(all variations included in download)
- A version of cure that supports Japanese characters.
- converted by anonymous (Shinryuu)
(From wikipedia) "Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment. Thus it is possible to launch Windows applications from the Cygwin environment, as well as to use Cygwin tools and applications within the Windows operating context."
Before you dive into Cygwin, you should ask yourself a few questions.
"Do I have a basic understanding of how the Unix environment works?"
"Am I literate enough in bash, and other scripting languages to understand how things work?"
"Do I have any practical application or uses for what Cygwin can offer me?"
"Do I have the capacity to look at an error, read it, attempt to understand it, an then research an error using google and forums/websites like ArchWiki?"
"Do I have the patience to troubleshoot and solve my own errors without immediately asking for help?"
If you answered "No." or "I don't know" to any of the previous questions, DO NOT INSTALL CYGWIN. If you want to learn, use a VM (Virtual Machine)
to install ubuntu (or another distro you're comfortable with) and start learning about GNU/Linux.
- Comes with Cygwin out of the box.
- Must download through Cygwin, and use with XWin.
"Fetches" info from your PC, to display information about themes, fonts, and more.
- the original BASH scrot info tool by KittyKatt
- fetch in BASH specifically for Windows
- screenfetch in lua, specifically for Windows. While a bit on the bulky side, this script is a lot cleaner looking. Can pull from your tasklist to find information like your music player and chat client. Better shell detection.
- a lighter fetch tool written in BASH that uses w3m to display your wallpaper in your terminal, while also displaying your colorscheme. Easily customized, plus decent windows support.
-Color test scripts, and more-
- hals htop clone for cygwin
hal, with the help of others, created a guide on installing ncmpcpp on Windows 7 here
short guide may also assist with some basics.
***Blackbox For Windows***
Blackbox or BBlean is an alternative shell for Windows. It takes place of explorer and changes how Windows functions. Blackbox was originally a stacking window manager for the X Window System.
Recommended for Windows XP and 7
- Unless otherwise stated, assume these are for x32bit builds ONLY.
Please refer to the blackbox4windows forums for additional plugin questions.
-Settings and FAQ-
If you are at ALL confused about how your settings should look, I encourage you to visit Github references:
- Includes references for styles and .rc settings like menu.rc and bbleanbar.rc
-Silly + Miscellaneous-
- It just works. Has compatibility for most formats by default and is easy to customize. It's easy to achieve a simple, sleek, and minimal look. Great for beginners.
- It just works. Has compatibility for pretty much every format out of the box. Offers a few plugins and is user friendly. Easier to customize than Foobar 2000, and has a standalone skin editor. A great option for those who prefer customizing skins with Photoshop and images rather than code. Recently, AIMP4 has been released. Skins for AIMP3 are compatible with AIMP4, but not the opposite. As other major releases, AIMP4 has its own skin editor, through which you can only create AIMP4 skins. Have that in mind if you intend to make a skin for AIMP3 as well.
Since this is the most popular skin, I've gone into some detail on how to tweak it to your liking. Click here
There's always iTunes
too, if thats your thing!
***Image and Video Viewing***
Pot Player can be more CPU intensive than most video players, but performs better with larger files as a result. It can also playback music, has a built in visualizations, and native support for subtitles.
To change the ui, press "1,2,3" etc. It just works. (Video player)
A GTK2 image viewer, manga reader, and booru browser.
A lightweight program than can batch convert, optimize, and rename images. It can even play movies and sounds.
The best option for image viewing in compressed archives (zip + rar), and ideal for Manga readers. Some skins are available on the webpage. Can default for JPG, BMP, and GIF. Note: As of the most recent updates, HoneyView no longer displays drop shadows and isn't as customizable - so be warned.
Thanks Yuno / !YanderexME for bringing this to my attention. The creator sadly died, and thus the domain and servers in relation to Impression Eyes with it. This download comes with a bypass for the trial version/activation servers.
Lightweight and fast image viewer that has no visible/traditional ui. Images are viewed through mouse menus and hotkeys.
