You guys might as well hit up the web interface apps, although I think MS includes the Real and Macromedia stuff.Macromedia Shockwave PlayerMacromedia Flash PlayerApple QuicktimeRealOne Player
The atomic time software I use is Rocket.Time
If you can, find a copy of WinAmp 2.81 or older, because the new one doesn't randomize the first song on the start of a playlist and cannot update a MP3 tag in the middle of a song. Low CPU/Mem usage on that one too.
Nero Burning ROM is a must have if you plan to make CDs. One of the few burning programs that is not completely based in giant color buttons.
Norton Internet Security is a great firewall/anti-virus package, but you can get Zone Alarm for free.
For DVD playback, I use PowerDVD. So far, no problems and great sound/video.
For ripping CDs, CDex
Whatever word processing program you can get, might want to wait on MS Office 2k3, if that is coming out in a month as I thought I heard somewhere. No idea if its any better or just costs more. Linux people will say OpenOffice.
And anyone who games out there, two apps I highly recommend. Kali.net
for internet game lookup and joining without opening the game, and TeamSpeak
for all your voice apps, since its free and supports multiple channels on a server.
And I have had trouble going to certain pages with Mozilla because the stupid page creator's don't support it. If you want only one browser, go with IE. People agree it's not always the best in performance, but it probably is in compatability,
I think that is it.
Oh, the MS Powertoys for MS XP Pro
and the MS XP Home
. Kinda replaced TweakUI from 98 I think.