At work, I often have to use a Windows machine. Despite my opinions regarding FOSS software, Windows is a fact of corporate life. Often, I cannot even dual boot. *sigh*
However, when I do have to use Windows, I do not like to go far without my *nix power tools. Here is a list of tools and tweaks that I use to make my Windows experience tolerable.
gvim – the windows install lets you “edit with vim” from the right click, perfection.
winscp – because ftp uses plaintext
putty – does everything with terminals, telnet, ssh, everything…
emacs – is a little harder to install than vim, but if you use it, you use it.
wireshark – why even bother debugging a network without it?
Google Toolbar – indispensable if you use gmail
Google Desktop – save time searching your own computer
Adobe Flash Player – because Youtube is just not the same without it
Adobe Reader – because you need to use pdf’s
I will update this post as I find things that are totally irreplaceable. However, there alot of ways to improve the Windows user experience, besides making it more like *nix. The best place that I have found for new and different ideas for Windows productivity tools is the LifeHacker: Featured Windows Download category.