Building from the ground up

I recently carpet-bombed my main work laptop and built it from scratch. Not something I do very often but the time had come. Here’s what went back into the box (the box being my trusty Dell D830) :

OS : Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Productivity Stuff :

Development Stuff :

System Management Stuff :

Utils & Misc :

Observations :

  1. Wow ! That’s a lot of stuff. Now I remember why I don’t do that very often.
  2. Development stuff still outweighs everything else by far.
  3. Why do I still have an optical drive on this laptop? During all of the above I never once used a CD or DVD.
  4. When I started developing I used TextPad and a compiler and I hated IDEs. I still occasionally use TextPad but now I have two versions of Visual Studio with a zillion plug-ins. My daughter once asked me “What’s that game you play where all the words pop-up and change colour.” It took me a while to work out she meant Visual Studio 🙂
  5. I really only installed Snippet Compiler for old time’s sake as development seems to have stopped. I use LINQPad for that stuff now.
  6. Outlook 2010 is amazing.
  7. Visio 2010 drives me nuts because I have LIVED in previous versions of Visio way too long and now everything has moved. It’s like my house has been burgled by Feng Shui experts with OCD. I’m learning to live with it though 🙂
  8. When the hell is LiveMesh going to get out of Beta ?
  9. My beloved Paint Shop Pro disappeared up its own arse around the time it was acquired by Corel (coincidence ?) and since then I have stubbornly stuck to version 6 which is next to useless on Windows 7. Paint.Net is a worthy and FREE replacement. Nice one guys.
  10. I want to love SketchFlow, but I also want to beat it’s stupid head in with a brick.
  11. Reflector is still way cool and it now has a “PRO” version for £125 – OUCH ! Guess how many new cool features the free version will be getting from now on 😉
  12. Loving LINQPad. It has more or less replaced Snippet Compiler, SQL Management Studio and a bunch of other little utilities on my machine. Take the LINQPad Challenge today.
  13. Nearly half my development stuff is now for mobile. Scary 😮
  14. Previous problems with Security Essentials have not manifested themselves. Hmmm….

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