Audio Visual Tools
Foobar2000 – my preferred audio player
Exact Audio Copy – the most reliable audio CD ripper
MP3 Tag – powerful tag editor
MP3 Gain – adjust and normalize gain on MP3 tracks
Audacity – free audio capture and editor
Virtual Dub – free video capture and editor
Productivity & Utilities
Notepad++ – free source code editor
xplorer 2 lite – much more flexible than Windows file explorer
Free Commander – feature packed freeware file management tool. Extensive feature set including very useful bulk renaming tool.
TeraCopy – faster and more secure file copying
Speedfan – monitor PC fan speeds and temperatures
Rainlendar 2 – desktop calendar and planner
CCleaner – removes crap and temp files on PC
Microsoft SyncToy – free synchronization tool from Microsoft
Windows Live Writer – offline blog writer from Microsoft
Zone Alarm – simple and effective personal software firewall
AVG Free – non-intrusive anti-virus
Ad-Aware – anti-spyware
a-squared – anti-spyware
Spybot – anti-spyware
WinSplit Revolution – easy tiling and organization of open windows on desktop
Gmail – my preferred webmail
Google Reader – easy to use RSS feed aggregatorFeedly – my go-to feed reader since the demise of Google Reader.
Google Docs – online word processor is surprisingly useful for simple documents and collaboration
Google Calendar – online calendar, can be shared and synced to iPhone
Evernote – webservice, mobile app and desktop app for syncing and collecting notes
Twitter – micro-blogging service
Facebook – the most popular social networking site in the world?
WordPress – free blogging, more flexible
Blogger – free blogging, more simple to use
Photobucket – online photo hosting
Tumblr – tumblelogs
Todoist – online to-do-list creation
xTimeline – timelines made simple
Last.FM -PC audio playback tracking and listening patterns
Dirpy – converts YouTube clips to MP3 files
aNobii – tracks books bought and read
Simplenote – online notepad. Mobile apps for iOS and Android. Great for jotting down quick notes.
Calibre – open source e-book management software. Great for transcoding e-books and managing metadata.
ComicRack – powerful e-comic books (cbr / crz) management software. Free Android app available with syncing features.