I'm wondering though, how much software is too much?! Does this software chase never end?
Good questions, and good to question limitations, cjsears
if for no other reason than to demonstrate a plain reality of life on the interenet full of duplication and inconsistancies. Take a look at this list
. It's ironic that the bottomline yields such a small percentage of what's available. jgweed's
list is really a good summation and there doesn't exist conflicts in using those particular ones on the same machine. Although they are similar in many ways, using each can provide some overlapping of benefits and broaden the protection you receive. It's important to note that each day that passes often brings inclusions to lists of products that fall into the category of malware. Thats what we get having a world of participants in the relatively finite world of operating systems for millions of PC's.
I would typically have about a hundred programs on my PC. I might use a dozen regularly, and be updating more than half of them on a weekly basis. The combined total of all of them would amount to the same volume of file sizes roughly equivalent to having 50 albums of music. A dozen programs would be larger than 100 MB in size, programs for web browsing photo editing, animation creation, speech recognition, character recognition, word processing & data management falling into this category. Most all others have much smaller "footprints" on the system yet many of them are quite powerful in their own regards.
Installing/uninstalling is the trial & error I've experienced over time. Having a relatively new machine, as you have, or having a relatively new installation of OS on any machine, gives you an advantage. The install/uninstall process is the one that creates a need for disk defragmentation more than most other normal PC operations using software. Please monitor your disk defrag utility on a regular basis like updates. You'll avoid slowdowns that way. Also, desktop shortcuts and placement of tray icons can be a hassle. For the most part, it's just as easy to enter "start" and locate the desired program to launch as it is to have a oppressive (or impressive, I guess) display of icons confronting you each time the desktop is visible. I only allow automatic updating to occur in a couple programs, as I don't like unpredictable popups demanding an internet access to do it, nor running at times that often conflict with what I may be doing at any given time. Typically I will have 5-6 browser windows minimized, 4-5 word documents open, an audio player going, a spreadsheet perhaps or more than one, and be performing a download in the background. I do not want do an update "right now". Same holds true of playing games...all of a sudden the action is interrupted by "OMG, your anti-virus may be out-of-date...do something!!"
Having a hundred software programs, as I have mentioned, is really no big deal. I think I've tried 300 or more, and never use more than a small percentage simultaneously. My "stand alone PC" would be considered on a scale of 1-10 of available PC's as about 4.6. Hang around BC a while, read the tutorials and wide variety of topics/discussions here... you'll be surprised at how quickly you become familiar with the once bewildering array of information.
(like for instance how I know about that scale of 1-10 or how to get reporting on the details of the machine you have, a free program I highly recommend
As for things that do the same thing... the best advice I've gotten is to install Mozilla Firefox and leave IE alone except to update windows and a few other reasons. I just make it secure as it can be and take it off my start menu. Same thing with the Windows Media Player. I have better alternatives that are free and I set them as the default programs.
The majority of my trial & error has been because
of the winXP pro I use, not the programs built to use it.
Edited by phawgg, 02 October 2004 - 10:04 PM.