I’ve spent the last couple of days ramping up my newly-returning iMac, which comes back to me from the shop with a new hard drive and a new SuperDrive. The machine seems to moan and burr and grizzle a little more than it used to, but it’s zippy, and it has a really, really big screen, which I realized I missed a lot.
Part of the “getting to know you again” process involves installing my set of everyday tools. Here’s what I’m using at the moment:
- Camino — the best web browser on any platform. Simple. Fast. Never crashes. Standards-compliant.
- NetNewsWire — a great RSS newsreader.
- MacSFTP — lets me securely transfer files to a from various servers.
- OmniDictionary — simple and wonderful, and something I couldn’t write without.
- BBEdit — simply the world’s greatest text editor. Period.
- OmniOutliner — a useful tool for keeping track of almost anything.
- AppleWorks — Who’d have thunk? It turns out to be a capable word processor, spreadsheet and presentation program. Much less bloated (and evil free!) than Office.
- GraphicConverter — Like PaintShop Pro on a Windows machine: munges images in various ways.
- X11 — Lets me run programs on remote servers like they were running locally.
- Virtual PC — Alas, I’m still wedded to Quicken for Home and Business, which only runs under Windows. Everyone needs a little evil.
Put all of the above together with Apple’s own tools like Terminal, iChat, Safari and Sherlock, and you’ve got my toolbelt stocked.