I recently picked up a new laptop. After getting Vista installed, I made list of everything I'd need to get started. Most were from my head as I use many of these things daily, while others I noticed from my work machine, after I had made the list.
- Camtasia Studio - I use this for my screencasts now. I love this program.
- Daemon Tools Lite - ISO support is always needed, especially around installing time.
- Digsby - This is my IM client of choice these days. I wish the twitter support was better though.
- FireFox - Do I need to say anything else? This has its own section below.
- FoxIt Reader - Much nicer than Adobe Acrobat Reader for my needs.
- Guild Wars - One game to rule them all...
- Live Writer - The best blogging tool I've seen yet.
- NotePad++ - My text editor of choice these days.
- Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint,... you know the drill.
- Paint.NET - A great free .NET based graphics program.
- PDF Creator - Great for making PDFs.
- Skype - IM and Voice chat. A must have tool these days.
- SQL Server - It is an occupational hazard.
- UltraMon - Multi-monitor support at its best.
- Visual Studio - Both 2005 and 2008 installed.
- VMWare Workstation - I prefer it to Virtual PC.
- Window Clippings - A nice little screenshot maker.
- WinZip - I know there are lots of others but this is what I'm using. With all the other new stuff on my box, you can consider this my "comfort food" software.
- Witty - My Twitter client of the day. The current beta works fine or me, but I'm not completely sold yet. It is .NET based and open source, so I could look into the changes I'd like to see, I guess.
Development Specific Things
- ASP.NET MVC - An alternative to ASP.NET Web Forms in its current state.
- MbUnit - Unit Testing Framework of choice. (I'm interested in trying xUnit, but I haven't yet.)
- Ragnarok Grey (VS Theme) - My current favorite Visual Studio theme. Both for VS2005 and VS2008
- ReSharper - A awesome tool. I've been using the early 4.0 with 2008. So far, so good.
- Rhino Mocks- Mock objects anyone? While it doesn't need installed per se, I like to have the files in a known place.
- SVN Bridge - The only way to use Subversion at CodePlex.
- TestDriven.NET - Great testing add in
- Tortoise SVN - Great Subversion Client
- Visual SVN - TortoiseSVN that works perfectly inside Visual Studio
- WinMerge - Nice Comparison Utility
Browser Specific things
- IE Extensions
- FireFox Extenions
Well, that is what I've downloaded and setup to start. I have a lot more stuff installed elsewhere, but I decided to start with the basics and add things as I need them. I'm sure there will be plenty of adding over the next few weeks. If I've completely missed something that I shouldn't be living without, you can let me know in the comments.