Superb app launcher on Mac/Linux/Windows. I can't live without those launchers even for a single day. Besides Launchy, Executor and Find and Run Robot are good alternatives on Windows.
Search (file and folder locator)
Everything (Windows mlocate/updatedb equivalent, even better)
Locate files and folders instantly!
Main browser: Chrome on Linux and Windows, stable on Mac OS X (love the sync)
Firefox (All platforms)
Firefox Extension List:
Thunderbird (Cross Platform) + Enigmail (GnuPG powered)
An Email client that works (just for Email!).
Dropbox (cross platform) My referral link (both of us will get 250MB extra space)
platform file synchronization tool, one place for everything if you have too many computers and synchronizing files become a headache. Free 2GB+ space, get all your
files stored and synced in the cloud. Give it a shot!
Keybase filesystem (kbfs)
The Keybase filesystem (KBFS) is a distributed filesystem with end-to-end encryption and a global namespace. The KBFS code is open source.
BitTorrent Sync / Resilio Sync (cross platform)
Cross platform file sync via P2P, fast!
Syncthing (cross platform)
Open source, trustworthy and decentralized Sync!!!
Remember The Milk (Web Service/iPhone app)
Online GTD tool, service. Keep your to do list everywhere. Provides the ability to integrate with Gcal. Kicks ass!
Evernote (Cross platform)
Office OneNote (Windows)
is the excellent notebook service solution (Best I have ever seen), on
Mac/Windows/Linux/Web/Mobile, all in one and it is always kept
synchronized. Another good part of it is the iPhone app, use snapshot notes, come one! You can't miss it!
IM: Adium (Mac) Pidgin (Windows/Linux) + OTR MUST be used for Forward Secrecy (PFS) / Keybase Chat
IM+ Pro (iOS/Android)
All-in-one IM client with OTR support.
Linux like environment for Windows, has 90% of the GNU CLI goodies commonly used on UNIX/Linux. For people who are addicted to Linux command line interface ;-D
Gow - GNU on Windows (Windows) in cmd.exe
Chocolatey on Windows
The missing package manager for Windows, like APT for Debian/Ubuntu, pacman for Arch Linux, YUM for Fedora/CentOS, Zypper for openSUSE.
Dexpot/VirtuaWin/Desktops/Virtual Desktop Manage (Win)
virtual window manager. I can't bear with a stupid single desktop
design for Windows. So I use VirtualWin and Desktops from Sysinternals.
However, no need to do that on Linux or Mac. It's amazing to use hot
keys to switch workspaces. Apple 'stole' Workspace from
GNOME/KDE/XFCE/CDE/JDE (or other desktop environment I am not familiar with)
and make it even better in Leopard.
- conky (Linux)
- XRG (macOS)
- iState Menu
- Mac OS X
ClipMenu (freeware) Copied (via MAS)
xsel / xclip
iBackup/Silverkeeper/SuperDuper!/CCC/rsync/Time Machine/Mozy (Mac OS X)
Microsoft SyncToy 2.0 Syncback (Freeware)
Back in Time (Linux)
rsync (GUI - grsync/gadmin-rsync)
VMware Workstation (Linux/Windows)
VMware Fusion (Mac)
VirtualBox Free, open source acquired by Sun, now acquired again by Oracle! (Linux/Mac/Windows/Solaris)
Best with Vagrant + Chef Solo ;-)
Parallel Desktop (Mac)
VMware Server Freeware (Linux/Windows)
How to encrypt your network communications via SSH Tunnel?
- Linux / Mac OS X
OpenSSH for Windows
CopSSH / Bitvise SSH Server
How to fuck GFW?
Please check the article here: SSH Tunnel
Terminal multiplexer - tmux (best of best, ditch screen;-)
Windows/Linux DejaVu Fonts DejaVe Sans Microsoft YaHei
Mac OS X... NOT necessary...
Input Method (Chinese)
fcitx / fcitx-sunpinyin / fcitx-googlepinyin
iBus + ibus-pinyin + ibus-sunpinyin2 (scim + pinyin is not very good)
Mac OS X
SunPinyin for MacOS 2.0 (freeware) IMKQIM/QIM (shareware) FIT (freeware)
Sogou Input Method
Mindjet MindManager (Mac/Windows) FreeMind/Xmind (Mac/Windows/Linux)
Dump your mind, GTD(Get Things Done) tool.
LogMeIn Hamachi is a flexible VPN service that enables anyone to easily
connect multiple internet-enabled computers into their own secure
virtual network. This is the ultimate solution to manage multiple computers at home and office. Wonderful!
Remote control, web meeting for free.
Windows Live Folder Share (Windows)
Remote file sharing and access, works like .mac (MobileMe).
