Essentials : Mark Pilgrim has listed his “essential” software tools for doing his job. I always like to see these — the absolute, “can’t live without” tools of people who do the same work as me. As the risk of being self-indulgent, here’s mine:
Email: Thunderbird or Mozilla Mail via IMAP. I starting using IMAP a few weeks ago over POP, and I’ve been really happy with it. Having your Sent Items following you around is great. I actually paid for an account at Fusemail to aggregate my POP accounts.
Text Editing: EditPlus on Windows, Kate on Linux (though anything with syntax highlighting and integrated FTP will work — I’m not that picky). I’ve been using EditPlus for four years now, ever since Joe introduced me to it.
FTP: I usually only need to FTP out of my text editor, but I use WS_FTP otherwise. FTP is built into KDE, so I don’t need a separate app for Linux
RSS Aggregator: SharpReader on Windows. I still love NewsGator, but I abandoned Outlook and NewsGator was a casualty of that. I use Straw on Linux only because I haven’t really looked for anything else. I don’t care for Straw much.
Office Productivity: Microsoft Office, though I often write simple notes and memos in EditPlus. I care too little about this type of application to bother looking for anything else, though I really like OpenOffice.
Web Serving: Apache. There is no other.
Scripting / Programming: PHP. I use it for both Web programming and client scripting.
WYSIWYG Editing: I don’t do much of this, but I will confess to having a copy of FrontPage 2002 installed. (Gasp! Horrors!) For anything more than the simplest layouts, I get really frustrated with it. These days, I’m using Mozilla Editor more and more. It’s a deceptively competent little app.
I have a copy of Groove for workgroup collaboration, and it’s great when it works. But I have sync issues with it that just drive me nuts. As near as I can tell, my copy at work has been fetching a shared space for three weeks now.
Webalizer is really good for Web log analysis once you get it configued just the way you want it.
Anyone else want to share? What do you have installed right now?