Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Windows Tools Without Which I Will Feel Handicapped

Right tool for the right job makes a lot of difference. I usually believe one big difference between the professionals and the ordinary is the tools and the way they are used.

I have to use windows at work. I am not happy with the 'default' windows. So I am in constant look out for better tools. Here are some tools I use regularly that might help you. This list is for anyone who uses windows.

I cannot work without it. It is very useful notepad replacement. It has tabs, syntax coloring, and plenty of features. Open source.

Takes a big pain out of windows. Stop searching your programs in Start-->Programs. Open source.

Small and fast replacement for the Add or Remove Programs dialog of Windows 2000/XP. Open source.

Adds a new printer entry. If you print your file with that printer, you will get PDF file. Open source.

Ruby one click installer
This is all you need to start coding in Ruby on windows.

Subversion source control (better CVS), which you can run from Windows Explorer. Easy. I use it for my code backup until I check in/commit to common source control. Open source.

"SuperCopier replaces windows explorer file copy and adds many features, Transfer resuming, Copy speed control, Copy speed computation , Better copy progress display, Copy list editable while copying , Error log, Copy list saving/loading,..." Another must have windows tool. Open source.

VLC media player
The only media player you need. Open source.

Visual text file/folder comparison tool. This is another tool I cannot work without. Open source.

Netbeans IDE
The IDE I use for coding in Ruby. Open source.

A system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run). Freeware.

Clear Type Tuning control panel applet
Improve your fonts display for your LCD screen. In windows xp the clear type is turned off by default. I have seen so many people don't make the best use of their costly LCD screen. Turn it on and improve the display with this goodie.

Hard disk defragmentation tool. You can defrag individual files. Freeware.

Recover the files you have mistakenly deleted. Freeware.

Orbit downloader
Better download manager with Firefox and IE integration. Freeware.

It shows whether the file is in use by an application and provides a way to unlock. Freeware.

Best free English dictionary for windows. Quite handy. Freeware.

FastStone Capture
Screenshot utility.You can even do your arrows, text, and other markings for your screenshots easily. I think versions newer than 4.8 are not free.

And of course, Firefox, one of the finest of the browsers!

What stuff you have in your tool box? I am also interested to hear about better alternatives to the above tools.


Napoleon said...

Good list!

Let me add something

Teracopy: A tool that copies in huge chunks, skips file that has problem in coping. lot more features.

Beyondcompare: Its really cool. You should check out that.

Napoleon said...

Faststone capture is really superb!