In no time, I’ll be leaving my crappy IT support job and taking a scientific role with a government agency. Hooray!
It’s time to make a list of all the software and add-ons I will need to bring with me to the new workstation. I am hoping it will be a linux workstation, or that I will at least have the option of dual-booting, or at the very least of connecting my laptop to the network.
Failing that, I’ll need my list of useful apps:
- TeXnicCenter – best windows Latex IDE I’ve found so far
- Amaya – because Dreamweaver is overkill, and not free
- Thunderbird – hopefully they let me connect to Optus mail server from behind the firewall
- Octave – the recent release for windows seems a little flakey, but I can live with it
- Google desktop – again, if firewall restrictions will let gmail in, this lets me see when I have new mail asap.
- Trillian – sure maybe I should move to Jabber, or another OS chat client. Trillian just works, and works well enough for my needs.
- Gnuplot – what else is there for graphics?
- Open office – actually, I think MS Office is better. Excel does better charts (*way* better), word has more features. Still, I’m using Open Office at home, and I like consistency
- Firefox – of course. Zotero and Foxmarks are required. Greasemonkey, Tiddlysnip, View Source Chart, Minimap Sidebar Extension, Gears and Pearl Crescent Saver Basic are also neat add-ons
- Sync Toy – nothing has made keeping my flash drive up to date easier
- Putty and Winscp – for when I need to log on to a real computer
- Picasa – mostly for the image browsing