Here are the softwares that I most recommend. Sometimes my recommendation is based on a thorough comparison, sometimes on whim.
Best browser – Firefox
Pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, live RSS feeds. Safer, faster, and more flexible than Internet Explorer.
Best photo album maker – JAlbum
This free program allows you to create albums just by drag-and-dropping a folder full of pictures. It is that easy. But it also has lots of customization features if the most simple album is not to your liking. Even includes an ftp utility to upload the album to your website.
Best photo organizer – Picasa
Easiest software for organizing and viewing all your photos. Also includes simple editing power–red-eye removal, cropping, effects, etc. Use the Hello feature to share photos. Or order prints online. Even make webpages.