Om Malik has posted a list of his top 10 Mac applications. I use most of what he posted, but it started me thinking about my top apps. For anyone who cares, here they are:

  • Camino - I agree with Om on this one. Firefox was my favourite but I was becoming increasingly annoyed by its slow performance even in a 2GHz MacBook and Safari was not extensible. With the inclusion of some fantastic plugins from Pimp My Camino, I have all I need.
  • iChat - I have used the Jabber (XMPP) protocol to integrate my Google Talk, MSN, AIM, and Yahoo instant messenger accounts.
  • NetNewsWire - I fire this one for a daily dose of Google Reader, Web Worker Daily, and MacWorld.
  • Qumana - Simple, capable blogging application.
  • QuickSilver - I would not be as productive without this application launcher.
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac - This one makes my MacBook more valuable. I can run Windows XP, Vista and Ubuntu Linux all one machine (although not all at the same time).
  • CrossOver - For when I need to run Quicken for Windows (because Quicken for Mac SUCKS!!!)

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Microsoft has bundled a lot of its online properties under the MSN banner.  Offerings include e-mail (Hotmail, Hotmail Plus and Outlook Live), IM and Blogging, Search, Internet Acess, Entertainment, and Mobile.

Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 is an online version of Microsoft's bloated Outlook desktop email product.  Hotmail Plus offers more in-box space and larger attachments.

Instant Messaging & Blogging
offers MSN Messenger, and MSN Spaces.  In my opinion, MSN Spaces sucks balls.

I will not describe the others here.  Check them out yourself.