Keep us informed, 40!
Actually, I'm doing something very different (for me) this time out.
For several years now, Microsoft has maintained that their products work best when used as a complete system
. So this time I'm giving that suggestion a go. My current Windows 7 software setup is:
* No, I did not install PowerPoint. I have a real deep dislike for PowerPoint and everything related to it.
- Windows 7 Ultimate Edition
note: The only reason I own a copy of Ultimate was because I didn't have to pay for it.
- Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher)*
- Microsoft Project 2007
- Microsoft Visio 2007
- Internet Explorer 8
- Microsoft security Essentials
- Visual C++ Express 2008 and 2010 Beta
Add to that some of Microsoft's Web 2.0 offerings:
- Live Writer
- Live Mail
- Live MovieMaker
- Office Live
And that's pretty much it.
The only non
-Microsoft products I've got installed (so far) are the following:
- PaintShop Pro
About the only thing I'm really missing (and debating about) is Revo Uninstaller. I'm going to make an effort to keep the number of installed 3rd-party products down and try to stick with Microsoft as much as possible.* That being said, I'm sure FARR is going to show up on that machine sooner or later. (*Note: This may be a research project of sorts, but I don't intend to be a total masochist about it. Maybe I'll "wear the t-shit" - but I have no intentions of "drinking the KoolAid" if push comes to shove. )
This above setup is wedded to a domain running on Windows Server 2003 Standard. I'd eventually like to go over to the new 2008-R2 server - but that will have to wait since I seriously doubt I'll have the money to build a 64-bit server any time soon.
A Windows Home Server is also something I'd like to add to the mix in the not too distant future.
So there you have it - 40Hz's "House that Mr. Bill Built."
Let's see if doing it (almost exclusively) Microsoft's way yields as much synergy as they'd lead us to believe.
And if it blows up - or gets nuked by some piece of malware...well...I'll still have my NIX/FLOSS setup (
), so it's not like it will be that big a deal for me if (when?) it does happen.
Gonna be an interesting year coming up.