I was recently asked again which apps I use the most, both at home and in the office.
I use a Mac OS X laptop and a Windows workstation at my office on a daily basis, and another on Ubuntu at home, which requires me to regularly switch from one completely different environment to another, yet we finds in any case a certain number of similarities:
- Flock (social browser).
- Putty (UNIX terminal).
- Thunderbird (email software).
- Bloglines (online aggregator).
- Google Calendar (personal calendar).
- Visio (diagrams).
- Emacs (text editor).
- Adobe Acrobat (PDF reader).
- Excel (spreadsheet).
- Photoshop / Imageready (image editing software).
Mac OS X:
- Textmate (text editor).
- Terminal.app (UNIX terminal).
- The Preview (visualization of anything and everything).
- Omnigraffle Pro (diagrams).
- iTtunes (media player).
- Adium (instant messaging).
- Google Calendar.
Your ten favorite appsGnu / Linux:
- Gnome Terminal (UNIX terminal).
- Rhythmbox (music player).
- The Gimp (image editing software).
- Google Calendar.
- OpenOffice.org spreadsheet.
- VLC (DVD player).
When I see this list, three things come to mind:
In my top 10 all platforms combined are 20% web applications. This is both huge considering the few online applications developed and the small breakthrough in the general public. But it’s also not much if you consider my interest in the thing, and what is more commonly called Web 2.0. The list of software used, however, shows a large Web orientation.
Since purchasing my Mac, I have been using a number of proprietary software. This is the first time that this has happened to me – if we except the Nvidia drivers – since 1999. I do not do it because I have the licenses and “must not spoil”, but because these software are much better than their free equivalents. Many efforts still need to be made in the free world for everything related to office automation and image manipulation.
However, I continue to use free and open source software as much as possible, if only for reasons of interoperability, convenience and habit. I like to find the same tools regardless of the platform I’m on, avoiding licensing issues. Although still present, the reflex “it’s bad, it’s not free” is now behind usability requirements.
There is in all and for all a single software dedicated to leisure (VLC), all the rest I use in my work, iTunes included. In particular, there is no longer any game, although the same list made in 1999 included at least three. This shows a migration of my areas of interest, which is not, however, a function of acquiring Internet access.
And you, what software do you use the most?