Setting Up Yet Again

I now have a Windows PC on my desktop — using the Mac laptop as my main computer was making my back and neck ache. Here’s what I’ve installed so far (in order):

  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Microsoft Office
  • Cygwin (including Gnu Make and MiKTeX)
  • Acrobat (for reading PDFs)
  • MWSnap (for screen captures)
  • Eclipse (for Java, and as a memory stress tester ;-))
  • Wing (for Python)
  • Emacs (I know, I know...)
  • A printer drive
  • Putty
  • SQLite

Everything else I need I got by checking out a repository from one of (quick count) four machines:

  • One set of course notes
  • Six CSC49X projects
  • Five other projects for the Computer Science department
  • The two books I'm working on
  • The Software Carpentry notes
  • My personal stuff (address list, photos, etc.)
  • The web site for
  • Some archival stuff that I probably don't need, but like to have just in case

Elapsed time: about two hours, during most of which I was reading mail and talking to people.

Later: I have since added:

  • MiKTeX
  • Ghostscript and Ghostview
  • FreeRip
  • PDFCreator
  • Java 1.5
  • MyUninstall
  • Gnumeric (to read old grades files)