Just The Essentials

Yesterday’s survey seemed to indicate that the vast majority of readers identify with Bob (a staggering 82%), while only 4% idenfified with Pam. Cast your vote before the weekend’s out, if you haven’t already. Geek gals, you need to represent!

And speaking of the subject header,

I recently had to reinstall Windows7 (long story, filled with trauma – but I’ll spare you the ugly details). So, I’m back to a virgin copy of Windows 7. I’ve installed 7-Zip, Google Chrome and Dropbox, but I’m looking for more. In the comments below, could you point me to some must-have freeware apps and utilities I could benefit from on that platform? I would be ever so grateful.



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  • julienReply
    May 26, 2010 at 6:02 am

    StrokeIt is a must have for me, especially since I’ve ditched the mouse and using only a Wacom tablet. ( http://www.tcbmi.com/strokeit/ )

  • Samuel EriksonReply
    May 26, 2010 at 6:31 am


    It’s not a single app so much as a great way to reinstall stuff.

    As for individual apps, Revo Uninstaller, CCleaner and Malwarebytes are all quite good.

  • djpReply
    May 26, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Chami’s HTML-Kit (http://www.chami.com/html-kit/). The best html/css/php/javascript/any-other-web-tech editor around (and it’s FREE)! I only open windoze on my Mac to use this program. I wish they would port it to Mac to give Adobe/Dreamweaver a kick in the pants.

  • trinalinReply
    May 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Speaking as a Geek Gal, I voted for Bob. I’m way more like him than Pam!

  • AljiroReply
    May 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

    VLC Media Player, Mozilla Thunderbird, Rainmeter :D

  • AdamReply
    May 26, 2010 at 11:42 am

    SUPER media converter is something I’ve always found useful. It’s powerful, flexible, and free.

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