I've organized the software by how often I use it - daily, frequently or infrequently. I've also included other standard programs like antivirus/security, office software and runtime libraries (.NET and Java).
Since it can take a lot of time to go through and google for an app, visit the site, find the download section and find the current version to download for thirty-some apps, I've included links to the download pages and the current version of the app, as of today, Friday November 30th 2007.
Linked downloads (second link) are EXE installers for Windows XP in English from North American servers. If that doesn't work for you, click on the download page (first link) and select what you do want.
SpeedFan 4.33 PC hardware monitor (no direct download link as requested by site maintainer)
TrueCrypt 4.3a On-the-fly volume-based encryption (no direct download link as requested by site maintainer)
Google Gears Offline access to websites (still in beta)
- NetStumbler 0.4.0 Wireless traffic analyzer/monitor/snooper
- winMd5Sum 1.0.1 Get/check MD5 checksums for files
- OpenOffice 2.3.0 with JRE, 2.3.0 without JRE Full open-source office suite, requires Java JRE
I've listed older versions as well since some apps (specifically system admin or backup software) require a specific older version. If you're not sure what you need, get the most recent version.
Let me know if you find this useful or have suggestions for the list.