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  1. Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies...

    Also if one of your favorited youtube videos is deleted, becomes private, or whatever, you can just put the address of the video into archive.org and although the video still won't be there, you'll be able to see the name of the video so you can find another version of it.
  2. ZLibrary Part of Z-Library project. The world's largest ebook library.

    Http://gen.lib.rus.ec/and https://z-lib.org/ left out? They've been my go to for close to 8 years now.
  3. Ninite is the easiest way to install software.

    Ninite: Tool used for installing and updating many apps at once - https://ninite.com.
  4. AlternativeTo lets you find apps and software for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, Android Tablets, Web Apps, Online, Windows Tablets and more by recommending alternatives to apps you already know.

    Alternative to It is a site that shows you alternatives to any programme you are looking for. If there is a paid application you would like to use, you can find a free or open source version. Do you like a program but it slows down your computer? You can find a lightweight alternative.
  5. The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to...

    Open library - it has the first editions of many books, you can borrow for two weeks again and again Https://openlibrary.org/.
  6. Ocw.

    One I like personally is MIT: https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm.
  7. Creating, Sharing and Celebrating the World's Visual Language

  8. It provides mass and public access to tens of millions of research papers

    You can go to https://sci-hub.se to access medical journal articles for free.
  9. YouTube to Mp3 Converter

  10. Create a beautiful resume & customize it easily

    free

  11. Quillbot is a free paraphrasing tool that will rewrite any sentence or paraphraph you give it. The article rewriter can rewrite essays or articles and is excellent as a grammar and fluency corrector.

    Someone already mentioned this I think, but https://quillbot.com/ is useful if you are trying to review your work or rearrange words to ensure you aren't inadvertently plagiarizing (in relation to a sentence or section).
  12. ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen...

    If anyones looking for something very similar to this but more feature packed, I recommended ShareX.
  13. An extensive catalog of free Google Slides themes and PowerPoint templates.

  14. AdBlock Plus is a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and several other popular browsers that prevents intrusive ads like pop-ups and malicious code from appearing on websites you visit.

  15. 900+ classic arcade games, no quarters required.

  16. An interactive map of live radio stations across the globe.

    Radio.garden - Free access to any radio station around the world.
  17. Improve your English pronunciation using Youtube. When words sound different in isolation vs. in a sentence, look up the pronunciation first in a dictionary, then use https://youglish.com.

    Youglish great tool for improving pronunciation.
  18. MPC-HC, the free, open source media player for Windows. DownloadsNote. Supported Operating Systems: Windows® XP SP3 .

  19. Best Courses. Top Institutions. Learn anytime, anywhere.

    Edx.org for free online courses. (I took Astronomy and Artificial Intelligence in 2020).
  20. ZLibrary Part of Z-Library project. The world's largest ebook library.

    b-ok.org for free e-books and articles. it's amazing and highly recommended.
  21. Check if your account has been compromised in a data breach

  22. Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly...

  23. Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and...

    SyncThing -- https://syncthing.net/ -- Free, Open-Source folder sharing/synchronization service. Quite a few good uses:.
  24. The best developer tools, free for students.

  25. Everything. Locate files and folders by name instantly. Everything. Small installation file. Clean and simple user interface.

    Everything for Windows. It finds your files on Windows instantly.
  26. Temporary disposable e-mail service to beat spam. Avoid spam with a free secure e-mail address.

  27. Convert your existing web application into native Android and iOS

    You can change the websites you use very often to an app through this website.
  28. Online library of downloadable e-books that focuses on quality and modern standards in typography.

    It looks like that sub is really big on Gutenberg, which is great. Personally, I love Standard Ebooks, which takes transcripts (often from Gutenberg) and makes them into really clean, modern ebooks.
  29. Download, graph, and track 672,000 economic time series from 89 sources.

  30. SHOUTcast Radio is the home of free Internet Radio.

    Stream radio from your web browser. There are indexes, like http://internet-radio.com and http://shoutcast.com - but most all FM stations also stream these days, including things like NPR.
  31. Code, create, andlearn togetherUse our free, collaborative, in-browser IDE to code in 50+ languages — without spending a second on setup.

    Holy shit, that repl.it stuff looks amazing!!!
  32. Search thousands of sites directly from DuckDuckGo

    Literally, they list over 10,000 bang searches. Many are repeats, but it's still impressive as hell.
  33. Listen to the voices of the world

    Hear different voices around the world.
  34. Powerful and easy-to-use online Japanese-English dictionary with words, kanji and example...

    Jisho.org: A free dictionary for Kanji with translations, audio to show you how to say things, and animations to show you stroke order. You can look up English words to find Kanji, or the Kanji to get a definition and more info on it. - https://jisho.org.
  35. PortableApps.com is a website offering many free, commonly used Windows applications that have been...

