I would like to recommend the following free wiki-style knowledge base software. I've been using it for a couple weeks now, and it's fantastic for helping me to document and organize all my little tidbits of technical knowledge.
I don't know how many of these are already posted, but I want to make sure that they're all here, so...
Oh, and ALL of this software is free!
Software Category: Utility (cleaning & safety)
Software Name: CCleaner
Short Description: CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
Software Category: Utility (defragging)
Software Name: Defraggler
Short Description: It differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool!
Software Category: Utility (file recovery)
Software Name: Recuva
Short Description: Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!
Software Category: Utility (file unlocking)
Software Name: Unlocker
Short Description: Allows "on-the-fly" unlocking of locked files by any program in windows.
Software Category: Programming (UML Construction)
Software Name: DIA
Short Description: Free UML Construction software comparable to Microsoft's Visio
Software Category: Graphics
Software Name: [the] Gimp
Short Description: Graphics design software that utilizes layers and direct image manipulation (not vectors). Is comparable to Paint.Net and Photoshop (in some ways).
Software Category: Video Codec Pack
Software Name: K-Lite Codec Pack
Short Description: Basically, if you get one of these packs, you'll never have to look for or install another codec again (theoretically). I've used it to watch anime
Software Category: Anti-Virus (runnable from flash drive)
Software Name: Dr. Web Anti-Virus
Short Description: I was just introduced to this program, so I can't necessarily vouch for it. However; it seems to work well, and you can put it on your Flash Drive, so it seems to be an invaluable resource for your techie library
Software Category: Utility (health & wellness)
Software Name: Eyes Relax
Short Description: It’s an utility that helps avoiding eyes-related problems when working at a computer for several hours. Concentrating your eyesight on a computer screen can cause an eye strain. You can prevent this by taking regular breaks during the work and look at distant objects. Basically, this program will help you do that. [Click the link to read more]
Software Category: Video (quick video dev. in .swf format - invaluable for tutorials)
Software Name: Jing
Short Description: Instant video capturing, great screenshot controls, and amazing uploading features that can't be beat in a free product. I HIGHLY recommend this product - even if you don't think you need it yet - as I use it on a very frequent basis and it continues to amaze
Software Category: Plugin (to ie7, but many features work with ie8 as well)
Software Name: IE7Pro
Short Description: This is the add-on of add-ons. Basically, this will make your ie7 experience into just about everything that makes firefox great (minus the firefox). Note that this software is not 100% compatible with ie8, but the company that produces it is working on that issue.
Software Category: Download Manager
Software Name: Orbit Downloader
Short Description: Orbit Downloader, leader of download manager revolution, is devoted to new generation web (web2.0) downloading, such as video/music/streaming media from Myspace, YouTube, Imeem, Pandora, Rapidshare, support RTMP. And to make general downloading easier and faster.
Also, this software works with almost any and all browsers! Personally, I like to switch between Google Chrome and IE - this software enables me to manager all of my downloads in one place
Software Category: Browser (with virtualization and a really dang fast java engine)
Software Name: Google Chrome
Short Description: Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.
Note that it's not compatible with all sites, so be sure to keep your more compatible browser handy if you need to refer back to it. But as far as web browsing, there is none better (imho)
Software Category: Utility (Password Safe)
Software Name: KeePass
Short Description: KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
I hope these tools help people everywhere >_< They sure have helped me over the years
And feel free to check out my software as well:
SCU: A conversion utility that will allow simple parsing of lines and statements (more on the site)
The Test: A free game that I worked on in college
Software Category: Imaging/Utilities
Software Name: LightScreen
Short Description: Lightscreen is a simple tool to automate the tedious process of saving and cataloging screenshots, it operates as a hidden background process that is invoked with one (or multiple) hotkeys and then saves a screenshot file to disk according to the user's preferences.
Can execute at Windows startup (hidden or displaying the main window).
System tray icon for easy access.
Five configurable actions, each with it's own hotkey (screen, window, area, etc).
Multiple image formats (PNG, JPEG, etc) and image quality selector.
Hehe. I was looking at the Free Software list just before you posted, to see when it was last updated because it seems like quite a while now. Then I checked your profile, to see if your were still active, or perhaps too busy now with exams etc.
Nice to see you're one step ahead of me! Thanks for your work here TechAsh (
Rep'd!). This thread is very useful & much appreciated.
Software Type - File comparison, merging, and editing
Software Name - WinMerge
WinMerge is a nice tool to compare files or directories of files. You can then go block by block and merge blocks of code/text from one file to another. From a software developer's point of view, this can be used for simple version control. You routinely save versions in different directories and if you create an unstable version it is simple to view which line or block of code that has been altered since your last stable version. It also has quick keys to make this process very fast.
Software Category: Programming
Software Name: Netbeans
Short Description: A very nice IDE that supports many languages. It's quite nice for PHP development.
Software Category: Web Server Software
Software Name: WAMP
Short Description: An Apache distribution similar to XAMPP. It makes it a bit easier to configure from the system tray though.
Also, I'd like to add that Opera is also an e-mail client and and IRC client, so it might fit under those categories as well. (With Opera 10.00's Unite feature, it's also a web server, but it's not really intended to run full-featured sites off of.)