Software Tools that Simplify My Life
The following is a listing of tools that I have personally found very useful. Some are freeware others are open source yet others are free for non-commercial use.
- Auslogics Disk Defrag - defragments your hard disk while you work.
- 7-Zip: An excellent file compression and decompression utility. Understands all major compression algorithms
- Foxit Reader for Windows - Small but powerful, no-hassles PDF reader that behaves much better than Adobe Reader
- PDFCreator - creates PDFs from anything that is printable.
- AVAST Home Edition - Free for-home-use antivirus. Read carefully about registration.
- XoftSpySE - a free spyware+ scanner tool
- WinGuard Pro 2007 - Secure your computer by Password protecting your Windows applications, programs and EXE files. Plus encryption for your files, folders and drives.Extra features allow you to disable Task Keys, Software Installation, Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Downloading Files, Zip and Self Extracting Files and the Boot Keys (F8).
- Spyware Doctor: Free anti spyware tool but watch out! It does not like slow PCs - it seems to slow down the PC quite a bit.
- MySQL Server: Powerful, clusterable database server
- PostgreSQL database server: Another powerful free database sever.
- Apache Server - The most popular web server in the world - all free.
- Apache Tomcat Server : A free Javabeans container for the Java gurus.
- PHP: The most popular web programming tool. Powerful, easy to learn.
- Ruby: The new kid on the block. A relatively new programming language with powerful web programming extensions (see Ruby on Rails)
- Python: Yet another powerful programming language. Used to create the famous Content Management Server called Plone.
- Perl: A popular web programming language
- Microsoft Visual Studio Tools (free Express Edition versions) - See the Visual Web Developer.
- Visual Basic Express 2010: Free version of Visual Basic. You can also download Visual Studio and other tools.
Free Game Development Tools (free Express edition)
- LogixMobile SMS Tools - For the serious SMS developer
CableNut - Free tool to optimise your TCP/IP network
Wireshark - Free network packet analyser. A must for network analysis
- Debut Video Capture (and recording) Software that can record from your screen. This comes with a host of free tools that need to be seen to be believed. Just what the doctor ordered for teacher who likes using their computer to teach. Some tools allow you to broadcast your screen output to everyone so you do not need to use an LCD monitor. Yes, even your voice can go out so theoretically, you can run a class across campuses and even countries by mounting a camera and offering two video streams (monitor for demos and camera for speech and visual)
- Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder is a tool for streaming live video and audio via the Internet.