"I had my old machine loaded with all sorts of tools I had custom crafted for my needs. DSP stuff. Digitizers and digitizing software. Unusual displays. Dual disk drives and RAM drives, along with drivers of my own design. Assemblers. C++ compilers. Schematic capture and PCB layout software. SPICE circuit simulators. Mathcad. Thermodynamics software. Disassemblers and debugging tools just in case something didn't work like it oughta."
Does you job involve using these tools ? If yes how can you justify you were fired ? In my job I have to install/configure/update this kind of programs, because my users are supposed to use these tools.
If not, then it's just like bloatware to me. Maybe useful for a specific task but certainly non-critical.
I give some "marge de manoeuvre" to people, because they know better than me how they work the best. But I can also recognize when people are requesting useless privileges/tools. And no, whining never made me install something. Prove me a tool is useful for your job and I'll do all the IT you need.