Archive for May, 2008
(For the latest list please see my 2012 blog post on workstation software)
This is basicly a quick list for me when installing software on a new system from scratch. I really should move across to linux but at the moment I’m using windows vista.
Windows Vista 32bit
Although it is slightly more bloated than windows xp it does allow you to get work done quicker with new features like the instant file search and the ability to retrieve previous version of files. This is brilliant if you have a habit of saving over important data. The cost isn’t too bad at £60 – £115
Arguably the best free instant messenger, audio/video conferencing software.
It comes bundled with windows and a lot of people use this as their main instant messenger software. So I use this for people that don’t have skype.
Ever wanted to turn a document/image into a pdf? Now you can. This adds a virtual printer to your computer that will turn anything you give it into a pdf and save it on your computer.
A very very fast and customizable web browser.
A fast web browser.
Useful for comparing two or more text based files and highlighting the differences.
lThis can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. This allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it.
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats.
Compression software that can read/create both zip,gz,bz,7z and rar archives. It gives a very good rate of compression. The compression is usually better that the standard windows zip program but not as good as 7zip. A very cool feature is it’s ability to have a recovery record in the archive to protect against corruption. It costs €29,95.
This creates very very compressed 7z archives but unfortunately can’t read or create any other types of archives.
Brilliant for creating quick screen shots of part of or all of the screen and then saving them i na file format of your choice.
A free replacement for Microsoft Office.
You want to cure cancer but aren’t a genius scientist? No problem! Just download and run this software. It will use idle processing time on your computer to do calculations for Stanford university in their quest to cure diseases related to protein misfolding.
This allows you to share a single mouse and keyboard across multiple computers.
This is a virus scanner that’s free for home users. If you want to use it for professional systems then it costs £39.99.
A free open source email client.