Software I Use

James Governor posted another Declarative Living post, including a link to Alex Bosworth's Software I use page on Swik.

For some reason, I thought this was a good idea - I'm bizarrely partial to the documentation of my stuff. Examples include my home network, books I own, my tagcloud. Why? I think I'm motivated by the idea the one day this might turn out to be a useful exercise. I know, the madhouse beckons...

So, I posted up my own Software I use page to give it a semi-permanent home, but have copy and pasted below. I've only included stuff I regularly use, so no one-offs or experimentals. No games or content sites, just services sites.  I would add links but am too lazy.


  • Windows XP Professional + Windows XP Home


  • IE, Firefox


  • Trillian + MSN Messenger + Yahoo Messenger + Office Communicator
  • Skype
  • Outlook + Hotmail + Gmail + Yahoo Mail + Outlook Express (as newsgroup reader)
  • mIRC
  • Microsoft Office Live Meeting
  • Foldershare


  • Google + MSN Search + MSN Desktop Search
  • Google Blogsearch + Icerocket + Technorati

Content creation / editing / recording

  • Microsoft Office
  • OPML Editor + OPML Manager
  • FeedForAll
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • Microsoft Digital Image Suite
  • Camtasia Studio
  • Audacity
  • Hot Recorder (for Skype)
  • Photo Story

Content viewers / players

  • Window Media Player + Quicktime + Real Player + DivX
  • Adobe Reader

Security / Virus

  • Microsoft Anti spyware

Software Development

  • Product Studio (bug / issue tracking)
  • WSFTPPro
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft SQL Server

RSS Feed Readers / OPML Readers

  • FeedDemon
  • Taskable


  • Microsoft Media Encoder
  • DivX


  • Microsoft Money

Other Online Services (including client if applicable)

  • + Allofmp3 Explorer
  • Flickr (and Flickr Uploadr)
  • FeedBurner
  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Audioblog
  • Bloglines
  • Memorandum
  • Megite
  • Tailrank
  • Findory
  • Frank’s Tag Generator
  • Ping-O-Matic
  • MSN Spaces
  • Google Analytics


  • Microsoft Timezone
  • SequoiaView
  • SyncToy
  • NetStumbler


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Comments (9)
  1. You forgot about eTrust Antivirus — you use it, even if you don’t realize you do. Check any of your work machines….

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    Fair point Tommy. I omitted a bunch of other utilities / background services because I don’t ‘use’ them, they’re ‘just there’. Other examples:

    Microsoft ActiveSync, Command Prompt, WinZip, etc.

  3. some time ago i argued it should be *mandatory* for Microsoft employees to publish what i use lists…

  4. hey alex- want to think about working on a standard for this – maybe add a little bit of structure to it? i am sure you know the people to talk to. imagine the fun we could have if we *could* start aggrgating structured what i use tags…

  5. Here’s an OPMLish podcast for you, recorded tonight with me, Joshua Porter, Adam Green and John Tropea….

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