You can go broke buying software to do everything you need to on your computer. I choose Linux as my operating platform and all of my software is open source and free. It is reliable, fast and stable, somthing I did not get with windows. I looked at Macbook but passed because of price.
Operating System: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS – the Lucid Lynx
The Toshiba Laptop is a good preformer with 4 gig of memory and 320 gig hardrive. It is able to handle all of my internet and processing needs. If you intend to do alot of video editing do not buy this laptop. It does not have the power to handle those needs. Other than that it is a great laptop for the price.
The Linux operation system is a joy to work with, simply it just works. You don’t have to reboot or deal with freezing programs. It doesn’t need anti-virus or firewall either. I have been very pleased with the performance, stablility and reliablity. The boot up time is less than a minute and shut down is less than 6 seconds.
Programs I use:
I try and use as many Cloud Based Services (browser based) as I can, that way I can update my blog and affiliate sites from any computer anywhere.
This is just a short list of my most important software tools. If you have an addition, let me know in the comments below.