Eek. I was to list only 10 😕
- bbLean – Abandon WindowsBlinds (or any similar application), this alternative windows shell gives you that new lean look, without resource hogging. Needs some getting used to, though.
- xmplay – If sound quality is a big thing, get this. Another resource-friendly little app, but it performs greatly with the default config. Never got Winamp to sound this good.
- Mozilla Firefox – It’s resource-hungry, this darling browser brat, but I haven’t really found any other acceptable replacement. Sorry, Opera.
- Adobe Photoshop CS – It works, and it works well.
- LeechGet – Ok, Flashget kicks major butt because of its very flexible download capabilities, but paired with Firefox, Leechget is every dial-up users’ download manager dream. Sorry, Star Downloader, but you did well, and no, I didn’t dump you because of Leechget’s pretty UI, promise. Well, partially, I guess.
- DynAdvance Notifier – I needed a system tray resident mail notifier for my Gmail and Yahoo account. Simple. No, I didn’t need it to be a mail app of any sort, too.
- AVG Free Edition – I know, its not the best anti-virus out there, but I’ve been using it for years, and I’ve never had any major virus issues. Small download updates, too.
- ZoneAlarm Free – Popular, and useful firewall.
- FeedReader – I’ve checked on other RSS Readers, and some seem to have had slow growth. This one appears to be in constant development, and I haven’t found any reason to take out the default feeds. However, looks like it only works with IE. Love the alert features.
- w.bloggar – Great blog desktop client, with good editing features. Sorry, Zempt (which works for WordPress users, too).
- Microsoft Anti-Spyware – it was a Giant product first, before Microsoft had its way with it. Sorry, Ad-Aware.
- TextPad – Not as geeky as the other text editors, but I’m not a programmer, and I just need the HTML tagging features, and tabs, of course. Apt in editing PHP files, too.
- IrfanView – For quick cropping and resizing of images.
- Picasa2 – Good image management, use it to import photos from the digicam. Sorry, Adobe Photoshop Album.
- Filzip – BlogNote: Remind me to uninstall WinZip for this again.
- Windows Media Player 10 – Gasp. Yes. I use it for cd ripping, since it notes the track number. Sorry, dbpoweramp.
- vlc – Best cross-platform DVD/VCD player.
- DVD Decrypter (site offline) – Controversial little DVD ripping program, but its idiot-proof and has never disappointed me yet.
- floAt’s Mobile Agent – Best syncing program with my Sony Ericsson T610 and T68i. Show off to friends that you can use your mobile phone as a remote control for your PC, too.
- Flickr Uploadr – Pick an image/s, right-click, click on Send to Flickr, wait until it connects, and click Upload. Dead-simple.
Notice that only numbers 4 and 6 are not free.
[Listening to: Robot Trouble (Live at WMUC) – Barcelona – (3:25)]