After numerous Blue Screens of Death in my work Win XP system, I have had to start with a clean slate.
Though I don't quite have the luxury of choosing Linux or Mac, like Mark Pilgrim or Tim Bray or Rich Burridge, I still use quite a few open source apps in my day to day work. If the 10 years I spent at Sun taught me anything, it had to be how to work/survive with OpenSource software. Unfortunately, many of my colleagues and clients still use WinXP and I have to be guaranteed to be able to exchange data with them, and have my system be supported. Thus, I have to use WinXP and MS Office for some things, as well as some non-open source apps.
Due to the re-install, I've narrowed the list of essential apps I want installed on my new system. Here are my essential PC apps:
- Google Pack
- Mozilla Firefox
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- oXygen XML Editor
- Google Desktop
- FoxIt Reader
- Google Earth
In the past, I've also used jEdit, but now exclusively oXygen... I would also consider using OpenOffice, but as I mentioned, I'm required to use MS Office. I also wish they made Omnigraffle for Win...
and now for the fun apps:
For essential Firefox extensions, I use:
- Web Developer
- IE Tab
- Google Browser Sync
What other essential WinXP apps should I be considering?