Windows Live Writer (Windows) MacJournal (Mac OS X, paid apps)
Blogging client, the best ever blog client tool I have ever seen. I can't believe it is from Microsoft Windows live team, and it's FREE. Remember to
download a copy of Windows Live Writer backup to backup settings,
drafts and entries if you don't want to do it manually like me. It's
free, I still believe that Microsoft can deliver good stuff as long as they want.
Windows Live Mail (Windows)
Wonderful mail client from Windows Live pack. Perfect support for hotmail/live/msn account. Try this if you don't like Gmail and Thunderbird
- SMPlayer (Linux/Windows)
QT front-end for mplayer
Kmplayer (Windows only, listed in the hall of shame by ffmpeg)
- mplayer (Linux)
- mplayer OS X extended (Mac OS X)
- Movist (Mac)
- SPlayerX (Mac OS X)
- MPlayerX (Mac)
- Splayer (Windows)
The new ultimate media player solution for Windows.
scrot (CLI), Shutter (formerly Gscrot, good for GNOME users), HotShots (KDE)
- Mac OS X
OS X built-in (cmd+shift+3, cmd+shift+4, cmd+shift+4+space = window), Instantshot!/Skitch/Dashboard Widget
Snagit/HyperSnap (Shareware)Take Screenshots on the fly.
TrueCrypt (Cross platform)
Cross platform open source Encryption tool to secure all your important data, flexible (create a file encryption container and put your files in ;-). Strongly recommend for daily use, big brother is watching you.
pass (the standard unix password manager) / qtpass (cross-platform Qt frontend for pass)
Password manager the git + gnupg way.
Keepass (Windows) keepassx (Mac/Linux)
Keep your passwords safe in KeePass. *NIX OS please use KeepassX.
FTP / SFTP Client
- Filezilla (FTP + SFTP) (Mac/Linux/Windows)
open source project, rated as best FTP client on Lifehacker. And now
it's cross platform, which is fantastic. What's more, it supports SFTP
(SSH File Transfer Protocol), perfect equivalent for WinSCP under all
Cyberduck (Mac) Free FTP Client on Mac. The icon is cute and my wife likes it. Also supports SCP.
- Flow (Mac shareware)
- FlashFXP (Windows)
paid for this shareware because I have been using it since 2000. It's
life time upgrade and support. The author is a good guy. FlashFXP is
the best FTP client I have ever seen on Windows. And I keep all my site
info there. There is a tool to convert site files between
FlashFXP/Filezilla/CyberDuck. FlashFXP supports Site To Site FXP.
SCP client for windows only. Probably the best choice if you run Windows and transfer files to a *NIX host via SCP/SFTP. Of course you can run in WINE, but not sure if it works 100%.
Sysinternals suite (Windows)
Powerful tools for Windows users.
OpenOffice.org (Windows/Linux) LibreOffice (Mac)
Free Office Suite, cross platform. Kick the shit out of Microsoft Office.
It's commercial software, normally bundled with your Mac. But I think most of the users are willing to pay for it. Most of the time.
popular VOIP client on any OS. Chat with your buddies with AES
encryption and free PC to PC call, as well as cheap PC to phone
Note: Skype for iPhone works over 3G/GPRS once you jailbreak and install VoIPover3g package.
CDBurnerXP (Windows) ImgBurn (Windows)
Embrace freeware, abandon chunky Nero.
K3b (KDE Burn Baby Burn)
Famous CD/DVD burning software for Linux, KDE. Can be used under any DE/WM, as long as you installed the dependencies.
HFS (HTTP File Sever) (Windows) Runnable via WINE on Linux. Python built-in SimpleHTTPServer;-)
Woof (UNIX/Linux) Simply exchange file with this Python script.
XAMPP (all platform)
Portable Apache httpd, MySQL, PHP, Perl combo, easy to install and uninstall. Available on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, bingo for testing, debugging and troubleshooting!
Transmission (Mac/Linux) with WEB UI
rtorrent (Linux/Mac/Windows - Cygwin)
aMule (Mac/Linux) with WEB UI
XBMC / Kodi / OpenELEC (Raspberry Pi)
Photoshop (commercial software) available on Mac/Windows, runnable on WINE under Linux.
QQ (Mac/Linux/iPhone/PalmOS) TM2009 (Windows)
file transfer and remote assistance via QQ/TM is perfect. MSN sucks!!!
I also like the file sharing/hosting in QQ mail, 1G per file and you
can keep it as long as you like. I have to say, it's good! Tencent is
getting bigger and more internationalized.As we all know, QQ is not a safe IM tool to use. So avoid using it whenever possible.
Note: Skype and
Messenger for Mac does not understand the proxy script PAC/DAT file.
For Skype we have to specify the http proxy manually in system prefs.
Messenger for Mac just doesn't work behind a proxy, idiot! SHIT! Messenger for Mac 7.0.2 fixed the proxy bug.
To be continued...
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