Friday, August 8, 2008

Software for the PC

I just bought Janet (my wife) a lightweight laptop and have the pleasure of setting her up on a Windows Vista machine. It came with Vista, and though my plan was to run Linux from it . . . Ubuntu couldn't get the built-in camera and network card to work without hassle and I don't have the luxury of time to hassle with it. So she's Vista and I'm finding a fairly shallow learning curve going from XP to Vista. It does give me a chance to reflect on what software I install on Windows machines when building from scratch, though.

Here are the freeware software apps I've installed so far:
  • Firefox --with the extensions listed in a previous post.
  • Thunderbird
  • Picassa
  • Open Office
  • GOM Player --Allows me to play FLV movies and can be set so videos automatically go to full screen.
  • iTunes
  • MagicDisc --I have kids, and I don't like to have to have the physical CD in the drive in order for them to play. This doesn't seem to work with Vista so I'm looking for an alternative.
  • Tuxpaint
  • Skype
  • MW Snap --Screen capturing made very easy.
  • Adobe Reader
  • PhotoStory
  • Google Earth

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