I was kind of shocked when I noticed that I haven’t yet mention the premiere Open Source virus scanner for Windows:
It is derived from the Open Source ClamAV project and adds windows specific features such as a simple installer, scanning scheduler, and Microsoft Outlook add-in.
Vista Laptop Battery Saver
Vista Laptop Battery Saver is, according to the author’s blog entry, an itch that needed to be scratched (like many Open Source projects). Its sole function is to turn off Windows Vista’s Aero Glass interface when a notebook is using battery power. The assumption is that this reduces the faster battery drain people using Vista notebooks have been complaining about.
K-Lite Codec Pack 3.01
Last year I needed to reformat my PC as part of general house cleaning (Microsoft ActiveSync went bonky and would not work after several attempts to remove, reinstall, etc.). Since I had to reformat the hard drive anyway, I decided to move from XP Home Edition to XP Media Center Edition. The upgrade went well and the freshly installed ActiveSync worked again (or at least as well as one can expect this ill behaved software to work).