A lean, fast and highly configurable viewer/editor for JPEG, BMP, PNG, WEBP, TGA, GIF and TIFF images with a minimal GUI. The best option if you want your window decorations to match your Aero theme.
Lightest and fastest image viewer/browser inspired by vjpeg. It offers a very minimal interface, and the current executable is about 70KB uncompressed.
Note: I've attempted to split these by category, but most skins are suites that come with date/time/nowplaying. You can still edit out parts of each, and use these as a base to make your own. Keep it simple! Some of these skins may require you to extract them to your skins directory (no rmskinpackage). The default skins directory is: C:\Users\"YOURUSERNAME"\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins
No spaceship HUDs, please!
-Now Playing/Music Skins-
Read about the plugin here
- an edit that adds pixel icons, like monsterWM. This skin is made for 4 workspaces, by childbearinghips.
- Vibex's edit that adds pixel icons, like above. This skin is made for 3 workspaces.
- A slick Google OS styled skin that completely changes the way your OS can look. A collaborative effort.
- Makeshift taskbar shadow.
Editing Rainmeter skins is easy when you get the hang of it.
Q: I downloaded a skin for my music, but the music is not displaying. What do?
A: It's probably not set for your music player. You need to edit the skin. Manage>Edit your skin>find the line where it says "Player Name" or "player" in the code, and enter the name of your player. Valid player names: iTunes, Winamp, Foobar2000. iTunes may require an additional plugin. The use of "CAD" (for foobar) requires an additional plugin (foo_cad.dll
). Download it and place it in your components directory. You can substitute CAD for the normal player name, however you have to edit the plugin from foo_cad.dll in the skin to NowPlaying.dll.
Q: Some of these dates/times aren't set in a format I like. How can I change it?
A: Visit the Rainmeter documents on time formatting here
, and read about "Format Codes".
(Protip: These format codes also apply to the clock format in BBlean.)
Q: How do I find my "Weather Code"?
A: This depends on the skin. First, open the skin to edit it. Find the Weather measure (usually [mWeather] and see what the URL is. It would look like this -
For Yahoo: http://weather.yahooapis.com/forecastrss?p=#WeatherCode#&u=#Unit#
For Weather.com : http://xml.weather.com/weather/local/#WeatherCode#?cc=*&unit=#Unit#&dayf=6
and search by location name, not zip code.
Additional Details and further explanation available via Rainmeter documentation (here
- Like the python page, but uses html.
: 4 squared flat and simple. Lets you "dial" between four main categories.
-ESSENTIALS FOR GETTING STARTED-
Additional Addons and Extensions:
DOM Inspector is a tool that can be used to inspect and edit the live DOM of any web document or XUL application. The DOM can be navigated using a two-paned window displaying a variety of different views on the document and all nodes within.
Change location of Status Bar Icons, Firefox Menu Button and Menu Bar and more.
Maximize your screen space by controlling the presence of Firefox window Title-bar (Caption) and borders! Hide FF's caption with 'smart' options, *optional* custom caption and resizers. - Works with ChromiFox-like themes.
Moves and creates tree style tabs on the left or right side of the browser, versus the top or bottom.
Moves tabs into the titlebar in a normal (restored) window. Make sure that 'Menu Bar' is hidden and 'Tabs on Top' option is selected. You can access these options by right clicking on a toolbar in Firefox.
Theme Font & Size Changer lets you change the global font size and font family used for the user interface in Firefox. Design your browser with your favorite font. (WILL OVERWRITE YOUR CSS)
An easier way to set your "new tab" page versus dealing with about:config. Also gives you the option to "focus" on the url bar as soon as you open a new tab, so you can type and immediatley search/enter a url without clicking.
May help adjust bad font rendering.
Advanced tools for Nightly users
Helps with inspecting elements in the newer versions of firefox. A valuable tool when creating browser styles.
Forces the use of "https" secure connections whenever possible.
