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Best Free Windows 64-bit Programming Editor


Notepad++ "is a popular and widely-used editor loaded with features to make the users' programming more productive, including syntax and brace highlighting for many languages, search and replace using regular expressions, macro recording, and playback. It is also highly configurable through plug-ins, has a wide range of themes and offers multi-language support. Other features include color source code printing, auto-completion, multi-document and multi-view, drag and drop, syntax folding, bookmark, ASCII art display and more." (Best Free Programming Editor)


Bluefish "is a lightweight yet powerful editor running … designed for experienced programmers and web designers, and works as a general-purpose editor as well with the IDE. This program provides options to write websites, scripts and programming codes in many programming and markup languages. Its user interface is complete with toolbars, dialogs and user-customized menus to facilitate insertion of markups and codes. … Other useful features include cold folding, customizable syntax highlighting, advanced search and replace, multiple projects support, integration with external programs to handle advanced text processing or error detection, auto tag closing and matched code highlights for HTML and XML documents, in-line spell checker which is programing language aware and so on." (Best Free Programming Editor)


Best Free Windows 64-bit Color Picker

Color Cop

Color Cop "impressed me with its combination of simplicity and effectiveness. It comes with a compact and powerful user interface which takes up very little screen space. A color grabber is provided to drag and drop at any pixel of the screen, and RGB and Hex codes are presented instantly. The front interface provides a built-in magnifier and an active color palette. If you want to adjust a picked color, you can click the ‘custom’ button and call up Windows’ default color mixer. When you right click on the interface a menu pops up with extra features. In this way, the interface is cleverly made small but powerful." (Best Free Color Picker)



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by Anonymous on 13. May 2010 - 18:33  (49742)

You guys sure did make a good impression on Jake yesterday talking about MS Xp.I realize that it is still used on a large scale, but Win 7 is way better and when compared to Vista the system is more "hardened" It has DEP, UAC, ASLR. Let's not try and get people to stay regressed on XP. Windows 7 is already a success and there is nothing that can stop its momentum. Remember Windows 2000, no support for come July, and eventually XP will suffer the same fate. And there's no way the whole world will migrate to Linux or Ubuntu unless there is a paradigm shift of volcanic proportions.

by rik on 21. May 2010 - 13:11  (50037)

Many people will continue to use XP as their existing hardware may not support Windows 7. Others will stick with XP as their software won't run under Windows 7 and they don't have the time, energy or inclination to switch to XP mode or a virtualistion tool.

XP is good for support through 2014, much will have changed by then, including PC demographics.


by Anonymous on 13. May 2010 - 15:12  (49725)

I wanted to let someone know that I simply adore this column or section of the website b/c I browse the internet a lot and most of the time can't find sections or website solely dedicated to this platform.(Windows 7/Vista.) As a happy Vista user since summer of '07, I love the layout of this page! It at least points me in the right direction and makes me curious to try some the of the software. It's like a breath of frest air b/c in 2007 and 2008 there was so much Vista bashing by the media. Nice to see a website give it "props"
Thank so much!

by Peccadilloes on 3. May 2010 - 8:42  (49004)

why does my firefox v3.6.3 not work well with windows 7 home premium?

by Anonymous on 13. June 2010 - 1:58  (52004)

I'm experiencing problems with Firefox too on my Windows 7 (64-bit) system (E6300 dual CPU and 4GB RAM). After I wake the computer from sleep, Firefox turns into a 50% resource hog and lags really badly, necessitating a complete computer restart. Hopeless. Even IE8 works better!
I'm trying out other browsers at this time.

by MidnightCowboy on 3. May 2010 - 8:49  (49007)

This could be down to a number of reasons but we would need to know more detail such as what is actually wrong and a list of the extensions you have installed for Firefox.

Please posts this information in the forum where there are already several threads relating to Firefox as it is much easier to offer this kind of support there.

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 16:45  (48718)

Please note that I do not tolerate 'fan boy' posts against this article. Both I, and the people that come here in search of information, deserve better than that. Any such posts will be deleted immediatetly.

To keep in the spirit of this the off the wall exchange that appeared in the comments has been removed.


by Anonymous on 28. April 2010 - 22:03  (48663)

Does Double Commander allow access to network files? I can't see network drives.

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 5:07  (48682)

Please see my response below.



by Anonymous on 28. April 2010 - 21:38  (48662)

This article is topnotch! You all do great work for us less knowledgeable users.

