definition and synonyms.



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