The following is more of a list for my own use, but I figured I could share the list of tools I use to make my technical life easier! 🙂
Here’s a site with an unfiltered list (meaning I’m not vouching for the one you pick to download).
VLC – The most versatile media player available. Plays every file on my computer.
Firefox – MUCH better internet browsing than Internet Explorer. Use this or Google’s Chrome browser.
Chrome – MUCH better internet browsing than Internet Explorer. Use this or the Mozilla Firefox browser.
7zip – My default compressed file handler.
Foxit Reader – The only PDF reader I like. Lightweight, and updated better than Adobe Reader.
CdBurnerXP – My personal favorite CD Burning software. Handles music, data, images, etc. with ease.
Notepad++ – A much more functional plain text editor. Useful for basic tasks to html editing!
Paint.NET – An image editing tool that goes much further in function than the default ‘MS Paint’.
TeraCopy – A copy/move handler that deals with errors much better than Windows 7 built in!
LibreOffice – A Microsoft Office competitor, does most of what Office does, but FREE!
SpiderOak – Keeps my files ENCRYPTED and in-sync. The encryption puts it above DropBox for me.
FileZilla – My preferred FTP manager for website maintenance.
CC Cleaner – Cleaning up crap off my computer – but make sure you don’t let it eliminate something you like (like recently accessed files)
Truecrypt – Date encryption at its finest. Rock solid. Easy to use. Open source.
PDFCreator – Allows me to print documents, websites, whatever to a PDF file for future reference.
Process Hacker – Better than Process Explorer, used for viewing running processes.
Putty – An SSH/Telnet utility.