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Well, its another new year (did I mention that?) I'm going to make a big attempt to update my blog more often than I did towards the end of last year, that was pitiful to be honest.

So, what better way to start the new year than installing some free software to make your development/computing life that bit easier.... Here's my top 5 list of "Stuff I always install when I rebuild my machine":

  1. Notepad2. Its my fave notepad replacement, with all the usual syntax highlighting and cool features. Check it out:
  2. TaskSwitchXP. Its a fantastic Alt-Tab replacement with loads of cool features.
  3. Firefox with extensions. The best browser gets even better when you start playing with extensions. There's so many good ones, but AdBlock and AllInOneSideBar always make my list. For web developers, check out FireBug (
  4. Omea Reader. Its a free RSS reader and much more. I only use it for RSS feeds, and I really like it for that. I used to use SharpReader until I paid attention to the amount of memory it was consuming!
  5. Foxit Reader. For the love of God don't use that horrible piece of bloated tat known as Adobe Reader. There is a better way, and its here:

I could go on for another 20 entries here, but these are probably my top ones... Oh, and "Query Express" ( oh and LLBLGen, but thats not free! Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 3:31 PM | Back to top

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I think you got your favorite text editor wrong - the right one can be found at
Left by Rollo MacMoomin on Mar 20, 2007 12:18 PM

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