My computer is a wonderful thing. Who would have thought, 100 years ago, that a device with the sole quality of doing lots of calculation really fast would have so many uses?
This is not a veneration-post directed at a piece of technology. This is a list of software programs that I wish I owned.
I want software on my desktop that allows me to post reminders to myself about upcoming commitments, deadlines, and events. I want it to automatically display today's events each morning when I wake up my computer. That's all I want it to do - I don't want it to help me with email, virus prevention, or computer security.
I would be willing to pay as much as $20 for such software.
2. File converters
I want the ability to convert .WMA to .MP3 without a program that tries to take over all remotely-media-related functions on my computer. My obsolete desktop at home has on it MediaMonkey, a program that carries out this function with speed and efficiency - but also tries to do everything else, and be all things to everyone, all while displaying a shyte software logo and taking inordinate amounts of time to start running.
I also want the ability to convert .MOV to .something else useful without resorting to any product made or written by employees of Apple corporation. Apple's media software, which will remain unnamed, is another program that really wants to supplant all other media functions. Fuck off, I don't want to have to deal with no-maximize on my PC.
I want these small programs separately - one each for each type of file conversion.
I would be willing to pay as much as $5 per converter - as long as each converter had not suffered from "feature creep".
3. Redirect blocker
Websites that automatically redirect to somewhere are evil. Stop doing that! If I wanted to go there I would have clicked there.
I would be willing to pay nothing for an add-on that prevented this - this is a service that should (and hopefully one day will be) built into existing web browsers.
4. Screen capture
My PC has the ability to capture the entire screen with the touch of a button - the "PrtSc" or Print Screen button, which grabs the screen and sticks it into the clipboard as a bitmap. Macs apparently come with a neat little program that allows one to capture just an area of the screen - one draws a box on the screen and then captures that. I want that program, without the taint of Macintosh.
I would again be willing to pay nothing for this - Macs have it for "free", PCs should too.
I'll probably think of more later.