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My Top 5 Desktop Applications List

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!

Domain Names Search

I think this has to be the number one way to know that you own too many domain names, or you are just a real geek.

You get an idea for a Domain Name, and that leads you to do a Domain Names Search.

In the process you find out that the Domain Name is already owned, which really brings you down, until you look at the whois record and realize that you already own it.

Please tell me that someone else has had this happen to them, please…..

Register a Domain Name

While the function of registering a Domain Name has not changed much over the last 13 years, the cost has certainly changed. Back in 1994 there were very few place to register your domain and the cost was high. I have used several Registrars over the years, including Network Solutions, NameSecure, Register.com, GoDaddy and my current favorite NameCheap.

Here is what I look for in a Domain Registrar.

  • Cost – No reason to pay more than $9.95
  • Interface – Should include a keyword search.
  • TLD’s (extensions) – I typically stick with the 2 majors, .com and .net, but I like the option for the others.
  • WhoisGuard – The ability to put WhoisGuard and hide personal information on the Whois. (currently included at NameCheap)
  • Push Domain – I like the ability to Push a Domain to another user. When you sell a domain this can save a lot of time and frustration.
  • Default Nameservers – Since I use a multi host system, setting the Nameservers to my server saves me a lot of time.