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Essential Programs

I believe I just finished installing my essential programs list on my windows installation; here’s a rundown:

  • Firefox 3 – browser
  • Thunderbird 3 beta – email
  • Notepad ++ – notepad replacement
  • Damn Nfo Viewer – to view .nfo files
  • GMA Booster – clock netbook’s Intel video chip to 400mhz
  • WinRar – archive tool, .rar .zip extract .iso etc…
  • Magic Disc – mount .isos
  • Utorrent – torrent program
  • Auslogics BoostSpeed – registry cleaner/defrag, disk cleaner/defrag, windows optimizer, tweaks, etc.
  • Combined Community Codec Pack + Media Player Classic – video codecs & light video player
  • Skype – video conferencing
  • Kaspersky Anti-virus – antivirus that doesn’t constantly lock you out and yet still does a good job
  • Microsoft Office 2007 – for word, power point and excel
  • Adobe CS4 Suite:
    • Photoshop
    • Fireworks
    • Illustrator
    • Dreamweaver
    • Flash
    • Acrobat
  • NI MultiSim (Circuit Design Suite) 10 – drafting program for electronic components, just in case

Most of this is free – the stuff that’s not free is ludicrously expensive (except BoostSpeed) and I would recommend free alternatives if you aren’t a professional and can’t justify the expense (or you are a wuss and don’t want to pirate it).

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