So far, I'm really enjoying the new laptop. I'm just thrilled that the battery meter claims I have 5+ hours of battery life on a single charge.
As with any new computer, I've found that everytime I go to do something, I find another piece of software missing. So, the last few days have been spent re-creating my ideal environment. Below is the list of items I've added to the box so far. I hope to add this list as I add more packages.
Can you suggest any essentials I've missed? The list doesn't include really basic stuff, like Adobe Acrobat or Flash.
In no particular order...
Gadwin Systems - Print Screen App
- Trillian - Instant Messaging App
- Emacs - Operating system / Multipurpose Editor
- Cygwin - Unix Commands / Unix Environment
Eclipse - Java Development Environment
- Notepad2 - Lightweight Editor / Notepad.exe Replacement
GNU Screen - Make a Unix Shell Even Better
- Firefox - Needs no description
- IE Pro7 - Add spell checking and other features to IE
IrfranView - Ultra-lightweight Image Viewer
- Subversion - Version Control
Apache - Web Server MySQL - Database server PHP - Web programming language
- Sitecopy - File copying tool
- The GIMP - Image Processing
Microsoft Script Debugger - Make development with IE more possible Synergy - Share a single mouse and keyboard among multiple computers.
- ProcessExplorer - See what's really running on your system
- Sysinternals Utilities - Lots of small tools to peek inside your system
Twitteroo - A Twitter client
- Mezer Tools - A small windows utility to measure the screen and take screenshots
- DrScheme - A Scheme programming environment
- Real Player - Listen and record online radio stations
Windows Debugger - Useful for understanding windows crashes (Blue Screen Of Death, etc.)
- MySQL Utilities - Utilities for dealing with MySQL Databases
- XAMPP - Install Apache + MySQL + PHP + Other Goodies in one package
7-Zip - A zip utilitiy
- WinDirStat - A utility to visualize disk usage and track down where the heck all your space went.
Junction - A small utility to create native directory links on Windows. Not exactly Unix softlinks - but as close as one can get.(Windows 7 now comes with mklink)
- Skype - Make phone calls from your computer, excellent for working with folks who are overseas
- Antix Developer SMTP Server - This is the ideal solution for dealing with e-mail on a dev server. No e-mail ever gets sent, which means no accidental e-mail leakage.
Update: I've updated this list while setting up my new laptop. Items crossed out above are either no longer used, or have been superseded by other tools.