I've been following ffdshow development, but I've been afraid to install it for some reason -- it scares me.I use Microsoft MakeCAB for making my CAB files. It does look like that other program you mentioned might compress better. Does it support a command-line interface? Also, yes, all the SysInternals/Winternals stuff is great, but I don't consider it essential for my system.
HA has used around 15-20GB/month I believe (...)
I don't believe in printers or printing. I will not and do not own any printers, except for my NeXTlaser, which I don't have networked, once again, because I do not believe in printers. If I have to print something, I use the Adobe Acrobat capture driver and take the PDF file to someone who does believe in printers.