There are a lot of small apps that make my computing life easier. I figured I'd do a little list and write up to share them with you all. Let me know if you use any and post your own write up below!
This app runs in your system tray and indexes folder and even network shares that you specify. You can INSTANTLY search for file. I use this every day.
ShareX is an awesome open source project for taking and annotating screenshots. You can even specify actions after taking a screenshot (like uploading to a FTP server or cloud storage) to get a link to then share that screenshot. I use this app daily.
Notepad++ is also something I use on the daily. This can edit many file types and I actually do a lot of work on Marlin in it when I am just making a lot of code changes outside of VSCode.
WinMerge is another tool I use for comparing code between versions and pushing changes from a local folder to my Github folder.
Advanced IP Scanner
If you're trying to see whats on your network this is a great tool to see what and where devices are located in your subnet. This is a really useful tool.
This is a MUCH cheaper option to photoshop and illustrator. You OWN the license and don't have to get roped into a monthly subscription.
This is a great tool for doing backups to and from multiple locations (local, remote, sftp, ftp, shares, etc) that is free to use. They do have a donation version as well if you want to support the project. I use this to take regular backups of some cloud storage solutions I use to have a local copy of the data on my backup NAS.
Glasswire is awesome for monitoring your network traffic on your PC. Its simple and it works. I have been using it for about 8 years now.
As a bonus. If you are someone who works on your own cars check out CarCare. Its awesome for tracking maintenance and repairs. One license is able to be used on ALL your personal computers. I store the database file on my NAS so I can open it on my main PC, Laptop, and my crappy garage PC.
Self Hosted Cloud Alternatives
This is a self-hosted "cloud" storage. I have the server running in a VM and I use the apps on my phone and computers. Its a solid replacement for online services like OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Best part, YOU control your data.
BitWarden does offer a service they host but there is also a docker container called Bitwarden-rs that you can install on a docker server or even home assistant install. I use this as an alternative to LastPass.