Articles on the Internet
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
A Cypherpunk's Manifesto
It might seem as if greed and exploitation are what fuels the web, but there are a surprising number of oases out there.
A volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works.
A non-profit library of millions of books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Free audio books, online courses, ebooks, textbooks, and lanugage lesson.
Independent Internet-only streaming multi-channel radio station. In other words, free music.
Listen to radio channels from all over the world.
Free educational content
Not every course on every website listed here is free, but many are. Remember to choose options like "audit" to get the content free of charge.
Founded by two Stanford professors. Coursera has many free courses in a variety of subjects: engineering, data science, computer science, machine learning, etc.
A nonprofit course provider. University-level courses in a wide range of disciplines from top of the line educational institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Berkeley, Caltech, etc. Highly recommended. The edX software platform itself is open source and based on a Python/Django stack, the code is on GitHub. Feel free to use it to create your own learning platform.
A nonprofit educational organization created by Salman Khan. Lessons in a wide range of subjects, explained in a manner easy to grasp.
Udacity has fewer free courses than the others listed, but a couple of their free ones are good enough for it to deserve mention. Notable teachers: Peter Norvig (Google), Steve Huffman (Reddit).
Different on the Internet
The Whole Earth 'Lectornic Link. One of the oldest "virtual communities" in continuous operation, it launched in 1985. Best known for its Internet forums.
Something Awful (SA)
The original staple of Internet culture.
Video sharing site, founded in part by the team of Ogrish.com.
Biblical-themed lightweight operating system designed to be the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible. It was created by American programmer Terry A. Davis, who developed it alone over the course of a decade after a series of episodes that he later described as a revelation from God.
Have I Been Pwned?
Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
Nonprofit digital rights group based in San Francisco, formed in 1990 to promote Internet civil liberties.
Articles and tips on software to use and how to protect your privacy online.
International nonprofit that publishes news leaks and classified media provided by anonymous sources. Julian Assange is generally described as its founder and director.
Founded by two architects. They publish information on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptography, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and government secrecy. Known for publishing the alleged identity of the CIA analyst who located Osama Bin Laden, lists of people allegedly associated with the Stasi, and the PSIA.
News for nerds
Webzine with emphasis on Linux.
Social news site, "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters."
Duck Duck Go
Wiby - The search engine for classic websites
Use Greasemonkey (addon) and Google Hit Hider (script) to filter search results. Compatible with Google and DuckDuckGo.
Google Hit Hider
If you only use google (consider replacing it with DuckDuckGo/Qwant):
Google Search Filter
Simple new tab replacement with TODOs
Somewhat useful and generally not harmful software
7-Zip - file archiver for Windows
7-Zip is free software, mostly under GNU LGPL license. High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression.
My preferred Linux distribution for a development workstation.
Open source cross-platform audio software.
Free and open source 3D creation suite and video editing.
My preferred Linux server. A free, community-supported distribution compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
A package manager for Windows. To install it and a bunch of software I use, I run a simple PowerShell script on fresh Windows installs. Saves me a lot of time.
Debian is a great all-round Linux distribution. One of the oldest with its initial release in 1993.
An Emacs configuration for the stubborn martian vimmer.
Open source desktop Bitcoin wallet for Linux, Windows, and macOS.
An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor -- and much more.
My preferred web browser. Built-in privacy protections, blocks tracking ads. Keep in mind, you should still tweak settings, use the uBlock Origin addon and Pi-hole.
Free, open source image editor.
Distributed version control.
Free and open source digital painting.
An open network for secure, decentralized communication. Matrix is an open standard, a lightweight protocol for real-time communication. It supports online chat, voice over IP, and videotelephony, and can "bridge" with services like Gitter, IRC, Slack/Mattermost, XMPP, Discord, Email, Skype, Telegram, and more. Its most popular client is Riot.
A black hole for Internet advertisements. Pi-hole acts as a DNS sinkhole. You ideally run it on your private network and point your router to it, but you can also run it on a VPS. Use with Unbound for DNS-over-TLS.
Slackware was the first Linux distribution I used. It will always have a place in my heart.
Free media player for Windows and Linux.
A community-driven Emacs distribution.
Validating, recursive, caching DNS resolver. Can be used with Pi-hole to provide DNS-over-TLS.
Visual Studio Code
Open source code editor developed by Microsoft, for Windows, Linux and macOS.
If you are to purchase an ebook, I can recommend The Pragmatic Bookshelf; the books I have bought have been updated frequently, both errata and new content.
No Starch Press is another bookstore I endorse.