Tag Archives: Open Source

You asked: Windows+applications+laptop

Obviously, a lot of people prefer buying laptops nowadays and the question ‘Which+applications+install+laptop+windows’ pops up regularly in the Apache logs at this domain. I’m not providing links to the applications (or will use links sparingly, I guess). I assume you know how to use Google.


  • Email – Thunderbird (and RoundAbout): Thunderbird is the logical choice for your POP3 and IMAP addiction. RoundAbout I still use to read all my older archived mails and may (or may not) work for you. Disclaimer: I was a member of the RoundAbout developers team. (open-source)
  • Web – Firefox, Opera and Safari (in that order): Firefox 2 is currently my default browser. Opera and Safari I regularly use to check for errors in CSS.
  • SSH, SCP and FTP: There’s only one good SSH client and that is PuTTy. This is actually one of the first applications I install on new computers. And while you’re at it: you may just as well download WinSCP. I think Alfons introduced me to SCP, like in, a long time ago. Currently, I don’t use any FTP client except for the command-line ones that come with either your Windows (ftp) and Unix system. I’m quite comfortable with the command line, thank you very much.
  • Communciation: I’m not a big fan of messenging and online communication, but yes, I do install Skype on my computers.


  • ISO/CD/DVD: I use ImgBurn extensively. If I’m not wrong, the program uses some open/sourced/infamous/legendary applications underneath the screens.
  • Video: Because most AVIs I have are encoded in Div-X format, I install the DivX encoder/player, grudgingly. I have an aversion for Windows Media Player and I generally use Media Player Classic.
  • Audio: Audacity for editing and converting audiofiles to MP3 or OGG formats. As a reminder, if you download Audacity, don’t forget to download the LAME encoder.
  • Graphics: The GIMP (which is open-sourced, as you may have already found out). There are a lot of people who are impressed with Paint.Net. I haven’t tried it, really. For conversion to different (graphic) formats, you may consider Irfanview (freeware). I also use Picasa for (simple) management of my JPG photos.


  • Development: This ranges from the C# Express edition to SharpDevelop. Also, WinCVS comes to mind. Yes, I know a lot of people shudder at the thought of WinCVS. I use HelioSQL.Net for my SQL stuff. If you need to test and install test databases, you may consider installing SQLite and Postgres. Also, NSIS. TinyHexer (Hex-editor).
  • Office: OpenOffice, hands down.
  • Password management: I use KeePass, which is a great application with an unfortunate name.

I guess, that’s most of it.

MT, ToolTips

You may have noticed that version 4.0 of Movable Type has been officially ‘open sourced’ (at Digg). I prefer the rather more correct ‘Movable Type has been relicensed under a less restrictive (or more restrictiver, whichever you fancy) license’. After all, the MT package has always included the code.

Does MT still matter these days? They do but not as much after that famous ‘relicensing’ hot-discussed event in 2004. A lot of people have moved to WordPress since that: however, I thought the generation of static pages was one of the plus-sides.

To .Net then: if you use the ToolTip class and create instances dynamically you may have noticed that the class showcases a design paradox: if you don’t dispose these instances after you’ve finished using them, you’ll end up with (what Microsoft calls) a ‘managed resource leak’ (obviously, there is a limitation of GDI objects a program can create. My favourite part is ‘There is a theoretical limit of 65,536 GDI handles per session’). However, a timed ToolTip (the type that disappears ‘magically’) obviously has ‘visibility’ issues when being disposed too soon (it will never pop-up). So, the questions is: When do these tooltips need to be disposed then? It looks like that’s a paradox unless you drop them in your project at design-time.