SysAdmin, Web Developer PC Setup

I just got a new Desktop PC, it’s a DELL 760, with two Dell 2208 WFP monitors. I thought this might be a good opportunity for me to list all the software and packages I install on my machines. I am a Systems Administrator and a Web Developer, so I use a lot of different tools.

Development Tools:

  • XAMPP – An easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl.
  • Notepad++ – A free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
  • Tortoise SVN – Subversion client for Windows.
  • Adobe Web Premium Suite – mostly for Dreamweaver and Photoshop
    • SubWeaver – Tortoise SVN Plugin for Dreamweaver.
  • GIMP – Free GNU image manipulation program (similar to Photoshop).


  • Firefox – 90% of my browsing is done with Firefox.
    • Adblock Plus – Block annoying Ads.
    • Download Statusbar – I like this for my download management.
    • Firebug – Necessary tool for any web developer.
    • Firesizer – Also pretty nice tool to see how your site looks in specific resolutions.
    • Forecastfox – Nice little forecast plugin for FF.
    • Gmail Manager – Best Gmail plugin out there, reports on my 16+ gmail and gmail hosted accounts.
    • IE Tab – Two uses: 1) for sites that only work in IE – but you don’t want to open IE and 2) to test a site in IE.
    • oldbar – I don’t like the big fat URL bar with firefox, this makes it one size with all the benefits of the new bar.
    • SecurePassword Generator – Great tool for generating secure passwords.
    • TwitterFox – Twitter plugin.
    • Ubiquity – Don’t really use this much, but it’s there just in case.
    • User Agent Switcher – Testing iPhone-enabled sites and hacking airport wireless.
    • Xmarks – Bookmark syncing.
    • YammerFox – Yammer plugin.
  • IE – Comes with Windows, barely ever use it for anything except testing.
    • Xmarks – Bookmark syncing.
    • IE7Pro – Use for Ad Blocking.
  • Google Chrome – Browser compatibilty and some productivity uses.
  • Safari – Mostly to test browser compatibility.
  • IETester – For testing browser compatibility in IE6 – IE8



  • VMWare Player – Using for virtual Kubuntu and Mac OS X desktops.
  • VMware Infrastructure Client – Using for Linux and Windows Servers.
  • PuTTY – SSH client for Windows.
  • WinSCP – Easy to use SCP client for Windows; also does SFTP and FTP.
  • Microsoft Office Professional


That’s pretty much everything that I install and use on a regular basis. There are some other small utilities, and such, that I have installed for non-business related tasks, so I didn’t include them here.

If you have any questions or comments about what I use, please ask. I’d love to know what you use on a regular basis. So if you have a blog I encourage you to do a similar write-up and let me know about it.

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