Everybody has a list of can’t do without software. They might be installed on every computer, or kept in reserve for when it’s needed once in a while. For as much me as you, here is my list of those applications, packages, tools, utilities or whatever you want to call them.

This list is alive and subject to change whenever I find a gem that I can’t live without.

Syncthing / SyncTrayzor (open source)

In the past I used Bittorent Sync right up until we had tested their product and they were done with us and commercialised it. That’s what I get for supporting non-open source software I suppose. Why did I expect anything else?

Anyway, enough of the gripes. Here is what Syncthing says:

Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it’s transmitted over the Internet.

Syncthing comes with a built-in Web GUI and has a cross-platform GTK client available for managing it. However I use Synctrayzor for my Windows client and Syncthing Android client on my Android devices but there are a wide range of clients for a wide range of devices.

John’s Background Switcher

Becoming more of a traveller in this beautiful country has seen me gather a large collection of pictures. Instead of being stuck with the same boring image on my desktop every time, John’s Background Switcher allows me to switch to a different image from my collection or online sources such as 500px at specific intervals. Having three monitors with three different pictures rotating every 15 minutes makes a much more pleasurable experience than a blue background.

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is simply the best anti-malware application I’ve used. It’s quick. It’s comprehensive and it’s a must have for all of my Windows computers. I run the paid for version which allows for scheduled scanning but if you want to simply run it manually it is not restricted in what it will detect.

Autohotkey (open source)

I’m not sure where to begin with Autohotkey. I don’t use it anywhere near it’s full potential. I’ve yet to find a task that it won’t actually do!

For the uninitiated, Autohotkey has a simple scripting language that allows you to set hotkeys and link them to commands or entire scripts. I have it set to launch a jot.txt file for notes when I press Windows+J key (I then share that notes file between my computers using Syncthing). It launches programs for other hotkeys but it can do so much more. Take a look at it.

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