hello netizen! welcome to the cyberpunk dystopia that is real life!
this is a list of tech resources and software i recommend :)
- privacy guides aimed at beginners
- the new oil also aimed at beginners
- hitchhiker's guide to online anonymity extremely in depth
- prism break recommendations
- simple opt out guides to turning off excess data sharing
- how to protect yourself from your ISP
- bitwarden cloud-based password manager
- keepassXC local-only password manager
- exifcleaner remove metadata from files
- bleachbit drive cleaning
- fawkes edits photos in a way that confuses facial recognition AI
- have i been pwned data breach tracker
- terms of service; didn't read human-readable TOS's and privacy policies
- distrowatch open source operating system info/comparisons/news
- distrochooser tool to help you pick an open source operating system
- linux mint commonly recommended to people new to linux
- pop!_os also recommended to people new to linux
- fedora a bit of an older distro. pretty well-established and popular.
- arch a popular distro for powerusers.
- endeavour an arch-based distro.
- tor onion router. most popular alt network.
- invisible internet project P2P network layer
- retroshare focused on social communication between friends and family
- mullvad no personal info needed to use. flat $5/mo rate.
- ovpn has legal insurance. paid only.
- protonvpn linked to protonmail account. free or paid.
- nextcloud self-hosted cloud drive with enterprise features.
- mega free or paid.
- protondrive tied to protonmail account. free or paid.
- cozy aimed at europeans (but not a requirement).
- ente photo and video storage. paid only.
- fuck google chrome all my homies hate google chrome
- firefox daily driver. widely supported, highly customizable, and can be hardened depending on your security/privacy needs.
- tor for anonymous browsing and accessing the tor network
- librewolf firefox fork. basically just arkenfox.js added by default.
- icecat firefox fork that doesn't push nonfree plugins or features.
- min minimalist browser
- bromite android browser
- ublock origin powerful but lightweight adblocker (and more!)
- leechblock block specific websites. see my blocklists if you'd like
- violentmonkey userscript manager
- stylus userstyle manager
- containers isolates cookies to specific tabs
- skip redirect skips redirect links
- dont accept webp / save webp as jpg/png
- simple translate highlight + right click translate
- image search options reverse image search options on right click
- tranquility turns a webpage into a minimalist page for reading
- sponsorblock autoskips annoying segements in youtube videos
- unhook customize youtube's layout
- wikibuddy redirect to non-fandom wiki's or through breezewiki on fandom.com sites
- streetpass social automatically finds mastodon profiles while browsing
- greasyfork userscripts
- userstyles.world created as a replacement of userstyles.org
- USO archive archive of userstyles.org
- thunderbird email client
- protonmail email provider (+more). free or paid.
- tutanota email provider (+more). free or paid.
- posteo email provider (+more). paid only.
- mailbox email provider (+more). paid only.
- disroot email provider (+more) aimed at activists.
- riseup email provider (+more) aimed at activists. invite only.
- autistici email provider (+more) aimed at activists. selective.
- simplelogin email aliasing
- fuck discord all my homies hate discord
- IRC / XMPP oldskool IM protocols. well-established and widely supported
- matrix decentralized messenger protocol
- mattermost slack alternative
- revolt discord-like, but open source.
- guilded discord-like. has more features aimed at pro gamers.
- session doesnt require info for an account
- briar useful for those with spotty/restricted internet access
- cohost tumblr-esque blogging
- pillowfort tumblr alternative
- dreamwidth livejournal alternative
what's the fediverse?
- mastodon microblogging
- misskey/calckey microblogging
- pleroma microblogging
- pixelfed instagram alternative
- peertube youtube alternative
- writefreely minimalist long-form blogging
all of the software above can communicate with each other seamlessly. for example, an account on a mastodon server can follow someone using pleroma, and subscribe to peertube channels.
- fedi tips in-depth guide to using mastodon and the fediverse
- fedi.garden fediverse servers you can sign up for
- fedi directory/fediverse info directory/trunk people to follow
- libreoffice office suite
- openoffice office suite
- etherpad real-time document collaboration (like google docs).
- obsidian customizable notebook that uses markdown
- turtl notebook with collaboration features
- notesnook notetaking. paid only
- joplin notetaking
- simplenote notetaking
- commonhealth manage your personal health info
- euki sexual health/education. also has a period tracker.
- drip period tracker. designed to be private, secure, and inclusive.
- loop habit tracker
- stretchly periodically reminds you to take a break while on your PC
- workrave set limits for screentime
idfk where to put these
- open street map map of the world. alternative to google and apple's maps.
- osmand offline maps and navigation, powered by OSM.
- organic maps hiking/walking maps, powered by OSM.
- raven desktop RSS reader
- wacup winamp, but without corporate garbage and cryptoshit
- foobar2000 customizable and in-development since 2002
- aimp customizable. designed to be winamp's spiritual successor.
- stealing bandwidth from spotify is morally correct
- spotX modded spotify desktop client with unlocked premium features
- xmanager android app that mods spotify
- nuclear stream music from multiple free sources, in one app
- yt-dl/yt-dlp - download videos from youtube (and other sites). use yt-dlg if you don't want to use the command line.
- soulseek - p2p music sharing (download soulseek NS, not Qt). if you don't like the UI, nicotine+ is a modern alternative.
- vgm: khinsider / zophar's domain
- asian: sitting on clouds / openings.moe
- multihost: crocovid
- movies & tv: soap2day / m4ufree / ask4movie / c1ne / lookmovie
- cartoons: kimcartoon / kisscartoon / wco / watchcartoononline
- asian dramas: dramacool / kissasian