Thanksgiving Apps Special

Taking a cue from Lifehacker’s list I have pulled together a quick list of applications that I use often for which I am thankful.

Yeah, I know being thankful for a program is cheesy but these programs make my life easier and give me more time in the day.

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Internet Browsing

Firefox – powerful internet browsing.

Firefox Addons:

  • Firebug – change HTML and CSS with live preview.
  • Colorzilla – sample colors on a page and get hex colors.
  • Fireshot – take screenshots of web pages.
  • SEOtoolbar – great SEO tools, track ranking, PageRank, links…
  • Delicious – social bookmarking and tagging of sites you find.
  • Window Resizer – see how a site looks in different browser sizes. 
  • StumbleUpon – discover new sites in topics you like.
  • FoxyTunes – control music player from the browser.

Google Chromefast becoming my favorite browser.

Google Reader – best feed reader for all my RSS feeds.

AdBlock Plus – ads were yesterday.

Communication

Gmail – best way to handle the loads of email I wade through.

Skype – great way to communicate.

Trillian Astra  – Keeps all my chat accounts in one client.

Google Calendar – keeps my schedule straight.

Applications

Microsoft Office (2010 beta) – only one on this list that isn’t free. Specifically I am a fan of OneNote, Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Window’s Live Writergreat tool for blogging. Easily add pictures and preview.

Notepad++ – Notepad on steroids. Syntax highlighting, tabs…

FileZilla – powerfully lightweight FTP program.

Textertext replacement on the fly. Saves much time.

Dittoclipboard history that allows you to re-paste past items.

Computer Utilities

TeraCopy – move large files and queue up files to be moved.

7-Zip – un-zip, zip, compress, and archive files.

Font Xplorer – preview fonts on your computer even if they aren’t installed.

Launchy  – lightning fast way to launch programs.

Dropbox – keep important files constantly backed up and accessible online.

Ultramoncontrol multiple monitors. Extend taskbar, easy window moving.

CCleaner – clean up temporary files.

Defraggler – defragmentation to keep your hard drive efficient.

SpyBot Search & Destroy – annihilate spyware on your computer.

Media

VLC – zippy little program to watch videos.

Winamp – keeps the tunes organized and accessible.

Audacity – splice and dice audio files.

ImgBurn – burn CDs and DVDs.

µTorrent – download torrent files.

Any of your favorites I need to check out?

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2 Responses to “Thanksgiving Apps Special”

  1. Renowned Media December 28, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    Now, if only Chrome supported all of the same plugins used by firefox, us web developers would be able to make the switch!

    • Blake Imeson December 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

      Yeah, if it just had Firebug I think I could make the switch.

      I am using AdBlock on Chromium, step in the right direction.

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