Freeware that I can’t do without:
Exact Audio Copy, the standard in deadly accurate digital extraction from CDs.
dBPowerAmp, for converting audio files to and from different formats. Use with the LAME codec for mp3 conversion.
Monkey’s Audio, for one format of lossless audio compression (Windows only at present)
FLAC, Free Lossless Audio Compression (same result, different format, cross-platform.)
TMPGEnc, .avi > .mpeg converter
PowerGrab and PowerPost yEnc, for downloading and uploading binaries
and the following utilities:
Ad-Aware, for spam blocking and spyware detection/elimination.
and several utilities from Karenware. I have a cookie viewer and a directory printer.
Thanks for the cool suggestions, everyone. I’m going to look into them tonight!