I am a great believer in using free and open source software instead of the bloatware that tends to emante from the major software houses. There are exceptions to this. of course, but they are few and far between.
Above is a link to a site which I found today which includes a simple to use list of some 400 or so freeware utilities. There are also various tips and tricks you can employ to get the most from del.icio.us and CSS.
The eConsultant is well worth, well, consulting!