The intangibility of software preferences

Okay, this tagging thing is starting to get out of control but it seems polite to reply so here are my kwik answers to the latest tag from Steven @ Winextra on software I use following these rules

  • name at least 5 programs (web or standalone) that you love that go against the mainstream ( optional - reason why - if possible)
  • name at least 5 programs that you dislike; OSes not included, (optional - reason why - if possible)
  • tag at least 5 other people - if possible try to include all the OSes (optional - reason why)



  • IE7 - that's against the mainstream now right? smile_wink
  • Vista - ditto
  • Live Messenger - Skype is mainstream I assume?
  • FolderShare - acquired by MS, largely unknown and very cool
  • Photoshop - not that it's not mainstream but around here Expression is mainstream


  • Real Player - always have, always will. Simply because of the way they take over your machine
  • LinkedIn - it sends friendly reminder automatically. I never wanted to join thanks so please stop that. Now
  • Most online banking sites. Just too hard to use!
  • Any website that automatically plays music to me. That's SO helpful when I'm sneakysurfin during a meeting!
  • Windows ME (sorry to break the rules)


Tagging: David Overton, James Senior, Ewan Dalton, Eileen Brown, Peter Ferry

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Comments (2)

  1. Steve

    Thanks for playing along but I did this because I think a lot of people don’t stop to think why they have the feelings they do about software outside of the fanboy type reactions.

    I tagged you because I figured that working at MS might give some good and maybe surprising answers but I’ll make sure if I do this again that I not tag you πŸ™‚

  2. stevecla01 says:

    Steven – no problems at all. happy to be tagged – just struggling to keep up with 3 in one week πŸ™‚ I thought the questions were good though I really struggled with the "don’t like" stuff and was as honest as I could be about the "love". I should have added Windows Live Writer! sorry if the answers didn’t surprise

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