My favourite tools


So, I was musing about what to blog next and had this idea of posting all the utilities/programs/services I frequently use and of course thank the person who influenced me with the software. Iโ€™m rather obsessed with many of these tools and if you think a tool you use is better than what I use, ping me @borncrusader at twitter or ๐Ÿ™‚ Weโ€™ll debate about it and possibly Iโ€™ll learn about the tool you use too. ๐Ÿ˜›

  1. __Operating System __โ€“ Linux, for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was using Windows till my 4th year of college to sneak in for a game or two. Now that my interest in gaming (at least playing them) has waned, Iโ€™m on Linux for almost the whole day (both office and home). Thanks to MIT seniors for introducing me to Linux.
  2. __Quick Do-it-yourself tool __โ€“ If you are on a Linux system, what tool would you want other than the default shell, to achieve tasks really quick. The shell I prefer is bash as it is feature-rich. I donโ€™t mind itโ€™s bloated nature as I believe I have the hardware to handle it. Again thanks to the seniors.
  3. __Terminal __โ€“ konsole with screen. Thanks to Lakshman (my mentor).
  4. __General Purpose Programming Language __โ€“ Iโ€™m talking about a compiled language and there is no competitors here. C/C++ definitely wins hands down. Mm.. Whom do I thank here? These languages were literally forced down our throats while starting to code. Probably the thanks should go to K&R and Stroustrup.
  5. __General Purpose Programming Language (Interpreted) __โ€“ So, you need to get something done really quick and donโ€™t want to use the shell. An interpreted language would come to your rescue and in my case, it was perl. But slowly Iโ€™m moving to python only because of itโ€™s cleanliness when compared to perl. Thanks to Yahoo! I learnt perl while preparing for Y! placements. Sad that they didnโ€™t come. Lucky that I got placed at Starent only a couple of days ahead of Y! scheduled date.
  6. __Web Browser __โ€“ Firefox is the winner here. No competitors here. You might argue that Chrome is better. No wayโ€ฆ Firefox with all its addons wins it hands down. So, who introduced me to firefox??? No idea!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So the thanks goes to Mozilla. Speaking about addons, these are my favourite addons for firefox.
*   vimperator โ€“ this one was a life changing addon for me. The addon that makes firefox behave like vim. Thanks to Lakshman for this.
*   xmarks โ€“ the best bookmarks sync software. Weave didnโ€™t work for me.. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thanks to Sriram (my colleague) for it. Didnโ€™t try the password sync feature, yet.
*   DataFox โ€“ used to check amount of downloaded data for the month for BSNL connections. Very useful. No idea who recommended this to me. Guess it is google.
  1. __Text Editor __โ€“ vim. Thanks again to Lakshman for reintroducing vim to me.
  2. __Twitter/ client __โ€“ Choqok integrates perfectly well into KDE. The best choice. Thanks to site for pointing to this excellent software.
  3. __Music Player __โ€“ Ha.. KDE4 and the answer for this is amarok!
  4. __Movie Player __โ€“ VLC definitely. Also mplayer.
  5. __Online Cloud Storage __โ€“ Had real headache with Ubuntu One. So, switched to Dropbox. Will migrate back to Ubuntu One when it is stable. Thanks again to Lakshman for this.
  6. __Chat Client __โ€“ pidgin. For itโ€™s plethora of features and plugins. Works with skype too with D-Bus. Thanks for Lakshman again for the skype tip. ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. __eMail Client __โ€“ thunderbird. Ha. Again thanks to Mozilla.
  8. __Bittorrent Client __โ€“ Vuze. Then Azureus, and now Vuze. Works really fast and looks beautiful.
  9. Virtualization โ€“ VirtualBox from Sun. Really stunning and great. Thanks to Prithivi for recommending it.
  10. __Office Tool __โ€“ OpenOffice
  11. __CD-DVD Burner __โ€“ k3b. KDE again.
  12. __Document reader __โ€“ Okular for PDF and xchm for CHM files.
  13. __Image Editor __โ€“ Gimp
  14. __Dictionary __โ€“ Artha. Based on wordnet.
  15. __Mail __โ€“ GMail. No doubts here.
  16. __Social Networking __โ€“ twitter,, orkut, facebook and linkedin and now wave.
  17. __Cricket __โ€“ Cricinfo. ๐Ÿ™‚
  18. __Search Engine __โ€“ Google and collecta for realtime search
  19. __Blogging Platform __โ€“ Blogger, then WordPress and now Tumblr. Whatโ€™ll be next?

Whoa! A lot of opensource softwares in there! If the OSS industry became proprietary tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Donโ€™t want to imagine that!!! This list will be updated regularly. So do check back!