Ten Things You Can Have for Free
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
The latest version of AM-Notebook Lite is "a multi-featured personal information manager that provides an easy and reliable way to save notes, formula supported spreadsheets, to do lists, tasks and contacts within a light weight tray icon tool" (OS: Win 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3)
Calibre is "a one stop solution to all your e-book needs. It is free, open source and cross-platform in design and works well on Linux, OS X and Windows. calibre is meant to be a complete e-library solution and thus includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, as well as e-book reader sync features and an integrated e-book viewer" (OS: Linux, Mac OS X, Win 9x/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3/Vista) [Thanks to LJ Cohen for the tip on this one]
Delphinus Notes is "a freeware program designed to keep and manage notes. It contains simple notepad, calendar (with week schedule) and expenditure management module. All data can be encrypted and program can be protected by the password. Program can also show time in 3 time zones, and can indicate the time of sunrise and sunset at specified location. Notes can also be shown directly on the desktop wallpaper" (OS: Win 2000/XP/2003/Vista)
Desktop-Reminder is "a freeware task planner for Windows to manage your tasks and other to-dos’ in easy way. Always during start of Windows it lists all tasks, which are urgent for that day. In case, there is additionally time of day in task defined, according notification message will be shown, when the time comes" (OS: Windows XP/Vista/7)
Eyes Relax is "a utility that helps avoiding eyes-related problems when working at a computer for several hours. Concentrating your eyesight on a computer screen can cause an eye strain. You can prevent this by taking regular breaks during the work and look at distant objects. Eyes Relax is a tool that reminds you about taking those breaks. It a very flexible utility, which allows you to specify two independent (short and long) work periods, the length of the breaks, break types, notification sounds and many other settings. Eyes Relax has also the parenting features. It can enter the password-protected Parent Mode in which the user is forced to take breaks (during the break the computer is locked). This is very useful since children often forget about the real world and play video games much too long" (OS: Win NT/2000/XP)
Home Accounts is "an application to enable easy management of home finances. Features include: Multiple accounts; Scheduled transactions; Money transfer transactions; Import and export of CSV files; Reconciliation against statements; Correct use of local currencies and dates; and Graphs to visually compare income and expenditure" (OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista)
ooSooM responds to a simple idea: "To get on with the job in hand you need to get thoughts of what needs doing and what needs remembering out of your head and safely and securely logged, in a way that means you can find them later when needed. ooSooM does not attempt to force a predetermined 'methodology' on you, rather it's very free format and open allowing you to use it however you like, but with enough structure to ensure that once logged, information can retrieved easily and readily" (OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista/7)
Paint.NET is "image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows XP or 2000. Paint.NET is jointly developed at Washington State University with additional help from Microsoft, and is meant to be a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with all Windows operating systems. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with GDI+ extensions. Paint.NET has many of the powerful features that expensive commercial applications have, including the ability to use layers" (OS: Win XP/2003/Vista)
Simple Plain Note is a "very small colorful note taking app. Features: Change color of notes; Make note stick on top; Make notes transparent; Create e-mail of note; Send note to twitter; Resize notes how big or small you want it; Some syntax highlight for notes that have code; -Fully xml based (does not need windows registry2)" (OS: Win 2000/XP/Vista/7)
VueMinder Calendar Lite is "a FREE calendar and reminder program for Windows. It supports multiple calendars displayed simultaneously in layers. These can be viewed and printed by day, week, or month.
They can also be visually distinguished using unlimited combinations of fonts, background colors, and gradient styles. It also integrates a semitransparent calendar into your Windows desktop, so you´ll always be able to see your upcoming events. Features: View multiple calendars in layers and by day, week, or month; Subscribe to calendars on local network or web; Add common public calendars, such as holidays; Categorize events; Import from iCalendar (ics) files; Export to iCalendar (ics) files; Print calendars using daily, weekly, and monthly layouts; Quick startup using a configuration wizard; Backup and restore data; Cut, copy, paste, and delete events; Customize calendar appearances; View simple popup reminders; Popup reminders can contain music or videos; View simple desktop alerts; Enter event descriptions using full-featured text editor or HTML; Mark events and tasks as being completed; View an interactive calendar that is integrated into the Windows desktop; Hide completed events and tasks; Quick multi-month navigation; Search for events; automatically check for program updates. The Lite version is completely free, but doesn´t have as many bells and whistles as the Pro and Enterprise versions. Requires: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0" (OS: Win 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7)