September 17, 2021•820 words
This is an updated version of a blog post I created around the start of this year. Since originally writing that blog post, I'm am now using some new and different applications and services.
In no particular order...
I have been using 1Password for a couple of months now. I find 1Password to be an excellent password manager for my needs. The premium plan is a bit costly compared to the previous password manager I was using, but the overall design and fuctionality of 1Password is superior in my opinion.
If you are new to password managers, I have a helpful blog post here on how you can create a strong and unique master password.
WeVPN in my opinion is a true underdog in the VPN industry. I like WeVPN because it has a niche user base, good speeds and fantastic streaming compatibility. In fact, WeVPN is one of the only VPN's that has compatibility right out of the box with pretty much all streaming services. And if a streaming service you want to access is blocked, you can send a request to WeVPN's support team and they will work out a method to get it unblocked, so you can keep binge watching that TV show.
Token Vault by Standard Notes
It's no secret that I am heavily invested in Standard Notes' ecosystem. I run a blog from it, I create notes within the application pretty much daily and I try to stay active within the community, whether that's messaging in their Slack group or on Twitter. So why should I keep my 2FA tokens elsewhere? It's just super convienient for me to store them there and saves me a few steps in opening a dedicated authenticator app. Furthermore, my tokens are super safe in Standard Notes' Token Vault because they are protected by strong encryption.
Standard Notes has become a trusted place I can write down all of my thoughts and feelings safely. When I first downloaded Standard Notes nearly 2 years ago, I never thought I would use it as much as I do today. From noting down reminders, ideas, and running my blog from within Standard Notes, I have achieved more productivity within my work and personal life. I can see myself still using Standard Notes in 50 years time. It's become an integral part of my life.
This is probably a something people who personally know me would not of expected to be on this list. I cannot deny the fact that I love Wikipedia. In fact, I've been donating to Wikipedia for the past 3 years because I believe in the vision that knowledge should be free for all, and Wikipedia stands for that. I am always wanting to find more information and gain more knowledge about anything that sparks my interest and Wikipedia is one of go to places for it. I know that people say that Wikipedia can be unreliable but I believe that opinion is no longer relevant for most topics. Information on the website has gotten more accurate in recent years and therefore I have more trust in Wikipedia.
NewPipe is an open-source YouTube alternative for Android. I like NewPipe because it doesn't use any of Google's framework libraries or the YouTube API itself. It also makes YouTube Premium irrelevant because NewPipe has all of the features from YouTube Premium that's locked behind a paywall, for free. I can listen to videos in background mode and download those videos through the app and not have to pay £11.99 per month to do so.
Many people who know me, know I love wrestling. For years I've watched WWE and I've even attended a couple of their live events including Monday Night RAW. For the price, WWE Network is really good value (especially for UK fans) because the subscription includes live pay-per-views for £9.99 per month, instead of paying the inflated box office prices. WWE Network also includes a massive catalogue of archived content and original progamming.
Out of any product on this list, I definitely use Spotify more than the rest. I've been using this music service for years as I just love listening to music. I've tried other music services like Deezer and Tidal but they didn't quite meet my expectations like Spotify does. I honestly think Spotify knows more about my music tastes than I know myself. (Take that as a good thing or a bad thing)
Vgy.me is a free image hosting website. It's super simple to use and it even supports ShareX. They unfortunately no longer support video uploading, but they are still one of the best out there.
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