Utilities

Simple and easy way to download and install multiple key programs at once

http://ninite.com/

Atto Disk Benchmark

Old school disk benchmark software that just works… FREE = GOOD!
Download Atto Disk Benchmark Software

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player Download

Samurize

A little complex and finicky to configure, however the configuration options are endless!

My current simple & clean Samurize profile:

I take no credit for this profile since it was created by Nessa482 a deviant art member who was nice enough to share his configuration with the world.

Link to Download Samurize
Link to Nessa482’s Simple Stats Bar – Samurize Page
Link to Deviant Art Samurize Themes Page

BGInfo

BGInfo Download – Free Microsoft App.

RainLendar

Calendar App. with skin & theme capabilities
Rainlendar Site + Download

Desktop BackGrounds

desktopography.net
Free National Geographic Wallpapers
Colorful Desktop Wallpapers
Even more awesome desktop wallpapers…

Bandwidth Monitoring Software

http://www.softperfect.com/products/networx/

Minimalistic Desktop Software

Changes your windows task bar to one which is nearly invisible.
Emerge Desktop Link

Windows Vista Side Bar – For XP!

Link…

Rocket Dock

Identical to Apple OS X dock, but Free and for Windows.  Also comes with loads of handy add on applets, icons, and eveything except the kitchen sink.
http://rocketdock.com/

Windows XP Powertoys

Just another oldie but goodie that’s free from Microsoft!
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

TrueCrypt – Hard/Flash Drive Encryption

http://www.truecrypt.org/

Windows 2003 Resource Kit

Loads of handy utilities not included in the default install of Windows XP/Vista/2003 Server/2008 Server.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD&displaylang=en

Recuva

Free Windows Data Recovery Tool
http://www.recuva.com/

IconRestorer

Manage and save desktop icon details/location/theme etc.
http://fsl.sytes.net/iconrestorer.html

Automate Any key stroke

http://www.autohotkey.com/

Iotop (Linux)

Find out what process is flogging your disk
http://guichaz.free.fr/iotop/

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