Software I Use A Lot in 2011

My original list of Software I Use A Lot was posted in Feb 2005 – 6 years ago. Here’s what I used then and what I use now:

Free Software:

Commericial Software:

  • 2005: Ultraedit (text/hex editor). 2011: Replaced with freeware mentioned above – Notepad++.
  • 2005: Microsoft Word (only at work). 2011: Same but version 14 (2010) now.
  • 2005: Microsoft Excel. 2011: Same but version 14 (2010) now.
  • 2005: Microsoft Money. 2011: Mint.
  • 2005: Winzip (ZIP utility). 2011: Replaced with freeware – 7-Zip.

Software I Use A Lot

I’ve used the following software for years, using them most everyday. These are some of the first programs I install when I setup a new windows machine.

Free Software:

Commericial Software:

  • Ultraedit (text/hex editor)
  • Microsoft Word (only at work)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Money
  • Winzip (ZIP utility)

Best Freeware Utilities

The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities lists a nice collection of free software for Windows; however, they don’t have some of my favorites:

  • TClockEx: enhances the standard Windows taskbar clock, adding the ability to display the date, time and lots of other information in any format you like. TClockEx is highly customizable, from the format to the font and colour, and even the tooltip information.
  • Firefox: empowers you to accomplish your online activities faster, more safely and efficiently than any other browser, period. Built with Tab browsing, popup blocking and a number of other seamless innovations
  • Starter (annoying site, so this is the direct link to the file): easy to use utility for managing your windows startup

There are other items I could add to that list, but I’m not at home as I write this. I may update this later.

I also visit and NONAGS when searching for good quality, free software.

Update: Pricelessware: The best of the best in Windows´┐Ż Freeware as determined by the readers of alt.comp.freeware.