On this page I will collate all of the resources I have found useful over the years. I have a lot of bookmarks and notes to go through so this page will be regularly updated, and I will probably decide I’m unhappy with the layout and change it just as frequently.
Let’s start with my software recommendations. You can click each title for a more comprehensive write-up (coming soon).Security Photo & Video Editing Website Design/HTML/CSS Fun Things
If you are using Windows 10/11 and are wondering what the best antivirus to use is, use the built-in Windows Defender and ensure Windows is kept up-to-date.
To find and remove malware, use Malwarebytes. You can use the free premium trial, perform a deep scan, remove any malware and then uninstall the program after. I recommend reinstalling and repeating this monthly.
For monitoring network traffic and app network usage, use Glasswire. The free version is handy by itself and I would suggest purchasing the premium version to anybody who is serious about their online privacy and security, and for having complete control over your network traffic.
For photo editing, I would recommend Photoshop. If you do not have the resources for it, a little known nifty tool is Photopea. It offers similar functionality to Photoshop, absolutely free and within your browser. It is also worth mentioning GIMP and Paint.NET.
For transferring files to and from your webserver, FileZilla is the program to use.
For free easy-to-design graphics for your website, use Canva. You can get copyright-free icons from FlatIcons.net. There are animations and other scripts available at Codrops. These CSS background patterns are useful.
CodeMyUI has a range of animations, elements, snippets and more.
You can get copyright-free images at StockSnap.io.
If you run a charity or know somebody who does, you can get free web hosting for charities.
Napflix – get to sleep easier by putting on videos in the background
YunoHost – Host your own web server
Shorpy – Vintage photos
HemingwayApp – Optimise your writing
Unsplash – Great images for your blog or social media
BudgetBytes – Cheap meals if you’re on a budget and great meal prep ideas too
Radiooooo – Pick a country and a decade and listen to music within those parameters
Radio Garden – Listen to live radio stations from all over the world
Omnicalculator – Calculators for anything and everything you would ever need
DeckSpacing – Create your own virtual desk space
Thingiverse – 3D printing templates for almost anything you can think of
Every Noise At Once – ‘Algorithmically-generated, audio-annotated, dynamically evolving map of the music genre space’
xkcd Right Click – Interesting interactive web comic
Vertex42 – Plethora of Word/Excel templates
MuscleWiki – Interactive diagram of muscles, showing you exercises for whichever you click on
TypeLit – Improve your typing by typing classic literature
Wireless Passwords for Airports – Find wireless passwords for the public wifi in airports all over the world
IHaveNoTV – A curated list of documentaries
GetHuman – Express route of talking to a human being when contacting a company
Rome2Rio – How to travel between any two addresses in the world
Hyperphysics – Physics explained in an easy-to-understand way
Music-Map – Type in an artist and get a list of related artists (good for discovering new music)
Open Library – Virtual library with a lot of features
Ninite – Select programs from a list and receive a file that will allow you to install all in one go – great when setting up a new computer
PC Part Picker – Put together a computer build and it will tell you if it’s compatible as well as compile latest prices
PaperRater – Free online proofreader
Windy – Real time weather map
MyFridgeFood – Tell the website what’s in your fridge and it will tell you what you can make
RhymeZone – Type in a word and it will tell you what words rhyme with it
FontSquirrel – Free fonts
HaveIBeenPwned – Find out if your email address and password were in any major data leaks (you may be surprised)
Midomi – Find songs using your voice
JustinGuitar – Learn how to play guitar for free
WeTransfer – An easy way to send files to people
Etymoline – Etymology dictionary, giving you the history of a word rather than the definition
Rave.DJ – Mix two songs together
Project Gutenberg – Over 60,000 free eBooks
Adobe Color – Colour palette generator
Sporcle – World’s largest trivia website
Habitica – Improve your life by gamifying it
MSOutlookit – View Reddit discretely in a website that looks like your Outlook client