I have collected a lot of favorite softwares over the years, and much of my experience comes down to whether
most of it can handle my obscure, incredibly picky ways of doing things.

Below is a list separated by platform of my most used and most recommended software.

Multiplatform

Genereal stuff you can find on any machine made in the last 10 years.

🞜 mpv

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Okay so this counts as a Linux recommendation as well, and I may move this down to a unified section
later on, but mpv is the media player of choice, period. Fast, simple, easy to learn, and it makes simply
previewing clips a breeze. If I had to call it anything, MPV is a souped-up wrapper for FFmpeg that gives
more.

🞜 Keepass 2

Link:Get it Here

Forget Dashlane, fuck Lastpass - you do not under any reasonable circumstance need to store your passwords
in the cloud. Look I get it, you want your passwords wherever you are, and I feel that. But, you must
agree that nothing is ever truely secure in the cloud unless you Own your Cloud (hinting future recc), so please
do yourself a favor and treat you and your passwords right with Keepass. Store multiple copies of your database,
create a key file and bury it in your yard or whatever. Johnny OneDrive and the Google Drive Five can't leak your encryption
keys if you never upload them.

🞜 Firefox

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Alright Collyn, what's this doing here? Sad state of affairs with Google being such a dominant force in the
realm of the world wide web. Such is, with strong-arming and capturing the market by setting the standards, putting
everyone with ad-block in a chokehold because YouTube can't make money to save its life. How do you defeat a giant?
You get another to knock its teeth out. Firefox is the browser that will save the internet. Whether you like it or not
Chrome is bad for the net. If you care about a future where freedom comes from the choices you make, stop using
yet another flavour of Chromium and join the revolution. Plus, you can get a head start with learning its quirks.

🞜 Krita

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We don't stan Clip Studio in this house. Not anymore. Look, I'm just trying not to scare you off from new things
but for real, Krita is great if you can learn to master its curves. Does it have a stabilizer? Yes. Can you make your
own brushes and patterns? Yes. Can you lock your cursor to a vanishing point? Yea! Krita is loaded with features for
a free painting program. It's made by KDE, and they make some fantastic software. It gets high marks from me (plus the tablet support works great).

🞜 Nicotine+

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A popular client for the SLSK network. I won't divulge into it too much but it's much better than the standard client
and you may end up seeking it out eventually. I may update this in detail when I'm comfortable.

🞜 Nextcloud

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One of my most focused-on softwares over the last couple of years, and this is due to how much it's gotten ingrained into
my everyday computer use. Focused on self-hosted file storage first, Nextcloud offers a while slew of applications and tools, all accessble from your browser. If you have a home server, I do think it's easily one of the more essential services to run
in your home.

🞜 Blender

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3D modeling, sculpting, animating, compositing, rendering, video editing, and Python programming. To say Blender is a bit featured is an understatement.

🞜 VSCodium

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A fork of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code that not only removes the telemetry layer, but provides a full alternative to the Microsoft
extension "store". I'm even writing my site with it.

🞜 Calibre

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Pronounced "Cal-eeburr", I use Calibre for all of my e-book management. It's got a robust UI that gets the job done and makes having a library
quite satisfying.

Linux

The collection of software here isn't quite complete, as a lot of it is already multiplatform so
when it boils down to it, software that's Linux-exclusive is wildly varied.

🞜 Vorta for Borg Backup

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Borg Backup is a software that makes backing up files fast and smart using deduplication and compression.
It's a CLI only application - Not a requirement, but it may be wise to learn a few conventions before trying a GUI solution such as Vorta. It makes it so much easier to troubleshoot later on.

Vorta is the GUI front-end for Borg that I prefer. It's clean, readable, and makes setting up a new repository a breeze.
Very nice to have desktop notifications for when the automated backup is running (something that Borg itself can't do unless you add it to your crontab).
All the maintenance I have to do is clicking on 'Compact' every so often to make the repository smaller.
Due to the way I use it, it deadlocks, but that is mostly a me problem.
You may not run into the same issues if you don't hoard data.
(For real, if you ever dedicate a drive to Borg, create - an at least 4GB - 'deadlock prevention' file to save yourself a headache.
Run dd if=/dev/zero of=deadlock-prevention bs=1M count=4096 in the base
directory.)

🞜 KDE Plasma

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My desktop environment of choice. The level of customization is mad, and I think the full suite of tools such as Kate, Dolphin (File Manager),
and KolourPaint make KDE stand out really well. I want to go into detail on each part I enjoy the most, but I'll talk about it at another time.

