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If you could suggest one application that you were absolutely 100% sure would vastly change someone's daily experience with their computer. What would it be?

Mine. Every time I invoke 1Password, I remember the 3-5 seconds of frustration... "What's my password here again?" 1Password is my daily joy to use.
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This may be overcomplicated, but a souped-up Chrome install is night and day for anyone who spends more than a few minutes a day on the web.

Don't miss: Adblock, Readability Redux, and Ghostery. The first one is self-explanatory, the second one gives you one-click super-legible reformatting of articles, and the third strips out all the annoying web bugs and ad networks slowing down your viewing. Try a side by side load test of a big blog (HuffPo or something) in tweaked-out Chrome vs. your OS's default browser. No contest.
 
It completely depends on who I am talking to, but if I am talking to a programmer it would have to be, hands down, vim.
 
On the Mac I've recently been smitten with Moom. It makes it painless to arrange and tile windows on a big screen. Coupled with Lion's Mission Control I can finally get everything laid out just so.
 
Quicksilver (http://www.blacktree.com/) is a favorite for eliminating a lot of swapping back and forth from keyboard to mouse and back again on my mac - I've been using it for a couple years now, and am still finding new ways to make use of it.
 
And another keyboard interface: I didn't think anything could replace Quicksilver, but Alfred (http://www.alfredapp.com/) proved me wrong. Developer is fast and communicates well. Addictive even without the Powerpack extensions.
 
an older version of speech recognition/dictation software. Maybe even the current ones.

Or did you mean a positive change?
 
For OSX command line lovers there's also DTerm. Get context-aware command line access to any file or folder that you're focused on.

If I used my Mac more I'd really love this one. http://decimus.net/DTerm
 
Sorry, I blew the Dterm pitch. Think of it as seamless pop up shell integration with Finder.
 
Bitcasa - when it's finished (shameless plug)
 
I am very much torn between 1password and alfred….how about invoking a 1password login from alfred?
 
f.lux - http://stereopsis.com/flux/ ... Stop messing with your sleep patterns because your screen is resetting your internal clock. Also, don't blind yourself when you stumble over to the computer in the darkness at 2am to answer a page... I suggest this to all my teammates.
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