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This list is a bit old and some software listed I don't even use anymore. I do plan to update this and actually switch it over into a SQL database.

Graphic and MultiMedia

  1. AAPlay
    • FLI/FLC Player. No idea where the url for this is, lost in time I guess.
    • FREEWARE
  2. Anvil Studio
    • Midi File Creator. More Add-ins at a cost.
    • FREEWARE
  3. Bitmap to Icon
    • Converts 256-color bitmaps to Icon files, transparent/inverse support.
    • FREEWARE
  4. BladeEnc
    • Wav to MP3 Converter. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  5. Blender
    • 3D Modeling Program.
    • FREEWARE
  6. Fly
    • GIF creation program based on scripts, allows you to create gifs "on the fly" in your scripts/webpages. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  7. GIMP for Windows
    • Image Creation and Manipulation Program, Freeware alternative to programs like PhotoShop.
    • FREEWARE
  8. ICA Editor
    • Icon and cursor Editor (Incomplete but works).
    • FREEWARE
  9. IrfanView
    • Best Free Image Viewer and converter.
    • FREEWARE
  10. Windows Media Player
    • Media Player that nows supports playlists and visualizations.
    • FREEWARE
  11. MediaFACE
    • Label maker for Neato products. Not that great but sicne I use Neato cd labels and it's free, what the hell. Doesn't support gifs or transparent images. You can modify the HUGE splash screen to virtually eliminate it (a.k.a. make it 1 pixel).
    • FREEWARE (REGISTRATION)
  12. MS Agent
    • MS Agent engine and add-ins. Used in MS Office 2000 and several other programs like mIRC.
    • FREEWARE
  13. MS Agent Character Editor
    • Create You own MS Agents!
    • FREEWARE
  14. MS Agent Charactor Editor
    • Helps Agents Pronouce better I think.
    • FREEWARE
  15. MS AVI Video Tools
    • OOOOOLD (Win3.1) AVI editor with FLI/FLC-to-AVI converter and you can copy/Paste each frame.
    • FREEWARE
  16. MS GIF Animator
    • MS GIF Animator. Strings images (from file or clipboard) into a animation. It looks like MS pulled it from their site.
    • FREEWARE
  17. PhotoModeler Lite
    • Create 3D Objects with pictures of objects at different angles. Even uses the pictures as textures on the object. Lite Version, Full Always more complex objects (more points).
    • FREEWARE (LITE)
  18. POV-Ray
    • 3D Renderer. Script based. Creates RENDERED images (An exact sphere, not a bunch of triangles to form a sphere... for example).
    • FREEWARE
  19. QuickTime
    • Quick Time Movie Player. I only used it because nothing else will play this files. It likes to take over broswer's built in players (which I think are better) so disable most of them (but .mov) in it's control panel applet. It bugs you almost everytime you play with it to upgrade to a paid version. Need to Register before downloading.
    • NAGWARE but FREE (REGISTER)
  20. RAD Video Tools
    • Plays and converts Bink and smacker files (usually in games).
    • FREEWARE
  21. RealPlayer
    • Plays RealVideo and RealAudio files. I would turn off all the extra "content" stuff and the tray icon program. Atleast it doesn't bug you like QuickTime to update to their paid version. Need to Register before downloading.
    • FREEWARE (REGISTER, LITE)
  22. RealProducer Basic
    • Create RealVideo Video and RealAudio Audio. Also does streaming but that requires a RealServer Server. Need to Register before downloading.
    • FREEWARE (REGISTER, LITE)
  23. Thing Viewer
    • Lets you view "Things" in your broswer. I don't see many of these outside of the Thing World Site. It's kinda like small flash movies but not as popular.
    • FREEWARE
  24. Winamp
    • Most Popular and best MP3 player. Has such cpu wasting fun as visualizations skins, DSP Effects. Built in Equalizer. Also Plays Shoutcast streams. Thanks to Netscape it is now freeware.
    • FREEWARE