***FireFox (Browser) Css***
-For Firefox 28 and below-
Once installed, make sure you use UI Fixer (see additional addons above) or FireFox's built in customizing menu (right click > customize on main title bar) to drag the elements you want to keep or move around. The url bar should be dragged up top to the title bar alongside the tabs with most of these styles in order to achieve the slimmest look. Drag all elements and buttons from the navigation bar before removing it. I recommend you place your addons in the addon bar if you want to access them later.
Seaweeds for FX Chrome
- Makes the tabs look chrome-ish, managable not-super-slim CSS thats more on the functional side yet still manages to be somewhat minimal. Good to use with Chrome-fx and aero themes.
More versions of Ahokas for Appows - 
-For Firefox 29 and up-
Australis is here! For those pro-Australis who want to keep a similar userchrome css that they had prior to the update, or maybe try something new, please see below.
If you are using Firefox with an alternative shell (like bblean) and getting issues (like tabs not closing) try running Firefox in Windows Vista Service Pack 2 compatibility mode. Alternatively, you can downgrade Firefox to a previous verision (below verision 25). As of more recent updates, the tab bug is gone.
"I don't want to use a classic theme restorer
to go back to the way it looked before. I would like to move forward, and create a new personalized interface."
: A derivitive/fork of Nohas Melbourne, which replicates the css from FF28.
Some solutions to common questions and issues with browser CSS may be reviewed at the following link. Please read the commented lines "/* */" for details about what each line does. Click Here
***4chan Userstyles + Userscripts***
What is a Userscript?
What is a Userstyle?
Userstyles allow the user to customize fonts, colors, positions of links in the margins, and many other elements of a webpage. This is done through custom Cascading Style Sheets more commonly refered too as "CSS". For more information on CSS, please see the following links:
Userscript and Userstyle
Appchan is a 2 in 1 userscript and userstyle, forked from 4chanX. It offers the most variety in options, and is easier to tweak and manage. A good start for beginners. If you have 4chan X already, disable or uninstall it. Appchan X has a custom version of 4chan X that comes with it and it will break if another 4chan X runs in parallel with it. If you have a userstyle or userscript that themes 4chan, you may want to disable it or disable Appchan X's style setting.
Forks of 4chanX:
For custom userstyles (Imouto)
a Stillig fork by commit-sudoku
By Seaweed, continued by Nebukazar
***Window Managers & Other Windows Shells***
For advanced users who are confident in OS modification and may have some GNU/Linux experience
Full Documentation is available on the webpages linked.
Software and tools that will assist you with window arrangement, movement, and sometimes window decorations.
Software and tools that change context menus, taskbars, and parts of the desktop environment.
- See the blackbox section for more.
***Auto Hot Key Scripts***
Auto Hot Key allows you to program hotkeys, and keystrings, and commands in an easy to understand format. You can then run these scripts on windows by compiling it (creating a .exe) or running it directly through Auto Hot Key (running as .ahk). It's been most commonly used to "tile" or manage/resize windows, but has several other uses. You can remove borders and captions from windows, set up keystrings (i.e.: ty becomes "thank you" automatically), and even launch programs. It saves time, and its great for those who use long passwords or want a more efficient way to manage the way Windows functions.
The following website lists a TON of neat little applications that can do anything from tile windows to add custom toolbars in explorer and even move inactive windows. No promises they all work as intended, as its kind of outdated, however some are priceless pieces of simple code that you will use every day.
- Using IrfanView
, this script instantly saves a dated .png of your desktop once you press "print screen" to the directory of your choosing. Simply edit the directories in the script!
- Win + H to disable and Win + S to re-enable captions/titlebars on windows of your choosing.
- Removes the small icon/favicon on the top left of the program window.
- Adds mouse controls to move and resize windows, while snapping to a preset grid or nearby windows.
