This is a list of my favorite software I use on my PC.
|Microsoft Windows 7 |
A new revolution in user experience, with the technical improvements of Windows Vista, optimized performance and new features.
Browse music, not spreadsheets.
Out of the box, it’s a crappy browser, but after applying the right extensions with the right mix of settings, it becomes the best browser ever.
|Microsoft OneNote 2010 |
I couldn't live without it. It keeps track of all my ideas, all my TODOes, it knows all the things I like, all the thinks I love.
|Windows Live Writer |
The awesome tool I'm using to write this blog.
|Windows Live Messenger |
Good instant messaging application (without Messenger Plus or other dumb extensions, and with emoticons disabled). The new version perfectly integrates with Facebook chat and has a wonderful Facebook album viewer.
|Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 |
It's my paradise. Intellisense, real-time error checker, the beauty of the .NET Framework, Language Integrated Queries, perfect user experience.
|Windows PowerShell |
A wonderful .NET scripting environment. On linux, everything is a file. On PowerShell, everything is an object.
|Windows Live Mail |
Good mail and RSS reader.
I don't use a real-time antivirus. Just a bit of good sense: I use Windows Updates, I don't install scareware and fake antivirus, SuperMagicVideoCodec.exe, Serial.exe, etc. If a program look suspicious to me, I upload it to VirusTotal, where it will be scanned by 30+ different antivirus products.
Advanced text-editor. Uncluttered UI, zoom with CTRL+mouse wheel, syntax colorization.
Very useful tool to understand where the disk space is used
See everything is loaded on startup: drivers, shell extensions, etc. Makes possible to filter Microsoft entries and can check digital signatures of these files. Every entry can be disabled or deleted.
|Smart Sniff |
Program to see the TCP/UDP traffic of running applications, I use it for HTTP automation tools.
|Resource Hacker |
Extracts or replaces icons, bitmaps and dialog boxes from Win32 files.
|Process Explorer |
Very useful task manager from Microsoft. Makes possible to understand exactly what is happening on a computer.
Icon editor. Many features, light-weight, good user experience.
Handy scripting language to automate tasks, set customized hotkeys and create simple Win32 executables.
Organizes the context-menu in sub-menus (Unlocker, VirusTotal, PEID, TrID, Universal Extractor, Notepad, Copy path, Change extension))