Here's a collection of links by technical volunteer and former operations director Steven Feldman, with comments by him. All of the links below were tested and found working in February 2013:
In my opinion, Google's email client is among the best email available, and it's totally free. It also includes an online office suite, full calendar, contact management, and RSS reader -- all free and well-designed.
How Stuff Works
I do a lot of reading on these websites and this is where I direct clients and volunteers for working knowledge on a subject.
If you're new to the internet, you should quickly learn of the most popular, free, and easy-to-use online classifieds out there.
Here's where I keep up with technology happenings in Philadelphia.
A wonderful site for finding any type of business and reading people's opinions about them.
National technology happenings.
I like keeping up with national consumer issues, such as cell phone service, product recalls, good (or bad) corporate citizenship, etc.
Stuff White People Like
When I need to laugh.
Linux, particularly Ubuntu Linux, is a free, safe, easy, and modern alternative to windows or MacOS. Works on almost any computer! The first link is to learn about and download Ubuntu, the second is a place where your questions can be answered (or you can find the answer to your question if someone already asked).