I have been living with a virus (W32. Smiley something) in my computer for a very long time, but recently it has grown a little more…malicious. At some point in the next two weeks I’m going to have to format the entire computer( installing an anti-virus isn’t an option now: yes, I tried). I just thought I’d make a list of what I’d need and ask for possible additions/substitutions.
Software to install:
(And yes, this IS in a rough order of installation)
Operating System- Windows
Should I have a Linux dual-boot? I used it for a while, but once the novelty wore off I by far preferred Windows. No matter how “easy” people say it is to use it, it isn’t nearly as intuitive as Windows. Of course, if I hadn’t bought the software already (it came with my laptop this time, so NOT buying really wasn’t an option) I probably would use it instead of spending some 5000 bucks on the OS itself, but as of now, stick with Windows. And God knows, with a 52 GB HDD, I can use the space.
AntiVirus: I’m thinking AVG or Kaspersky. Or nod32. Still have to decide which. Suggestions?
Browser- Firefox or Google Chrome? I’m honestly not sure. At least for a while, I will try both.
Broswer Addons: I’m assuming I’m using Firefox 3, so I’ll be getting FlashGot,Ubiquity, Download StatusBar, Google Toolbar, StumbleUpon, ScribeFire, maybe FoxyTunes and Greasemonkey(never used,so far). Will not bother with Intel MashMaker, as I just don’t think I have the energy or the need to use it. Most of my suggested mashups are a little too obvious, and not really worth it.
P2P: StrongDC++, obviously. Maybe regular DC++ as well. (I use it for intra-institute file sharing, and this is most convenient)
Chat Client– Google Talk, also obviously. (remember to add pingdotfm client for easy microblogging! firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office: MS Office 2007. Again, it really is more intuitive.
Media Players: I will need Winamp, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer AND VLC Media Player. Yes, I do regularly use all 4, for different things, although I’m fully aware I can make do with only VLC. Well, except for RealPlayer.
Other: Which differes from “Miscellaneous” in actually being necessary.
Reader,PDFs: Foxit Reader along with Adobe (tabbed browsing! about a third as much memory usage!!!)
Reader,Other: MS Reader, for my HUGE( FOUR GB!) .lit collection.
Compression: WinRAR. Prefer it to most others,e ven if it IS shareware. I’m sure I can find a cracked version on the LAN, anyway.
CD Burning: I only know Nero. I’m looking for a “lighter” alternative, though, any suggestions?
Image Editing: Picasa 3. The beta version’s out and seems a distinct improvement. Technically more of an organiser, but good enough for my purposes. Just saw the Lifehacker column, me want.
WordWeb – (supremely useful dictionary/thesaurus. It’s almost a mini encyclopedia, it has EVERYTHING!)
Serious Samurize – I haven’t actually used this yet, but I can tell it’s going to be useful. It’s an app used for embedding data onto your desktop.
TweakXP – same here. Although in this case I have tried it once and I “know” it will be useful.
Programming: Turbo C++ and libs, Java SDK(whatever’s latest),same gen stuff for Python. Not that I’ve ever USED Python, but should probably have the kernel, in case I ever feel inspired.
Application Launcher: Launchy. Also never used, but I do think I’d like it. Making do with Google Desktop Search. Which brings us to…
Search: Google Desktop Search, or Windows Desktop Search? Never tried WDS(besides the built in lame one, I mean), but GDS isn’t really impressing me much.
Blogging: Windows Live Writer. Not a priority, though. Hardly ever use it.
Interactive Fiction: Adrift Runner 4.0, HTMLTADS and Gargoyle. Again, not REALLY a priority.
So, that’s it. Like I said, suggestions?
PS: Anyone got the Asimov reference in the title? Something this time fer shure, if you get it (and I can give it).