Cooking and Dieting

  • The Daily Plate – Calorie Counter, Diet Tracking, Food Journal, Nutrition Facts as well as iPhone App
  • All recipes – excellent recipe site with robust printing options and recipe box. You assemble and print your own custom cook book.
  • – Easily create a gorgeous hardcover cookbook w/your recipes & photos.
  • – Recipe search engine covers many categories within a large database. Features a Mastercook recipe export capability.
  • Slash Food – Get breaking food news, serious cooking advice, and the latest reviews and food trends.
  • Smitten Kitchen – A home cooking weblog from a tiny kitchen in New York City, with a focus on simplifying daunting recipes and being fearless in the kitchen
  • Simply recipes – A family cooking and food blog with hundreds of healthy, whole-food recipes for the home cook. Photographs, easy-to-follow instructions,

Custom Publishing

  • Blurb and Booksmart – Create your own hard or soft bound books: from weddings to cookbooks to photography books and sell them in your own Print on Demad (PoD) Bookshop
  • MagCloud – Create your own custom magazine. The publisher creates a magazine in a design program. Any program that can put out a letter-sized, multi-page PDF will work.
  • Kirtas Books – nearly 1,000,000 open copyright books avaialbe for download or PoD in both hard or soft bound versions
  • CafePress – print your photos on just about any kind of merchandise from Twilight t shirts to Obama bumper stickers, you can buy it, design it, or sell it on your own storefront
  • – Create and customize premium Business Cards, MiniCards and Postcards with MOO’s unique variable print technology
  • – mashup and sell custom books, posters and more


  • – Discover your ancestors with the world’s largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more online at
  • Family Search – Search for family ancestors. Billions of free family tree, family history, ancestry, genealogy and census records.
  • Find A Grave – Resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it’s an invaluable tool for genealogist and history buffs.
  • – Allows you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. It contains over 1.5 billion books contained in over 10,000 libraries globally. You can see where the nearest copy of a book is so you are able to request an interlibrary loan or go check it out directly.
  • Internet Archive Text Archive – The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books available for free download. This collection is open to the community for the contribution of any type of text, many licensed using Creative Commons licenses. Document types available are: HTML, PDF, B/W PDF, EPUB (beta), Kindle (beta), Daisy (beta), Full Text and DjVu.
  • Family Tree DNA – Establish DNA fingerprints for the purpose of determining ancestral pedigrees. Testing is available to both amateur and professional genealogists.
  • – Allows people that have used with the different DNA testing companies to search for matches and compare results.
  • My Canvas – Create and customize high-quality photo books, collage posters and calendars.
  • My Tree And Me – These non-traditional family trees beautifully illustrate the family connections that make us who we are.
  • PHPGEDView – An Open Source PHP application that will import your GED file(s) and allow you to manage your own family tree database via MySQL and PHP. It if very powerful, allows multiple trees, various reports, collaborative contributions and much much more.

Photos and Photography

  • – the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Integrates with WordPress as well as Windows Desktop
  • Picasa – software download from Google that helps you organize, edit, and share your photos. It’s free, and easy to use.
  • Kodak Gallery – Easily organize, edit and print your photos online. Higher cost bu the only site I found that will not impose cropping on your images.
  • Snapfish – digital photo printing, free online photo albums, free digital photo sharing services, and fun photo gifts
  • – Full Service Professional Digital Photo Printing Lab, Order Wedding & Holiday Greeting Cards
  • – Browse images or create an account with galleries. Add captions and other information.

Productivity and Project Management

  • Klok – Simple and free project based time tracking system that runs on Adobie Air.
  • Google Apps – Get constant enterprise innovation with Google, saving your company the time, money and hassles of managing these IT solutions yourself.
  • – Central Desktop’s is a web based SaaS solution for businesses to collaborate, manage projects and connect their people. It has great centralized document management and version control capabilities.
  • – Create and share Gantt charts online with Tom’s Planner Gantt chart software. No more messy excel spreadsheets.
  • Mingle – Mingle, the agile project management tool, was built from the ground up to adapt to constantly changing processes, business priorities and program/project structures within your development environment.
  • MindMeister – Free web-based realtime collaborative mind mapping tool for brainstorming and project management (with iPhone app).
  • FreeMind – A Free Open Source Graphical Mind Mapping solution written in Java.
  • – Trusted by millions, Basecamp is the leading web-based project management and collaboration tool. To-dos, files, messages, schedules, and milestones.
  • 5 PM – Web-based project and task management application for your team. The powerful features are accessed through a smart customizable interface.
  • Goplan – is an project management and collaboration tool for individuals and teams. Tasks, Tickets, Calendar, Time tracking and Documents.
  • Bananna Scrum – Banana Scrum is a Web-based Agile tool for teams that use agile development methods, primarily Scrum.
  • Time Meter – Application designed for time and expense tracking that works under Microsoft Outlook.
  • @Task – Offers project management software as well as task tracking, project life cycle, workflow, gantt charts and other project tracking software and services.

