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  1. ZLibraryPart of Z-Library project. The world's largest ebook library.

    Go to z-lib.org and it will probably redirect you to 1lib.domains, from which you will most likely be redirected to either a 1lib one or a b-ok one depending on your region. They try their best to be even more resilient than The Pirate Bay, so they distribute their service among dozens of domains to reduce their risk. A lot of their stuff has been banned but they shrug it off thanks to their precautions. A truly...
  2. Ninite is the easiest way to install software.

    Ninite.com It's a website for when you need essential software installed on your computer (e.g. browsers, video player, etc.), let's you pick them in a clean and easy way and downloads a single installer file for all of them. Great time saver in case of computer reinstalls and so on.
  3. Check if your account has been compromised in a data breach

    Https://haveibeenpwned.com/ tells you if your account is on databases it shouldn't be. Very useful for keeping your accounts safe.
  4. Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies...

    Archive.org "Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more." I normally use this site for all the Grateful Dead shows I can dream of but there's a lot more there! I see there's a collection of Film Noir that I'll have to check out here sometime soon. Not sure why I hadn't noticed before but better late than never!
  5. Remove the background of any image 100% automatically

    Remove.bg - Remove backgrounds from images using a trained neural network. Does a pretty damn good job at it too. Great at turning "fake .png" into real .png or just cutting people out of images quickly with minimal cleanup - although Photoshop recently got "isolate from BG" as well IIRC but for people without Photoshop it's a nice alternative.
  6. Easily monitor Amazon product prices and get alerts when they drop.

    Https://camelcamelcamel.com is great for tracking Amazon item histories. The site allows you to see price fluctuations, so for example, if the current price of an item is at its lowest or highest. I find it useful for “sales” and markdowns which the seller may have hiked the price up and then applied a discount or instant rebate to look like you’re getting a good deal (pretty sure that’s illegal and false...
  7. Browse through over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.

    Archive of 588 billion sites with their past versions of 25+ years. You can access amazon.com in its inital versions when the company began, for example.: https://web.archive.org/.
  8. Online library of downloadable e-books that focuses on quality and modern standards in typography.

    Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open source, and free public domain ebooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced ebooks. The text and cover art in our ebooks is already believed to be in the public domain, and Standard Ebooks dedicates its own work to the public domain, thus releasing the entirety of each...
  9. "When the price is right, you will play all night."

    If you play games, isthereanydeal.com is a godsend. It searches a large number of stores (legitimate, not places like G2A) and allows you to see where games are the cheapest. You can also add games to your wait-list so you'll get an email when the game goes below a certain threshold. I have saved hundred of dollars from using that site.
  10. Sleepyti.me is a bedtime calculator that can help you calculate when to fall asleep.

  11. Wind and weather forecast for kiters, surfers, pilots, sailors and anyone else.

    Yeah was going to say Windy.com is very good too. It has multiple weather models from around the world too including US national weather service too.
  12. Computer generated people. Refresh to get a new one.

    And https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/ to generate a "photo" of a person who doesn't exist, if you need it for a profile but don't want it to be reverse image searchable, or screw over a real person.
  13. The sane way to manage software on Windows.

    You should have a look at Chocolatey. It's basically Ninite on steroids. Giant software repository, relatively up to date, installing and updating via PowerShell. It's amazing.
  14. Pointer Pointer is an entertainment and fun site that allows users to have fun with their cursor.

    Not really useful, but pointerpointer.com allows you to move your pointer anywhere on your screen and it comes up with a photo from its database featuring someone pointing at exactly where the pointer is.
  15. Temporary disposable e-mail service to beat spam. Avoid spam with a free secure e-mail address.

    10 minute mail provides a temporary email address for you to cut and paste into those pesky "insert email" to sign up or read the rest of the story or whatever. https://10minutemail.com/.
  16. Online guide to electronic music with timeline, genres genesis and music samples.

    Oh man this is throwbacks. I used to be OBSESSED with organizing and listening to obscure genres of music. There were a few sites like this and I can't remember most now, but Ishkurs Guide and Mapofmetal comes to mind.
  17. archive.is allows you to create a copy of a webpage that will always be up even if the original link is down

    Https://archive.is Uncovers pretty much any page blocked by a paywall; especially good on those pages where they tease you with a few paragraphs.
  18. Reverse Image Search to help find an image's source, duplicates or altered versions.

