When I get a new computer I usually reinstall just about all the aps that were on the old one. This time, perhaps because it was an out-of-schedule upgrade that I resented having to do, I just installed the ones that I knew I needed. Over a couple of weeks, I added a few more, but I ended up with about half the aps I started with.
I was pretty draconian. There were about a dozen Photoshop plugins on the old machine, many installed just because I wanted to play with them. There are none on the current one. DxO Optics Pro? Gone. QuickScan Pro? Vanished. Smalltalk, which used to be the programming tool I reached for as automatically as an accountant fires up Excel? MIA. Chromix ColorThink? Not here. Nikon Capture NX 2? Departed. Old Imacon scanning programs? Out to pasture.
Maybe I’ll want some of these programs back someday, but right now I’m happy to not have them cluttering up my disk, my Start Menu, and my registry.
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