Help me pimp my laptop

OK, so I’m going through and configurating and installermating stuff on my new work laptop. And it’s a pain, because I always forget the cool stuff that I find indispensable. And my old laptop is shut off and locked away in a cabinet, so I can’t fire it up and see what I had installed. Well, I could, except that would require some effort.

Anyway, I need some tips and suggestions as for some tools that you guys all think are really useful. I’ll start off by listing the things that I already got (this will be useful in the future for me as well, so I don’t have to go through this again).

I also have the following Fx extensions:

And here are the Greasemonkey scripts I have:

What else do you guys find important? What other tools are great finds? (This is for my Windows laptop, so OS X stuff is not really on-topic, but I wouldn’t mind hearing what you had to say in that arena as well)

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~ by Matt Stratton on November 28, 2006.

18 Responses to “Help me pimp my laptop”

  1. PowerMenu adds “Always On Top”, “Minimize To Tray”, “Priority” and “Transparency” sub menus to all toplevel system menus.

    Tab Mix Plus is one of my favorite Firefox extensions.

    PDF Download is another favorite Firefox extension, as it makes sure PDFs don’t freeze up the Fox.

    MinimizeToTray lets you minimize FF to the system tray (obviously).

    GMailSpace lets you utilize your GMail account for file storage. I have a dummy account set up for this purpose.

    Greasemonkey Extensions:
    GMail Saved Searches
    GMail Label Colors
    Inline mp3 Player With Controls
    GMail + Google Reader

  2. You lost me sometime after “OK” best of luck with that – it’ll be a good list for us techno savey wanna-bees to look at later.

  3. You lost me sometime after “OK” best of luck with that – it’ll be a good list for us techno savey wanna-bees to look at later.

  4. You lost me sometime after “OK” best of luck with that – it’ll be a good list for us techno savey wanna-bees to look at later.

  5. Yup. I was hoping it would turn out to be useful like my Firefox post from a while ago. I know plenty of people keep that one bookmarked!

  6. Yup. I was hoping it would turn out to be useful like my Firefox post from a while ago. I know plenty of people keep that one bookmarked!

  7. Yup. I was hoping it would turn out to be useful like my Firefox post from a while ago. I know plenty of people keep that one bookmarked!

  8. I assume you’ll have a 3rd party firewall like Zone Alarm and a spyware remover like Webroot’s Spysweeper, not to mention an Anti Virus app? 3 criticial apps IMHO (am a little biased since I’ve been hacked before).

    Nero Ultimate 7.0 if you plan to do some CD/DVD authoring.
    Exact Audio Copy (EAC, with Lame encoder) if you plan on doing some CD ripping).

  9. I assume you’ll have a 3rd party firewall like Zone Alarm and a spyware remover like Webroot’s Spysweeper, not to mention an Anti Virus app? 3 criticial apps IMHO (am a little biased since I’ve been hacked before).

    Nero Ultimate 7.0 if you plan to do some CD/DVD authoring.
    Exact Audio Copy (EAC, with Lame encoder) if you plan on doing some CD ripping).

  10. Ah, it’s my company laptop, so I didn’t mention the antivirus, since that is part of our image. I’m not worried about a firewall, because the computer’s never/rarely connected to an unprotected network. I should put some anti-spyware on it (I am partial to Spybot, and the new Windows Defender is pretty good too), but it rarely finds anything (I only use IE for intranet browsing, etc, but you can never be too careful!)

  11. Ah, it’s my company laptop, so I didn’t mention the antivirus, since that is part of our image. I’m not worried about a firewall, because the computer’s never/rarely connected to an unprotected network. I should put some anti-spyware on it (I am partial to Spybot, and the new Windows Defender is pretty good too), but it rarely finds anything (I only use IE for intranet browsing, etc, but you can never be too careful!)

  12. Ah, it’s my company laptop, so I didn’t mention the antivirus, since that is part of our image. I’m not worried about a firewall, because the computer’s never/rarely connected to an unprotected network. I should put some anti-spyware on it (I am partial to Spybot, and the new Windows Defender is pretty good too), but it rarely finds anything (I only use IE for intranet browsing, etc, but you can never be too careful!)

  13. You covered a lot of the big stuff.

    Programs:

    Editpad Lite: http://www.editpadpro.com/editpadlite.html

    Extensions:
    Noscript: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/722/
    Flashblock: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/433/
    Tabbrowser Prefrences: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/158/

    I’ll see if i can come up with any more.

