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Posted Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:36 PM
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 6:44 AM
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I use the sysinternals suite of utilities virtually every day. I'm more like a production dba and troubleshooter then a developer. I'd like to start using a wikii at home, though I haven't found the one to start on yet.
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 6:54 AM
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Greetings,

I remember using DropBox back when it was still beta. Definitely a great program to have. Unfortunately, I can't use it at my current worksite. A few programs that I do use are IrfanView (link) and NotePad++ (link). IrfanView is a speedy graphics viewer with some simple editing abilities. I use it for converting graphic types or saving screen shots easily. Also works fast when loading and viewing a directory of graphic files. NotePad++ is a very nice multi tabbed text editor with a large number of options and extras. One of the few text editors that can do columnar cut and paste. Both of these programs carry a cost that is suitable to the thrifty developer or DBA - FREE!

Take care all.

Terry Steadman
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 7:09 AM
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I like several free apps...

doPDF7... virtual pdf print driver or cutepdf
foxit reader... quick pdf reader
7zip... for compression
Q-dir... alternative to windows explorer

Agent ransack... alternative search tool; not indexed
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 7:27 AM
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Free Tools:

Notepad ++
CSVed
gpg4win
FileZilla
WinSCP
Mercurial
TortoiseHg
SQLite
Mono
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 7:28 AM
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The Most important piece of software I have is VMWare Workstation, I have used it for over 10 years and don't think I could compute with out it
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 7:29 AM
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As a jr. SQL dev, I had never gotten the chance to use some of the redgate tools. Earlier this month I checked out SQL Search (http://bit.ly/e6JRtf), and wow, just wow! Hopefully in the future I will get to be able to use some of their non-free stuff

Also, starting up my own company with some buddies of mine we had a need for free project collaboration/management (startup with no angel fund... just yet!). So after scoping and exploring for something that was so easy a dingo could do it (buddies are not tech savvy), I came across two sites that rock!

For coordination of tasks, schedules, events, files, etc, we started using www.hitask.com. It is fantastic and free! Very user friendly. Never once did I have to read the help page except for a few advanced stuff recently.

For collaboration we found www.vyew.com. Thanks to the kids at berkely on this one! Simple, awesome, and amazing whiteboard-style meeting web app. Not only can you do mic/webcam for meetings, but also import files, pics, screenshots, or webpages and doodle/write on them. Plus the awesome whiteboard and... its free.
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 7:41 AM


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Andy, speaking of Password Managers. The best FREE Password Manager I have found is KeePass. A DBA has to manage alot of changing passwords and he/she has to have a good secure repository to keep them and this is the best I have found yet and it is FREE and OSI certified as well. It also has a great Password Generator too.


http://keepass.info/


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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 7:59 AM
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Notepad++
RedGate SQLCompare
RedGate SQLSearch

All are indispensible tools in my book.
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Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 8:10 AM
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The utility I use more than any other is SlickRun, a command/application launcher that saves me a ton of time every day. By typing a two or three-letter combination, I can launch any application, URL, folder -- anything!

http://www.bayden.com/slickrun/
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