As of September 25th 2019, my favorite software (besides from Simple DNS Plus and Simple Failover) is:

Software Development

Server software

Desktop software / Utilities

  • VirtualBox -
    Amazing virtual machine software for the desktop.
    I prefer to use this over Hyper-V (which comes with Windows 10 Pro) because it is much easier to move virtual machines between host computers. I simply store the VM images on a portable harddisk and move this between host machines as needed. This is possible because VirtualBox (like VMWare Workstation) is a "level 2" hypervisor - meaning that hardware is virtualized. Hyper-V is "level 1" meaning that VMs interface directly with the hardware, and thus are much harder to move to a different host machine.
    I used VMWare Workstation for man years, but VirtualBox does exactly the same, only for free.

  • KeePass Password Safe -
    Great (free) program for storing passwords.
    Storing the (encrypted) password database on DropBox makes it easy to sync between computers and my (Android) phone.

  • CutePDF Professional -
    I mostly use it for scanning to PDF files, and for merging multiple PDF files into one.

  • TreeSize Free -
    Figure out what is using all that hard disk space.

  • Macrium Reflect -
    Great software for cloning / migrating harddisks.

  • CloudBerry Backup -
    For backing up PCs to the cloud. Using this with Amazon S3.

  • SyncBackPro -
    For syncing local files and backing up to the cloud.

  • VeraCrypt -
    For making an virtual encrypted harddisk - which lives in a file on your regular harddisk.
    Better and cheaper than BitLocker - better because I don't have to encrypt the whole disk (which could cause others problems) and cheaper because it is free and BitLocker only comes with Windows 10 Pro. This is where I keep source code / Git repositories on my laptop. If someone steals the laptop, at least this stuff is safe.

  • 7-Zip -
    Great for working with zip files and other compressed file archives.
    I primarily use this because the built-in function for creating zip files in Windows 10 doesn't work with file names containing non-english characters.

  • Office 2013 -
    I did have an Office 365 subscription for a number of years, but cancelled this in September 2019 and went back to Office 2013 (for which I own a perpetual license). I realized that I rarely use the Office programs anymore, and that nothing significant has been added since the 2013 version.

Photography / graphics / video

  • Photoshop CS5 -
    I did have an Adobe CC (Creative Cloud) subscription for a number of years, but cancelled this in september 2019, and went back to Photoshop CS5 (which I paid a lot of money for back when Adobe sold perpetual licenses). I realized that CS5 still does everything I need (and starts up a lost faster than the current Photoshop version), and as I was also replacing Lightroom with Capture One (see below), I really didn't need CC anymore.

  • Capture One -
    For RAW photo file processing and photo management. Replaced Adobe Lightroom (Classic) with this in September 2019.

  • Adobe Premiere Elements -
    Nice program for basic video editing (clipping, merging, adding titles, etc.)


I have tried many different tools in all these categories over the years, and I can highly recommend all of the above over any competitors that I know of. If you know of any better alternatives please do tell me in the comments below - always looking for better toys :-)

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