Today I rebuilt my work laptop for the first time in about 15 months. It was actually running fairly well in most regards, but I'm currently in a gap between projects so I thought it was a good time to clean out all the crap that one accumulates on a machine that's used every day.
I thought it would be interesting to chronicle the list of things I installed in the first few hours after the clean rebuild, and to find out how this compares with other people's critical software list.
I started with a Windows Vista Enterprise SP1 image that came with Office 2007 pre-installed by our IT department. On top of that, here's what I've added today:
- Live Mesh
- Windows Live Messenger
- Windows Live Writer
- Windows Live Photo Gallery
- Office Communicator
- Visual Studio 2008
- Find As You Type for Internet Explorer
- Adobe Reader
- Enterprise Library (of course!)
And here's what I'm absolutely not going to install, no matter how many times other installers try to trick me into doing so:
- Google toolbar
- Windows Live toolbar
- Apple QuickTime, iTunes or Safari
BTW, if any of you ever meet a developer from any software company who believes it's acceptable to install icons onto my desktop or QuickLaunch bar without asking permission first, please give them a kick up the arse from me.