I stole this idea from the RyanVM forum. I really love these lists as a means of finding great apps. These things tend to change over time, I was hoping to see everyone's current list. It doesn't have to be 20, just post a list! Here's mine, listed in alphabetical order so as not to appear biased.
For me, probably biased, because its the order I thought of them:
vi (I used to be a fan of notepad, but then I figured out how to use vi)
Notepad (I still stick to it usually, because I hate windows commandline..)
AlephOne (for playing the 1st person shooter Marathon games)
Hey Beaker, I'm having some problems w/ your apps. I REALLY loved HTML Dock, but I cant seem to make it work on most of my systems.. Additionaly, I can't make alot of the rest of them work. I get the following Error: Aplication Failed To Initialize properly (Oxc0000135) Click on OK to terminate the application
OzonesDeck , which app(s) are you having trouble with? Do you mean the stuff from my top 20 list, or stuff from beaker.vp.net? If it's the stuff from beaker.vp.net, then you need to install the .NET framework. I didn't create HTML dock is why i'm asking...Toolbar Control was my first app.
hobgoblin, I use hydraIRC for IRC as well. I just don't IRC much! I'll have to look into powerpro.
grigri, I think a blend of notepad2 and notepad++ would be perfect. notepad2 is lean but missing some key functionality (sorting, column highlighting) while notepad++ feels a bit clunky to me. The fact that notepad2 bumped Araneae off my list is a strong testament to how much I like it.
Blackened, I used to use Azureus, but after I tried uTorrent I was hooked. It does everything that I did in Azureus (bandwidth limiting, auto-scanning for new torrents) but with a MUCH smaller footprint. I have an old machine that I use to do my downloading, so resource usage is big on my list for BitTorrent clients. I know CDex and EAC are almost identical in functionality, you could toss a coin and be happy with either of them I just happened to find CDex first...
See, these lists are awesome. They're grerat at pointing out undiscovered and similar applications.
Media Player Classic
bbLean (do shells count?)
Free Download Manager