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, 50 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… Scrum master at Sky. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former 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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