I’ve been meaning to do this for a good while. I have a tendency to rebuild my PC every once in a while, and its seems I can never remember all the thing that I have downloaded, installed, and configured. So I will use this as a living log of the software, tools and configuration that I believe are beneficial to me.
- paint.net– Is a free image and photo editing software for Windows
- Notepad++– Is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
Gizmo– Is an free tool that mounts DVD ISOs and has other cool stuff
- VirtualCloneDrive – Is a free tool that mounts CD/DVD iso files. Not bloated with other features.
- System Information for Windows – Is an free advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensible manner.
- Disk2vhd – This tool allows you to create a snapshot of your current environment and store it as a VHD. I use this to back-up environments. After the VHD is created I can then attached the file as a drive.
- Actual Multiple Monitors – Provides taskbars on each monitor. There is a free version and a pro (paid) verson. The free verision does not expire and provides the features I need. Update: I liked this product so much, I decided to purchase it.
- Snag It – This is a great tool for screen capture.
- FreeFileSync – FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization tool providing highly optimized performance and usability without a needlessly complex user interface.
- SSMS Tools – Is an free add-in for Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2011 (Denali) CTP1 and their respective Express versions.
It contains a few upgrades to the SSMS IDE that I thought were missing.
- PoorMansTSqlFormatter – This is a plugin for NotePad++. It does very simple formatting for SQL scripts. It’s nothing great but it works.
- Fiddler– Is a free Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language.
- LINQPad – This tools does a lot. If you use LINQ then this tool is a must. There is a free version, but I liked this tool so much I purchased the Premium version.
- IIS – Bit Rate Throttling – I’m using this to throttle bandwidth for an IIS website. This allows me to test on my local network how a slow connection would work.
- Productivity Power Tools – Free tool that has way too many features to list.
- Most useful free .NET libraries? – StackOverflow.com
- The Ultimate List of Freely Available .NET Libraries