New computer setup
Editor’s note: this is a snapshot of life in 2013-08-04. My setup has changed substantially since then.
In case I ever have to get a new computer (or, indeed, in case anyone else is interested), I hereby present the (updating) list of applications and so forth that I would immediately install to get a computer up to usability.
- Browser: Firefox with Ghostery, HTTPS Everywhere, and NoScript (and remember to turn on Do Not Track…)
- Mail client: Thunderbird with Enigmail
- Messaging client: Adium on Mac, and possibly Pidgin for others - I’ve never used a non-Mac chat client. Beware: as of this writing, Pidgin stores passwords in plain text, so don’t save passwords in Pidgin.
- Encryption: GPG (Windows, Mac, Linux)
- Text editor: on Windows, Notepad++; TextEdit is built-in and fine on a Mac, while Mou is my current Mac MarkDown editor
- Memory training: Anki
- Movie viewing: VLC
- Screen colour muter: f.lux
- Backup software: CrashPlan - but I also keep local backups using whatever built-in automated backup utility the OS provides
- FTP client: FileZilla, or Cyberduck on a Mac
- Syncing: Dropbox (but I want to get rid of this, because of privacy concerns)
- Computational software: Mathematica
- Music: iTunes (but I want to switch this for something not-Apple, and it has no Linux version)
- Gaming: Steam
- RSS reader: Currently, my RSS feed is presented in-browser, at NewsBlur.