As of February 17th 2017, my favorite software (besides from Simple DNS Plus and Simple Failover) is:
VMware Workstation - http://www.vmware.com
Amazing virtual machine software for the desktop.
I might be able to do the same thing Hyper-V that comes with Windows 10 Pro, but in my experience with earlier versions, VMware just works better.
VirtualBox - https://www.virtualbox.org
Almost as nice as VMware Workstation - only free.
Desktop software / Utilities
Photography / graphics / video
At one point I was deep into photography, and got use to working with this, so now I am kind of stuck.
It is a very nice program, and with the new "Creative Cloud" subscription option, it is no longer as crazy expensive as it used to be.
However for what I use it for today, I should have stuck with my good old Paint Shop Pro v. 9 (the last version made by Jasc - later versions by Corel were crap).
Amazing for organizing photos and working with raw photo files.
Adobe Premiere Elements
Nice program for basic video editing (clipping, merging, adding titles, etc.)
I have tried many different tools in all these categories over the years, and I can highly recommend all of the above over any competitors that I know of.
If you know of any better alternatives please do tell me in the comments below - always looking for better toys :-)