Recommending

This is an in-development list of my favourite stuff; it’s also intended as a list of stuff that I recommend to anyone, but the primary purpose is for me to have it all in one place… 😉

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Books

* The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov – easily one of The Best Books I ever read (my PDF edition of Master and Margarita)

* Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (complete Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy in PDF, and the LaTeX Template I used)

* The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky – often omitted book next to Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, yet in my opinion best FD’s work

* Twilight of the Idols and Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche – even 108 years after his death, often misquoted and misunderstood author; these 2 books present to me best Nietzsche’s philosophical point, much better than often cited Thus Spoke Zarathustra; another, lighter to read, book I’d recommend is The Gay (Merry) Science

* The Trial and The Castle by Franz Kafka

* The Golem by Gustav Meyrink – “film-noiré among books”

* The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks – two (and the only two by OS I read so far) simply amazing books on psychology/neurology, in the form of short stories; you can easily read them simply as very amusing stories, but if you’re in mood, they make you think a lot about perception and brain functions

* The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – incredibly funny series of 5 books; if you love british humour, you’re gonna adore these. 😀
First 3 books of the series are posted elsewhere on my blog in PDF format.

Movies

* Love and Death (1975) by Woody Allen – wanna laugh? incredibly hilarious movie!

* Le Doulos (The Finger Man) (1962) by Jean-Pierre Melville – often forgotten, film-noiré at its best, with unpredictible – yet believable! – plot

* Shichinin no samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa – AK is simply a master of cinema

* Kumonosu jo (Throne of Blood) (1957) by Akira Kurosawa – AK’s version of Macbeth, better than any other I saw, or can imagine

* Yojimbo – The Bodyguard (1961) by Akira Kurosawa

* Rashomon (1950) by Akira Kurosawa – amazing, IMO one of Toshiro Mifune‘s best performances

* Ran (1985) by Akira Kurosawa – can’t be left out

* Nora inu (Stray Dog) (1949) by Akira Kurosawa – japanese film-noiré

Programs

* Adobe Photoshop – simply the best photo manipulation and retouching program publicly available; my fave version is 7, but it’s up to your taste

* Corel Painter – natural media painting program, IMO the best one out there; you can paint from the scretch, or “clone” real photo

* Total Commander – the BEST file manager available

* knoppix – live distribution of Linux

* Ubuntu – the best Linux distribution (live and installable at once)

Programming Tools and Libraries

* Microsoft Visual Studio – MS sure knows how to screw up stuff, but VS is for sure the best IDE I so far tried (and I tried more than 20 different IDE’s during my carrier); just like with PS, I’m “old-fashioned” – my fave version is VS6, but 2003.NET and 2005 editions are also very good; didn’t get yet to trying out the 2008 edition

* Whole Tomato Software‘s Visual Assist X – there is not enough superlatives in the world to describe this program; you just have to try, and become a “VAX junkie”… My praise of VAX.

* TortoiseSVN – GUI to revision control / version control / source control software SVN (Subversion) for Windows; integrates directly into Windows Explorer, and all you need is then available via right-click of mouse; simply wonderful

* bzip2 by Julian Seward – just great

* Crimson Editor – among the best free programming editors out there

* DEELX library – nice and clean regex C++ library with Unicode support

* SWILL library – simple and powerful C/C++ HTTP server in one link library