    Tineye and Foto Forensics. Do you want to know if an image is shopped, cropped or otherwise altered? Using these two tools you've got a good chance of finding out. Tineye is reverse image search on steroids and foto forensics provides free image analysis tools: https://tineye.com/ , http://fotoforensics.com/.
  19. foto forensics, photo forensics, error level analysis

    Tineye and Foto Forensics. Do you want to know if an image is shopped, cropped or otherwise altered? Using these two tools you've got a good chance of finding out. Tineye is reverse image search on steroids and foto forensics provides free image analysis tools: https://tineye.com/ , http://fotoforensics.com/.
  20. The Useless Web is a massive collection of some of the world’s most pointless websites.

  21. Temp Mail is the provider of fake and temporary email ID.

  22. The Internet privacy company that empowers you to seamlessly take control of your personal information online, without any tradeoffs.

    If your searching for tech answers, I strongly suggest using duckduckgo.com instead of google. Google algorithms have been gamed over the years. For tech questions they all return poor results, where DDG does not. Many of us have made the switch.
  23. Custom shaped online noise machines. Many Many generic sounds

  24. Outline is a free service that makes websites more readable.

    Btw, just to add to the thread, there is this extension called Bypass Paywalls for Chrome and Firefox. Another thing you may try is to paste the link into https://outline.com.
  25. Web radiooooo offering users a brand new and amazing musical experience: select a country on a...

    Https://radiooooo.com for music all over the world from many years.....pick and listen.
  26. Draw.io is a free and open source web based diagramming and mind mapping software.

    Diagrams.net (formerly draw.io) is a fantastic online tool for drawing/ creating diagrams. Like Visio but heaps easier, great for school, uni and work to make functional diagrams easily. I’ve introduced many an engineering student to it, and my wife now loves it after struggling to use PowerPoint to make a simple diagram.
  27. Easily convert text between different cases: lower case, UPPER CASE, Sentence case and Capitalized...

    ConvertCase. “Accidentally left the caps lock on and typed something, but can't be bothered to start again and retype it all?” https://convertcase.net/.
  28. 900+ classic arcade games, no quarters required.

    There is also The Internet Arcade where you can play a lot of classic games along with the Console Living Room which is similar. They have access to tons of old PC games too and you can even play the original Oregon Trail online. There's a lot more in their software section too.
  29. 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.

    freemium $14.95 / Monthly (Pro)

    Https://quillbot.com an actually good grammar rewriter/fixer with 700 word limit (with a free account).
  30. Online photo editor, which can work with PSD, XCF and Sketch files (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch App).

    Photopea.com A free, web-based version of Photoshop. Pretty impressive for a web app. Works best on desktop browsers.
  31. PortableApps.com is a website offering many free, commonly used Windows applications that have been...

    Https://portableapps.com/ - Every single open source app you can think of from GIMP to Inkscape to FreeCAD and every type of game from text based to FPS shooters to all modern browsers (Firefox, Chrome, etc.) is here. The office suites Apache OpenOffice and Libre Office are both on there as well.
  32. An interactive map of live radio stations across the globe.

    Listen to live radio broadcasts all over the earth, using a globe to tune in - http://radio.garden/.
  33. Creating, Sharing and Celebrating the World's Visual Language

  34. Open-source illustrations for every project you can imagine and create.

    Open-sourced illustrations by designers who contribute on their spare time:https://storyset.com/ or https://undraw.co/.
  35. Awesome illustrations for your next project

    Open-sourced illustrations by designers who contribute on their spare time:https://storyset.com/ or https://undraw.co/.
  36. RegExr.com is an online tool to learn, build, and test Regular Expressions.

  37. Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place. Get a constantly updating feed of breaking news, fun stories, pics, memes, and videos just for you.

    Reddit.com: There's a lot of people that doesn't even know the page and those who have heard of it don't really know how it works. It has a lot of specialized subreddits for everything you can think of.
  38. 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.

    AlternativeTo hands down. I found open-sourced, crowd-sourced apps that were alternative to paid ones. Found DaVinci Resolve due to this, and I haven't looked back.
  39. convert anything to anything - more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats supported.

    CloudConvert Let's you convert files into another format. Supports tons of different formats.
  40. BugMeNot is a free Internet service that provides usernames and passwords to allow users to bypass the registration process for websites.

    You know all those websites that make you sign up for an account just to access some content? I hate making new throw a way accounts all the time to avoid the spam but this site helps with that: http://bugmenot.com/.
  41. We have created the world's most advanced artificial intelligence copywriter that enables you to create marketing copy in seconds!

    paid Free Trial $35.0 / Monthly

    Copy.ai. Its a copy generator using AI. Its quickly becoming my secret weapon for client work and when Im stuck with what to write.
  42. Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.

