The 1st Thing to Do When You Buy a New PC

It’s always a joy when you get your hands on a brand new computer or upgrade to a new cutting edge OS. But it also means the hassle of downloading individual software and installing them one by one. If you’re like me and use all types of  software, this process of clicking next-next-next on installation wizards could take hours. But fret not, there’s an app that lets you bulk-install applications which I discovered years ago. It’s called Ninite.


In a nutshell, Ninite consolidates the most popular free applications and lets you download it in a single installer file. This saves you time and effort from the traditional way of downloading and installing one by one.

So how does Ninite work? It’s really super duper simple.

Step 1: Select all the apps you want and click ‘Get Installer
(*Note: If you’re clueless about which to select, scroll to the bottom of the post where I will recommend my fav apps)

Install Ninite Step 1

Step 2:  Download the file

Ninite Install Step 2

Step 3: Run the file, sit back and let the magic unfold.

Perhaps you could go have a shower, and when you’re back, everything will be installed. It’s really that simple!

At the moment, Ninite supports Windows and Linux. I’ve been searching for a Ninite equivalent for Mac OS, but to no avail. So yes, Windows and Ubuntu users, you are one lucky bunch of people!

The official website for Ninite is


Additional Information: Apps that I personally use and recommend


  • Chrome (ease-of-use, speed, extensions),
  • Firefox (access to ton of add-ons, personal privacy and away from pryng eyes of Google),
  • Opera (Opera was once the king of speed & usability in the early and mid 2000s before Google introduced Chrome in 2008)

MESSAGING: Skype, Google Talk



  • iTunes (for Mac devices)
  • VLC (the best free video and multimedia player in the market)
  • Winamp (I’ve been using Winamp since 1999 and still love it because it uses the least memory & system resources, compared to any other music player the past 15 years)
  • Audacity (the best free open-source music editor software for recording , editing, mixing)
  • K-Lite Codecs (all the necessary video codecs you ever need to run your videos smoothly)

RUNTIME: Java, NET, Silverlight, Air

ONLINE STORAGE: Dropbox, Google Drive


  •  Picasa (The most intuitive, easy-to-use  application for organizing, editing your photos.You can easily favourite photos by “Starring” them by pressing the space button. Then, easily select these Starred photos and directly upload to Facebook or other social media. For Photoshop-phobic people, Picasa has a host of easy-to-use picture editing features  extremely simple and if you’re lazy, you would probably love “I’m Feeling Lucky” edit feature that is a one-click fix for your image lighting and colour. Lastly, I also like the Export function that lets you select one or more pictures, easily bulk-resize them or add watermark captions all at once)
  • GIMP (the best open-source alternative to Adobe Photoshop)


  • OpenOffice (open-source alternative to Microsoft Office),
  • Reader (to read PDF files)


  • Avast (reliable & light on system resources) ,
  • MalWareBytes (effective malware, rootkit protection)


  • Python, 
  • FileZilla (for web developers who use WS FTP),
  • Notepad++, 
  • JDK, 
  • Eclipse (for Android development)

These are the applications that I have been using for many years. If you’re not a developer,  you can ignore the ‘Developer Tools’ section, but definitely consider downloading all the others that I suggested.

And that’s all for the 2nd post of Tech Kung Fu. Hope you enjoyed today’s killer tip and feel free to share. Chop by chop, you’re on your way to becoming a kung fu tech master!


Ever since DJ first taught himself HTML and Photoshop back in 1999, he has developed a strong passion for technology. He loves writing on a wide range of topics that include technology, social media, marketing, trends, technopreneurship. His past experiences include a graphic design internship at Walt Disney, winning a 24-hours Android programming competition in 2009 and a host of other software design competitions in the past decade. He has also had the chance to do a stint at in Startup Nation, Israel, where he was in a digital marketing role. In his spare time, he also sings professionally and especially loves rock, blues and soul.


  1. man, wished I knew about this earlier…its such a chore to install programmes one by one when I get a new PC. especially since windows doesn’t allow you to install more than one programme at a time. Great I found this site 🙂

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