David Trebacz Favorite Software and Website List

Here is a list of software and sites that I've found helpful in my travels in the personal computer world. Consider this my personal endorsement of each to my friends.

  1. Broadband
  2. Web
  3. Windows
  4. Open Source
  5. Video Editing
  6. Photography



www.dslwebserver.com Great site with information on how to run your own web server on your DSL line. Very informative.
www.dslreports.com Best source of information on DSL providers and current happenings. The only place you should go to for SBC-Ameritech DSL support!
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www.aprelium.com/abyssws/ Abyss web server -small, but powerful web server that runs this site.
http://www.magentocommerce.com/ Full featured open source eCommerce software, that I'm experimenting with to host my bothers website. Runs in a LAMP environment and is easily visually customized with CSS.
www.palacio-cristal.com Dynamic DNS updater that has worked great. Small application that runs on your PC and updates your DNS address to a DNS service like http://www.dyndns.org.
http://www.dyndns.org Offers free DNS hosting service. When combined with a Dynamic DNS updater it makes it real easy for your PC on a DSL line to be available for the world.
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Open Source

http://www.kubuntu.org Kubuntu operating system. Open source alternative based on KDE and Ubuntu. Currently using for my main desktop environment.
http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/ BackUPPC is my open source backup solution for my entire network. Easy to configure and use. Works across Linux and Windows network very well.
http://keepass.info/ Open source password storage allows me to store and securely update all my passwords across Windows, Linux, and Windows Mobile 5.0 clients. It is a very small and efficient program.
http://www.nomachine.com Great no cost tool to remotely access my KDE linux desktop. Open source client -server version is free, but not open source.
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www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/ Good list of Windows applications that run automatically in the background when Windows starts.
www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml Great program that let's you easily control what programs run automatically under and Windows operating system. Nice replacement for msconfig that Microsoft screwed up in their implementation of Windows XP.
www.safer-networking.org/ Spybot -the greatest spyware removal program -and it's really free. So good I sent in the requested donation.
www.grisoft.com Dump Norton antivirus products and try this great free antivirus software. Installed it on one computer and only used a little over 2 Mb of RAM. Updates are also free.
http://www.ccleaner.com/ CCleaner safely cleans up Windows temporary files (worked well on Windows XP) off your hard drive. Especially good if you running and older machine with limited hard disk space.
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Video Editing

www.dvdrhelp.com/author DVD R help site. Lots of good information to wade through the complex world of DVD authoring.
www.videoguys.com Site with all kinds of no nonsense video advice. Does promote some products.
http://www.canopus.us I use the Canopus ADVC-100 to convert my old videos to AVI using their hardware solution. I have used it several times and it has prove to be very reliable. No problems with video to audio synchronization -even on 2 hour tapes. I bought mine from some Macintosh company -hey it was cheap $259.
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http://picasa.Google.com/ Picasa is a great free photo organizing and basic editing tool from Google. It also allows to easily send your pictures to be processed -or upload them to free Google web albums.
http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/ Invaluable command line tool that I used for fixing dates in EXIF picture headers, when I had the date set incorrectly in my Canon 40D. I used it to easily change the date offsets in thousands of pictures.
Microsoft SyncToy Free Microsoft tool I used to keep two copies of my pictures and images always synchronized.
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Revised: March 22, 2009 .
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