  43. arXiv is a free distribution service and an open-access archive for scholarly articles.

    Https://arxiv.org I use this to read cool research papers.
  44. Food for your brain

  45. A beautiful, innovative, and modern online graphing calculator.

  46. AniDB is a non-profit anime database providing you with all information regarding anime.

    AniDb.net is the most detailed anime database.
  47. It provides mass and public access to tens of millions of research papers

    Sci-hub get (almost) any research paper for free, just copy the link/DOI of the document and it'll show you the pdf.
  48. Extensive regex tester and debugger with highlighting for PHP, PCRE, Python and JavaScript.

    Regex101.com is pretty useful if you need to write regular expressions. You can also just paste in any regex and it tells you what each part does.
  49. Every Noise At Once is a web app that lists every single music genre in an explorable, listenable...

    Everynoise.com : This website contains every obscure sub genre of music imaginable. You can find some great music you’ve never heard of there.
  50. The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to...

  51. Matrix showcases some of the freshest travel search ideas from ITA Software. Version 3.

  52. ebooks site that helps to give many pdfs

  53. Compare prices of streaming for movies and tv shows.

  54. Discover thousands of free online courses, audio books, movies, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, and more.

    Openculture.com Watch free movies! Learn languages! Take educational courses! All for free!
  55. A simple, yet powerful, grocery shopping list app with cloud synchronization for iOS and Android. Share lists with your family and shop smart together.

    Buy Me a Pie! It's an online shopping list that syncs with a mobile app. If you make a change in a shopping list on any device, that change gets sent to all the other devices you're using it on -- so you can add things on the website, and your spouse at the store will see the things you add on their end.
  56. Ecosia is a green search engine that donates at least 80% of its profits from search ad revenue and...

    The search engine that plants trees: ecosia.org.
  57. Bitwarden is a free and open source password management solution for individuals, teams, and business organizations.

    freemium $10.0 / Annually (Premium)

    With today's hubbub over Twitch being hacked and their information being leaked, I'd like to bring up BitWarden, which is one of the better free password managers, and has been extremely useful today in securing my various accounts (because I'm a dumb-dumb who used the same password everywhere, so one leak and I had to change everything...). It was super easy to install and add everything to, and now I'm annoyed...
  58. One central hub for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO & more

  59. Weather Underground is committed to delivering the most reliable weather information possible.

    I prefer wunderground.com, the Weather Underground.
  60. Listen to what I just found in the WolframTones music universe

    Https://tones.wolfram.com/ This website generates random music of your chosen genre. Perfect for projects. You can even tweak the settings to your liking.
  61. Ad-free, private search

    Try neeva.com - it really is a better search engine.
  62. Vimm’s Lair is an elegant site that is dedicated to nostalgia for many of the new game consoles ever made that set the path to find the thousands of games inside.

    Vimm’s Lair is a website dedicated to preserving classic big name video games and allows you to download them for free on emulators, and it also has a list of the compatible emulators you can download. I wish I knew about it before I downloaded some malware trying to find an emulation of Pokemon Platinum that worked.
  63. Power Thesaurus is a fast, comprehensive and easy-to-follow online thesaurus for writers...

    For people who write a lot, I love Power Thesaurus.
  64. Interactive 3d models for drawing reference

    Free 3D mannequins for reference Just Sketch Me.
  65. Summarize articles, text, websites, essays and documents for free with SMMRY.

    freemium $5.0 / One-off (5,000 Credits)

  66. regex visualization tool

    And if you want a visualization of the regular expression, you can try this: https://regexper.com/.
  67. Robot-created GIF + music mashups

  68. 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.

    If you're not a native English speaker or don't know how a certain word is pronounced, you can use youglish.com.
  69. Auto generated "inspirational" quotations, powered by AI

  70. Update Faker is a fun website that allows you to prank anyone by letting them think their system is going through an update, which it is not.

    If you want to prank someone with a fake update then use (update faker)[https://updatefaker.com/].
  71. Online diagramming application

    Maybe it's way more known than I imagined but every time I show draw.io to someone at work they are all amazed by how simple it is to make diagrams.
  72. Calculates how long a talk will take to read.

    free

  73. Welcome to the fantastic world of nerdy regex fun!

    Https://regexcrossword.com/ when you're ready to get hard core.
  74. Community-based Q&A part of the Stack Exchange platform.

