22. FreeUndeleteEver delete a file you really needed? Before you pay lots of money to a company that specializes in recovering lost data, try this free utility. If your data hasn't yet been overwritten, FreeUndelete can probably get it back for you.
23. GIMPIf you could use the advanced photo-editing features of Photoshop, but don't want to spring for the $650, GIMP is for you. Short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux. It may take you a while to learn to use it, but probably no longer than any other photo manipulation software with a similar feature set.
24. Gmail With Gmail, you not only get Web-based e-mail with 2600MB of free storage, you also can use Google's famous search capabilities to search through your old messages. If you're the kind of person who doesn't like to delete old messages, this is the e-mail service for you. Plus, you can chat through Gmail and access Gmail on your mobile phone.
25. Google Earth Perhaps one of the greatest time-wasters ever invented, Google Earth lets you visit any place on the planet, as seen from space. And it has legitimate uses like helping you find driving directions or plan the new subdivision you're building too.
26. IrfanviewThis photo viewer (named for its creator) is probably better than the one that came with your digital camera. It supports a huge list of photo file types, doesn't take up a lot of room, and lets you do some basic photo editing.
27. iTunes Even if you don't have an iPod, iTunes sets the standard for an easy-to-use music player and CD ripper. Plus, you get access to Apple's huge selection of 99-cent songs. Rock on, dude.
28. LogMeIn FreeThis service allows you to access your home computer from any Internet-connected device. If you want to use it for work or access the advanced features, you'll need to upgrade to one of the paid LogMeIn products.