What I use
Inspired by Paul Thurrott, I’ve thought I’d make a small list of the apps I use.
I switched away from Apple (see below) for several reasons (anti-Apple now), and now I’m using a Thinkpad X40 with Windows XP at home and a Dell Latitude D620, also with XP, for work. The following software is on both of them.
- Firefox with AdBlock Plus, NoScript, WebEx plugin, Download Statusbar, Fast Dial and the Delicious plugin
- Google Chrome (only for Gmail on my work laptop – set up as an application)
- Google Calendar Sync to sync my work calendar with my Google Calendar
- Picasa 3 for my pictures
- Secunia PSI to make sure that my programs are up-to-date. Highly recommended!
- FileZilla for FTP transfers
- Audible Manager for my audiobooks
- GIMP (rarely)
- ZoomIt (for presentations)
- Skype Google Videochat (for when travelling)
On my MacBook with standard 2006 specs except for 2 gigs of RAM (Kingston) and an 80 gig hard disk.
- Firefox with AdBlock Plus, Delicious plugin CustomizeGoogle, Download Statusbar, Google Gears, Greasemonkey (and a few scripts) and User Agent Switcher (cleaned up a bit since I first wrote this).
- Google Notifier (for checking my mails)
- Reader Notifier (for my RSS)
- Mozy (for backup)
- Adium X (for chat)
- NeoOffice (for writing/spreadsheet stuff)
- Parallels (for Windows development and playing with Solaris)
- Transmission (for (legal!) torrents)
- Quicksilver (for quick app starting – I never use the dock)
For the rest of my needs, I use the regular Mac stuff…