…things I Use

This is a living list of stuff I use. Please feel free to leave any comments, especially if you think you have a better option!

Last Updated: 06 Jan 2016 – Update details at bottom of page

Visual Studio Extensions


Blog Site: WordPress
Blog Software: WordPress / OneNote
Browser: Google Chrome
CD / DVD Burning: ImgBurn
Comparison Tool: Beyond Compare
Compression: 7-zip
Development Documentation: Sandcastle, Sandcastle Help File Builder (requires Microsoft HTML Help)
Disk Cleanup: CCleaner
Email Utilities: Controlled Vocabulary
File / Folder Unlocker: Unlocker, LockHunter
Graphics: Paint.net
Icon Software: Axialis IconWorkshop
Instant Messaging: Skype
MSBuild Tasks: MSBuild Extension Pack
MSBuild Utilities: MSBuild Explorer
Music: Google Play
Note Taking: Google Keep
Office Suite: Microsoft Office 2016
Online Backup: Nothing. I need to find a decent solution
Online Training: Pluralsight
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Server 2012 R2, Ubuntu, OSX
Photo Viewer: Picasa
Photo Backup: Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Flickr (Primary)
Regular Expressions: Regular Expression Scratchpad
Remote Access: TeamViewer
Rest Tool: Postman
Screen Capture: Jing, Camtasia
Software Updates: FileHippo
Text Editor: Notepad++
Virtualization: Hyper-V


Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Primary Laptop: Dell Precision M4600
Secondary Laptops: Surface Pro, Lenovo X201 Tablet, Dell D420
Tablet: iPad3, Samsung Galaxy S2 (9.7), Nexus 7 (2013)
Desktop:  / Mac Mini (Late 2012)
Server: Dell PowerEdge T610
Mice: Natural Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 / Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000, Arc Touch Mouse
Monitor: Dell U2515H
Printer: Brother MFC-9340CDW , Brother HL-5150D
Keyboard: Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop
Portable Power: Anker Astro E5, Veho Pebble (VCC-A007-PBP)
Backpack: SwissGear – The Synergy 15.6″ Computer Backpack
Wireless Router: ASUS RT-AC87U AC2400
USB Power Hub: Anker 40W 5-Port High Speed Desktop USB
Switch: TP-LINK TL-SG108 8-Port Metal Gigabit Ethernet Switch
NAS: Synology DS214Play


Consoles: XBox 360 with Kinect (Never used anymore)
Home Music: Sonos S1, S3 and S5
Earphones: Bose QuietComfort 25
Cameras: Nikon D80, Panasonic TZ30


Update 06 January 2015: Goodbye: Windows Live Writer, Go Contact Sync Mod, ActiPro Software, Infragistics, Krypton, Auslogics DiskDefrag, Acronis True Image Home, SugarSync, MetroTwit, iPod Touch, Windows Virtual PC, Dell Inspiron 530, HP Photosmart Premium , Virtual CloneDrive Added: GitHub, Sonos S1, Samsung Galaxy S2 (9.7), Nexus 7 (2013), Dell U2515H, ASUS RT-AC87U AC2400, Brother MFC-9340CDW, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub

Update 08 February 2013: Goodbye: Evernote. iPhone 4s, Added: Google Keep, Google Play, Samsung Galaxy S4, Sonos S5, Surface Pro, Team Foundation ServiceUpdate 08 February 2013: Added: Disk Space Reporting category

Update 19 December 2012: Added: Office 2013, Windows 8, Server 2012, Mac Mini, SQL Server 2012, Sonos S3. Goodbye: Mozy, Office 2010, Windows 7, 2008R2, Ubuntu 11.10, SQL Server 2008 R2

Update 8 January 2012: Added: Evernote, Pluralsight, Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, Backpack, Laptops. Goodbye: Spotify

Update 1 August 2011: Added: Go Contact Sync Mod

Update 30 June 2011: Goodbye: Seesmic Desktop 2. Added: Metrotwit (again), Axialis IconWorkshop, Controlled Vocabulary, Virtual CloneDrive, Team Foundation Sidekick

Update 28 April 2011: Goodbye: CDBurnerXP. Added: ImgBurn

Update 25 April 2011: Goodbye: Digsby, Metrotwit, Nintendo Wii. Added: Seesmic Desktop 2, Kinect, Krypton

Update 11 April 2011: Goodbye: Reflector. Added: ILSpy, LockHunter, Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000, Veho Pebble

Update 29 November 2010: Goodbye: Dropbox. Added: SugarSync, Bose QC15

Update 24 October 2010: Goodbye: Live Mesh

Update 21 September 2010: Added: WMI Code Creator (how could I forget it!)

Update 19 August 2010: Goodbye: MyDefrag, PerfectDisk. Added: Camtasia, Everything Search Engine, Jing, SnagIt, TFS Build Extensions, Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tools, Team Foundation Server Power Tools

Update 1 August 2010: Goodbye: Google Chrome 5, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Mobile Phone and Sobees.Hello Google Chrome 6, Digsby, iPhone 4 and MetroTwit. Added Unlocker.

One Reply to “…things I Use”

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