Tools

This is a list of  tools that I’m using and are freely available. Maybe you can use certain pieces of it.
Several are completely free and / or open source, a few the more limited free editions, but still very useful.

For creative stuff:

Blender 
A free, open source, 3D creation tool. It can also be used as a video editor. It does take some time to learn, but there are several websites that have free online lessons.
BlenderGuru and BlenderCookie are two that I’ve started with and enjoyed, but there are a lot of good blender tutorials and instructors.

Godot game engine
Marvelous free, open source, game engine. It has lots of nice features, 2D, 3D, nice scripting, Many exporting options including windows, linux, mac, android, html5.
It’s fairly new, but lately getting a lot of traction, good tutorials.

Visual Studio Code
A free, open source code editor from Microsoft. Cross platform, lot’s of plugins, can open quickly any directory to work in.

Netbeans IDE
A bigger, cross-platform, free code editor for the web. I use this one for bigger web projects.

Gimp
The GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
Since version 2.8 you can put the software in single-window mode, which I recommend. That makes it more comfortable to work with I think.
The setting is under windows in the main menu.

Krita
Very nice pixel program. Good workflow to get things rapidly done, you can just drag other images into an image, import as layers, very pleasant, but do not save jpeg’s with it, use png’s if you need an export for the web or other programs.
Use gimp in stead for jpeg export if necessary, it’s way better. Krita always adds some blur with the jpeg’s.

G’MIC
GREYC’s Magic for Image Computing. Full-featured open-source framework for image processing, comes as a Gimp plugin, it has lots of wonderful image filters.

Inkscape 
A free vector drawing program.

Audacity 
For sound file editing.

Sunvox 
Music creation software, free for the desktop.

Hitfilm express
Free version of Hitfilm, pro video editing software.

Open Broadcaster Software
Free open source screen capture software.

TEncoder Video Converter
Free open source video conversion software. (GUI for FFMpeg, MEncoder and MPlayer)

Genymotion
Android virtual machines in conjunction with Virtualbox, free for personal use, wonderful tool. You can download various phone model images after installing Virtualbox and Genymotion.

Tortoisegit and tortoisesvn
Git and subversion into the windows shell, no command line for me on these things.

For sysadmin/maintenance things on windows:

Burnaware free
Disc burning software. I use it to create iso files from a cd,dvd,.. disk. (copy to Image button on the front page)

Virtual Clonedrive
Software to mount images under windows.

EaseUS Partition Master Free
A free windows partition manager. Very nice tool. I’ve used it to resize windows system partitions.

Hiren’s boot cd
A bootable cd with a lot of tools. I have mainly used it to reset windows passwords.

For doing this: choose mini windows xp on the boot menu,  hbcd menu on the desktop and then it’s under programs > passwords / keys > windows login > NTPVEdit
or Offline NT/2000/Xp/Vista/7 password changer from the main menu. Some extra googling / registry editing may be necessary.

FreeFileSync 
Making backups is important I think. When you run linux there is rsync, but for windows you can use this free tool for folder comparison and synchronization to other disks for backup.

Rufus or unetbootin (Cross platform)
To create a bootable usb drive from an ISO image.

Win32DiskImager
Create images from sd cards (press read) or move an image to an sd card (press write).

Bulk Rename Utility
Very nice tool for batch renaming filenames.
To replace a certain part of the filename use the Replace (3) boxes. You can get a preview of the changes the program will make.
It’s free for personal use.

Grep
Grep on windows

Linux:

Grub customizer
Convenient for editing the grub config instead of editing the textfile
$ sudo pico /etc/default/grub
$ sudo update-grub

Grep
grep -R “text you search” .

Linux mint
Nice distribution I recommend for everyone to try. It’s the most easy linux to get started with I think. Pretty good hardware recognition. With this you can transform older computers into stable, very usable machines again, in stead of having to buy new hardware.

Cross platform:
FreeFileSync
File synchronisation application to bring multiple directories, on different locations, in sync. Works really well.

Soundwire
Send audio output of computer to an android device, from windows or linux.