Essential Software to Install on a new computer

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Published Friday, July 27, 2007 8:01 PM by RoyOsherove
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Friday, July 27, 2007 9:20 PM by Tom Opgenorth

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Console2

SlickRun

MicroTorrent

OpenOffice

TortoiseSVN

Firefox addins:  Firebug, Web Developer

Fiddler

Paint.NET

Friday, July 27, 2007 10:47 PM by Bil Simser

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Here's a few off the top of my head:

* TestDriven.NET

* The holy trinity (NAnt, NUnit, NCover) although I'm favoring MbUnit lately

* Subversion (I personally like having a local repository)

* CC.NET (even for one man builds, I just like having it running and it comes in handy with demos and presentations on CI)

* TortoiseSVN

* Ankh or that other VS addin for hooking up to Subversion repositories from inside VS

* Team Explorer (if you need to hook up to TFS)

I have a bunch others and been meaning to post an entry on setting up a new developer machine (6 months in I had to re-image my existing 9400 but I'm getting a new M90 with 4GB in about a week)

Friday, July 27, 2007 11:04 PM by todd brooks

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Windows XP SP2 or Vista?

If Vista, x32 or x64?

Saturday, July 28, 2007 3:44 AM by Eric Anderson

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I've recently started using Launchy, and I love it.

Saturday, July 28, 2007 7:17 AM by Eli Golovinsky

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Recently dropped Free Download Manager in favor of the DownThemAll Firefox addon. Much faster and works correctly with SourceForge (FDM doesn't).

Saturday, July 28, 2007 2:58 PM by Eran Kampf

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You misplaced the LiveWriter add-ons under Live Messenger

Saturday, July 28, 2007 10:33 PM by Mike Glenn

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I second the 7-Zip recommendation, much better program.

Saturday, July 28, 2007 11:35 PM by Kyralessa

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I use TClockEx instead of MemInfo.  It lets you show the memory load without having to hover, and you can customize the date and time too.  (And like MemInfo, it's free.)

Sunday, July 29, 2007 2:25 AM by James

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No local SQL server? I find it invaluable for offline hacking in the coffee shop.

Monday, July 30, 2007 9:58 AM by praseeth

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Nice set of tools..

Although i would rather use Quicktime Alternative

Monday, July 30, 2007 10:25 AM by Bob Archer

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How can you live without Beyond Compare? Espessially if you are using SVN.

Honerable mentions I also have others have mentioned a few of these:

Console2 (don't forget to set up Console Here on your right click menu in explorer)

Testdriven.Net (!)

NAnt - however do you build without it? Also great to automate other tasks.

Consolas Font - much better than the default courier stuff.

IEDev Toolbar - great stuff for Web devs. Although if you are using FixFox Firebug seems to be all this and more.

Fiddler2 - WOW! Awesome tool... now with videos on line that actually show you how to use it's goodness.

Reflector - don't write .Net code without it.

DbGhost - I can't work without it anymore. Awesome change management for databases.

Lookout - I still prefer it to search email in outlook to Google Desktop!!! Wish MS didn't orphan it.

Plaxo.com - excellent tool to sync Contacts/Calendars between PC's, etc.

BOb

Monday, July 30, 2007 11:21 AM by Mr W

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ClipMate (most useful clipboard extender ever the end)

Trillian and Skype to stay in touch

Monday, July 30, 2007 4:56 PM by Gagan

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cygwin for linux junkies like me

Monday, July 30, 2007 5:52 PM by gizmo

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putty

google earth

truecrypt

Monday, July 30, 2007 11:14 PM by it2051229

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Minesweeper :P hehehehehe

Monday, July 30, 2007 11:35 PM by Seismicmike

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AVG Free

Zone Alarm Free

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 1:23 AM by Stephen Rees

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Cannot believe you chose Office 2007 when there is OpenOffice from OpenOffice.org

Free open source, but will export in M$ Office formats for those who are stuck to that paradigm

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 4:12 AM by Bahri

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A Linux distro containing replacements for most of your list.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 9:49 AM by linux user

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get rid of windows all together and start using linux its fast easy free and comes with almost every thing you'll ever need.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 9:12 PM by Peter

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On any computer that I work more than 10 minutes I install Total Commander

Friday, August 3, 2007 1:24 PM by Ben Monro

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I haven't tried Notepad2, but I use Notepad++ all the time.  It has sytax highlighting for a ton of languages, code collapsing (at least in XML), macros, regex searching, and the list goes on.  highly recommended, from 1 geeky jew to another :)