1. StickiesAs you might guess, Stickies lets you create virtual post-it notes and place them on your desktop. Support for the app is nearly non-existent, but its so intuitive you wont miss it.
2. Ditto Ever wish you could save the items you cut or copy to the clipboard? Ditto does just that. It extends the capabilities of the standard Windows clipboard, letting you search and paste previously copied data.
3. Login Desktop Gadget Tired of staring at the same-old blue or blue-green Windows login screen? The Login Desktop Gadget lets you put something useful in its place, like weather info, stock tickers, etc. It also lets users run some applications without logging on.
4. Daves Quick Search Deskbar With this handy deskbar, you can run a Google or Yahoo search without first opening up a browser window. Plus, it includes a number of shortcuts (for example, include the # sign after a name to locate a telephone number) that make searching even faster.
5. topBlock Love Lego building blocks? The topBlock screensaver builds a tower of Legos or wireframe blocks whenever your computer is inactive.
6. Karsten SlideShow If you like the My Pictures Slideshow screensaver in Windows but arent sure you want ALL your pictures to be used, Karsten SlideShow lets you control which photos or video clips are used in your screensaver. You can also create a slide show to be used as your desktop wallpaper.
7. PostBooksThis accounting, ERP, and CRM software for medium-sized businesses is now available commercially as OpenMFG, but you can still get the free PostBooks version, with or without commercial support. Both versions both multi-currency support, advanced reporting capabilities, multi-layer security, and integration with wireless barcode scanners for inventory control.
8. CentraView CentraView includes contact management, salesforce automation, customer relationship management (CRM), document management, group calendaring, and more into one package. Its Java-based and can be accessed from any standard browser.
9. H-Inventory H-inventory helps IT managers track hardware inventory and helpdesk incidents. Its less than a year old and still has a way to go, but it already includes a number of useful features.
1. ThunderbirdMozillas Thunderbird is a completely customizable e-mail client. It also makes it easy to organize your messages and boasts some of the toughest security and privacy protection available.
2. Magic Mail Monitor Magic Mail Monitor makes it easy to check multiple POP3 and Web-based accounts from a single interface. Anti-spam features include configurable filters, friends list, and partial message loading.
File Transfer Apps
3. FileZillaThis FTP, FTPS, and SFTP client features an Explorer-like interface that should be familiar to most Windows users. Its not pretty, but its very functional and fast.
4. WinSCP WinSCP provides FTP and SFTP transfer capabilities, as well as some basic file management abilities. It offers an easy-to-use GUI, translations into several different languages, and SSH-1 and SSH-2 support.
6. TurboCASH Aimed at the small/home office market, TurboCASH is a free, basic accounting package that boasts 50,000 registered users. As a bonus, the Web site offers extensive free help, wikis, and community forums.