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My New Computer by Mind Map: My New Computer
4.9 stars - 7 reviews range from 0 to 5

My New Computer

Misc.

OpenOffice

Excellent alternative to Microsoft Office. It's JAVA roots can make it a little slow at times, but I think it's worth it.

Notepad ++

Windows Notepad sucks. This is better. Also excellent if you do any coding as well.

7-Zip

Free and open source. It's 7z format is very powerful and popular as well.

Cygwin

UNIX emulator for Windows. I'm a Linux dabbler, so I'm gonna check it out. I don't even want to deal with what packages I'm downloading, yet.

RapGet

If you download anything from Megaupload or Rapidshare, this is a wonderfully useful tool.

Snarl

Looks to be better than the Windows' default slider notifications.

System

.Net Framework

DirectX

Java

Teracopy

Desktop Media

Fliqlo Screensaver

Amnesty Generator for Vista

Converts Google Gadgets to be compatible with Windows Sidebar. EDIT:Windows sidebar is disappointing.

ZipInstaller

You'll never know when this'll be useful

Foxit Reader

Shady stuff

Alliance P2P

Highly secure file sharing. What's not to like?

uTorrent

Still one of the best feature-to-resource footprint torrent clients out there.

ISO handlers

Alcohol 52%

ISO Recorder

Daemon Tools Lite

ImgBurn

Emulators

ZSNES

VirtualBoy Advance

DS Emulator?

Maintenance

JkDefrag GUI

Powerful freeware defrag utility. Screensaver defrags are extremely useful, along with its various organization methods. May need O&O defrag to supplement with its SPACE function.

Syncback SE

Simple but powerful backup. Freeware version not as advanced as paid version, but still very powerful.

FileHippo Update Checker

Most of the software found here can be found on the filehippo servers. This helps keep them all up to date.

Recuva

For those little accidents, since I don't usually use the recycling bin.

Cleaners

CCleaner

nCleaner

Revo Uninstaller

Glary Utilities

Drive imaging

DriveImage XML

Macrium Reflect Free

Productivity

Launchy

Once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. Never use the start menu again.

Texter

Speech Recognition

Just for kicks and giggles.

InCollector

Keep notes about tidbits and stuff. Might be too feature-rich for what I'm looking for, though. EDIT: Disappointing. Needs some more polish when it comes to usability.

Thinking Rock

Learn how to get things done and organize your tasks.

Explorer Tweaks

QT Tab Bar

Freecommander

Dexpot

Best freeware virtual desktop manager. Comes with tons of other useful windows management functionality.

Freemind

Desktop mind-mapping for getting those ideas down.

TaskBar Shuffle

If only for the middle click to close functionality.

Start ++

Questionable since I already have Launchy, though the sudo function and the ability to search without starting Firefox is tempting. EDIT: Hardly used at all, removed.

Stickies

Internet

Firefox

Does this need an introduction?

Add-ons, Tab Mix Plus, NoScript, Adblock Plus, Filterset G, Foxytunes, Better Gmail, Better GReader, Better Youtube, Better GCal, Firegestures, Foxmarks, Google Preview, Customize Google, DownThemAll, Bugmenot, Zotero, Further tweaks, Greasemonkey, Stylish

Flash

Flash IE

Shockwave

Thunderbird

Lightning

Minimize to Tray

Minimize to Tray enhancer

Provider for Google Calender

Zindus

RSS

Pidgin

The best cross-platform, cross-protocol IM clients out there.

Skype

Enhancements

Media

Video

K-Lite Codec Pack

Quicktime Alternative

Real Alternative

DivX Web Player

The KM Player

Audio

Foobar

Winamp

iTunes, Moody, iTunes Hotkey, Ourtunes

Songbird

Audacity, LAME MP3

Imaging

GIMP

Inkscape

Picasa

Games

Battle for Wesnoth

Wonderfully addicting turn-based fantasy strategy game with high production values and deep gameplay built on simple rules.

Soldat

One of the best free 2D action games you'll find for windows. Fast-paced addicting gameplay.

Various Indie stuff

Support the Indie movement! There are tons of gems hidden out there.

Little Fighter 2

Classic 2D fighter. Cooperative mode is a blast.

Freespace 2

One of the best space sims out there, so I'm told. Rivals Wing Commander, though not nearly as well known.

Beyond Good and Evil

Been meaning to finish this game sooner or later.

Security

Avira Antivir

Most barebones of the trio of Avira, Avast, and AVG. Others have additional firewall/spyware functionality that I prefer to be relegated to other programs.  

Windows Defender

Promising program from Microsoft. Effective, even if not yet mature.

Spybot Search and Destroy

A de-facto standard amongst free spyware detection programs. Wanted mostly for immunization feature.

Keepass

Secure password manager. Need to see about auto form-filling.

Truecrypt

Highly secure and effective encryption program.  

Spyware Terminator

Auto-Update and Real-time protection gives it a slight edge over other free Spyware products.

Ad-Aware 2008

A de-facto standard amongst free spyware detection programs.

SpywareBlaster

I'm starting to question the effectiveness of its protection. Similar to Spybot's immunize function, it seems to only block cookies.

Tweaks

Run program tweaks after Registry and Service ones.

Aero on/off hack

Placesbar Tweaker

System Optimization

Services

Optimize for P2P

Administrative panel

Tweaking Programs

None of these have personally been tested by me, but I'll check them out.

Vispa

Tweak VI

XdN

Mz Vista Force

UAC

Elevator

Tweak UAC

Enable/Disable Screensaver