When explaining my work here, the primary benefit that I explain to people is "programs that you can run anywhere," but there are a lot of side benefits that help explain why it's been my project for years now:
- Not monolithic - no single project with one goal - instead hundreds of small projects
- Reducing digital divide by making freeware easier and better
- Environmental - if the work here allows some percentage of users to merely put off buying a new computer, that's a big e-waste difference. Also we have a variety of great power control apps.
- Less registry cruft and fewer machine refreshes and the general Windows slow-down over time. That's better productivity.
- Free Advertising We highlight good programs
- Longevity With virtualization options, many of these programs could still be worthwhile for the next 5-10 years
- Customization Highly customizable software that needs only be modified once
- Share Extremely easy to give the software to someone else
- Backup Dead Simple Backup and sync (often I just copy and paste) means not getting slowed down by drive failure or data corruption
- Providing Support Services - Over time, I've run many tools from this site from a USB drive to diagnose and repair machines.
- Privacy - easier to protect when using your own machine or a public terminal
- Security - if you're in a high-security situation, you might run some or all of your software inside a sandbox program. In fact, many programs here on the site are tested inside a sandbox before posting to observe their behavior.
In essence, it's a great place to support smart people doing cool things for the use of everyone (I like this as a tag line).
Anything I missed?