PC Computer Games
There was a time when I used to play a lot of computer games, particularly strategy games, wargames, and football games. Some of my old time favorites included Commodore AMIGA hits such as It Came From The Desert, Championship Manager, Wings, Kick Off 2, North and South, Speedball 2, Sensible Soccer and posterior versions, Mega Lo Mania, Utopia, Populous and its successors, Dune 2, and the more recent IBM PC games Panzer General series, Command and Conquer, and Master of Orion 2. Nostalgia apart, because of my career and family, I don’t have time to play computer games anymore, not even my old favorites like Counter-Strike, Civilization–whatever its latest version was–, or a footy game like the Pro Evolution Soccer series.
I actually wrote several programs for the AMIGA, a few of which were released in the Public Domain circuits. These included small applications and a full game called Formula 1 Manager. It was admittedly unsophisticated though, at the time, it was a great experience. Part of my work involves computational biology and bioinformatics, including developing databases and online genetic resources, so I still work in front of a computer for most of my day. Some of the Perl modules and SPSS scripts I’ve developed are available online.
I’m also a computer graphic artist, working with several 3D rendering packages. In addition, I compose music often with the aid of my computer.
Free software for Windows
There is a surprising amount of excellent freeware available. Here is a list of some the applications I use.
AVG; pretty good anti-virus.
FileZilla; excellent FTP client, possibly better than any commercial software.
Free Email Providers Guide; with lots of countries.
Housecall; free online virus scan.
HTTrack ; nice website copier.
Notepad++; good text editor.
Strawberry Perl; my favorite Perl distribution for Windows.
Sysinternals; excellent set of programs that allow you to monitor your system. I found TCPView, for instance, very useful to find viruses and malware.
Spybot; includes Search & Destroy for finding spyware.