I am on a upgrading spree today, so I want to type about all
the stuff I use on my computer...
I love tabbed browsing, plus the foxy icon is just plain attractive!
Free is good, too.
FireFox is my primary browser, I've got the basic program and a couple
of extensions. And I'm upgrading from 0.9 to version 1.0 today!
I get a lot of junk mail and viruses. I use POP Peeper to get the
headers of my email, then I delete all the crap. This saves me so much
time... I used to download all my email with attachments and then virus
check them. With a dialup, it was taking 5 to 10 minutes to take care
of all the viruses. So much easier now!
This is my primary email client where I store all my email. I'm on the
free sponsored mode, version 5.1... behind the times since v6.2 is current.
I've used Eudora forever, and it's probably worth paying for. I just
haven't gotten around to buying it yet.
The FTP client I use is ancient and stolen. It gets the job done, and
I've never had a problem with it... but I wouldn't recommend it because I
feel like the company over charges for the program. Thus, no link!
I've used Norton for many years and so far my computer is in one piece,
so I keep renewing my subscription.
Web Site Development
Paint Shop Pro
Yep, I'm a big fan! Today I'm ordering my upgrade (version 9),
which is the last Jasc version (recently acquired by Corel, humph).
I always buy the manual and I usually read it. PSP is fairly easy to use,
but I like to know all the tiny details.
This is the text editor I use to make my html pages. Tabs are brilliant.
I've made templates (via the clipbook feature)
for the pages I have to recreate often. It highlights my html tags, which
makes it easier to look at my crappy code. And a click of the
button will bring up the page I'm making into one of two selected browsers!
Time to upgrade this, too!
This is the desktop publishing software I use. I'm upgrading to version
10 today. In the past, this program has been... a bit... eh, temperamental.
Yeah, I keep buying it, because the alternatives cost thousands of dollars.
heh. I do enjoy desktop publishing, and I have pretty high hopes for this
It's not free anymore, but this _is_ the office software to get... much
cheaper than that bloated Microsoft crap, and it'll open all of Microsoft's
files! And it looks like the latest version 7 has a PDF export feature.
This is an information organizer that I use pretty extensively... In fact
it's probably time for me to upgrade from the free version and buy one of
the cool looking Pro versions. I use TreePad to save newspaper articles
and my own posts on forums and random ideas, journal prompts, etc, etc!
Atom Time Pro
My computer's clock does not keep perfect time. I hate that. Atom Time
checks the real time at Boulder, CO's atomic clock time server and then
fixes my computer time.
A free shell extension that I use all the time, to create txt files...
example: I've just downloaded a random file off the internet with a not
very intuitive filename like abc.exe, I'll right click on the file, choose
FileNote. It will create a file called abc.txt and open up notepad
where I can type in what the file is and the URL and whatever random thoughts
I chose to write! (I've also got CopyURL from this same page, but it's
less useful now that no longer using Internet Explorer.)
Free is good, yes, but if I use the software I am eventually going to buy
it. Since I prefer alternative software,
I think it's a good idea to support the programmers.
And I can do that by paying for the software
I use. It's only fair, after all.
Okay. Time to shut windows and start installing stuff! *happy*