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.
- 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
- 7-Zip – Simple compression utility for Windows.
- allSnap – Enables window snapping in Windows.
- ImgBurn – Easiest and simplest CD/DVD burning tool.
- VirtualCloneDrive – Best ISO mount utility I’ve used.
- Tweakui – To enable X-Mouse features.
- StrokeIt – Mouse gestures.
- Taskbar Shuffle – Sometimes I want to re-arrange my running taskbar.
- AVGFree Antivirus – Halfway decent Antivirus.
- 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
- iTunes – Podcasts and Apps.
- Pidgin w/ Facebook Plugin – Using for AIM, Google, and Facebook chat.
- VLC – Best video player out there.
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.