No psychophysicist's toolbox would be complete without the open source application PsychoPy. It's actually a great tool for preparing, executing, and managing most types of subjective experiments with almost any kind of visual stimuli.
For statistical analysis, I've come to (more or less) love R. I use Rstudio as a graphical user interface for R. I've been doing a lot of non-parametric analysis, which I found insanely frustrating to do in SAS (though I'm sure it's straightforward for SAS programmers!). Here's an example of R code I've used to conduct post-hoc multiple comparisons for the Friedman test.
I really need to delve more into power analysis (and sample size estimation), so once I do, I'll post some links.
If you really want to spend the rest of your life in the 5th circle of Inferno, don't backup any of your data (e.g. code, research, pictures of your cats). Hardware failures do happen, and they happen often.
- Scrivener for writing papers
- Jabref for the tedious task of managing bibliography
- Texmaker + Miktex for preparing manuscripts in Latex
- latex2rtf to convert a Latex document to RTF (for use in Word)
- Pandoc for converting from Latex to Word and anything else, really
- Vim for writing in Vi in Windows
- Grammar Girl when you don't know which witch is that
- Embed RSS feed on your webpage