Internet and Networking

  1. Analyzer
    • Protocol analyzer. You don't need to know.
    • FREEWARE
  2. AOL Instant Messenger
    • AIM. I don't use it much just for friends that don't have anything else. I prefer ICQ. Has Ads. Need to register on their network.
    • ADWARE (REGISTER)
  3. Apache
    • HTTP (web) Server. Configured via text files, not your point and click type of program. Can run as a Service. Most popular webserver on the net. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  4. Bali Dynamic DNS
    • Program auto updates services like DynDns with your current IP. Allows five different accounts with 32 hosts each. With a program like Bali Service you can make the program run as a service but it doesn't work that great when I tried it. It auto checks for updates.
    • FREEWARE
  5. Beonex Communicator
    • Basiclly Netscape 6.0 without Netscape/AOL's Addins and with some improvements.
    • FREEWARE
  6. Cortona VRML Client
    • VRML Viewer for Netscape. Looks like the one that came with Netscape no longer exists.
    • FREEWARE
  7. CuteMX
    • Simuluar to Napster but not just MP3's. You are required to share your files if you want to get any files. Need to register on on their network.
    • FREEWARE (REGISTER)
  8. HTTrack
    • Website downloader (Offline Browser). Carefull with it's settings or you might download the whole web.
    • FREEWARE
  9. HyperTerminal Private Edition
    • Update to the HyperTerminal that comes with Windows. Has telnet support.
    • FREEWARE
  10. ICQ
    • The Orginal Instant Messager. Does messages (text and voice), chats, birthday reminders, ...etc. AOL got their hands on it so now it has some ads but it's mostly intact. Need to register on their network.
    • ADWARE (REGISTER)
  11. Internet Explorer
    • Internet Explorer. You know what it is, you can't avoid it. Keep it updated.
    • FREEWARE
  12. Inzider
    • This Program attempts to see what programs are using which tcp/ip ports. It doesn't work all that great but it might help.
    • FREEWARE
  13. LeechFTP
    • Great FTP Client. Supports http and ftp downloads. Supports up to 16 threads at once. Has ftp search and url catcher from the clipboard. I wrote Txt2Clipboard with this program in mind. Does have a few translation problems on some errors. Unfortually this is going to be the last freeware version.
    • FREEWARE
  14. Macromedia Shockwave + Flash
    • Plays Shockwave and the popular flash movies in your broswer. Now to just find a freeware creator.
    • FREEWARE
  15. mIRC
    • The Best and most popular IRC Client. Scripting support included.
    • SHAREWARE ($20us one-time)
  16. MSN Messenger Service
    • Increasingly popular Instant Messager program. Can check for Hotmail email. Has ads. You need to register for their network (Hotmail).
    • ADWARE (REGISTER)
  17. mySQL
    • Most popular freeware (now fully) SQL-based database engine. Can run as a service. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  18. Napster
    • THE MP3 search and download program. You need to register on their network.
    • FREEWARE
  19. NetCat
    • TCP/IP data program. TCP and UDP supported. Can act as a server or a client. Like telnet but with less restrictions. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  20. NetMeeting
    • Teleconference program. Video, audio, whiteboard and text chat. Several people can join a convertion but only 2 at a time can voice/video chat at a time. Also has "remote desktop" support although I never used it, I use VNC instead. ILS servers act as phone books but your not required to connect to one.
    • FREEWARE
  21. Netscape Browser
    • Ex-most popular broswer and the one I use the most.
    • FREEWARE
  22. NMap
    • Security Scanner. Console based.
    • FREEWARE
  23. NukeNabber
    • Port Monitor (nuke attack detection, not prevention). Support for notifing IRC Client. Great at it's time. Mostly replaced with current day firewalls.
    • FREEWARE
  24. php
    • Great incode server-parsed scripting language. Built in support for SQL databases like mySQL. Simular to ASP in that it's writing into the html code itself. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  25. phpMyAdmin
    • A php (hence web) based mySQL adminatration tool. Add, edit, delete..etc SQL data. Doesn't support NULL values. Doesn't do user admin.
    • FREEWARE
  26. PingTool
    • I've only used it once but seemed to work fine, I don't play online games much anymore. Supports several games.
    • FREEWARE
  27. pjWebCam
    • Webcam Program. Supports on the fly image inhancements and superimposed images. It can store images on a local drive, upload to ftp, or run an http server itself. Doesn't support image logging.
    • FREEWARE
  28. RealServer Basic
    • Server that allows RealPlayer streaming. Allows 25 connects at once with this version. Web based adminitration. Free for one year. Requires a licence key via email.
    • FREEWARE (REGISTER, LITE)
  29. Roger Wilco
    • Voice chat program with gaming in mind. Has full duplex and multi-user at once chat support. Great for online games when the whole team joins in. One person creates a chat server and the rest connect to it.
    • FREEWARE
  30. Sam Spade
    • Networking tools that can ping, lookup, whois, traceroute, finger, ..etc. It can also analyse email headers. I don't use this tool that much. I tend to use built in console programs for most and NetLab.
    • FREEWARE
  31. SendTo FTP
    • Allows you to update files directly from explorer using the SendTo context menu. Has limited file Copasity (due to limitions of windows with his method). Can do ASCII or binary uploads based on extention.
    • FREEWARE
  32. Sygate Personal Firewall
    • On competion with other free firewalls like Zone Alarm. Has High-Low sliders and some more complex options but not rule based like Tiny Firewall or as program based as Zone Alarm.
    • FREEWARE
  33. SyGate
    • Great NAT based Internet sharing program. Allows several computers on a network to connect to the internet through one connection, sharing one IP. Has a apprule.cfg file for configuring incoming connections. Has great gaming support. Built in support for IRC DCC (requires connecting on ports 6667 or 7000 or modifying apprule). My needs have reduced and I now am using win2k's built in ICS for my needs now that my 3.11 registration has expired and 3.11 has bad win2k support (fixed in 4.0 but requires a new payment). Licenced based on ammount of computer allowed to connect as once.
    • SHAREWARE ($40us for 3-Computer Licence)
  34. TCPView
    • Basicly a GUI for the Netstat console program.
    • FREEWARE
  35. Tera Term
    • Telnet Client. Color support. Supports addins such as TTSSH for SSH 1.5 support.
    • FREEWARE
  36. TimeRC
    • Synchronizes your computer clock with any of the SNTP Time servers on the net. Also shows info on phases of the moon and meteor showers.
    • FREEWARE
  37. Tiny Personal Firewall
    • My Current Firewall. Rule Based but with applications in mine. Can't get it to display connects on ports not used by a program even on the highest setting unlike zone alarm. Has MD5 support so people can't just rename/replace programs to bypass it but it caused problems when I used it.
    • FREEWARE
  38. VNC
    • Remote Control other pcs on a network or over the internet. Allows cross platform control. Has built in http server for java connections in your broswer. Can be quite slow even on a 10mbit lan.
    • FREEWARE
  39. War FTP
    • Great, although complex, ftp server. Can run as a service. Allows for remote administation. Version 1.7 Beta or later suggested.
    • FREEWARE
  40. WinPcap
    • Packet Capture Protocol.
    • FREEWARE
  41. ZoneAlarm
    • First Free Firewall. Application Based. You can control programs running, or have run in the past but not much control outside that. No rule support.
    • FREEWARE

