Just wanted to add some things to my previous post.
As you could already read, i’m trying to survive using Windows OS while developing. I’m doing this by installing as much Free Software (Free as in Speech AND as in Beer) as i need to do my job.

This week i had to install some extra software packages to survive Windows Hell.

First off with two Firefox Add-Ons.
Firebug, the ultimate DOM/CSS inspector and javascript tool for web developers using firefox. It comes in handy for example when you’re trying to write CSS stylesheets for complicated websites.

Next up, also comes in handy when writing CSS: a color picker for the browser. ColorZilla is what i used. it’s not a very sleek looking tool but it does a good job picking colors 😉

Also, for all my image editing needs, i installed the GIMP, my favourite image editing tool. As you can tell from this list: i was doing a lot of graphical things this week, which i don’t really enjoy, but it’s part of the job.

Last but not least: i needed a packet inspector, so i downloaded WireShark, the most detailed graphical packet inspector out there.

That’s how i survived this week (along with all items from my last post)
(all of these also work on gnu/linux and mac osx systems)


I recently started working as php developer for a small/medium-sized media company. Everything is really fine there, except for one thing. They give their developers computers with Windows installed on them. I’ll try and document here what programs i installed to survive this hell. You’ll notice i like to keep things simple (and i really really like to use Free Software).

– First thing I did was to completely update the Operating System. That way i don’t have to worry about outdated browsers, uncompatible dll’s etcetera. It’s Windows Vista, so i just did Windows Update and that was it.

– Next step: a decent browser. I installed Firefox 4 because i really enjoy using it on Mac OSX and GNU/Linux. I usually use a lot of browser add-ons. More about that later. When Firefox was installed, i naturally made it my standard browser, and i removed all desktop shortcuts and such for Explorer.

– You can’t Code without an Editor. Notepad is not an option. So i went for Gedit, from the GNOME project. It’s a really neat and simple editor, it has code-highlighting, and a few other handy options for programming. Also i activated the gedit-plugin ‘File Browser Pane’, to have a filebrowser inside of the editor, like many IDE’s have. On Linux i’d also activate the Terminal pane, but that’s not possible on the Windows version of Gedit. I also installed my own Gedit theme, which is a tweaked version of the default Oblivion theme.

– next up is an FTP program. At the company they use SFTP so i was looking for a decent FTP program. Where many people would’ve chosen FileZilla, i choose FireFTP. It’s a Firefox browser add-on, and works great. It has all features i need. And it runs in my browser, so the integration with it is fantastic (upload->view on the web == WIN!)

– So far, so good. Communication in the office happens by e-mail, for which they have a Microsoft Exchange server. I downloaded Thunderbird, and set it up to work with it. Great.

– I needed an SSH client, so i installed FireSSH, another great Firefox browser add-on which provides everything i need from SSH.

– For Quick Scripting: the GreaseMonkey browser add-on for Firefox.

– And lastly (too bad) i needed a PDF reader and Flash Player and Quicktime, and that’s why i installed Adobe Reader X, Adobe Flash Player and Quicktime.

– time to get rid of the ugly Windows Vista desktop background.

I’ll survive like this, but i’d so much rather have a Mac or a GNU/Linux box to work on 🙂