Here is a useful list of free services on the internet everyone should know with links provided.
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
- MusicTheory.net, Teoria
- Classical Guitar Tablature
- Practice Sight Reading
- Justin Guitar – Over 850 lessons to learn guitar.
- italki Not fully free, but free to find partners and natives to learn from.
- Khan Academy – Free learning tutorials on just about every subject.
- HackerRank Challenges and contests with a leaderboard to test and develop your programming skills. Requires a solid programming knowledge base.
- Anki, Mnemosyne, Memrise
- INTERNET IS USEFUL
- Wolfram Alpha
- Project Gutenberg – Primarily public domain.
- OpenLibrary – Download out-of-copyright books, borrow in-copyright books.
- The Free Bundle
- SCP – Containment: Breach Free survival horror game based on the works of the SCP Foundation community.
Multiplayer games you might’ve never heard of (all 100% free, without microtransactions):
More Freeware and F2P games
- Simutrans, Open TTD
- Armor Critical
- Black Mesa Source
- Cry of Fear
- Planetside 2
- Town of Salem
Older games (not in the above sites)
- Marathon series
- Warzone 2100
- First 3 C&C games)
- Dune 2000
- All the Earthsiege and Tribes games (even the PS2 one).
- The Elder Scrolls Arena and Daggerfall
- 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):
- 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)
- 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.
- FileHippo – Freeware downloads
- Ninite – Package your favorite apps in a bundle and use it to install and update apps instantly.
- TechSupportAlert – Freeware recommendations
- 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.
- Youtube – Of course.
- OCRemix – Video game music remixes and rearrangements.
- Archive.org – An archive for a lot of things, including music and live sets of Grateful Dead, Phish…
- Buckethead – Twisterlend (Pike #39) – Great speed metal 30-minute instrumental album.
- Zelda Reorchestrated
- 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.
- Couch Surfing – Free version of AirBnB