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Internet Radio Streams
It may be necessary to right click and save these files in order to play them in your media player of choice
Radio Caroline
Radio Caroline Flashback

Absolute Radio streams are a constant game of whack-a-mole. Updated to Feb April 2022. Changed again on 23 April. Updated 6/2023.
Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio Classic Rock
Absolute Radio 60s
Absolute Radio 70s
Absolute Radio 80s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 2000s
Absolute Radio 2010s

Some other Indie/Alternative streams
Radio X - London (Indie/Alternative)
Radio X - UK (Indie/Alternative)
XS Manchester 106.1
Dandelion Radio
BFBS-Edge (British Forces Broadcast Service)
BFBS (British Forces Broadcast Service)
The Zone - Dublin
KEXP Seattle

BBC Radio 6 The BBC is changing stream formats. Check back for a working link.
BBC Radio 2 The BBC is changing stream formats. Check back for a working link.
BBC World Service Still works

Smooth Chill
Jamendo Lounge

KCEA - Swing and Big Band (Atherton, Ca.)
Megaton Cafe Radio
KDKI (Twin Falls, ID.)
FM 89.9 (Conyers) Old Time Radio Shows
1940s Radio
Swing Street Radio

Big Band (Crown Point, Indiana) (still streaming?)
KABL - Mid-century Radio (no longer streaming)
Radio Swing Worldwide (no longer streaming)
Hits on 66 (no longer streaming)

More streams
UK radio stations
Internet Radio
Hundreds (thousands?) more radio stations to listen to. Just download the .m3u or .pls file and load it into WinAMP (Windows) or ServeStream (Android) and enjoy.

EditPad 3.2.1 (Excellent Notepad replacement)
Key Tweak (Keyboard remapper) (XP, 7?)
Wiz Mouse (Mouse wheel focus utility) (Win7)
Beyond Remote (server) 1.2.1 Non-Windows remote desktop software (also requires client)

Power & Kernel Toys (Microsoft)
TweakUI 2.10 (WinXP)
SendTo (Win98 / XP / Win7)
Command Prompt (XP)
SyncToy (backup utility) (XP) (Will prompt you to download and install the .NET Framework from Microsoft)
TaskSwitcher (Alt-Tab replacement) (XP)
Process Explorer (Beefed up Task Manager shows everything running) (XP / Win 7)

Secure Internet
Hosts file replacement This file can be used to block annoying ad sites and pop-up malware such as "Antivirus2009". Download and replace "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts" (no file extension). Here is a link to a site that does the same.)

Firefox Extensions (pre-Quantum)
Handy extensions for Firefox prior to version 57 (which broke a lot of good ones). These may not be compatible with the current version of Firefox.
Classic Toolbar Buttons
Classic Theme Restorer
Hotfix for certificates
Undo Closed Tabs
Webmail Notifier (X-Notifier) - Homepage
Video Download Helper
Web of Trust - Homepage
Minimize to Tray - ideal for Thunderbird (up to v52?)

See my recommendations page for more about these indispensible pieces of software)

OperaOpera 12.18 - the last version before it became a Chrome imitation. Vivaldi may become the preferred fork of this excellent browser. 32 bit version
Get Firefox Firefox 52 - last version for XP (32bit). Firefox 56 - last pre-Quantum version (64bit). Homepage.
Get ThunderbirdThunderbird 2.0 - My preferred version of this stand-alone email client. Greatly changed with version 3+ (tabs).
Spybot S&D Crap Cleaner 4.07 - Homepage
MalwareBytes MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware 1.75 - Homepage for the updated version (not sure I like the new interface)
Spybot S&D Spybot Search & Destroy 1.62 - Homepage
Winamp Most excellent media player - Homepage
Vacuum Tube skin for Winamp

Older XP Utilities
Key Tweak (Keyboard remapper) (XP))
Royale/RoyaleNoir (Themes for XP from Microsoft). Royale(default theme for Media Center Edition) - to tone down the neon bright default of XP and Royale Noir (with wallpaper) - to give it a Vista look without having to install Vista. Changing the default theme can also alert you to malicious popups.)
Classic Win98/2k Utilities
TweakUI 1.33 (Win2K)
WinTop (Win98)
KeyRemap (Win98)
DosHere (command prompt) (Win98)