Office and Work

  1. Acrobat Reader
    • PDF Reader, nothing big.
    • FREEWARE
  2. StarOffice
    • Freeware competition for MS Office. I haven't used this much at all (I have MS Office) but I might in the future. Turn off Intergration, it's own Start button taskbar stinks. Need to register to download.
    • FREEWARE
  3. Word 97/2000 Viewer
    • Word Viewer. Viewing only, only lets you view on screen or print out. No editing. Also doesn't run any macros so good for checking out files you can't trust.
    • FREEWARE (REGISTER)
  4. PowerPoint 97 Viewer
    • PowerPoint Viewer. Viewing only, only lets you view on screen or print out. No editing.
    • FREEWARE

Programming

  1. ActivePerl
    • Best Win32 port of the Perl scripting lanuage. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  2. Borland C++ Compiler 5.5 Command Line Tools
    • Borland's Free C++ Compiler. Windows programs only (no dos). Console Based. Need to register to download
    • FREEWARE (REGISTER)
  3. HTML Help Workshop
    • Needed to Compile HTML Help files.
    • FREEWARE
  4. Inno
    • Free Installer program. Script based for the most control. Has User/global Profiles support.
    • FREEWARE
  5. MS Speech
    • MS's Speech SDK. Cool to play with (I have used 4.0a but not 5.0 yet). Not meant for true work like dictation but cool anyway.
    • FREEWARE

