As of November 15th 2017, my favorite software (besides from Simple DNS Plus and Simple Failover) is:

Software Development

Server software

Desktop software / Utilities

  • VirtualBox - https://www.virtualbox.org
    Amazing virtual machine software for the desktop. Almost as nice as VMware Workstation - only free. I prefer to use this over Hyper-V (which comes with Windows 10 Pro) because it is much easier to move virtual machines between host computers. I simply store the VM images on a portable SSD USB3 drive and move this between host machines as needed. This is possible because VirtualBox (like VMWare Workstation) is a "level 2" hypervisor - meaning that hardware is virtualized. Hyper-V is "level 1" meaning that VMs interface directly with the hardware, and thus are much harder to move to a different host machine.
  • DropBox - http://www.dropbox.com
    Just the best. I have tried switching to Microsoft's SkyDrive/OneDrive a few times actually (it offers more free GBs and integration with online Office programs), but I keep coming back to Dropbox for various reasons.

  • Evernote - http://evernote.com
    To stay organized.

  • KeePass Password Safe - http://keepass.info
    Great (free) program for storing passwords.

  • CutePDF Professional - http://www.cutepdf.com
    I mostly use it for scanning to PDF files, and for combining multiple PDF files into one.

  • TreeSize Free - https://www.jam-software.com/treesize_free
    Figure out what is using all that hard disk space.

  • Macrium Reflect - http://www.macrium.com
    Great software for cloning / migrating harddisks.

  • SyncBackPro - http://www.2brightsparks.com
    For synchronizing folders, uploading websites, backing up cloud storage, etc.

  • FileZilla Client - https://filezilla-project.org
    Super FTP client.

  • VeraCrypt - https://www.veracrypt.fr
    For making an virtual encrypted harddisk - which lives in a file on your regular harddisk.
    Better and cheaper than BitLocker - better because I don't have to encrypt the whole disk (which could cause others problems) and cheaper because it is free and BitLocker only comes with Windows 10 Pro. This is where I keep source code / Git repositories on my laptop. If someone steals the laptop, at least this stuff is safe.

Photography / graphics / video

  • Adobe Photoshop
    At one point I was deep into photography, and got use to working with this, so now I am kind of stuck. It is a very nice program, and with the new "Creative Cloud" subscription option, it is no longer as crazy expensive as it used to be. However for what I use it for today, I should have stuck with my good old Paint Shop Pro v. 9 (the last version made by Jasc - later versions by Corel were crap).

  • Adobe Lightroom
    Amazing for organizing photos and working with raw photo files.

  • Adobe Premiere Elements
    Nice program for basic video editing (clipping, merging, adding titles, etc.)

I have tried many different tools in all these categories over the years, and I can highly recommend all of the above over any competitors that I know of. If you know of any better alternatives please do tell me in the comments below - always looking for better toys :-)

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