Question: I can't seem to be able to find my Network files with Double Commander. Is is possible, and if so how?

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 4:54  (48678)

Many thanks for the kind feedback.

The network drive functionality is 'under development' and having written code like that myself I doubt it will be long in coming. I'll monitor progress on this and report back as soon as it is available. I'll also update the article to indicate that this is an issue.

Thanks again,


by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 13:19  (48694)

Thanks for the quick reply. I'll wait for the update.

by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 14:45  (48568)

Very well done! I feel I have a fairly good better understanding of
some of the best quality software available out there now that
I have visited this site.

In regards to antivirus software, I have tried AVG, Avira
Antivir Personal Edition and Avast! Free AntiVirus. And in
my own personal experience, I would say AVG's detection rate
is probably the least effective in detecting malware. And
I would pretty much agree that Avira is probably slightly
better than Avast! in the detection rate department. Without
a doubt I think Avira is a first rate antivrus product.
However, in my own humble opinion, I would rate Avast!
slightly higher than Avira OVERALL because I feel Avast!
clearly is more comprehensive in protection as well as
also having more features . Avast! has some features that
not even some of the paid AVs that I used in the past
had. Moreover, I found Avast! not to be quite as intrusive
as Avira was. Avira would constantly flash "nag screens."
With Avast!, I have hardly noticed it was even running.
This is a minor issue in my mind, however, if all things
are equal or negligible, I would probably be swayed into
opting for the least annoying software in my decision-making

For my own personal use, I have decided to go with Avast!.
However, after reading this report, I may decide to add
Avira as well.

Thanks so much for all the geat insight!


by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 0:34  (48670)

Hi Joe,
As a beta tester for Microsoft Security Essentials I can tell you, you will have virtually no false positive w/ MSE and no nag screens or pop ups wanting you to buy it b/c it's free! Not to mention the fact that the download is less than 13mb. I'm excited to say that it protects @ the binary level as well and the UI is less complex than both Avira and Avast!. The editors have so smartly sandwiched MSE between Avira and Avast on this website and I applaud them for that. Security Essentials is something of an enigma in the AV world. It's flying under the radar but slowly amassing a large following. Check out the five star reviews for this 5 star gem!
Happy trails and computing!

by Anonymous on 11. June 2010 - 6:27  (51890)

Thank you for promoting this info. I have been using it in both win7 and vista 32 and 64 for some time now and it works flawlessly. Plus my onecare expired and they discontinued the product.

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 21:52  (48738)
by MidnightCowboy on 29. April 2010 - 22:52  (48743)

I don't understand what this guy is trying to say? First he entitles his article "Don't pay for security software", then says this...

"It's not that free software is better by nature. The full-feature, paid security suites are robust computer and information protectors, especially for people who might otherwise get themselves into trouble online due to a lack of education on basic computing security practices".

...which from my experience covers about 90% of the PC using population.

Even at the local university here, a recent survey of their IT dept showed that every machine on the LAN was infected or had been and was in various stages of remission depending on what security software was installed on it. Of the 9 machines not networked, four were infected and only one had a properly updated and configured set of security programs. Three quarters of the machines were still running IE6. This is the reality of the world in which I live which is far removed from that enjoyed by the minority such as the enthusiasts here, Wilders and other places. To suggest that MSE is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky.

by Anonymous on 1. May 2010 - 20:49  (48926)

What the author meant was that Security essentials has no expiration date nor trial subscription so the consumer does not have to scramble to find another av once something like Norton or McAfee's trial period runs out.
So many consumers have busy lives so they let their subscription run out so their computer is left unprotected. Don't you think all computers should come with some type of protection from the get go that does not expire, so that at least they will have one base line or layer of security? Throwing Microsoft under the bus only makes your post look biased and foolish!

by MidnightCowboy on 1. May 2010 - 20:59  (48927)

I guess there are several issues here.

Security, whether it be home, car, personal or computer is the responsibility of the person controlling it. Having a "busy life" is no excuse for neglecting an important item such as this. Most folks can remember to spend enough time sifting through their emails and Facebook, so remembering an expiry date which is thrown at you by most commercial apps every time you switch on the PC should not be an issue.

Second, I think that professional writers should be able to say what they mean in their own articles without needing someone else to interpret it for them. Had the title or content been directed along the lines you suggest then yes, I'm in full agreement. It's always been a nonsense that Microsoft are willing enough to thrust IE and other compulsory components at customers without providing a basic free security to protect what they've just sold. Instead they chose the commercial route by bundling paid software.

