Recommended utilities that should be on every person's computer:
Winzip: a file compression utility that allows the user to email files that might be blocked by email programs with file security. Is a great way to archive by keeping numerious files contained within one "zip" file, it also compresses the files and therefore saves disk space. You can use the evaluation version indefinitely and get it HERE.
Instructions for using it are HERE. For users interested in a free file compression alternative IzArc has an excellent reputation and is free with no trial and no restrictions; you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE.
Adobe Acrobat Reader: a utility for reading PDF's free of charge. Available HERE.
For users who need to create PDF's and already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, I highly recommend Cute PDF for its light installation requirements. The free version is available HERE, simply click the FREE DOWNLOAD link on the left and follow the instructions. You'll be prompted to download the converter software during the installation so be sure to assent to this request.
Pix Resizer is a terrific program - free of charge - for reducing the size of picture files that you intend to email. Often, a digital camera will capture images with unnecessarily high resolution, making file transfers via email very cumbersome. This program retains lots of quality without slowing down your Outbox.
Picasa is another fabulous solution for reducing the size of picture files. Also features free web album space online!
Open Office is a great open source alternative (meaning free) to Microsoft Office and supports Office formats such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint files.
Firefox 3.5 is the latest version of the open source browser from Mozilla (an open source community) that offers security, privacy and superior performance to its predecessor. Definitely my browser of choice.
CDBurnerXP is a terrific program for burning CDs and DVDs. This is a light application which runs great on machines young and old.