Konfabulator offers various cool widgets - pop up software applets that graphically deliver targeted information such as local maps, clock, news feeds, PIM, games, cam viewers and more. The recent Yahoo!'s acquisition also turned Konfabulator into a free download!
MSN Virtual Earth
MSN Virtual Earth is a fine online tool that helps you search and find directions. It combines local search results with actual digital satellite/aerial imagery.
Windows's Taskbar can be handy, but it doesn't let you choose the order of the icons. TaskArrange, however, lets you set the order of your PC's Taskbar icons. This version works for NT-based systems. The vendor offers a Windows 95/98/Me version as well. Just remember to exit TaskArrange once you have achieved your desired order. That way the program will take up no more memory for itself, nor will it require a pesky tray icon of its own.
This free software can analyze and benchmark many kinds of hardware , such as CPU performance, hard disk performance, video system information, mainboard information, and many more. It's free for personal use only.
FreeRAM XP Pro
FreeRAM XP Pro is a freeware application to free and defragment your computer's RAM. As you use your computer , open applications, surf the Internet your system's memory will usually decrease because some software does not use memory correctly.
FreeRAM XP Pro frees up this memory, thereby increasing system response time, stability, speed, and efficiency.
Fresh UI is a fresh solution for configuring and optimizing Windows. Loaded with hundreds of useful settings for Windows XP/2000/ NT4/98/95/Me, it covers the customizing techniques that you'll be glad to know. Free for personal use only.
ZIP password finder
ZIP password finder is a completely free tool to recover zip archive passwords. Features several functions/attacks, a nice, easy to use interface and $0 price which makes it the top choice for .zip password recovery.
Windows' own clock (in the taskbar tray) is small and plain. It doesn't display seconds, and it has no alarm. Replace it with ClocX , a freebie that lets you set alarms to go off once or on a regular schedule. The alarms can play a sound, display a message, launch an application, or even exit Windows. You can display a pop-up calendar for a quick check of the date, or see both the date and time on your clock face. Use the program's antialiasing, its transparency levels, or one of its downloadable faces or "skins" to improve the clock's readability. Set ClocX to stay on top of open windows, or activate its "click-through" to place it beneath windows.