Amazing Free Resources

A recent AskReddit thread posed the question, "What free things on the internet should everyone be taking advantage of?"

What were the answers from other redditors? Absolutely amazing free resources.

Here are the top 10 websites and other resources you should absolutely check out. Bookmark them, and if you enjoy them then also bookmark this post and share it with your friends.

10. Every documentary you could ever want to watch

Movie Tickets
Who doesn't just love to heat up a bowl of popcorn, curl under a blanket and tune into a great documentary?

Okay, perhaps that doesn't quite fit the cliché but it still sounds pretty good.

Documentary Heaven as suggested by Redditor dragonangelx is an aptly named resource. The website contains hundreds of must-see documentaries, and the best part is that they're all free to watch.

For any person who wants a new documentary to watch or just feels like learning something new, this is the #1 resource on this list.

9. Disposable email addresses

Have you ever wanted to get some sort of free resource, but had second thoughts because that resource comes at the dubious expense of having to divulge your email address?

Yeah, so have I.

Fortunately, there's a solution to that too. bosco10382 recommends a website called 10 Minute Mail. Basically it generates an email address that only lasts for 10 minutes before being deleted. Now you can get your free resource without having to suffer through mailing list spam.

8. Automatic computer screen brightness

Dell XPS17
Are you on the computer at all hours of the day?

Are you tired of having to open  the blinds, shut the blinds, and change your room's lighting just to avoid eye strain?

There's an answer for that too.

hostile345 recommends a service called f.Lux. This software automatically adjusts your monitor's brightness to match the lighting conditions of whatever room you're in. You really can have it all.

7. Customizable background noises

Sometimes you just need some background noise so you can get work done. Music might do the trick, but then you have to figure out what to listen to. And what if the music just ends up distracting you even more?

A Soft Murmer is abovethegrass's solution to this little conundrum. You can use the website to give yourself background noises like rain, wind, fire, thunder, and also sounds like birds chirping and a coffee house. Activate wind, thunder and coffee shop for the weirdest apocalypse soundtrack ever.

Other Redditors offered similar website suggestions such as Rainy Mood, Internet Fireplace and Simply Noise.

6. Education

Education Reform: Insert your favorite “Wrath of Khan” joke blog title here
There are FAR too many different places to list in this post, but fortunately they've all been combined into one insightful post by Fletch71011.

We are truly living in a golden age when the entire knowledge of the world is available at your fingertips. The age is even more golden when you realize that most of that knowledge is available for free if you know where to look.

From TED talks, to free university courses, to language learning and programming. As long as you have the time to devote to learning, your advanced education awaits.

5. Old-school Runescape

Drakie: Gratz Giaanzito!
A cult classic for many old-school gamers, this version of Runescape has been preserved from its glory days.

Many things improve with age, but for people who grew up playing Runescape in its infancy or early stages, this bout of nostalgia will fill up your evenings with joy.

4. Money

Despite sounding too good to be true, if you know where to look it is possible to make money on the Internet by filling out surveys. Sure, it may not be huge amounts but cold hard cash is cold hard cash.

In fact, there's an entire subreddit devoted to telling you exactly where to go to find these (legitimate) paying surveys. Check out /r/BeerMoney for a large variety of different places to go. Thanks to QUlNN for the suggestion.

3. Martial arts movies

Shaolin Kung Fu
As good as documentaries and education are, sometimes there's nothing better than a good old fashioned beat-down.

A website devoted entirely to streaming kung-fu movies? Check! That exists too.

Thanks to JoelyRavioli we now know of a website where you can go to watch all of your favourites for free. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and many other classic kick ass martial artists are ready to be seen on the computer screen. Over and over...

2. Audiobooks

Audio Book
Listening to a book being read is a great way to pass the time. It's also incredibly productive if you can listen while you're commuting.

Where do you go to get audiobooks?

There's a number of useful websites, but try AudioBook Bay for a free listing. Thanks to JennyPretzel for making the recommendation on this one.

By the way, you know all of those annoying Captcha's you've had to fill out? Did you know that every time you type a Captcha comment you're actually helping to digitize books? Check out this incredible TED talk by Captcha creator, Luis von Ahn, for more information.

1. Archived websites

Waycool Machine
Do you ever miss those old Geocities websites? Do you ever wish you could see all of the cheesy flashing graphics and experience those long load times again?

Yeah, me neither.

Still, a blast to the past can be a fun thing, which is why you might want to check out the Internet archives. Thanks to -eDgAR-'s suggestion, it is possible to view all of your favourite websites in their infancy after all.


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