Like Scott, I recently was paving my machine, but in my case it was getting my new laptop set up :).
My choice of basic tools for my machine is a little different than Scott's, though, so here's my list in case anyone is interested :)
- Firefox 1.5, with the Qute theme
- Virtual PC 2004
- VLC for video playback and watching DVDs
- iTunes (for my iPod Shuffle)
- Windows Anti-spyware beta
- Console, I love having a console docked to my desktop for easy access (with Consolas as the font, of course)
- CDBurner XP Pro 3.0
- SyncToy (great for quick backups and synchronizing drives and machines)
- Newsgator, which still is my aggregator of choice
- FoxIt PDF Reader (amazing tool, thanks for the link Scott!)
- Unix Command Line tools for Win32
This time I'm trying to practice keeping all my development stuff on VPC images, so I created one for VS.NET 2003 + BizTalk 2004 development, another for just VS 2005, and another for BTS2006 + WinFx development.