software

i like software if it works. 

i like software more if it is small, efficient, free, and open source.

ironically, google sites is not a likable software app. 
it added weird crippling extra html to my links and therefore i just axed all the links. 

browser
chrome - the minimalist in me likes it

reference manager
jabref - LaTeX-ready but not required
http://jabref.sourceforge.net/

image editing
irfanview - best screen capture that i know of.
imageJ - image processing 
http://rsbweb.nih.gov/ij/

OS
ubuntu - i dabble in it. xubuntu is even smaller!

google misc
picasa - would not survive without this image organizer. 65,473 images and counting... 
google earth - fun, useful
calendar - useful. sports team calendars, for example.
reader - daily dose
sites - i do not recommend
 
VoIP/video
skype - better than at&t

video
vlc - versatile
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

particle tracking
polyparticletracker - love it when other people write the code [matlab]
http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/salman.rogers/polyparticletracker/

video clipping
asfbin - small and efficient
http://www.radioactivepages.com/index.php?section=software&docid=asfbin

chinese
njstar - for all your chinese word-processing needs

dropbox
drop.io - drop off anything up to 100MB
 
hypocrisy
matlab - not small, not efficient, not free, not open source, but SO AWESOME
i still use frontpage - but only because it lets me edit the html directly, and i know how to avoid their weird extra crippling html.

for more
www.osalt.com - open source as alternative

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last modified 01 dec 2009
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