What Programs Do I Run?

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What Programs Do I Run?

So today is the big day.  My trusty laptop running XP will get wiped to a clean and shiny virgin install of Windows 7.  Like most, I am excited at a new OS and the ‘positive’ buzz around this product makes it seem like the time to leap.  So, here we go.

In the process of backing up files, I started to make a list of the software that I will need to reload on the machine once we are back up and running.  Aside from just needing a place to store that list, I thought I’d share with you the tools that I use regularly.  

Coming Clean

I have to admit something.  I am one of those guys that downloads and tries every single opensource or freeware tool that I can find.  I love attempting to find productivity tools and gadgets (usually at the cost of all my personal productivity) that can help my life and my clients’ lives.  This is the part of technology that I really love.

I tell you this for two reasons:

  1. So that you understand that I have probably tried everything out there to get to this list.

  2. So that you can tell me of something better than what I have listed.  I am ALWAYS open to suggestion.

Alright, without further ado…my list of software to reload over the weekend.

The List

Launchy
http://www.launchy.net

Microsoft Office (mainly OneNote, Outlook, Word, Excel, PPT)
http://www.microsoft.com

Filezilla FTP Client
http://filezilla-project.org

WinSCP SFTP, FTP and SCP CLient
http://winscp.net/eng/index.php

XENU Link Slueth
http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html

Pidgin IM Client
http://www.pidgin.im

7-Zip File Archiver
http://www.7-zip.org

SpyBot S&D
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html

Gadwin PrintScreen
http://www.gadwin.com/printscreen

TweetDeck
http://www.tweetdeck.com

Full Adobe Suite
http://www.adobe.com

Notepad++
http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net

Chrome Browser
http://www.google.com/chrome

Firefox Browser
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/firefox.html

GNU Aspell Program Independent Spell Checker
http://aspell.net

WinAmp
http://www.winamp.com

VLC Media Player
http://www.videolan.org/vlc

TweakUI for XP (hopefully, I wont need this anymore)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx

Startup Manager (hopefully, I wont need this anymore)
http://startupmanager.org

Alright, that is the list. I hope you enjoy it.

And again, if you have a tool that is better or if there is something that I just missed entirely – please let me know!  

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