Downloadable and Online Resource Links
for Computer Science Students
Most recent update: June 6, 2008
- Mingw32 Unix Tools for Windows
- CSCI 2270 Lab Exercises
- Visual Studio
- Programmers Resources
- Other Freeware and Shareware That I Support
- Adobe Reader 7.0:
I don't know if you can still find this, but it seems less intrusive
than later versions.
- 5Spice: Analog Circuit Simulation
- Acronis Disk
Management Software: Not free, but inexpensive and it works well
for everything from cloneing a disk to partition management.
- AMUST Disk
Cleaner: This isn't really a disk cleaner. What it does is list
the number of bytes used in each of your directories in a way that is
easy to search.
- Avery DesignPro Limited: For designing return address labels and similar
- Celestia: A 3D
Outer Space Simulator
- Combined Community Codec
Pack: I installed only the Haali Media Spliter, which lets me play
anime files that seem to come in .mkv format. Even with this, though,
windows media player wouldn't work for .mkv (no sound), so I also installed the
CCCP Classic Media Player which works fine for .mkv.
This program creates index pages from directories (and subdirectories) of
html files. I use it to create index pages that can then be uploaded to
webct, since webct won't let you directly link to a directory listing.
This "virtual CD drive" program lets you copy a complete CD to your hard drive. It then sets things
up so that it looks like the CD is in a CD drive even after you remove
the CD. However, I couldn't get it to work in Vista, so I switched to
A DVD and video file player. I use it to play divx and avi files. I
didn't actually install the player, but I did install the DivX 6.8
codec, which allows the normal media player to play these files.
- DOSBox: Do you have old DOS games
that just won't run under windows? Try DOSBox!
Killer: Identifies duplicate files and gives options for
deletion. I used it for a while, but I switched to dupfiles when I
53: Adds an "erase" option that is similar to "delete," except the
disk drive is wiped so clean that the file can never be recovered.
E-Trust Antivirus from Computer Associates is free for
CU Students, Staff and Faculty.
- DupFiles: Find and delete duplicate
- Finale Notepad:
This program lets you create and play sheet music.
- Foxmarks: This is the only
Firefox Browser adder that I use. It synchronizes my bookmarks on the
several different machines that I use (and also allows me to use my
bookmarks on other people's machines).
- Freemind: This tool
lets you build free flowing mind maps, which are a useful outlining
and brainstorming tool. It requires installation of the Java Runtime
System (see the JDK link up above).
- G-Mail. I resisted for a long
time, but have now been assimilated. I still hate the
no-heirarchy-police, but never mind.
- Google Web
Accelerator: Saving the world one-tenth of a second at a time.
This program splits a large file into smaller pieces, then puts the
pieces back together again.
allows you to lock your browser home page so that those annoying
programs can't change it. Doesn't seem to work for me in Vista,
- Icon Keeper: Remembers
all your icon positions so they can be easily restored.
- Jajah: Free and low-cost phone
calls around the world.
An editor for jpg, gif, bmp and other graphics files. If you can
still find Version 1.D, I think that it's cleaner than later versions.
ReflectCreate backup disk images and a rescue bootable dvd.
Virtual CD/DVD drive allows me to mount ISO images and treat it as if
it were on a drive.
I like the Mozilla Firefox browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail client.
- μTorrent: Bittorrent
downloading. I used to use Azureus, but couldn't get that to work on
Vista, so I switched.
Allows you to schedule jobs to run on a specified regular schedule.
A free replacement for MS Word, MS Powerpoint, and MS Excel.
I use the Powerpoint and Excel, but not the Word replacement because
the formatting can sometimes vary in annoying ways. You might want to
get MS Word as part of the MS Office student edition or as part of
the MS Works package (which also include Encarta, Streets & Maps,
- PDF995: Create your own pdf files from
any program that can send information to a printer. Because of its
adware, I switched to primopdf.
- PC Inspector File Recovery:
I used it. It worked for me.
- Picasa 2: Picture
organizer. Once again, I resisted, but have been assimilated. I wish
I could turn off the backup of originals; I long for a better location
marker in the bar on the right. I like the interface with my scanner.
From Microsoft. I like TweakUI among others.
- Prcview: True
geeks need a process viewer that provides more information than the
Windows task manager.
- PrimoPDF: Adds a printer
device that creates a PDF file instead of printing something.
Explorer: Another souped up version of the task manager.
- Sftp Drive: ($39) This
shareware program lets you see any sftp directory as if it were an
ordinary Windows hard drive.
is an assembly language simulator that I use in class from time to
- Smart Audio
Converter: Converts between different audio formats.
SSH Secure Shell and File Transfer for Windows:
A program that lets you remotely log in to bfs.cs.colorado.edu
and to transfer files from your windows machine.
installs an icon in your Windows control panel to monitor and control
those annoying programs that install themselves to run on startup.
- Start Up
Monitor: A background program that warns you whenever a program
registers something to happen at start-up time.
allows you to easily backup your files to another drive or to an ftp
Create and edit tree structures where each node contains text
Instant messaging for AIM, MSN, ICQ and Yahoo all in one. I don't use
it now that I can IM from my gmail page.
- Videora converts your
video files (avi, mpeg, rips from dvd, etc.) into mp4 format for mobile video devices
such as the video ipod.
Edit wave files.