What's on my PC?

  • First things first

    The very first things I need on every PC.

  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad AppImageHub Snapcraft Flathub PortableApps.com Haiku Homebrew Chocolatey Gecko Flatpak Website

    My browser of choice. Here I set up FFSync and Privacy Badger. Goes on your PC first, because MS Edge is just there for downloading a decent browser.


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  • KeePassXC

    Free Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted AppImageHub ... Snapcraft Microsoft Edge Chrome Flathub PortableApps.com Homebrew Chocolatey Firefox Flatpak Website

    KeePass was my password manager for years, and KeePassXC is a good reimplementation of it. I'm mostly choosing this one because I also use it on linux. Otherwise I'd probably use the original KeePass on windows.
    This goes on the machine next, because it holds not only passwords but also software keys! Yes, the rest of the list is mostly FLOSS software, so this is much less of an issue nowadays.


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  • Nextcloud

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted F-Droid Cloudron Website

    The desktop sync client for nextcloud, which is where many of my files are stored.


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  • Looking at stuff *quickly*

    Quickly is key, here.

    All of these are my default media handlers. All of them start up extremely quickly.

  • nomacs

    Free Mac Windows Linux FreeBSD Website

    Quickly starting image viewer with basic editing functionality (resize, crop, etc.) This has replaced IrfanView for me, because it is open source and also because of its support for SVG and transparency.


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  • SumatraPDF

    Free Windows Website

    Simple and quick PDF viewer. Especially useful is navigating across files with Ctrl+Shift+Left (or right). Also handles ebooks, but I don't use it much for that.


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  • VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad AppImageHub Apple Watch Snapcraft Chrome Apple TV Flathub PortableApps.com F-Droid Kindle Fire Haiku Homebrew Chocolatey Website

    Handles pretty much any video and audio format that you throw at it.


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  • Dealing with Text and Terminals

    Yes, this has its own category. Yes, I use all of them, depending on what I do.

  • VSCodium

    Free Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell Code - OSS (vscode) Website

    When I'm working on a project. This is almost VS Code, but only the MIT parts. A short while ago this would have been atom editor, but now I'm using this as well. Like everyone else.


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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Opens quickly. This is my default handler for all text-based file formats (so it could also go in the "looking at stuff quickly" category). It highlights all formats that I usuallly encounter. Has a few neat tricks to work with text files and handles very large files as well.


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  • Sublime Text

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    I don't really know why I keep it around, but I simply like it.


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  • Joplin

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted AppImageHub Snapcraft Chrome Flathub Homebrew Chocolatey Termux Firefox Website

    An open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities.


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  • KDiff3

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Nice GUI diff tool that lets you do a 2- or 3-way-comparison graphically.


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  • cmder

    Free Windows clink ConEmu Windows Command Prompt PowerShell Website

    Tabbed terminal for windows, also includes the usual unix tools (ls, find and so on) which is nice to have. Defaults could be better, but you can configure it quite extensively.


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  • Alacritty

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    This is fairly new on this list, but it certainly beats pure


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  • PuTTY

    Free Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ReactOS Website

    Windows now includes OpenSSH by default, but PuTTY can also connect to serial ports.


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  • Dealing with files

    computering is a ton of managing files. So here are some of the tools I use.

  • Git

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD Linux Mobile Haiku Website

    How else would you keep track of your projects?


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  • 7-Zip

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... ReactOS Website

    HANDLE ALL THE COMPRESSED FILE FORMATS. (could also go in "looking at stuff QUICKLY")


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  • FreeFileSync

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux PortableApps.com Chocolatey ... Flathub Website

    This backs up all my files to a different drive. It can do much more, but that's all I need.


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  • FileZilla

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... ReactOS Website

    If I ever need to move files to or from a server via FTP or SFTP, FileZilla is usually the easiest way for me.


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  • Communication

  • Thunderbird

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD AppImageHub ... Snapcraft Flathub PortableApps.com Haiku Homebrew Chocolatey Website

    I have set Thunderbird up in a way that I like. I think it's good software. It's not fancy, but it works very well for me.


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