Essentials, Late 2008 Edition
December 8, 2008 1 Comment
Another draft I saw lying around. Here goes nothing…
Note: All webapps/software on this list is FOG (Free or GTFO) and for Windows…which, ironically, is not FOG:
- VLC – essential for playing video files
- TweetDeck – it’s where I post to twitter
- FoxIt Reader – my work life has be reading tons of PDFs – Adobe Reader is too large and slow, FoxIt is great and has Firefox integration — did I mention it does tabs? and doesn’t suck?
- Web Developer Toolbar – most of the time I have this hidden, but it comes in handy on random occaisions
- delicious toolbar – my work life also has me bookmarking an unbelievable amount of material and having to keep it organized; across many machines… delicious and delicious toolbar are the way to go
- Stack Overflow and Ask Metafilter are great question and answer sites for random geek and nongeek questions
- Mint.com provides great personal financial data gathering from multiple sources (savings account, checking account, credit card) and aggregates them all, essential budgeting tool
- Seahorse – Linux only, but great GPG/PGP key management software – couldn’t ever get WinGPG to work
- Google Reader the obvious RSS reader choice
- VMware Player
- Pidgin – instant messaging
- mRemote – gracefully handles multiple remote administration sessions in tabs (SSH, RDP, VNC)
- Winamp – classic mode only
- Google Toolbar – I am a very serious Google searcher and the toolbar provides a lot of killer functionality while on result pages (find being the #1 with the “up a level” at #2)
- Nagios – system notifications for our boxes here at work (Linux)
- CNN and Reddit for nongeek and geek news.
- KeePass – password vault
- PuTTY oh PuTTY, where would I be without your quick SSH goodness?
- Hulu – watch Family Guy, Arrested Development and Firefly online
- Paint .NET – still without a doubt the best lightweight image cropping/low level editing app
- Facebook – obvious
- AdBlock Plus – ads are annoying
No longer using (absolutely refuse to run):
- Safari for Windows
- Anything Apple
The Apple apps running on Windows were awful. I am sure they are great on Mac OS and hardware, but their products on Windows are sluggish at best. I felt dumber after each visit to Digg or Myspace, so no more.
Gone, but not forgotten:
- Last.FM – just stopped being practical, and stopped working in Winamp
- Eclipse – no longer doing development…
- OpenOffice – Use Google Docs for docs that I share, and Office 2007 for everything else. Office 2007 is too nice.
- RescueTime – stopped caring about the fact I’m on the web most days writing email or in Excel
- Greasemonkey – I either don’t visit the sites that I used Greasemonkey on anymore or the sites have changed
- Filezilla – for the few times I’ve got to FTP