program developement:

www.blitzbasic.com- a recomended compiler for making 2d and 3d video games. Very easy to use.

www.thegamecreators.com - another great compiler

www.microsoft.com - great site ,with great developer programs ,and a decated group of people behind the fourms

http://www.clickteam.com/eng/installcreator.php InstallShield creator program.

 www.popfly.com A compiler that makes video games and websites without typing code!

 Must have programs:

http://www.officerecovery.com/freeundelete/ - A program designed to recover deleted files! Try it, it really works, and best of all it is compelety free, no strings attached!

www.recuva.com Another undeleter

 http://cccleaner.com/"Cleans up" your computer to improve its speed and perfermance.

http://ascgendotnet.jmsoftware.co.uk/ - an image to text convertor. In other words it makes your images into text images made out of letters!

http://www.screamingbee.com/ - has a really cool voice cloaker

 http://getpaint.net/download.html#Download - great alternative to MS paint

download sites:

www.sourceforge.com - Free file hosting for open source projects

www.freewarehome.com- a site with a bunch of freeware and shareware

www.freewareweb.com - lots of downloads

 www.softsea.com - another site with millions of programs

http://stonewashed.net/sfx.html- thousands (maybe even millions) of sound fx

www.downloadtaxi.com - get free file hosting!

 Other Developers:

http://www.clickteam.com/eng/index.php - The Click Team

www.corel.com Corel Inc. 

http://www.ubi.com/US/ UbiSoft

 www.stardock.com StarDock

http://www.geocities.com/peter_bone_uk/ Has some very cool stuff

random stuff:

http://www.disney.com/  they aren't gonna help you make a video game!

www.robostrike.com I love this game!

www.apple.com windows is soooo much cooler than this!!

http://www.interimnation.com/services.htm  great game music

www.wacom.com A more flexable way to draw on your computer...

http://ethereality.info He has a very good gallery

www.spymall.com Just like wal-mart but it sells spy stuff