Idea behind software reflections

I have been trying out different kinds of software for quite a few years now, & have even been recommending various applications to my friends & relatives. Trying out software has become like a hobby of sorts for me, & so I thought I’d share my opinions on different software with more people.

I’ll be covering many types of software, ranging from firewalls & antiviruses, to games, emulators, text editors etc. I’ll also provide links related to the software where the user can get more information about them.

My primary focus will be on freeware & open source software, as there is a huge number of such programs available today which are just as good, if not better than their paid counterparts (take this blog site for example).

You are welcome to post your suggestions & comments about the software & reviews. In case you have any requests, you can post them too.

Proposed reviews

Here’s a list of the stuff I plan to review over a period of time:

  • Browsers – Opera*, Firefox*, Maxthon*, X-Smiles
  • Browser addons – Firefox extensions^, Opera utilities
  • Text editors – Notepad++, Crimson Editor
  • Emulators – Visualboy Advance, SPIN, EmuZWin, DOSBox*
  • Antivirus – Avast
  • Firewall – ZoneAlarm
  • P2P software – Shareaza, Ares Galaxy
  • Messaging clients – Google Talk, Gaim
  • Utilities – ZipGenius, EULAlyzer, xplorer2, SigZag, HTTrack
  • Multimedia apps – MPlayer, codec packs, Winamp, iTunes, jetAudio, Screamer Radio*
  • Misc – Google Earth, World Wind, Celestia*, Stellarium*, FreeMind*

These are some of the programs I have used over the last few years, & there are many more not listed here which I may also add at some point of time. In addition to these I’ll also be adding links & usage tips for some of the applications.

I have not yet decided on the order in which I will be putting up the stuff, so suggestions are welcome.

* – indicates review has been posted

^ – indicates review has been started & additions will be made to it

FreeMind – Map your thoughts

FreeMind is a mind mapping software, i.e., it can be used to put down your thoughts in an organised manner. As a mind mapping software, it allows you to branch out your thoughts & connect them in a manner which seems fit to you. It also lets you to associate images & links with  different items. Basically, it enables you to lay down your thought in a manner which seems fit to you – pictorial/written/mixed.

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Miss the old DOS games?

I used to play quite a lot of DOS based games, until I switched to the Win 2000/xp platform. As these two OSes are not based on DOS, the performance of most DOS based games under them is pretty poor (if they run in the first place). However, I found an interesting little application some time back – DOSBox. It is a DOS emulator, & is available for different platforms (Mac & Linux too). So, those who have switched to non-Windows OSes can also play the DOS games.

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