Free Things on the Internet You Should Take Advantage Of

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Lets face it, everyone loves getting something for nothing. Thats why you should definitely be taking advantage of all these amazing free services and products that are out there, but hardly anyone knows about. These might just save you a lot of money.


Project Gutenberg - Free books

OpenLibrary - download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books,

LibriVox - Free audiobooks

Podiobooks - free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors

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Documentary Heaven - Free documentaries

Top Documentary Films - more free documentaries

Free Documentary - and more

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Songza - Playlists for whatever mood you're in

8 Tracks - Another playlist service with playlists created by users. Internet radio created by people, not algorithms.

Popcorn Time - 

Media Hint - Allows for US Netflix and Pandora access for those of us living abroad. Turns out Media Hint are now charging but here's a workaround

ZenMate - (Chrome extension) MediaHint alternative

Hola Unblocker - Same as above, allows access to US Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc. but be warned.

Soundozer - it's kind of like Pandora, but you can listen to any song you search for and you can create a station based on that song. You don't have to register either.

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Grooveshark - free music, online radio, streaming.

Jango - Free music - internet radio that plays what you want, great for those who can't access Pandora

Courses and tutorials:

Class Central - Discover free online classes (MOOCs) from top universities like Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc.

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Future Learn - Learning for life, provided by UK and international universities

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iTunes U - iTunes University offers many free open courses from leading university

Yale Open Courseware - actual video lectures for the class so you can get the in-class experience. Lots of classes over lots of subjects

EDX - Free courses from the best universities, you can even get a diploma for a few dollars

Khan Academy - Free maths learning tutorials  

Patrick JMT - making free and hopefully useful math videos for the world!

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Codecademy and LearnStreet - Free interactive coding tutorials

Become a programmer, motherfucker - If you don't know how to code, then you can learn even if you think you can't

Duolingo and FSI Language - Free language learning

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Memrise -  Learn vocabulary, languages, history, science, trivia and just about anything else easily using flashcard techniques

Anki - Similar to Memrise. Anki is a program which makes remembering things easily. Intelligent flashcards

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TED Talks - Free talks and lecture about anything and everything

Wolfram Alpha - Your one stop shop for calculations and questions about anything

Mathway - Awesome math problem solver

A giant collection of Computer Science books made freely available

Free Rice - Answer vocabulary questions and rice is donated to charity! Be sure to turn off adblock when using this site, as that's how they supply the rice!

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Mendeley - The best free way to manage your research. Organize, share, discover. Great for when writing a paper, it manages all your referencing/bibliography in many different available notations


7 Cups of Tea - Free, anonymous, and confidential conversations with trained active listeners. Please don't spam the site, they offer a great service    

Thrive On - Not completely free, but aims to bring affordable online mental health programs to those who would otherwise go without. Starting next month

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Blah Therapy - Online listening service. "Experience the rewards of venting to a stranger or lending an ear."

MoodGYM - Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.

Social Services; resources - a subreddit created by a professional Social Worker who has spent a career procuring resources for those in need.


Ninite - update/install all your programs at once

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Portable Apps -  load several apps on a thumb drive to run on any Windows PC

SlimDrivers - Cloud based program that detects what drivers need to be updated. Incredible--especially after formatting an operating system. No need for CDs or trying to remember which model card, adapter...etc. you have

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Copy - Online cloud storage. Start with 15gb free. Or 20gb with a referral codeHere is the Copy referral train. Free storage for everyone!

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BitTorrent Sync - Secure, unlimited file-syncing. No cloud required

SyncThing - opensource alternative for bitsync. its recommended if you care about your privacy and security of your files

Mega Desktop Sync(50GB) and Symform (Unlimited, but you must share back!) - both cloud storage services

Calibre - Free ebook library management

F.lux - Changes the colour of your screen as the day progresses

GIMP - Free photo manipulation software

Paint.NET - Windows application designed to be the much needed upgrade to MS Paint


Pixlr - Online photo editor. web-based equivalent to an old version of Photoshop from 2005 or something. Very functional for occasional use manipulating images, and seeing as it's web-based and doesn't require an account it's super easy to use from anywhere

Sumo Paint - Powerful graphics editor for your web browser and pc

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Blender - Open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation

Prey Project - Multi-platform anti-theft software

RES - Reddit Enhancement Suite - A must have for all you redditing needs

KeePass - free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.

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LastPass - free (with premium for multiple platforms), easy-to-use password manager.

Dictionary Pop-up extension, double click on a word that you don't know the meaning of and a dictionary definition pops up. Firefox extension powered by dictionary.comChrome extension powered by Google

ClipCube - clipboard history. I missed this when using Windows

ClipX - a tiny clipboard history manager. It is sweet, it is free, use it. ClipCube alternative

LeechBlock (Firefox add-on) - simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day

StayFocused (Chrome extension) - Chrome alternative to LeechBlock

Reaper - Audio workstation. Reaper warning

Audacity - free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds

MuseScore - Free music composition and notation software

Notepad++ - a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages

Sublime Text - a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Note that it is a never-ending free trial, but you should consider paying for the service to support the developers

Sublime Text ColourCoder - this plugin for Sublime Text will highlight every variable in its own, consistent color (feature known as semantic highlighting, variable-name highlighting, contextual highlighting) you name it

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Atom Editor - A hackable text editor for the 21st Century

Komodo Edit IDE - Powerful free editor for Python, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Tcl, Javascript and other major web languages

CeltX - Free scriptwriting and all-in-one production studio

Rainmeter - Windows desktop customisation. Similar to Conky for Linux

Handbrake - open source video transcoder

YouTube Video Converter - coverts YouTube videos to MP3, AAC, MP4... Recorder, Converter and Downloader

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Pocket - a great site for saving articles, recipes or whole pages for later offline viewing, and cloud syncs with all your devices

Feedly -  Read more, know more. RSS feed. They also have an awesome app

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OpenOffice - Free office software

LibreOffice - offers much more up-to-date software than OpenOffice

TeraCopy - designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed. It skips bad files during the copying process, and then displays them at the end of the transfer so that you can see which ones need attention

MyNoise - Custom-shaped Online Noise Machines

Privacy Badger - developed by the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and is a browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox that helps lower your internet footprint and stop third party trackers from following your movement around the web

DistroWatch - Put the fun back in computing. Use Linux, BSD. This site gives detailed information on each Linux distribution and provides links to their respective communities

Rufus - Easily create bootable USBs [Windows], burning bootable OS ISOs

UNetbootin - allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

CloudForge - Free Subversion and Git hosting

Spoon - Use your software and files from any desktop. free virtualization startup that lets users launch full desktop apps from any browser without having any of them installed on your computer