When creating your own Auto Hot key scripts (like those above) these variables defined below will help you determine how windows are sized. For example:
W= Distance of the window from the left side of the screen
X= Distance of the window from the top of the screen
Y= Total width of the window
Z= Total height of the window
NumpadHome:: (defined hotkey)
WinMove,A,, 20,29,1024,512 (defined window size and position)
A list of programmable keys and their names can be found here
Alternatively, you may want to try the following:
WinSplit Revolution is a small utility which allows you to easily organize your open windows by tiling, resizing and positioning them to make the best use of your desktop real estate. The main domain went down recently and has been replaced with a cnet download.
GridMove is a program that aims at making windows management easier. It helps you with this task by defining a visual grid on your desktop, to which you can easily snap windows. This program comes bundled with some predefined grid templates, that can be easily swaped, but also has ways of creating custom grids or sharing grids made by others.
***Docks and Launchers***
Launchy uses keystrokes to find and launch programs/files it indexes. The website asks for payment/donation, but it's free. Skins available on the website, and DeviantArt.
An alternative to Launchy. Skins with your theme/visual style. Tons of addons and configuration available, but works right out of the box. Highly recommended.
One of the older and more well known docks. Probably the best alternative to Docky for Windows users. Features listed on the website.
Another older more well known name to docks. Free, but with limited functionality.
XWidget is more of a platform for customizing widgets and addons to your desktop, like clocks and weather.
XLaunchpad allows you to organize icons and shortcuts on your desktop in stacks, similar to App folders on an Android interface. XLaunchpad is probably the best option for users on a touch screen.
The closest thing to a Mac/OSX dock you can find. Full/Ultimate version requires payment, however.
Another Mac/OSX type dock. This one is free.
Flashy UI, and larger than most - but offers something different. Can be hidden with hotkeys.
Another large and intrusive dock, with a flashier UI. Can be hidden with mouse gestures.
***Chat Clients (IRC)***
-Browsing and Joining Channels-
You can contact some lurkers and frequent posters on irc.rizon.net - /list will give you a list of channels. There are some common sense channels you can join such as #4chan, #/a/, #/v/, and #/jp/; however each channel has their own sub culture and specific rules. Don't take it personally if you get kicked, banned, or muted in a channel when you're new. Some channels are also private (unlisted) or passworded. Some channels may also require you register a nickname to join. You probably shouldn't try joining a channel you are completely unfamiliar with. For more irc basics and commands, please use www.google.com. I don't mind answering stupid questions sometimes, so you can message me (xDemonessx). I'm on 24/7 and on several channels, and even though I may not always be at the computer I will respond eventually. Stay drama free, and have fun.
Steam skins are made up of .style stylesheets (similar to css) and .tga images. Editing the colors and fonts is done through the style sheets, some buttons and icons require you to edit an image in a proper format. Be aware, skins tend to break often with updates and you may need to patch it yourself.
Metro for Steam
: This steam skin allows you to customize the accent color in the form of a stand alone "settings.exe" found on the metroforsteam page.
- Another minimal skin, uses Haxrcorp s8 as a base font.
***Vectors and Wallpaper websites***
Reverse Image Search:
Super Special Thanks: pitkon, diab0l, mojmir, and rtv for reviving the blackbox community and development.
Special Thanks: Ahodesuka, MayhemYDG, Zixaphir, Seaweed, and all the contributors of 4chan extensions, scripts, and styles.
Thanks: Synie!AthenaXcXo/Syn!DelRey778s, for creating the original Pastebin guide on /wg/
Original Inspirations: Anonymous, Ahoka, GET9, Lullatone, Masood, Pufin, hora hora, and Windows 7 ricers everywhere
DeviantArt Designers: neiio, kiko11, hora hora, brsev, Scope10, and more.
DeviantArt Programmers: Kishan-Bagaria, parassidhu, Mr-Ragnarok, and more.
Contributors: Anonymous ; Räv!MUNKEN0z/s ; Mono!X.FuJiWarA ; Yuuji!ZzSakai1/g ; Vibex!FL2K7hnbFY ; Mez!!pDd+L0POgts ; !YanderexME ; hal ; kori ; !RiDeag ; Scope10 ; Lullatone!ajtiI.Vexs ; spooonm ; and additional faggots and tripfaggots alike! Thank you, friends!