Really Good Applications
VLC Media Player
Replaces Windows Media Player and Quicktime
Quit messing around with the above-mentioned applications. VLC
will play everything, and it has more options. Very easy to use too!
Did I mention it was open-source? Open-source means good, reliable, FREE software.
Replaces Internet Explorer
You haven't heard of Firefox yet? Seriously, millions of people
use it. 27% of all internet users use it. Why? Because it's extremely
powerful, fast, and, uh, free... it's open-source.
Open Office & Neo Office
Replaces Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office costs lots of money, and Open Office does nearly
everything Microsoft Office does, and more! (Does Excel, Word,
Powerpoint) Again, Open Office is open-source, which means good,
reliable, and free.
Replaces Adobe Acrobat Professional
This is a PDF distiller, ie, print your documents to PDF from
anywhere. For windoze only. It'll save you a couple hundred bucks at
If you're on a mac, you already can create PDFs for free since it's built-in
Replaces Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop costs a lot of money, and why pirate when you can use a
free, reliable alternative? The GIMP is open-source, and is the best
replacement for Photoshop.
Things Hard Not To Get
- Adobe CS3... it really is good if you design stuff.
- Apple Macbooks... get what you pay for? I think so.
- iPhone... it's an amazing little device.
- iTunes Genius Bar... it's pretty amazing.
- Google Calendar... simply because you can share it with everyone and everyone can view it
- Google Docs... sharing docs and online word processing all in one!
- Spanning Sync... if you use both iCal and Google Calendar, GET IT
- Smultron... for the coder in you
- iTunes BPM... to BPM your music collection so you can DJ better
Hard-Core Mac Stuff
Optimized Firefox Builds
All the power of Firefox, and all the speed of Safari
Optimized Thunderbird Builds
Blazing fast mail client so you can breath easy and organize your
A cheap and easy FTP client to access your online server stuff.
Quite good and user friendly