- Firefox itself should require no explanation, but perhaps you are less familiar with zir buddies: Adblock Plus, MeasureIt, ColorZilla, FireFTP, Gmail Notifier, NoScript, and Lazarus, hmmm?
- Notepad++, which I have no idea how I lived without. Seriously, if you're still using Notepad out of some begrudged traditionalism, you need to look at Notepad++.
- GIMPshop & GIMP are photo-editing programs, the former modded to look and act like Adobe Photoshop.
- OpenOffice is the open source alternative to Microsoft Office.
- Avast! Antivirus is a free, far-less-intrusive-than-Symantec-products anti-virus program.
- Miranda IM is an open source, multi-client Instant Message program that is simply awesome.
- Lissa Explains was my favorite site when I was just starting out learning—it presents material in a very simple and easy to understand way.
- Image to Color Palette Generator is an easy way to grab color schemes from your images.
- Color Blender
- Color Scheme Designer
Fonts & Typography
- dafont.com is a good place to find many free and nearly free fonts.
- Web Safe Fonts @ Speaking in Styles is an awesome list of web safe fonts, alternatives, and how they look.
- stock.xchng is an awesome stock image site with moderated content.
- Burning Well is another stock image site with public domain images.
- Morguefile is still another stock image site with numerous images.
That Pesky Real Life Thing
- GetHuman allows you to bypass some of the more annoying automated answering processes companies have deployed to insure consumers are unable to access services. :P
- Freecycle.org is pretty damn awesome.
- poor_skills @ Livejournal is an awesome, multi-faceted community with various answers to the working stiff's problems and issues.