Since it's my wife's birthday and I won't be wasting time checking my RSS feeds, I'm going to borrow a gimmick from every TV cooking show and put up something I prepared earlier.
So here it is: I thought I'd jot down a few notes on what I decided to install on my Windows laptop this time around. The list is pretty obvious, but there are a couple of nuggets that might be useful to other folk.
- Firefox and Thunderbird are the usual no-brainers - it should be obvious by now that they're essential timesavers and great work tools, and that the only things of note are their extensions:
- AdBlock - don't surf news sites without it.
- Web Developer - for the big screen (I don't do web sites for a living like Pedro ;), but I have to debug some pretty wierd stuff sometimes...).
- WML Browser - for the small screen.
- Live HTTP Headers - for those nice debugging sessions.
- Image Zoom - would you believe some network diagrams are exported as humungous GIFs?
- Enigmail - the only Thunderbird extension I use so far.
- Cygwin and coLinux, so that I can keep doing real work on a Windows box.
- I'm also trying out AppRocket, because I can't fight the Quicksilver habit of Alt+Space for everything.
Next up, things to lower (and tune) Windows visual clutter:
- Iconoid - a little gem I found that removes the desktop icons after a given period of time and switches them on again when your mouse hovers on the desktop. Has a couple of other neat little features (like hiding the taskbar and all), but all I wanted was a clean desktop.
- Stickies - I only use them when I'm really stressed, but they have never failed me. Plus, they go away at a click of a button.
- UXTheme Multi-Patcher, to use the sharp-edged and minimalistic Blackcomb Pro theme.
- YzShadow, to waste a few CPU cycles.
- PowerMenu, to make sure I can change priorities on long-running tasks.
- Samurize to keep track of my network traffic in an unobtrusive taskbar.
- VirtuaWin for simple, lightning fast virtual desktops with zero bloat.
And finally, iTunes to survive in an open-space office.