Monthly Archives: December 2012

My favorite things – what I look for in applications

MaToolsn is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all  – Carlyle, Thomas

This time I present an important (for me) list of applications. They meet my own criteria for choosing them.

They aim at solving problems already solved for a long time. So they are not experimental, but built on long experience in their field. Hence they are mature to be developed by open source community without depriving the very first developers of their somehow fair reward. But I find quite annoying revenues of a position (so popular here in Italy), even if they are perfectly legitimate.

Take Microsoft Word, good solution for word processing twenty years ago, when alternatives were not so robust and appealing. But more or less around the end of last century novelties ran out: you were able to organize your document in every possible way, with styles, formatting, image insertion, movie insertion (! – do you really need them?)… From then on, it was time to give room to free developing.

Going back to my criteria for applications, the second one is that they run on both Windows AND Linux. I work using both of them, and I don’t want to change my way of work every time I change location.

Interestingly, I discovered that – nowadays – finding solutions meeting my criteria is really easy!