It has been fifteen months since I last reformatted this machine. In that time, I've read hundreds of thousands of emails, installed countless alpha/beta/CTP software, multiple SKUs of Visual Studio, many video editing programs, and much more.

 

It's gotten to the point now where even creating a new file, opening Office programs and other simple tasks can be the stuff of nightmares. Thusly, much like my pal Clint Rutkas, I've decided to make a list of the baseline apps I keep installed on my laptop PC.

OS/Productivity
Vista Business, Office 2007, FeedDemon.

Development

  • Virtual PC 2007
  • MS Robotics Studio
  • Visual Studio 2005, 2008
  • Silverlight SDK
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0, 3.0 CTP

Graphics

  • Apophysis 2.0
  • Expression Studio
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Paint.NET
  • Blender
  • SOFTIMAGE|XSI Mod Tool

Audio Editing

  • Audacity

Screen Capture / Video Editing

  • Camtasia
  • Pinnacle Studio 11
  • Windows Movie Maker