Here is my list of cool applications to make my computing life better.
AutoHotKey – a free, open-source utility for Windows that can: Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don’t have AutoHotkey installed.
Launchy – a free windows and linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes
Process Lasso – improves your PC’s responsiveness and stability. Process Lasso intelligently adjusts the priority of running programs so that badly behaved programs won’t interfere with your ability to use the computer. In addition, Process Lasso offers capabilities such as default process priorities and affinities, termination of disallowed processes, instance count limits, and much more!
DropBox – get 2 gigabytes of online storage for free. You can sync your files automatically to your window or mac computers and the web. Access your files from any browser or mobile device. Share files with your friends and family. View your photos in a gallery and share them easily with anyone. .
OpenDNS – a free and very fast replacement for your ISP DNS and also get DNS content and phishing filtering.
ObjectDock – a free quick launch taskbar that looks and acts like the Mac OS X taskbar. ObjectDock enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock.
Cropper – a free screen capture utility. It makes it fast and easy to grab parts of your screen. Use it to easily capture parts of a web site, including text and images. It’s also great for writing documentation that needs images of your application or web site.
FileZilla – a free Windows, Mac, Linux FTP client.
Picasa – a free photo organizer from Google.
Beyond TV – gives you the capability to turn your PC into a digital video recorder (DVR). Its simple user-friendly interface lets you browse your TV listings, record shows, and watch live TV from your PC with no subscription fees, ever!
Second Copy – makes a backup of your data files to another directory, disk or computer across the network. It then monitors the source files and keeps the backup updated with new or changed files. It runs in the background with no user interaction.
And I use several of the developer tools that Scott Hanselman uses.