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I have been using Skype for a while and almost stopped using MSN. The only drawback is that not all of my contacts have found Skype yet.
actually Miro [ http://getmiro.com ] performs better. and is cross platform. It's focused on being a player for internet TV stations, but it plays all formats natively, and can be used to play local video content. Acrobat reader by adobe, if you can accept the massive resource hog of it. It's almost as bad a java for size to install, and as hungry for ram / cpu cycles to run. and if you want open office to work completely, add the massive bloat of sun's jvm to it. Cause ti doesn't have full functionality without it. That makes it absolutely useless. MySQL Administrator instead of PHPMyadmin? the free, web based phpmyadmin has always been completely cross platform, and allows for full control over MySQL. [ and the Postgresql version phppgadmin does the same for postgresql database engine, with is also completely cross platform, if you have ntfs on your windows system. ]
I tend think Google's Chrome is much better than Firefox only because, on Linux, it uses gnash much better than Firefox
I would take exception to Adobe's product for PDF viewing. While it is still the most commonly used (for now), I personally have been making a hard push with all of my customers to try out PDFXchange Viewer. So far, not one have chosen Adobe over this open source product. Aside from an astounding number of tools to mark and fill in your pdf forms, PDFXchange Viewer suffers from neither the bloat nor the constant updates that Adobe does. I would suggest it to anyone looking for an alternative.
I personally like Virtualbox, its also cross plate form I believe it to have a much smaller footprint then VMware. It is now flying under the Oracle flag since they took over Sun Microsystems. The new version is easy to install and runs flawless on Win XP w/2gigs. I've been using it for well over a year now.
..and I use it in conjunction with Carbonite, which is NOT cross-platform capable, but with DropBox you can share files with several PC's from one account. However, DropBox needs to follow suite with Carbonite, they do not impose any quota limits on your backups but they do recommend not to backup more than a dozen or so GB's. :-)
is it's different levels of functionality on different systems. they can't figure out how to get video working on Linux.
that the Windows version of Miro uses VLC embedded as its player, yes? The Mac version uses the native QuickTime... http://www.getmiro.com/using-miro/faq/index.php#q1.6
Don't patronize their products... There are many other PDF viewers that work well on Linux, aren't bloated, don't try to update all the time, etc...
I agree that Adobe is way to bloated. While it do keep it around I switch to FoxIt PDF, but recently found Nitro PDF Reader. It is free (be sure to search for PDF Reader, they have paid products as well) and includes not only basic markup, but a PDF printer as well. The interface imulates MS Office 2010 ribbon bar, which I am growing to like.
While it suffers from some of the same ills as Adobe reader, I have found FoxIT PDF Reader to be a great substitute. It is also light - 10% of the space requirements of adobe reader I have not yet looked at PDFXchange Viewer so thanks for posting that one.
in my Linux machines -- home and work. Works great, allows me to use Windows when I need to without any internet risks involved. Since both OSs run at the same time, my Linux base OS provides for all my internet access, web surfing, firewalling, etc. I abandoned VMware after trying Vbox, since it runs fast, its' more robust, easier to install & maintain, reliable, and a nicer package. Free, too. Recommended!
i've beewn using Virtualbox for a few couplke years and i love it over others, runs nice on my Win 7 with like 12 vm's(linux n windows)
Teamviewer and Synergy+ both rock! Now there's an iPhone app for Teamviewer and I can connect to a PC from my phone if need be. (Had to do this twice now) Excellent remote support tool!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT7urt5UcQg not sure if it will help with skype though...
Thanks for that tip. The Reader and Writer combined in one piece of software is the best feature compared to other apps. Any problems with the beta?
is PDF-Xchange Viewer (Free), with a lot of commenting and editing functions not included in acrobat reader. http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer
I've also been testing Nitro PDF Reader beta but it's a long way from cross-platform! It's Windows-only & they say they don't even have any Mac plans in the foreseeable future.
Haven't noticed any problems with "beta". Ocasionally I will come across a PDF that will not be displayed properly, but I have found that as an issue with others (FoxIt etc).