Yes I am thinking of purchasing a new computer. Helpfully, Marc Frauenfelder of BoingBoing has published a three parts of a long series on his essential apps.
(I took the advice of Leo Laporte, who once said that when he buys a new computer, the applications have to "earn their place" onto the hard drive). On the first day, I installed about 30 applications that I consider essential for the kinds of things I do.
(I actually installed two other applications that I'm not going to bother reviewing: Adobe Creative Suite 5, and FileMaker Pro 8. I feel everyone knows enough about these programs that I don't need to describe them.)
I'll describe the other 15 applications.