🞜 Kitty

Created by Kovid Goyal (same author as Calibre!), I couldn't have asked for a better terminal emulator. Whether hardware accellerated rendering
of the text on screen actually creates a significant performance improvement is up to the user, but for me? Hell yeah it does. Despite that,
you won't see much (or any) overhead from needing a graphics pipeline running Kitty. The main point is Kitty has a lot of toys, making it faster to
work with multiple shell instances at once. It requires you to learn and tune for your needs. However, the gains far exceeds the investment.
Try Kitty today.

🞜 Flatpak / Flatseal

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A double recommendation. Flatpak is a popular package manager for 'sandboxed' applications. It does make installation painless, but you WILL
need a way to manage permissions of your installed applications. Flatseal solves this problem with a GUI which simply does what you can already do
on the command line, but I honestly wouldn't bother with that. This is better.

Windows

Note: I don't use Windows anymore, but this is still a comprehensive list.

🞜 Microsoft PowerToys

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Created by an independant group within Microsoft as part of their Open Source Initiative,
this version of PowerToys comes as a spiritual successor to the previous version made for
Windows 95. It features many useful things such as obscure calculators, keyboard shortcuts
for many of Windows's accessories, a Hosts file editor, and a semi-fancy window tiling tool.

🞜 Q-Dir

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Designed by Nenad Hrg, Q-dir improves file management big time not only with only a quad-commander
interface, but there are a small quality of life enhancements that make it essentially a more powerful
Explorer. However, for unforseen reasons I ran into issues setting it as my "default", which was nearly
impossible to fix. If you use Q-Dir, treat it like its own program. It's still incredibly handy, but the
option to use it for your default file manager is just a wee bit broken in certain places.

🞜 ShareX

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I miss ShareX a ton. Not only is it the fastest way to take screenshots in Windows, but being able to crop
and edit them as you see fit is far more than enough reasons to install it. That isn't even considering the array
of extra tools included like a file renamer, colour picker, a goddamn DNS changer? I dunno man. ShareX excells
at one thing but still provides you with a suite of things you may not have had already on your machine. Give it a whirl.

🞜 Link Shell Extension

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Once I started learning about symlinks and hardlinks, I was hooked. NTFS supports both of these, despite
Microsoft not making it a usable feature in Windows (the best you can do are Shortcuts, which are NOT the same).
LSE gives you the ability to copy and paste a file as a link or junction, and you don't even need to do anything fancy
to make it happen. Highly recommended if you plan on installing old-school Sourcemods into Steam.

🞜 nomacs - Image Lounge

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Many will recommend Irfanview, and, yes, it's a very nice image viewer. But don't you deserve something
a bit more classy? Maybe simplistic, but still powerful for opening all your formats? I landed upon "the image lounge"
and might I say? It served me very well. At least give it a go, even if you are a diehard Irfanview user.

🞜 WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP)

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For a first-time Apache server user, this might be a terrible way to get yourself started with learning how to
get into web development, but once you get it going (and read the documentation carefully), WAMP is a real dead-
simple development platform for PHP and database management in one convienent package. Of course nowadays,
I prefer nginx over Apache for performance reasons. Sadly, the Linux counterpart is a bit shite.

🞜 Notepad++

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True classics never die. Np++ is the OG when it comes to not-an-ide IDEs, and you bet your ass it puts Visual Studio
and other types of 'full-fat' editors to shame. I consider Np++ the ultimate middle-ground between needing a powerful
tool, and not wanting to wait forever to spin up a bloated editor just so I can fix a single .ini file.

Notable Alternatives: Notepad.exe

🞜 Foobar2000

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In an age where Winamp is trying to sell you an NFT, good friends are hard to find. Foobar however, never changed.
It's the best music player. That's all that needs to be said. If you find a different one you like, use it. But,
FB2K is Old Reliable. It's somewhat good for library management, and you can extend its capabilities a ton with themes,
components, and other plugins. Overall a rock-solid base with little overhead.

🞜 PortableApps

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Back in school, I'd be hard-pressed as I needed programs the school didn't provide. I also needed to move between
multiple computers. PortableApps had me covered during my 11th and 12th grade years, and it's still great. The software
repository it has is huge, and you may discover something new through it like I did. Just be sure that your USB stick
can handle lots of files, such as with mail clients or web browsers. I did accidentally kill my files because it had a fake
capacity, which was not the fault of PortableApps, but it did make me realize it the hard way.

🞜 SumatraPDF

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A fine PDF reader that's compact and easy to use. Also great for CBZ, CBR, and I believe CB7 comic book file formats.

🞜 Everything by Voidtools

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A hard piece of software to talk about without the right context. Everything will index your computer and give you a
comprehensive search engine for your filesystem. Something I would consider indispensable when working on a Windows machine.