I'm guessing you mean utilities? You defined the "obvious stuff" as being 95% of all the stuff most of us use. Other than games, voice client, browser, and email - the only real utility/program I have installed is Active Ports. I use it for monitoring port usage and process internet access.
I don't use Firewalls, Anti-Virus, DVD programs (I have a Media Center desktop for that), or other miscellaneous programs that I'd rather make my server slave away with.
I'm just a minimalist when it comes ot my systems. Why have all my systems do everything when you can specialize each machine to be the best at just certain things.
But in other facets I'm quite totalitarian. Everything must be functional and do the most while using the least amount of resources/space.
Sorry, it's 445am... I'm just spamming at this point, but atleast I'm on topic. =)
Folding @home, scientific applications, DVR functions (including video transcoding), playing music (mp3, ogg vorbis...), playing/sampling professional music (MIDI), desktop publishing, writing software, doing taxes, controlling USB-connected digital storage oscilloscopes, hooking up to engine control computers for performance or diagnostics, being the portable media server in a car, GPS w/ mapping software, ...I've just run out of ideas.
Disclaimer: I just list 'em, I don't claim to do all this stuff...
far out, u guys sue weird shit... wen i get my notebook, uninstall all the extra crap, install office 2003, but only have word, excel n powerpoint(i don't use outlook, wen i have outlook express isnttalled), install newer vreison of msn, norton antivirus , acroabt reader, winzip, nero, movie codecs and possibly, a bit torernt program, azeruies, and maybe limewire.
i use PeerGuardian2 at all times that iMay or May not be connected to Torrent or P2P.
PeerGuardian2 is a firewall type varient for lack of a better description but it blocks a very long list of IP's from accessing your computer. It can and does block some website access but it is very easy to allow those websites Permanent access. I recommend it for any who dabble in the gray / black arts.
yea, PG2 is a sweet app it's interesting to look at the logs even if you're not doing anything....
Anyway... beyond "games, web browsing, mail, photoshop, watching dvds" I'd add to the list iTunes (yea, apple.... I know.... it was a gift), DVDShrink, GoogleEarth, GoogleSketchup, and windows calculator (seriously... it's at or near the top of my most used programs)
Sound Forge, Adobe Premiere, Roxio easy media creator, Cyberlink Power DVD, Futuremark apps, Office, Photo Shop, Ulead Photo Explorer, Party Poker, Solitaire, DVDFAB, DVD Shrink, Nero, Mobile phone software for my RAZR, Winamp, Yahoo, MSN, AIM messenger, Sonic Primetime, Quicktime. Sharaaza, Limewire, SNES Emulators. I think that's all I can think of right now.
Wiamp(default music playler and love my skins-all 1300 of them)
Norton Internet Security(yeah I like, never fails), Spybot, Lavasoft Adware
WallpaperDrag(first payed download for backgroud management, always use)
Ehpod(ipod syncing), Sandrasoft, Belarc Advisor,
Power DVD, Easy CD/DVD Creator, I9kfanGUI, Motorola Phone Tool(razr)
Ifranview(best imageviewer program), Realone Player, Itunes(Only if I need it)
Hey is Google earth worth having and is it bundled with junk period