    This one is ok. You can ask a question but they might close it as duplicate or tell you to use X instead.
  75. 25 Jun 2014 . All software components in NixOS are installed using the Nix package manager. Packages in Nix are defined using the nix language to create nix expressions.

    Imperative package managers are so 2010s, functional system descriptions are where it's at these days.
  76. Global Outbreak is a Strategy, Top-down Shooter and Arcade video game created and published by ShortRound Games.

  77. Flip through memes, gifs, and other funny images.

    Https://imgflip.com you can make memes there.
  78. OceanofPDF is a dynamic platform that offers the best services for downloading valuable books.

    Piggybacking on top comment to share this - Https://oceanofpdf.com/.
  79. Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.

    Canva.com You can make nice cards, flyers, posters and anything you'd normally use photoshop for. But it is free (some images are paid, but you can also upload your own for free) and very easy to use.
  80. By using our converter you can easily convert YouTube videos to mp3 (audio) or mp4 (video) files and download them for free - this service works for computers, tablets and mobile devices.

    Youtube to MP3 converter lets you take audio from YouTube videos. Helped me make a lot of CDs for friends back in the day.
  81. Easily unsubscribe from unwanted emails 💌

    freemium $7.0 / One-off (7 day pass)

  82. Unlimited books, audiobooks & comics. Unparalleled discovery. Any device. $8.99/month

  83. Our service will help to find many more movies similar to your favorite ones. All lists are updated regularly, so you will always be aware of new and the best movies tailored to your tastes.

    Bestsimilar.com find similar movies and TV shows.
  84. Free ebook about all things typography

  85. All your articles, photos, video & content from web & apps in one place.

    freemium

    This is precisely why I’ve turned to using this astounding bookmark manager for my Reddit saves across accounts. Very robust customization with tagging, collections, manual sorting, backups, the works. Public code on GitHub. Privacy-minded.
  86. Best Courses. Top Institutions. Learn anytime, anywhere.

    Edx.org - has courses on literally everything that you can take up for free. Its also made by the top universities in the world.
  87. Send an email to your future self

    Https://futureme.org You can write an email to yourself which you will receive in a few years.
  88. Free 5000+ macOS app icons in the style of macOS Monterey, Big Sur. Fully open source and community led. How to install custom icons on macOS Monterey, Big Sur.

  89. DeHashed is the largest & fastest data breach search engine.

    Further to this, if you find yourself in one of the more generic dumps, you can pay for a month here: https://dehashed.com/.
  90. RunPee is in fact the community of movie lovers who constantly upload the links of the newly released movies.

  91. Bypass Paywalls is a web browser extension to help bypass paywalls for selected sites.

    Btw, just to add to the thread, there is this extension called Bypass Paywalls for Chrome and Firefox. Another thing you may try is to paste the link into https://outline.com.
  92. Find recipes for ingredients you already have.

  93. Geocoding system for the simple communication of locations with a resolution of 3 m

  94. Cite This For Me is a website that creates citations for papers. Citations are a necessary part of the academic process, and learning how to cite a source is a staple of English classrooms everywhere. Read more about Cite This For Me.

    Cite This For Me does citations for APA, Harvard and a bunch of others.
  95. Historical map of the world from 3000BC-2018AD.

    Http://geacron.com/home-en/ , an interactive map that allows you to see how borders changed across the centuries.
  96. Piracy.moe is one of the finest platforms that provide you with the comfort to stream your favorite anime show online, or you can download or watch directly in sub and dub.

    Https://piracy.moe/ Shows nearly every anime/manga website, torrent and streamable URL on the internet and also shows if they are active have ads and if they are safe to use. With this you will never need to ask yourself, Where am I going to watch/download this anime or read this manga?
  97. Very good and clear site for best deals.

    I personally prefer https://gg.deals/.
  98. Secure email with absolutely no compromises. Get your free encrypted email account today.

    freemium €5.0 / Monthly (user - 5 GB)

    Https://isaac.patl.ca/index.html It's basically The Binding Of Isaac, but free and without download. Great quality too! https://protonmail.com/ Protonmail is an email for all of you guest mode users, no verification but plenty of firewalls.
  99. Find the origin of an anime still or similar picture

    Https://trace.moe/ Finds every Anime with just one Picture and lists all details of the Anime.
  100. Choose and mix from 100+ high-quality sounds and noises to improve focus or relax.

    free

    I very recently learned of https://soundlove.io from someone on Reddit. You can craft your own soundscapes with over 100 different backgrounds noises.