For burning Cd’s I used Ahead’s Nero – until I discovered Deep Burner. This little program is only 2.6 Mb big and can burn both CD’s and DVD’s. It doesn’t have all those fancy utilities and possibilities as Nero, but if you only need a program to burn stuff, this is a program for you. Great and free!!
Speaking of other possibilities as, say, converting music to different formats – I used to use Nero for this. But now I discovered a little gem called dbPower AMP Converter, which can convert MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, CD’s etc. It is extremely fast while converting. Really cool!
For instant messaging I no longer use MSN Messenger because of all those crappy ads. No, once again open source software comes and rescues me – Miranda IM is really great that not only manages MSN Hotmail protocol,but also ICQ, AIM, Jabber, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu, Tlen, Netsend and more. Nice and free!