When I boot up my PC this is the usual order that I start my various essential applications:

  1. Twhirl (Twitter client)
  2. Windows Live Messenger (Instant messenger client)
  3. Mozilla Firefox (Web browser)
  4. Microsoft Outlook (Email, Calendar, Tasks)
  5. WinAmp (MP3 player)

Until I started using Twitter it used to be either Outlook or Windows Live Messenger that I fired up first.

Interestingly the first four are generally about connecting with people. It’s a very social place the internet.

What applications do you start first?

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

2 thoughts on “Order”

  1. Well, depends. On linux:
    mrxvt (nice terminal emulator, several windows & tabs everywhere)
    emacs -f gnus
    epiphany (nicer browser than firefox, with loads of tabs auto-loading and stuff)
    pidgin (jabber/IM client)

    On the mac:
    synergy (funky net-KM-sharing toy)
    TextEdit (for work timesheet)
    Adium (ICQ/IM).

    Methinks I might be a crusty old unix-head 😉

  2. Me thinks you are Tim!

    at work it’s XP so I have to start up all my systems that I use for serving the good customers of Tesco. This used to involve loading up a system that looks like DOS on crack and then opening at least 6 IE6 windows and scrolling through my favourites to get each site that I needed.
    No longer! I now have a simple Start.html page sitting on my desktop that I hand coded and has all my IE based systems as individual links, so all I need to do is mouse down the page clicking each link – boom bang, each system opens in a new IE6 window. woop.

    At home its Ubuntu on the laptop:
    GNOME-Do loads on start up so I just hit space and return, up pops Firefox 2,
    then I go for a terminal or more recently Terminator – a terminal that cn be split horz and vert so it gives me 4 independant terminals
    Htop – system monitor in a terminal.
    Amarok (music)
    Pidgin (IM) if I’m feeling chatty
    then in a new desktop I open up Thunderbird.
    Everything else is either in Firefox (i.e.twitterfox) or I have access to using GNOME-Do (which is like Quicksilver for Mac) and i just start typing.

    ….coming to think of it when I’m on top of emails and comments, I might just do a WP blog about my laptop setup.

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