Links

Music

  • Foobar2000 – silly name and a bit hard to learn interface, but highly configurable. Just made the player of preference due to its low memory footprint, excellent reliability, last.fm support and lots of other features.
  • Focusmusic.fm – brilliant music service with selected tunes optimised for focusing during daily routines
  • Last.fm – brilliant music discovery service. Allows playback of “radio” stations based on your personal library of music or “social radio” – based libraries of music of your friends.
  • Tidal – brilliant music streaming service. I’m an account holder of the Premium version meaning unlimited access to so many tracks on the net as well as on the go (Android), making one question reasons behind owning any music.
  • Winamp – quality audio multi-format player application with wealth of sentimental value. Currently being replaced with whole string of new versions lagging behind when it comes to pure utilitarian value.

Pictures

FastStone Image Viewer – the best picture browser, mostly valued by its speed and low memory footprint, as well the most complete list of supported graphical formats.

Photos

Adobe Photoshop
Corel PaintShopPro
Paint.net

Transport

National Express – I’ve got a long history with the companies. We had our ups and downs, but most notably I’ve spent so many days and nights on their coaches that I’d have to dedicate a separate topic on its own to reveal even an iceberg’s tip of the whole story.
Interlobus – transfers from Berlin to Szczecin
EasyJet – cheap flights within Europe

Productivity

TaskBeat – Ultimate task management application
Microsoft Office – the ultimate and irreplacable
Postbox – a much better e-mail client, faster e-mail management superceding Gmail and Thunderbird, also borrowing the best of those two.
MetroTweet
RSS Owl
Copernic Desktop – indexing engine which I’ve been using years before one could hear about Google Desktop.
Foxit Reader – lightweight and powerful replacement for Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Software Development

This represents a catalogue of software packages, which I use for living, hence my vital interest in every single site quoted below:
Microsoft Visual Studio – Finest software development environment for .NET
Embarcadero Delphi – Finest software development environment for Windows
SmartSVN – Ultimate SVN client, exceeding most of other popular clients by miles.
TextPad – Very simple and extremaly reliable text editor supporting multiple encoding systems.
UltraEdit – Preffered web development editor with direct FTP support and support for multiple file encodings.
PHP Storm – Powerful web development editor with support of the latest PHP, JavaScript, HTML and CSS, both syntax and debug.
WebStorm
ReSharper
TeamCity
AutomatedQA – Powerful functional testing suite for Win32 and .NET

Merchandise

eBay – online auctions and general interest, I’ve been building my current reputation over there for many years now.
DotPay – payment processing system, favoured by myself and many thousands of people using my products.

Multimedia

SplashPro Player – one of the most surprising discoveries on the web. The ultimate MPEG player pushes the format much further with full Motion2 support. The only player capable of pushing AVCHD to full HD and full frame rate at the same time. Additional bonus comes with 1% CPU utilisation with Nvidia CUDA support.
The KM Player – one of the most reliable players with up and down history. Its the foobar of video files with plenty of formats supported and even more options to tweak
WinVLC – preffered video player with lots of formats supported
BlueBerry FlashBack
TechSmith Camtasia
FastStone Capture
HandBrake

File Management

Altap Salamander – currently the most frequently used file manager superceding previous preferred tools: TotalCmd (years ago) and Directory Opus (most recently). Tons of utilitarian value based in minimalistic package.
Directory Opus – the most feature complete file manager I’ve ever came across. Supporting the project since very early version. Also making to my top of FTP managers and graphic browsers and viewers.
Space Sniffer – Not only a cool way of browsing what occupies space on your hard drives, but also very accurate and practical.
WinMerge
JDownloader – I’m not great fan of torrents, but download managers come handy. JDownloader also makes the only Java application which interface I can actually stand.

System Tools

Uniblue – Uniblue suite is the new Norton Utilities for Windows. First impression doesn’t give you much confidence as this is really pretty package, but tools such as Registry Booster, Spyware detection are worth their price. Be careful with SpeedUpMyPC and DriverScanner as these cannot be absolutely trusted and can mess up things really quickly.
HijackThis – TrendMicro’s easy to manage performance and system tweaker
AntiRootkit – Sophos Rootkit scanning, detection and removal
FileHippo Update Checker
WinRar – needs no introduction
Acronis TrueImage – Backup suite dramatically decreasing overall maintenance and boosting reliability, allowing me to manage several servers without significant impact on my schedule.
WinSplit Revolution
Sizer
OpenDNS
Speccy

Reading

Maciej Zagozda on Instagram
Maciej Zagozda on Medium
Maciej Zagozda on Quora
Katarzyna Wasilewska on Medium