I recently had a complete melt down of my work laptop which required our IIS team to repave the entire thing. I decided to keep a track of the most important things I need to add to a new baseline machine (not including Office).

  • Beyond Compare - Beyond Compare allows you to quickly and easily compare your files and folders.
  • UltraMon - UltraMon is a utility for multi-monitor systems, designed to increase productivity and unlock the full potential of multiple monitors.
  • Password Agent - An easy-to-navigate password management program that allows you to store all your passwords, secret notes and data snippets in a single, secure database.
  • Notepad2 - A fast and light-weight Notepad-like text editor with syntax highlighting. This program can be run out of the box without installation, and does not touch your system's registry.
  • Magic ISO - MagicISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file creating/editing/extracting tool. It can open / create / edit /extract CD/DVD image files, and it can convert bin to iso and back.
  • Visual Studio 200X – ‘nough said
  • NAnt - NAnt is a free .NET build tool. In theory it is kind of like make without make's wrinkles. In practice it's a lot like Ant.
  • Windows Powershell - A new command-line shell and scripting language designed for system administration and automation.
  • Reflector - Explore and analyze compiled .NET assemblies, viewing them in C#, Visual Basic, and IL.
  • SysInternals - Sysinternals utilities help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.
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