Things I Use
- Blender Digital Media students must use this, free. Windows/Mac/Linux
- Microsoft Security Essentials Free and effective. Keep it up to date!
- Audacity Digital Media students must use this, free. Windows/Mac/Linux
- Dropbox Best application of the 21st century. Windows/Mac/Linux/iPhone/iPad/others
- GFI Backup Great backup software for Windows
- CrashPlan Slow but free and effective backup for Windows/Mac/Linux/Solaris
Digital Image Editing
- GIMP Digital Media students must use this, free. Windows/Mac/Linux
- Inkscape Vector Graphics editor, free. Digital Media students must use this. Windows/Mac/Linux
- Slysoft's AnyDVD, CloneDVD2, and CloneDVDMobile co$ts but a good investment for me
- Truecrypt Excellent. Free. Windows/Mac/Linux
- PGP Co$t$. Used it on Mac and Windows. My experience has been positive but a few scary experiences as well.
File Management and Synchronization
- Total Commander Best File Management utility ever. Bought it in 1999 and receiving free updates since.
- Thunderbird Best open-source mail client for Windows/Mac/Linux. Free.
- VLC media player Free, open source. Windows/Mac/Linux/others
Note Taking and Organization
- Evernote Your Online Brain. Free. Windows/Mac/Linux/iPhone/iPad
- OmniFocus Mac and iOS devices only. Outstanding task and project management.
- Adobe Reader What else competes?
- TeamViewer I can connect and control my Windows/Mac/Linux machines. Excellent program!
- VirtualBox Free. Windows/Mac/Linux/Solaris. Oracle bought it from Sun and continues to support it.
- VMware Fusion I use Fusion on my Macs, love it!. Supports Windows/Mac/others