Here is a collecting of interesting sites I would recommend.
Tools I have used to develop this website (all free versions)
http://www.nvu.com Web authoring system to design pages
http://jalbum.net generate galleries
http://www.internet-soft.com/ftpcomm.htm FTP commander for transfers
Other general purpose sites
The search engines
A universal information source (the on-line free encyclopedia)
A much better (and safer) browser than Explorer:
http://www.mozilla.org (download Firefox)
A free hit counter for your website
Visiting the earth.... the very well known and impressive site
Create your own map of places you have visited...