Utilities

  1. AutoDeFrag
    • Lets you schedule Win2k's built in defrag program, who says it doesn't support that?
    • FREEWARE
  2. AXE Hex Editor
    • Nice Hex Editor. Has find support via ASCII, UNICODE, Byte...etc and a bunch of other features I don't understand. Nagware until you register. Registering is free.
    • NAGWARE (REGISTER)
  3. Bali Service
    • Allows any program, like Bali DynDns, as an NT/2k Service. You might need to put the password the service's user in plain text so make sure your NTFS settings protect it. Console based.
    • FREEWARE
  4. Diskeeper Lite
    • NT Defragmentor. I believe this is the only free one. I don't use NT anymore but when I did I used this quite a bit. Win2k has a built in defragmentor based on it.
    • FREEWARE
  5. DiskImager
    • Free Floppy Disk Imager. Works under Win2k. Dos based.
    • FREEWARE
  6. File Monitor
    • An EXCELLENT Program. Monitors all file access by any program. Has filtering support.
    • FREEWARE
  7. Floppy Image
    • Great Floppy Imaging program, full switch support. Alerts you when floppies are done and can create images, compressed images, and self extracting. Unfortually it is no longer free but THIS is the latest freeware version.
    • WAS FREEWARE
  8. Handle
    • Displays all handles that a program opened. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  9. HandleEx
    • Displays all handles that a program opened. Great for finding what is locking out a file from change or deleteing. Just like Handle but with a GUI.
    • FREEWARE
  10. Kernel Toys
    • Tools for Win95 but some work fine in later versions. I use WinTop the most. I know WinTop works fine even in WinMe.
    • FREEWARE
  11. NTFS Dos Read Only
    • Allows you to read NTFS Paritions in Dos. This version uses it's own NTFS stack. The free version only allows reading. Dos Based.
    • FREEWARE (LITE)
  12. NTFS Dos Pro Read Only
    • Allows you to read NTFS Paritions in Dos. This version uses NT/2k's NTFS stack. The free version only allows reading. Dos Based.
    • FREEWARE (LITE)
  13. NTFS read only
    • Allows you to read NTFS Paritions in Win9The free version only allows reading.
    • FREEWARE (LITE)
  14. Pagefile Defrag
    • Program Defrags your page file and Registry hives before windows starts.
    • FREEWARE
  15. PGP
    • Encryption and Identification Tools. Likely the best available to date.
    • FREEWARE
  16. PKZip
    • OOOOLD but well used Zip (un)compression program for Dos. Dos Based.
    • FREEWARE
  17. Port Monitor
    • Excelent program that monitors COM/LTP Usage. I figured out (mostly) my orginizer's protocol with this program.
    • FREEWARE
  18. Power Toys
    • Tools for Win95 but some work fine in later versions. Tools like DosHere, SendToX, Target, and Explorer Here I use in all my installs.
    • FREEWARE
  19. Properties Plus
    • Adds a "More Properties" to the context menu to allow you to modify the same data that plain properties just shows you.
    • FREEWARE
  20. PsTools
    • A collection of tools like pskill, pslist, psshutdown, psuptime to view and control your nt/2k computer even from another computer.
    • FREEWARE
  21. Puptime
    • A Simple UpTime program that runs on the systray. Also keeps stats on restarts and crashes.
    • FREEWARE
  22. Registry Monitor
    • An EXCELENT Program. Monitors all registry usage by programs. Filtering also included.
    • FREEWARE
  23. Say the Time 2.0.2
    • Talking Clock program. Also can do alarms but I find it only does the first alarm right in this version. The latest version is no longer free but the url posted is the freeware 2.0.2 version.
    • FREEWARE
  24. SDelete
    • Securely erases files and free space. You can chose how many times to overwrite.
    • FREEWARE
  25. Start Menu Cleaner
    • Cleans up your start menu from programs that no longer exists.
    • FREEWARE
  26. StartUp Control Panel
    • Control Panel Applet that lets you see, disable and move around settings on which programs run on start.
    • FREEWARE
  27. SysInternal Misc Tools
    • Several Tools from sysinternals like EFSDump, hostname, Junction, Streams, strings and sync.
    • FREEWARE
  28. The Cleaner
    • The Best Trojan and worm cleaner. Doesn't do virus cleanings but does trojans better then the anti virus guys.
    • SHAREWARE ($30us)
  29. TinyTimer
    • Simple Timer program that sites on the systray.
    • FREEWARE
  30. Trayer 2.30
    • Allows any program to move to the systray. The latest version is no longer free but the url posted is the freeware 2.30 version.
    • FREEWARE
  31. TreeComp
    • Program help in comparing files in two locations (folders or ftp sites). A bit tricky to get at first, escpecially the symbols, but once you do it works fine.
    • FREEWARE
  32. TweakUI
    • Excellent Addin for all versions of windows since Win9Tweaks hidden settings in the registry.
    • FREEWARE
  33. u2x
    • Converts *nix ASCII to pc ASCII and vice versa.
    • FREEWARE
  34. u2x Shell Extension
    • Converts *nix ASCII to pc ASCII and vice versa. This version adds itself into Explorer's context menu for easy converting. Adds .unix or .pc on the converted file.
    • FREEWARE
  35. Unrar
    • Uncompresses RAR formated files. Console Based.
    • FREEWARE
  36. WCPUID
    • If you wanted to know what cpu your using, it's speed, bus and close speed and several other settings check this out. Does seem to have some problems reporting true AGP speed (ASUS V7700 seem to show 2x when it's really 4x)
    • FREEWARE
  37. Winmag Cookie Viewer
    • Allows you to view and delete cookie data. Mostly geared to IE users. Does support netscape but requires that you search the whole hd to find them.
    • FREEWARE
  38. WinObj
    • Shows Windows Objects in NT/2k and allows you to set security settings. Mostly over my head but looks cool. Good to show *nix users that NT/2k has devices too, /dev/hda = /Device/HardDrive1
    • FREEWARE
  39. WinZip
  40. Wsver
    • Check what version of winsock you have.
    • FREEWARE
  41. ZapDisk
    • Wipes out a Harddrive COMPLETELY. Even bootloaders like LILO and NTLdr. Small bug where if you say NO to wiping out a drive it says it does, but it didn't.
    • FREEWARE
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