Romey's Ramblings

Updated: New Computer Install List

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My new work laptop arrived at work today, so now I’m in the midst of getting everything set up and running.  I’ve posted in the past about the applications I install by default. But I wanted to offer an updated listed, as things are always changing.

Personal Productivity Apps (covered by work)

  • Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise (Students can get Ultimate for Cheap at MS’s TheUltimateSteal.com)
  • Microsoft Visio 2007
  • Microsoft Project 2007
  • Microsoft Expression 2 Suite
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (Students can get both Expression and VS from MS DreamSpark)

I’ve included the list from last time, and updated what I’ve stopped/started using:

Internet:

Apps & Utilities:

Scripting:

  • NotePad++ – Best general purpose editor hands-down

Photos & Multimedia:

System Utilities:

  • Defraggler – Disk Defragmenting
  • AutoRuns – eliminate annoying startup programs
  • CCleaner – Get rid of crap, cookies and temp files
  • Unlocker – Gets you out of those “access denied” binds during deletions
  • Process Explorer – Task manager on steroids
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Tugzip – Great alternative to Winzip, not quite WinRar, but free and open-source
  • Synctoy – to synchronize files between my work desktop and laptop, works great if you’re on the same network

Security:

  • Windows Vista Firewall works pretty well, but at home I use Comodo
  • AVG Anti-Virus (for the home computer, we use a separate solution at work)