tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..
He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.
Like a thread that ran on JoelonSoftware recently, I was thinking about what sorts of tools I use (Win32 with occasional forays into Solaris and Linux) to make my life easy. This is the shortlist I came up with..
WinCVS - GUI CVS client for us command line impaired Win32 users
TextPad - Nice general purpose text editor
Cygwin - Emulator thingie for Unix (in case you start showing Unix terminal withdrawal symptoms)
Windows commander - Like norton commander (or midnight commander, whichever)
4NT - for all the things that the cmd prompt won't do for you
Putty - Telnet/ssh client that rocks
Lots more where that came from, I suppose.. but this is just so I scribble them down somewhere..