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PhpEd and CodeLobster PHP Edition
As a developer, one of the most valuable tools I have in my coding arsenal is the development environment and interactive debugger. There are many IDE options for PHP development, but two that I like are NuSphere's PhpEd and CodeLobster's PHP Edition.
Now, if you've noticed (and you have, haven't you?) the screenshot above is XP. It baffles me why the developers haven't updated their screenshots when their software is constantly updated, but it takes a different set of muscles to be in marketing than to write great IDEs.
One thing to like about CodeLobster is that there is a free edition. I like PhpEd because the debugger is quite versatile, and (after a few bumps in the road), the development environment is quite pleasant to use.
What I like: Good development environments.
What I'd like to see: Meh documentation and support.
I admit it. I'm something of a sync-geek. I love software that helps me fling files far and wide. I have machines all over the world, doing all sorts of interesting things, and I constantly need to move files hither and yon.
One of my favorite tools for this is SyncBack Pro. This thing has a tremendous number of options and capabilities, can sync locally, to FTP, SFTP, S3, Google storage, and even Microsoft Azure. I use it as the core of my backup strategy, and also use it to keep a wide variety of servers updated with various content bits here and there.
What I like: Easy, reliable, fast, robust, flexible.
What I'd like to see: Easier way to send settings between instances or some centralized management control (which, apparently, is actually in beta).
Find it here starting at about $55.
Bosch DLR130K Digital Distance Measurer
I've recommended what I call my "magic measuring machine" before, and I'm doing it again. This thing is a huge help whenever I'm trying to size an area in the house or workshop. This thing is different from sonic-based measuring devices, which shine a light beam just to give you an idea where you're pointing. This uses a refracted laser to measure and, over the past few years, where I've measured things down to the quarter of an inch, it hasn't missed once.
An essential tool for the homeowner and DIY-ITer, especially if you're trying to setup a workspace.
What I like: It works.
What I'd like to see: Easier way to record measurements, perhaps the ability to send them to my phone. Can you imagine this with Siri? Hey, one can dream, right?
Find it here at about $90.