So let me start with the download/internet section first, we all live in a world of fast internet connection and these few programs are going to make your life a little bit easier and richer.
This blog is going to be about internet programs like P2P, bittorrent and download managers.
Bitcomet is a bittorrent and FTP/HTTP downloading client. You've probably heard about it and its a great all round program for downloading torrents with quite a bit additional features. Why I am recommending it is even though it has some tough competition is because right now its the fastest bittorrent client out there.
Utorrent is very small and wastes less resources, but lately its speed has been dramatically reduced, while bitcomet downloads with your max internet speed from start till end. You can also register with the bitcomet network and get even more speed in case some downloads are slower than expected.
Shareaza 22.214.171.124 is a P2P file sharing program. With Limewire officially gone, there are other P2P programs now fighting for supremacy and Shareaza 126.96.36.199 is the best out the bunch.
I am writing the program version because shareaza 188.8.131.52 is hosted of sourceforge.org and is not related in any case to the malware shareaza.com website which has its "shareaza" client at version 7.
The original shareaza can be downloaded from sourceforge or other trustworthy download websites like download.com and filehippo.com. But enough about that, Shareaza supports all available sharing networks from the original emule network to gnutella 1, its own gnutella 2 network to DC++ network and bittorrent protocol. Its basically all in one program and a pretty good one at it. It has a superb build-in filter that removes most of the malware and spam files.
Sopcast is a streaming client(not a service). Do you want to watch football, tennis, news, etc... online it can do it. The program has built in channels featuring sport streams, comedy streams, news streams and so on... You can also find all over the internet links for sopcast streams and you can watch pretty much everything on it. Its also the best as utilizing your internet connection and there is almost no lag spikes or stream shutdown. Basically 98% of the time it features great stream, while the stream quality depends on the streamer of course.
Orbit Downloader is a HTTP download manager or in lames terms, a program for downloading files from the internet. With orbit downloader you can download pretty much everything, from images, videos, embedded videos, youtube videos, yahoo video and even protected images.
The latest version also adds software updater that is going to inform you if there are new versions of the software you have installed, though there are still some quirks there and you shouldn't always download what it suggests.
Anyways other than than it has the ability to pause and resume downloads, it can fetch files from different servers/users and has ability to schedule downloads.
Last but not least is the browsers wars. This is not such a one sided match and each browser has its positives and quirks. Chrome 10 is the lightest and just a little bit faster than firefox 4, while firefox 4 is the newest from mozilla featuring improved interface, great sync options and "Tab groups" as well as tons of add-ons and extensions. IE9 just released as well and its got one of the most reliable graphic accelerated engines, slightly faster than both chrome and firefox. Then there is also Opera which is sort of in the middle between the rest. Its generally fast and stable enough, but does not really do anything better than the rest of the browsers.
So it comes down to choice and the best way is to use them all for a while and then decide.
Internet Explorer 9(Vista, win7 only)