Lastly, I don't recall any words of mine linking MSE and buses in the same sentence. Readers of my many posts both here and in the forum will know that I've recommended it often enough and that I've also applied my analogy to every other product. There is no "one size fits all" solution for PC security and never will be although folks continue to search for it. It's true that I don't service computers any more but when I did, I never ever met anyone who gave themselves as the reason for their being infected. Excuses are cheap, but good PC security costs even less, although you need to set aside some of that valuable time to manage it effectively.

by Anonymous on 1. May 2010 - 21:53  (48935)

Thank you for your response.
In response to your first paragraph, the 90% percent of the population that you are referring to on 4/29 @ 22:52, who may get themselves in trouble online due to lack of education on basic security practices are the ones who are more apt to let it expire simply b/c they lack "the education on basic security practices." Unfortunately, and I hate that this has happend, is our societies have evolved where a majority of that 90% percent you are speaking of places more value on Facebook and sifting thru emails. So there's nothing that we can do to stop the technology thread from weaving it's way into society and shifting priorities, even if it is away from computer security.
In response to your second paragraph, you're absolutely right that professional writers such as the guy on should be able to say what they mean w/ out needing someone else to interpret it for them. That is what both me and you have done(as indicated by my post and your post). You wrote to suggest that MSE is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky, in which pie and sky are not even mentioned in the article. It's not that MS chose the commercial route, the computer makers install the paid apps on the computers not MS. The article stated that in it's own retail store Microsoft has included MSE in the software suite, so that let's people know that MS does not have a vested interest in paid apps to protect their hardware. The computer makers are paid by by the compaines that make the paid apps!
In response to your third paragraph, throwing Microsoft under the bus is a metaphor. Do you know what that is? In your original post, you could have said To suggest that "any AV" is going to save the planet for the rest of these folks is like wishing for pie in the sky. But you used MSE. And the reason why you never came across anybody while you were fixing computers that offered themselves up as an excuse is b/c by human nature we don't won't to admit fault b/c it's embarrassing which is why you won't say that you should have not said MSE but just said "any AV."

by Anonymous on 30. April 2010 - 22:25  (48852)

You're right. MSE nor any other av program will save the planet. What will always come into play is the human factor when it comes to computing and surfing the interent. There will always be people who click on things that shouldn't be clicked, places on the web where people shouldn't be going, and programs and computers that are not updated nor patched like they should be.

by HeWhoRocks on 30. April 2010 - 15:49  (48827)

Just looks like spam for MSE to me. Seeing a lot of that at the mo.

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 22:58  (48744)

Wow, that's a very high infection rate, are the IT people competent enuff to do their job?

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 23:03  (48745)

I'm sure they were competent, part of problem was they were running IE6, which was a browser invented during medieval times!

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 22:17  (48740)

The phrase 'connect to the internet over Ethernet' says it all. The person that wrote this article knows as much about PCs as I know about the dark side of the moon. Complete rubbish.


by rik on 29. April 2010 - 5:01  (48679)

MSE is a very good application, once installed the user interface is a dream to use, as you'd expect from Microsoft. Add to that low 'false positives' and quick and simple infection removal and it's easy to see why MSE is so popular.

On the downside, detection rates aren't in the same league as Avast! or Avira, perhaps that will change over time.

As soon as I get chance I'll add MSE to the review as it is available as a native 64 bit application.


by rik on 27. April 2010 - 15:13  (48569)

Joe, thanks for the feedback.

Both Avast! and Avira are great applications, either should give you great protection. Currently I use Avast!, but with the (not so) recent Avira 10 I might switch. Depends :)


by Anonymous on 27. April 2010 - 15:27  (48570)

Hmmm...Rik. You've given me food for thought. I have to look into this
Avira 10, now!

by Anonymous on 29. April 2010 - 0:52  (48673)

I wouldn't use Avira. Google "Avira screenshots" and you'll see what I mean.
The user interface is way more complex than Microsoft Security Essentials and sometimes when it's downloading updates from their server it takes forever.

by rik on 29. April 2010 - 5:04  (48680)

Of the freeware AVs, Avira has the highest detection rates by some margin. The user interface is more complex than MSE but some will see this as a small price to pay for greater protection.

Avira signature updates take place in the background so how can you judge how long they take?


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