Free Services on Internet Everyone Should Know

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MOOCs (Massively Online Open Courses)
  • Coursera – Coursera partners with various universities and makes a few of their courses available online free for a large audience. Founded by computer science professors, so again a heavy CS emphasis.
  • edX – Massive open online course platform founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University to offer online university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines to a worldwide audience at no charge. Many other universities now take part in it, including Cal Berkeley. Differs from most of these by including “due dates” with assignments and grades.
  • Udacity – Outgrowth of free computer science classes offered in 2011 through Stanford University. Plans to offer more, but concentrated on computer science for now.


Free Online Courses Offered by Universities
  • Harvard Open Courseware
  • MIT Open Courseware – Initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, partly free and openly available to anyone, anywhere.
  • Yale Open Courseware – Provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.
  • Stanford Open Courseware
Music


Languages


Other
E-Books


Audiobooks
  • LibriVox – Free audio books
  • Podiobooks.com – Free audiobooks mostly from self-published authors.


  • Freeware

    Multiplayer games you might’ve never heard of (all 100% free, without microtransactions):
    • Renegade X
    • America’s Army
    • No More Room in Hell
    • Alien Swarm
    • 0 AD
    • OpenRA
    • Battle for Wesnoth
    • More Freeware and F2P games

      Abandonware

      Older games (not in the above sites)
    • F2P (microtransactions)
      • Steam F2P section – Some of these are completely freeware. Most of them are multiplayer.
      • MMOBomb.com – They also have a list of F2P games.


      MOBAs (other than LoL and Dota2):

      Others
      • Path of Exile (in my opinion, the best and fairest F2P MMORPG) – Action RPG, similar to Diablo
      • Team Fortress 2 (in my opinion, the fairest F2P MMOFPS, and you can buy the premium account with Steam Trading Cards from 2 games)
      • Quake Live (several people have told me this isn’t free anymore.)
      • Card Hunter (for those who like board games)
      • Pokemon TCG
      • Hearthstone (for those who like collectible card games)


      More Games:
      • SMITE – A MOBA with a 3rd person view (behind the character), has a lot more game modes than pretty much all MOBAs, more newb-friendly (EDIT than some other MOBAs).
      • Quake Live – Quake 3 remake, recently released on Steam (after 5 years or so). No longer free.
      • Tribes: Ascend – A pretty good Tribes game from the makers of SMITE.
      • Sauerbraten – Pretty good shooter for non-competitive uses or when I feel pissed off.
      • SNESfun Online SNES emulation.
    • Freeware sites
      • FileHippo – Freeware downloads
      • Ninite – Package your favorite apps in a bundle and use it to install and update apps instantly.
      • TechSupportAlert – Freeware recommendations


      Other
      • Guerilla Mail – Disposable and temporary e-mail adresses. Use these to create your accounts and no more spam in your private e-mail adress.
      • PortableApps – Portable apps and PortableApps suite for USBs
      • Pixlr – Online image editor (like Photoshop, but very lite). Also includes desktop version.
      • LastPass, KeePass – 2 different password managers, LastPass works inside the browser, KeePass has its own program.
      • 7zip – Compression utility with a somewhat minimalist interface, but plenty of features.
      • MusicBee – A well-rounded music manager with a wealth of additional features like ripping, normalizing, converting…
      • MiniLyrics – Synchronizes lyrics with the music.
      • SumatraPDF – Ultra-light and all I need for reading PDFs (Foxit or PDF-XChange are good too and have more features)
      • MPC-HC – Like VLC but more lightweight and with a similar set of features.
      • Notepad++ Source code editor and Notepad replacement.
      • Sublime Text – A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. Note that it is a never-ending free trial, but if you can you should consider paying for the service to support the developers.
      • Brackets.io Source code editor by Adobe with some Illustrator integration and Live Preview in Chrome.
      • EditPadLite – Notepad with just the text editing and not coding language options like Notepad++.
      • MalwareBytes Anti-Malware – Pretty much my secondary, on-demand malware scanner alongside my primary, real-time scanner (which is currently Avast, but really any anti-virus program is good)
      • F.lux – Utility that warms the colour of your screen and makes it easier to look at (and also has brightness control).
      • LibreOffice – Open source MS Office alternative.
      • MS Office Viewers – If LibreOffice fails to open MS Office files correctly, this steps in.
      • CCleaner – Indispensible for cleaning your computer (just be wary when you delete registry files).
      • RevoUninstaller – For clean and thorough uninstalls.
      • GIMP – Picture editor similar to Photoshop in functionality.
      • Inkscape – Free and open vector graphics editor.
      • Blender – Open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.
      • Rufus – Easily create bootable USBs [Windows], burning bootable OS ISOs.
      • Google Drive – you’d be surprised how many people don’t know what it is.

      • Self-Help/Advice


        • 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
        • Blah Therapy – Online listening service. “Experience the rewards of venting to a stranger or lending an ear.”
        • MoodGYM – Learn cognitive behavior therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression.
      Miscellaneous
    • Couch Surfing – Free version of AirBnB
 
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