I rarely talk about my computer, and the reason is that I try to do as much with Web Apps as I can. On any given day I will work on 3 different computers and I have to be able to keep working without skipping a beat.
However, there are several desktop applications that I have to install to be in my zone. I have been using each one of these for as long as I can remember.
Sam Spade – Sam Spade is an integrated network query tool for Windows 95, 98, NT and Windows 2000. This tool allows me to keep several sites in the options as I am running traces, pings and whois calls.
Agent Ransack – Freeware graphical file searching that supports regular expressions for Windows. I keep a copy of all software I download, such as a copy of each WordPress Release. With Agent Ransack I can quickly find any reference to anything I am looking for in a very large file folder.
Process Explorer – Process Explorer, also known as procexp.exe, shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. If you want to know what is using up your resources on a Microsoft OS machine, this is the best way I have found. The biggest benefit to me is the ability to shut down and process without affecting the others.
TextPad – TextPad is an award winning text editor for Windows. with powerful features that will increase your productivity. This is probably the most used tool I have. Everything I write or code gets passed through TextPad. There are so many features and reasons I could not possibly list them all.
Lynx Text Browser – Lynx is the text web browser. Recommended by Google to see what a site looks like to a Search Crawler. This package should be required of anyone who is working on website (blog) development. If you really want to know what it looks like, you have to check this out!