xenmaster's favorite web-services

this is a list of all my favourite websites. Fire up your bookmarkers, because you will want to visit these sites again and again!

Note: I am planning on adding sigalert.com to this as soon as I create an entry for the application. Great tool for keeping track of traffic alerts in big cities and 100% free to use!

Alex Ruiz
Alex RuizList by Alex Ruiz, last updated 2020-04-25
  1. social-media

  2. MeWe icon

    I use this as my primary social network. It allows people to form private groups for their friends and family. It is pretty reminiscent of Google Plus for folks that used to use that service and many users are refugees from that service. It has some pretty significant backing as well, including from Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web!

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    MeWe screenshot 1
  3. LinkedIn icon

    I use this site exclusively for professional networking. Has a lot of spam, but a great way to keep in touch with old colleagues and to make new connections professionally. Use with care and always refuse invites from third-party headhunters!

    • Job Search Service
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Google Chrome
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
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    LinkedIn screenshot 1
  4. education

  5. HelloChinese icon

    I use Duolingo for most of my language learning, but they aren't as good as HelloChinese for learning Chinese. My only complaint is that while HelloChinese is very good, it will get you only to the basic level of learning the language - there are more specialized solutions that can take you to the advanced level, although I recommend having a tutor for that part of the process.

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    HelloChinese screenshot 1
  6. Duolingo icon

    Useful for learning Spanish, I use Duolingo also for learning Thai and Vietnamese, which is pretty acceptable so far.

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  7. Udemy icon

    There are so many courses here - I primarily use it to self-teach on Design and Website Engineering. Some courses are better than others (Their Django course is extremely outdated) so proceed with caution.

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    Udemy screenshot 1
  8. SitePoint icon

    A site specifically about web-design, it includes great articles, eBooks, and tutorial courses.

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  9. entertainment

  10. Hulu icon

    Hulu is my go-to for old school TV shows I know and love from my youth in the 80s and 90s. Holds awesome movies too. It has pretty good original series too, especially compared to Netflix, which has more flops than gems in the catalog.

    • Video Streaming App
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Apple TV
    • Playstation VR
    • Daydream
    • Kindle Fire
    • Playstation
    • Fire TV
    • Gear VR
    • Xbox
    • Oculus Rift
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    App
  11. Prime Video icon

    Another great place to get awesome videos - it has some offerings that Hulu does not have. Also, you get bundled discounts, free shipping, and bonuses at Whole Foods, you cannot beat this deal!

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  12. YouTube icon

    Has great original series, although the platform is starting to turn its back on original creators in favor of corporate content. My favorite items here include the wide selection of independent music creators and online series like Freddie Wong's old videos and the WongFu selections.

    • Video Streaming App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • KaiOS
    • Fire TV
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Xbox
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    YouTube screenshot 1
  13. Kodi icon

    Great entertainment center for free content. I use it specifically for South Park and the Simpsons (during the golden years).

    • Media Center
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Flatpak
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Fire TV
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    Kodi screenshot 1
  14. news-services

    Missing items include good tech blogs like Make Tech Easier, and Hacker News. Coming up soon so stay tuned!

  15. TechCrunch icon

    A great resource for technology and business news.

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  16. MakeUseOf icon

    Lots of cool websites, computer tips, and how-tos are featured here!

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    HOMEPAGE
  17. Reuters icon

    A good departure from clickbait news - Reuters generally tends to give you just the facts compared to hype machines like FOX, CNN, and MSNBC as well as the less reputable blogs like Vox, Vice, Slate, and Buzzfeed, which really only masquerade as legitimate news.

    • News Reader
    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire
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    Reuters screenshot 1
    Reuters screenshot 2
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  18. Ars Technica icon

    Ars Technica was founded in 1998 when Founder & Editor-in-Chief Ken Fisher announced his plans for starting a publication devoted to technology that would cater to what he called "alpha geeks": technologists and IT professionals.

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  19. online-games

  20. Sorcery! icon

    Sorcery! is an epic four-part adventure through a land of monsters, traps, and magic an interactive story with the appeal of a classic, tabletop gamebook. With tens of thousands of choices, the story rewrites itself around your actions.

    • Adventure Game
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Steam
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    Sorcery! screenshot 1
  21. 2048 icon

    2048 is a popular sliding puzzle game written by 19 year old Italian designer Gabriele Chirulli based on 1024 which in turn was based on Threes! .

    • Puzzle Game
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • PortableApps.com
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    2048 screenshot 1
    2048 screenshot 2
    2048 screenshot 3
  22. Plants vs. Zombies icon

    Plants vs. Zombies is a tower defense video game by PopCap. A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of zombie-zapping plants. Use peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more to mulchify zombies before they reach your front...

    • Tower Defense Game
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire
    • Steam
    • Playstation
    • Nintendo Switch
    • Xbox
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    iPhone
  23. Monument Valley icon

    In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world.

    • Puzzle Game
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire
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    Monument Valley screenshot 1
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    Monument Valley screenshot 3
  24. Bejeweled icon

    Bejeweled: match sparkling gems three at a time to make them burst in showers of color and points. Match four or more to create flashy power gems that boost your score and your mood with brilliant cascades and combos.

    • Puzzle Game
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Symbian S60
    • Blackberry
    • Windows Phone
    • Kindle Fire
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    iPhone
  25. Dynomite! icon

    Download & play Dynomite Deluxe. Blast eggs of the same color for prehistoric fun!

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    Gameplay
  26. messengers

  27. Signal icon

    I use this almost exclusively in place of my messenger service. It's a fantastic app that everyone should use!

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
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    Signal screenshot 1
  28. LINE icon

    Useful for my people in Taiwan, The Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Thailand.

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Google Chrome
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    LINE screenshot 1
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    LINE screenshot 3
  29. webservices

  30. Domainr icon

    If you want to look up a domain name you are thinking of buying up, you can't beat DomainR! It will autopopulate similar names, possible domain hacks, and show you if they are available or not.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
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    Domainr screenshot 1
  31. DuckDuckGo icon

    DuckDuckGo is the best search engine I've ever used. I proudly say I've only used Google a handful of times on purpose - DDG has always been good and is getting better and they don't track or bubble your search results!

    • Web Search Engine
    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • F-Droid
    • Yandex.Browser
    • Tor
    • Opera
    • Firefox
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    DuckDuckGo Homepage
  32. Protectedtext (Safe Notes) icon

    Useful for sharing text notes between computers. Uses javascript based encryption to protect your stuff.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
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    Protectedtext (Safe Notes) screenshot 1
    Protectedtext (Safe Notes) screenshot 2
  33. OpenStreetMap icon

    I use this as often as I can for getting around town. There are also mobile clients for this service, like OSMand.

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    Search Result
  34. software management

  35. AlternativeTo icon

    Do you really have to ask? :D

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    AlternativeTo Dashboard with News and New App Releases
  36. PRISM Break icon

    A good catalog for relatively safe software and a good place to start for people looking for a way to host their own webservices.

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    PRISM Break screenshot 1
  37. PrivacyTools.io icon

    Similar to above, but also includes basic tutorials about VPNs, E-Mail service providers, and gives information about how to configure Firefox to make it safer to use.

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This list was created by Alex Ruiz Aug 4, 2019 and was last updated Apr 25, 2020. The list has 29 apps.

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