I have been setting up my new laptop this week, which involves replacing all of the windows programs with free or open source utilities and adding bits and pieces that are useful. I think I’m about done, and my list so far looks like this:
- AVG Free anti-virus – Anti virus
- CDex – CD Ripper
- OpenOffice – Complete Office suite
- Filezilla – FTP Program
- FreeMind Mindmap program
- NoteTab – Plain text editor
- Sunbird – Mozilla calendar software
- Free Download Manager – Download Manager for Firefox
- Firefox – Web browser
- Flickr Uploadr – For uploading photos to flickr
- Pretty May – For recording Skype calls
- Skype – Voice over Internet utility
- Telus Roaming Wizard – For dialup connectivity to my ISP from the road.
That’s pretty much it for now. Most of these programs are old friends. I am trying out Pretty May, Switch and Sunbird (which I like alot).
Audacity does a fine job of converting files to mp3s so Switch might not be needed, but Switch comes with a bunch of great little utilities that are worth playing around with, including a nice voice recorder.
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