Scott Hanselman has a great list of the power tools he uses for Windows and development. It’s worth a read, and worth checking some of them out. I have used quite a few of these tools over the years, and I find them great, however I’m definitely considering trying a few of his recommendations out.
Ones I like:
- Paint.NET – Beware the big download buttons that take you to GIMP. Click download at the top and follow the text.
- 7-Zip – I moved to this a few years ago and it works great. Is it better than others? No idea, but it works well and easily for me. It doesn’t get in the way.
- DropBox – This works well for me. Is it better than Box, or Live Mesh? I still use LiveMesh, but this gives me a nice integration with a lot of iPhone apps.
- SysInternals – If you admin a network or an AD domain, you need these.
- PowerShell – If you work with SQL Server, spend a few minutes working with this. Here’s a cheat sheet.
- ZoomIt – If you present, drop this on every machine, and a flash drive.
- TortoiseSVN – Use a VCS, any of them.
- Skype– I’ve also tried Oovoo, but size matters. Skype works well for me.
- Bart’s Preinstalled Enviroment (BartPE) – Saved my wife one time
- DVDDecrypter– With kids this is handy. Rip your own DVDs and give the kids the copy.
The tools I am interested in trying from the list:
- Boot to VHD – I’ve heard a lot about it and maybe it will make things simpler. When (if?) I go back to a Windows laptop, I might try this.
- LogParser – On my list as a way to dig through log files in Windows.
- Hiren’s BootCD – Probably worth keeping around
- SyncBack -Windows Home Server is a POS for me. Looking for a basic file server and scheduled backups.
If you have your own recommendations, I’d love to hear them.