It's the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? Nothing says "winter" like 6 inches of snow that keeps you from going to the office!
Over the years, I've amassed a set of utilities, many of them free, to make my life easier. This list can sometimes take the place of things that I would normally use in the office, other times they are things that sync to the "cloud" and I use them both in the office and at home.
I don't care too much for USB "thumb" drives, and I've had my fair share of leaving them at home or at work and needing them at the opposite location. Dropbox clears up this mess, as there are no USB drives to lose or leave in the wrong place. NOTE: the link that I have IS a referral link. Clicking on that and creating an account results in both of us getting an extra 250 MB of space with the free account (starts at 2 GB, max for free is 8 GB).
I take a lot of notes, both on the road at conferences and at the office. Evernote is what I use to keep them organized.
3. Google Docs
Unless you want to spring for Microsoft Office at home, Google Docs is the way to go. There are several others including Zoho and Office Online, but I haven't used them. Google Docs has great collaboration features, document versioning, and its free. Just make sure to back it up! The only problem: no DBF file support.
This is perhaps the greatest text editor. It understands and does some context highlighting (etc) for many programming languages. Even better, Colby from Citilabs uploaded his language definition file for Cube Voyager to the user group!
The Express Edition tools have become our go-to tools for new development, particularly MS Visual C++ EE and MS Visual Basic EE. Since they're free, you can have copies both at home and work.
This one's almost optional, but for those working with Java models, this is the standard IDE, and it is open source.
Any tools to add? Add them in the comments below.