  14. My needs are different from yours so I have lots of tools that most people would never need but I’ll try filter down to some that you might find useful.

    netstumbler – a great wireless network browser. great for picking up those unprotected networks in public places.

    robocopy – must have CL util for copying over lots of data over a network

    ultravnc – this has been my favorite vnc client/server. setup a “single click” server saves me time when I have to troubleshoot why my mom just understand the concept of a mouse or want to collaborate with someone and need to share a screen.

    winscp – open source secure file transfer, great program

    snag-it – i am addicted to this tool, great for stealing icons, images, screenshots, color picker. most can be done with cutting standard windows tools and cutting and pasting, but this is a time saver.

    putty – open source ssh client.

    textpad – my favorite text editor

    firefox developer toolkit (extension) – i use this all the time when I am having html problems or want to easily steal stuff

    cygwin – unix port that runs on windows, sometimes its nice to be able to use all those unix commands like grep, plus has and xwindows if you need to support other unix environment

  15. My needs are different from yours so I have lots of tools that most people would never need but I’ll try filter down to some that you might find useful.

    netstumbler – a great wireless network browser. great for picking up those unprotected networks in public places.

    robocopy – must have CL util for copying over lots of data over a network

    ultravnc – this has been my favorite vnc client/server. setup a “single click” server saves me time when I have to troubleshoot why my mom just understand the concept of a mouse or want to collaborate with someone and need to share a screen.

    winscp – open source secure file transfer, great program

    snag-it – i am addicted to this tool, great for stealing icons, images, screenshots, color picker. most can be done with cutting standard windows tools and cutting and pasting, but this is a time saver.

    putty – open source ssh client.

    textpad – my favorite text editor

    firefox developer toolkit (extension) – i use this all the time when I am having html problems or want to easily steal stuff

    cygwin – unix port that runs on windows, sometimes its nice to be able to use all those unix commands like grep, plus has and xwindows if you need to support other unix environment

  16. My needs are different from yours so I have lots of tools that most people would never need but I’ll try filter down to some that you might find useful.

    netstumbler – a great wireless network browser. great for picking up those unprotected networks in public places.

    robocopy – must have CL util for copying over lots of data over a network

    ultravnc – this has been my favorite vnc client/server. setup a “single click” server saves me time when I have to troubleshoot why my mom just understand the concept of a mouse or want to collaborate with someone and need to share a screen.

    winscp – open source secure file transfer, great program

    snag-it – i am addicted to this tool, great for stealing icons, images, screenshots, color picker. most can be done with cutting standard windows tools and cutting and pasting, but this is a time saver.

    putty – open source ssh client.

    textpad – my favorite text editor

    firefox developer toolkit (extension) – i use this all the time when I am having html problems or want to easily steal stuff

    cygwin – unix port that runs on windows, sometimes its nice to be able to use all those unix commands like grep, plus has and xwindows if you need to support other unix environment

  17. My needs are different from yours so I have lots of tools that most people would never need but I’ll try filter down to some that you might find useful.

    netstumbler – a great wireless network browser. great for picking up those unprotected networks in public places.

    robocopy – must have CL util for copying over lots of data over a network

    ultravnc – this has been my favorite vnc client/server. setup a “single click” server saves me time when I have to troubleshoot why my mom just understand the concept of a mouse or want to collaborate with someone and need to share a screen.

    winscp – open source secure file transfer, great program

    snag-it – i am addicted to this tool, great for stealing icons, images, screenshots, color picker. most can be done with cutting standard windows tools and cutting and pasting, but this is a time saver.

    putty – open source ssh client.

    textpad – my favorite text editor

    firefox developer toolkit (extension) – i use this all the time when I am having html problems or want to easily steal stuff

    cygwin – unix port that runs on windows, sometimes its nice to be able to use all those unix commands like grep, plus has and xwindows if you need to support other unix environment

  18. I love robocopy. I live by it – the Win2k3 server tools are already installed, so I’m good to go with that.

    Snag-it is another great one – it used to be part of our build, but apparently the bank didn’t deign to keep the license, so it isn’t on the image anymore. I’m really tempted to just buy my own license, because I really REALLY like it.

  19. I love robocopy. I live by it – the Win2k3 server tools are already installed, so I’m good to go with that.

    Snag-it is another great one – it used to be part of our build, but apparently the bank didn’t deign to keep the license, so it isn’t on the image anymore. I’m really tempted to just buy my own license, because I really REALLY like it.

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