Windows apps I use regularly

I recently had the opportunity to reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop and figured it was a good time to make a list of the programs and utilities I use regularly on Windows. Most stuff is open source and/or free. There are a few commercial packages that I use a lot that I really like so I’ve included those on the list too. I don’t work in Windows that often, but when I do these are the things I use.

  • Firefox –
  • Chrome –
  • Classic Shell –
  • Ditto Clipboard Manager –
  • Gadwin PrintScreen –
  • 7 Zip –
  • Notepad++ –
  • VirtuaWin –
  • Keepass 2.x –
  • Owncloud –
  • Git –
  • Putty –
  • Filezilla – (watch for crapware installs)
  • LibreOffice –
  • Bitorrent –
  • Tweak UI –
  • MySQL Workbench –
  • CALI Author –
  • XAMPP –
  • Skype –
  • Dropbox –
  • Komodo –
  • Slack –

AWS Announces General Availability of Amazon WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, customers can provision a high-quality desktop experience for any number of users at a cost that is highly competitive with traditional desktops and half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions.

via AWS | Amazon WorkSpaces.

Now we’re getting somewhere. Amazon Workspaces promises to deliver a full Windows 7 desktop experience to practically any device . Workspaces offers standard and performance bundles that vary in hardware resources and allow you to bring your own licenses for things like Microsoft Office. The standard plus and performance plus bundles add Office 2010 and other utilities. Pricing starts at $35 per month per desktop for the standard bundle.This services provides a number of opportunities for law school IT departments. Faculty and student desktops could be provisioned with specific software and made available to faculty and students anywhere, anytime, on most devices. Think about that for a second. A consistent, edu-centered learning machine available in the classroom, in the library, or in Starbucks. Sounds very cool to me.

The same notions go for law practice. Consistent desktops and applications available to every lawyer, everywhere, in secure environment. Just make the tools part of the background instead of the focus.

It will be interesting to see where this goes. I recommend this blog article on the AWS blog for a quick start guide.

A cursory read through of the various blog posts and announcements indicates that there are desktop clients for Mac and Windows (yes, run a virtual Win7 desktop on your Mac) and mobile clients for Kindle Fire, Android and iOS. No mention of Linux desktops.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5

Neat Stuff in Windows 7

The changes to the Windows 7 interface have gotten a lot of play, but some of the new built-in tools are just as compelling. Deb Shinder runs through some of the most impressive enhancements, from the ISO burner to the Biometric Framework to PowerShell v2.

via 10 cool tools in Windows 7 | 10 Things |

I’ve been fiddling with Windows 7 for a couple of weeks now and the release candidate seems pretty stable.  It still seems to do a lot of disk thrashing for the first 10 minutes or so after  it starts, but that’s about the worst I’ve seen.