Well done for opening this after a title like that! :) I couldn’t resist the comparison…
Just a quick note today, I wanted to share with you one of my more useful and well used desktop (Win) tools.
It’s called SpaceSniffer, no it’s not SpacePiG, this one’s not one of mine. It’s a very handy disk space visualizer so you instantly see exactly which directories and files are hogging the most space on your drives.
There was a time when I didn’t give a flip about what was on my multiple drives, space wasn’t an issue, I downloaded AND KEPT everything!
Since then I’ve started to embrace minimalism in many areas of my life one of which has been my office setup. Moving from a 3 PC 3 screen setup to a single 17″ laptop has been one of the best moves I ever made.
At the same time I also decided I wanted to mirror my entire D: drive online with DropBox for total peace of mind and portability, but this meant limiting myself to 100GB of space.
SpaceSniffer helped me shed almost a terabyte of crud from my disks – old videos, mysterious temp directories, tons of PDF’s & zips that I am just never going to read. I’m now running at well below 100GB and by using SpaceSniffer regularly I plan to keep it that way.
The benefits have been astounding:
- I can actually find things quickly now
- I have peace of mind knowing my whole disk is safely mirrored offsite
- Windows file search doesn’t start crying when I ask it to locate p*.*
- My skin feels smoother
- My kids are smarter
- I’ve cleared all my debts
- Well, you get the idea…
It’s a completely free download, not an email form or API key in sight. No ones making any money here, just a free tool from me to you.
I’ve used similar tools that didn’t perform this well and cost $40.
I’d love to build up a list of tools you couldn’t live without, I’m not just talking plugins and IM here, we spend most of time on PC/Macs not servers anyway.
Leave a comment below with top tools.