I run a small internet company which I run whilst on the road. Having 24 hour a day internet access is vital for me so I use a selection of 3G dongles. The software I use when on the road is as follows.Word Processing & SpreadSheets:
For this I use OpenOffice and nothing else. It is OpenSource and Free.
For this I use Thunderbird and have RoundCube installed on my server for webmail access.
As I need to be able to replicate client issues across multiple platforms and Multiple browsers I have all the major browsers installed on my computer but the one I use for day to day stuff is Mozilla FireFox.
For this there is only one possible solution and that is Putty.
Graphics and Photo’s
For this I use Gimp and RealDraw. Gimp is fantastic for photo manipulation, correction and resizing. I use RealDraw for doing Logo’s and other vector Graphics.
For this I use TreePad which is a document editing/management program that operates in a tree mode. See their site you may find this useful.
XMind allows you to create diagrams helping you to describe a project including details in a nice and easy to manage format. Have a look at this as it’s not obvious from my description how useful this software can be.
I used to use WinZip but 7Zip is just as good. It is opensource and free
For this I have just moved from CuteFTP to FileZilla. Again this is opensource and free.
For this I have dumped Adobe due to the non stop security issues and moved across to the fast and lightweight SumatraPDF view. Very Very FAST. Again this is OpenSource and Free.
Normally I would use OpenOffice and save it as a PDF but I also use pdfEscape occasionally.
As I buy my Music from Itunes that is the only software I use now.
For this I use Home Plan Pro. It is basic but after getting used to it I am reasonably productive. It is $39 to buy after the trial period is up.
Bandwidth monitoring / usage meter
For this I use NetWorx from SoftPerfect A very very useful tool.
And that about covers what I have installed on my computer….