My Tools & Equipment

I’ve been asked a few times recently what kind of equipment and software I use day to day. What better place then my sparsely populated blog!

Mobile:

T-Mobile G2X

Blackberry Torch

Viewsonic G-Tablet

Google CR-48

HP dv2000 w/ Windows 7 Ultimate & Ubuntu 10.10

HP Mini 311 – For sale! :)

 

Work Desktop:

HP dc7900 Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM

Windows 7 Enterprise

80GB internal, Maxtor External with 2x 640GB Drives

1 x 22″ Acer LCD + 1 x Acer 19″ (My awesome IT director loves Acer monitors, I’d rather use them as kindling)

Microsoft Comfort Optical Mouse – grabbed it from the hardware pile

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard – This was my first time to use this for an extended amount of time and I love the split ergo design.

D-Link GB switch – another piece of hardware grabbed from the pile of leftovers

 

Software:

KeePass – I use this mostly for keeping track of SQL and Application passwords along with a bunch of URL’s with their auth info

LastPass – I’ve started to use this for most of the URL’s for both work and personal use, I’ve purchased the premium version for use on my phones and love it.

RD Tabs – I’ve tried just about every other RDP management tool out there but I settled into this one the best. I love the ability to use protocols other then RDP.

Office 2010 – I wouldn’t be allowed in the building if I wasn’t using this

Google Chrome/IE – I use Chrome for just about everything but IE still gets used for our corporate applications that were designed for IE7 and our Helpdesk.

ExInsight – Nice tool for taking a look at Exchange and seeing what is happening.

Synergy+/InputDirector – I’m not using this right now but it has come in handy many times.

Fireplotter – This tool is cheap (~$250) and is worth every penny. Able to connect to all of our ASA’s and break down bandwidth usage based on port and other variables.

FileZilla – Free and good, can’t beat it.

VirtualBox – I’ve come to rely on this for testing software and GPO settings out on XP and even some OSX testing in a crunch.

DameWare NT Utilities – This one group of tools has saved me countless hours of headaches over the years when managing Active Directory and users workstations.

Putty – Hands down the best free SSH/Telnet utility out there.

Solarwinds TFTP Server – Ya know, cause it works.

ImgBurn – Great lightweight utility for burning ISO files and such.

MagicDisc – Simple freeware tool for mounting ISO and IMG files


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