A brief list of what I consider to be essential software.
I install most of these products after installing a new operating system, I generally map the CDROM to the Z: drive so that it is always las drive in case I need to add a new partition or additional hard drive or cd rom. I then create a DATA partition which is separate from the C: Drive, (preferably on a separate hard drive) you may want to consider calling it it H: for Home L: for local D: for Data or P: for Private/Personal, I do this so that if I ever need to reinstall windows on the C: drive may data remains safe on the L Drive.
If you have a spare computer knocking about, you may want to consider installing and running Linux, current releases of Linux are increasingly user friendly and rival the features of proprietary operation systems. For more information about linux please read Linux in the home and office
SpyWare and HiJack Software
Be aware the spyware and hijack software is rife on the internet, use and any of the products below which will completely remove most spyware and hijack software, unless it is one which has just started spreading.
Cool Software Programs
I have reviewed some of my preffered software here Cool Software Programs The software described and reviewed in include
Web Softare / Applications
gMail - a web email account, that currently provides about 2.6GB of email storage, it hinges on the idea that you should never need to delete an email due to space restrictions. Email is searchable so you can easily find email.
Skype - talk to anyone anywhere using your computer and an internet connection.
Flickr - store a selection of your photos online, so that you can share them with family and friends.
More than one million children are Homeschooling in the United States and approximately 150,000 children are homeschooled in the United Kingdom, (about 50,000 families homeschool in England)