Software for Windows
|What does it take to get on my Top list?|
Your computer is worthless without software. Finding good programs is more important and more difficult than finding the proper hardware. A friend's advice may help.
Too often you buy a program, basing your decision on what was written on the box, or on a magazine review. Then comes a disappointment: the manufacturer's claims were grossly exaggerated, and the reviewer's taste (or needs, or experience) was different than yours (or the guy was unwilling to offend an advertiser).
Here comes shareware. You get a copy, you try it. If the program does well what you expect it to do, you buy it. If not, you delete it from your system and look for something else. This is a win-win situation, except for these software houses who put more money in advertising than in the actual software development (no names, please).
Note: shareware is not just "free stuff". It is another way of selling software, involving the complete frankness of the seller and requiring honesty of the buyer (well, an ocassional nag screen helps!).
In the last three years I found myself buying fewer and fewer "commercial" programs (i.e., ones distributed via "normal" retail channels) and depending more and more on shareware. While about 70% of "regular" programs I bought eats dust in the closet, almost every penny I spent on shareware is put to productive work (or fun).
Here are my top picks, programs making my life much more miserable. This a very small list - I happen to be a nitpicker. In order to be included here a program has to meet most (preferably all) of these requirements:
New programs will be added to this page as needed. Do not expect this to happen too often: programs meeting my standards are not born every week. If you think I have missed a program deserving to be here, send me an email, and I will have a closer look. (I may be not always able to respond to your message; this page became much more popular I expected it to be, but be sure I will read it. Thanks.)
Each of the listings contains a brief description (or a mini-review) and a link to the Web page from which you can get a copy of the most recent version. Enjoy!
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