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September 17, 2017

5 Things I Like Having On My PC

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Everyone who owns a PC will have certain software and applications that they love and cannot do without (I am no different; I always make it a priority of mine to install the software and applications that I like on my computer).
Software and applications are there to make the computing experience easier for us and of course, enjoyable.
Besides, a computer would be boring if it did not contain our favourite software and applications.
So, without further ado, here are five software and applications that I cannot live without:


Google Chrome
Google Chrome
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I Need My Google Chrome

Yes, you better believe it; Google Chrome is my favourite web browser.
My favourite extensions are on Google Chrome; so it makes a lot of sense for me to use Google Chrome.
Now, I am fully aware of the fact, that I can get a lot of flak for this, since I am a proud member of the Linux community.
Those of you who are not members of the Linux community are probably wondering, "Why would someone choose to criticize a Linux-user for using Google Chrome?"
Well, for starters, the Linux purists believe in only using software and applications that fall within the category of open source.
Google Chrome is not open source, because it contains proprietary software.
Most Linux purists would prefer to use the Chromium web browser, because it is completely open source and is devoid of any proprietary software.
Hey, Google Chrome works way better than Chromium on my computer and I would prefer to stick with what works well for me.
Google Chrome is very fast, very stable and highly efficient.


LibreOffice
LibreOffice
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I Am Fond Of LibreOffice

Thankfully, LibreOffice comes preinstalled on most distributions of Linux.
If your distribution of Linux does not come preinstalled with LibreOffice, you can always install it via your software repository or via PPA.
The good news is, that it is free and open source and there are versions available for it on the following computing platforms:
  • Microsoft Windows.
  • Apple's macOS.
  • Linux.
  • Android.
If you are one of the many people who have grown tired of paying a subscription fee in order to use Microsoft Office, you are more than welcome to try LibreOffice.
LibreOffice comes with the following:
  • Writer — a word proccessor that is very similar to Microsoft Word.
  • Calc — a spreedsheet program that is simar to that of Microsoft Excel.
  • Impress — a presentation program that reminds one of Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Draw — a vector graphics editor that is somewhat similar to Microsoft Visio.
  • Math — a very useful application that is designed for creating and editing mathematical formulae.
  • Base — a database management program that is similar to that of Microsoft Access.
LibreOffice is ideal for content creators or anyone who wants to produce professional-looking office documents.


VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player
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VLC Media Player Is A Must-Have

I have been using VLC media player for many years (I have been using it since my early days of using Microsoft Windows).
VLC media player is also free and open source and there is a version of it that can be used on the following computing platforms:
  • Microsoft Windows.
  • Apple's macOS.
  • Linux.
  • Android.
People love VLC media player, because it comes with a very large number of free decoding and encoding libraries; thus avoiding the need to look for proprietary plugins.
VLC media player has my stamp of approval and I would gladly recommend it to anyone.


Write! App Logo
Write! App Logo
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I Love The Write! App

The Write! App is amazing; I use it daily.
Last month, I lost a well-written article that comprised of over three thousand words; it was stored on my smartphone's SIM card and for some unknown reason, I got a notification on my smartphone telling me that my SIM card was damaged and that it needed to be reformatted in order for it to be usable (So, I reformatted my SIM card and lost its contents forever; if I was using the Write! App, this would not have happened and my article comprising of over three thousand words would have been safely stored in the cloud).
To find out more about this premium application, please check out my article entitled, Write! — The Distraction-Free Editor.


Skype
Skype
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Skype Comes In Rather Handy

Now, even though I am no huge fan of Microsoft, I do use one of their products — Skype; the version that I use is Skype for Linux.
For the record, I do not use Skype on a regular basis. If I want to have a very long conversation with a friend, I would conduct it on Skype (Now, that is way better than running up a phone bill).
The quality of Skype calls and video calls are great; provided that they are connected via high-speed internet.
Having Skype installed on your computer could be looked upon as having a useful asset — an application that is only a click away.

Final Thoughts

So, the above are what I love having on my PC.
What are some of your favourite software and applications that you like having on your computer?

I would enjoy reading about your tastes in software and applications in the comments section of my blog.

And, thank you for reading!

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