  36. The sane way to manage software on Windows.

  37. A cross platform front-end GUI of the popular youtube-dl written in wxPython.

    YouTube DLG is my preference, since it is an application, not a website. You can also choose what file format you want to download in and choose what folder it goes into.
  38. Mixx.

    Mixxx - open source full version DJ mixing software.
  39. Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App).

    Photopea It's pretty much free, online photoshop, and it loads faster. It seems to have all the same features (at least the basic ones, I haven't used complicated ones in photoshop so I haven't noticed the absence of them in photopea). You can also import and export a lot of different formats. I found it weird that I rarely hear of it online.
  40. Over 750 completely free guitar lessons!

    An amazing suite of guitar lessons from absolute to beginner all the way through writing/playing awesome songs at justinguitar.com!
  41. PreQuilt is a design tool for creative quilters

    Quilters and Sewists! Free but a little off the beaten path for most. PreQuilt prequilt.com For all levels of quilting expertise. create your own custom quilt pattern layout, unique or standard blocks sizes, colour it virtually then print/download. There are other online quilt planners however many of them are pay per use. In addition, an app I use frequently is by Robert Kauffman Fabrics called 'Quilting...
  42. Find open source software alternatives to well-known commercial software.

  43. the webgame preservation project.

  44. MPC-BE is a free and open source audio and video player for Windows.

  45. Open Source online service

    MolView is very useful if you ever need to make Lewis/VSEPR structures. Also very powerful and useful is ACD/Labs ChemSketch.
  46. The WikiTree community is growing a free worldwide family tree. The site is 100% free.

    And I like to put my tree and documentation in https://wikitree.com. The are pros and cons to different types of these sites, but that is my preference.
  47. A small command-line program to download videos.

  48. PicoTorrent is designed to be a tiny, easy-to-use BitTorrent client with low memory usage.

  49. A computer science portal for geeks

    Do add Geeks for Geeks a great site to learn coding with good explanations.
  50. Listen to your favorite classic audiobooks on your iPhone

    Oldio: https://oldio.app/. Iphone app for listening to classic audiobooks. There is a paid version, too, but the free version has everything you need. (Full disclosure, I know the developer).
  51. Learn to code by helping nonprofits.

  52. The complete chess experience, play and compete in tournaments with friends others around the world.

  53. Web radiooooo offering users a brand new and amazing musical experience: select a country on a...

    Radiooooo.com is searchable by year, country, and genre.
  54. JSPaint is a web-based Microsoft Paint remake

  55. An AI creative writing assistant, on your browser.

    Shortlyai.com - If you have an essay due, you can start off with a title and a few sentences, and it'll write your essay for you.
  56. An open source mailserver suite.

    Might check out mailcow.email it runs both (you host it yourself), and many other things to filter out emails (can disable clamAV etc which is most of the resource usage) I use it to manage around 80 companies emails (they all have dozen+ of employees, nothing absolutely insane), works great.
  57. Google Podcasts is launching a redesign on iOS and Android

    Google Podcasts is a daily use site, although entirely through the app for me. I recommend the NY Times "The Daily", the NPR show "Wait Wait", the long-form storytelling of "Serial", the deep-dive insanely long history lessons of "Hardcore History", and the Lovecraftian yet fun radio of "Welcome to Night Vale".
  58. Secure messaging app with strong end-to-end encryption, advanced group chat privacy settings, secure video calls for teams, encrypted communication using Matrix open network. Riot.im is now Element

  59. Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.

    I just tried canva.com, it's asking me to pay to download my resume with the watermark. Also some people (here) said it's not that safe.
  60. The super fast color schemes generator! Create, save and share perfect palettes in seconds!

    Http://coolors.co/ - The super fast color schemes generator. Create the perfect palette or get inspired by thousands of beautiful color schemes.
  61. Gutenberg Books is free to use Android, and iOS app with more than 50,000 titles from classic to top hits and features all the important books ever published in history.

    Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks.
  62. WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool, inspired by KDirStat.

  63. Make music with a free, cross-platform tool

  64. Kodi is an award winning free and open source media player that got its start on the Xbox console.

    Kodi: Entertainment center software - https://kodi.tv/.
  65. Greenshot is a free and open source screenshot tool that allows annotation and highlighting using the built-in image editor.

  66. Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories...

  67. Google Domains is designed and built to make getting online easy and managing your domains simple.

    Several services online offer catch-all email forwarding, so it's something you could find. Somebody else said they use Google Domains but I don't know for sure if they have catch-all email forwarding or if they just have 100 free forwarding addresses with the DNS registration. Either way, that would be the easiest way to start.
  68. Custom shaped online noise machines. Many Many generic sounds

    Https://mynoise.net/ Amazing background noise generator for concentration, sleeping, calming anxiety, and much more! I can't recommend it enough.
  69. Get an image of your mail before it arrives