Totally Killer Open Source Solutions

  • Fedora – a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join.
  • MySQL – Open Source Relational Database.
  • MyPHPAdmin– a free software tool written in PHP intended to handle the administration of MySQL over the World Wide Web. phpMyAdmin supports a wide range of operations with MySQL. The most frequently used operations are supported by the user interface (managing databases, tables, fields, relations, indexes, users, permissions, etc), while you still have the ability to directly execute any SQL statement.
  • WordPress – A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.
  • Drupal – open source content management system.
  • Joomla! – the dynamic portal engine and content management system.
  • Magento – the eCommerce software platform for growth that promises to revolutionize the industry because of its modular architecture and unprecedented flexibility.
  • OpenCart – An extremely robust free shopping cart system. OpenCart is an open source PHP-based online e-commerce solution that supports plug-ins and themes.
  • GIMP – the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  • SugarCRM – Commercial open source customer relationship management (CRM). CRM software for sales force automation and customer support deployed on demand or on site.
  • Open Office – A multiplatform and multilingual office suite compatible with all other major office suites.
  • OSTicket – Open source support ticket system simple, lightweight, reliable, open source, and easy to setup and use.
  • Elgg – is a leading open source social networking engine which can be used to power your social network. It includes blogging, networking, community, collecting of news using feeds aggregation and file sharing features. Everything can be shared among users with access controls and everything can be cataloged by tags as well.
  • Open Atrium – is a platform for building team portals that can be extended to meet highly custom knowledge management needs for large organizations’ intranets and extranets. It starts with “out of the box” features like a blog, a wiki, a calendar, a case tracker, a shoutbox, and a dashboard to manage content. These features can be expanded to meet unique needs for large organizations so that full scale enterprise collaboration sites can be built with Open Atrium as a base. By fully leveraging Drupal, all of the strengths of Drupal can contribute to creating custom features for Open Atrium within a framework that is already tailored for team collaboration.


  • Tableau Public – Award-winning data visualization software for faster visual analysis and better business intelligence. No deployment. No waiting. Just incredible ROI.

Internet Marketing Tools

  • Google Website Optimizer – Radically increase your conversion rate with A/B testing.
  • Clickable – PPC Campaign Management
  • Rank Checker – SEO rank plug-in for Firefox
  • Survey Monkey – is a revolutionary tool to create and publish custom surveys in minutes, and then view results graphically and in real time.
  • Conductor SEO – Get a clear insight into the science of search, enterprise level SEO workflow management, and tracking, reporting and ROI analysis of natural search

Web Site Measurement

  • Google Analytics – enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness.
  • Trakkboard – Trakkboard gives you the opportunity to compare data from several Google Analytics accounts with each other as well as ollow current developments from your desktop. You can also summarize the most important key performance indicators on just one dashboard.
  • Core Metrics – Advanced online web analytics. Powerful, data driven solutions for marketing optimization. Find and retain your most profitable customers.
  • Omniture – Web Analytics and Online Business Optimization Platform by Omniture. Web Analytics, Online Business Optimization, Search Management, and More.
  • Alexa – Free web traffic metrics, top sites lists, site demographics, hot urls, and more…
  • Attention Meter – A tool that lets you triangulate stats across the major stat sites (alexa, quantcast, compete, technorati)
  • Quantcast – a new breed of measurement service helping buyers and sellers quantify the characteristics of digital audiences against which they can activate addressable advertising solutions.
  • – Allows you to do competitive site research and helps you benefit from click-sharing by providing free services that create a more trusted, transparent, and valuable Internet.

Website Monitoring

  • Big Brother – Big Brother Professional Edition (BBPE) is a simple way to measure the health of your heterogeneous IT environment at-a-glance.
  • – Website and web application performance monitoring tools, services, and solutions.
  • WayBack Machine


  • – Low Cost Usability Testing. The fastest and most inexpensive way to watch and hear real people using your website.
  • – Clixpy tracks everything your site’s users do: mouse movement, clicks, scrolling, form inputs. You can watch and examine videos showing your users’ actions.
  • – clickdensity records the position of every click on a page, creating a virtual heat map of visitor activity – a valuable usability tool.
  • – Easy-to-interpret “heatmaps” showing exactly where people clicked (even if it wasn’t a link)
  • – Recruit people from your website to do research.
  • – Allow your visitors to easily give feedback on your webpages.

Web Content Management Systems (WCMS)

  • Ektron – Enterprise Content Management System (Web CMS software) that provides .net CMS. Web content management and document management
  • SiteCore – Web Content Management System (CMS) software helps you create and keep up-to-date dynamic, full featured websites of all types. We lead the industry in flexibility, scalability and ability to integrate with your marketing organization, systems and developer investment- with an intuitive ease of use.
  • EpiServer – EPiServer is the world’s fastest growing provider of .Net based Web Content Management (WCM) and online social community platforms.
  • Alterian Content Manager – Alterian Content Manager enables organizations to fully leverage the potential for your web site to engage with your audience, through transforming the complex task of building and maintaining your web sites into an easy business user task.
  • DotNet Nuke – the leading open source web content management system (CMS) and application development framework for Microsoft .NET.
  • FatWire – FatWire Content Server™ is a comprehensive web content management (WCM) solution that enables organizations to deliver a compelling web experience by building, deploying, and managing large-scale, persuasive, and interactive web sites.
  • SiteFinity – Meet the web content management system that requires no additional learning. Engineered for extensibility and customization, Sitefinity can help you deliver compelling web applications in a much shorter time than you would ever expect.
  • Drupal – is a free PHP software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.
  • Joomla! – is an award-winning open source PHP content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available.
  • WordPress – A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.

Favorite Blogs

  • – The digital magazine for people who love nicely designed stuff. The best gadgets, clothes, cars, tools, movies, music, and more.
  • Springwise – a network of 8000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds.
  • TechCrunch – Group-edited blog about technology start-ups, particularly the Web 2.0 sector.
  • Mashable – Social Media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks: Facebook, Google, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube.
  • Get Elastic Blog – #1 ecommerce blog in world with daily posts covering SEO, usability, analytics, email, shopping cart abandonment, social media and video commerce.
  • Video Commerce Consortium -the world’s largest group of e-commerce professionals, online marketers, and technologists dedicated to advancing the use of video in e-commerce.
  • Six Revisions – Six Revisions is a blog that shares useful information about web development and design, dedicated to people who build websites.
  • Smashing Magazine – delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers.
  • Noupe – a curious design blog that is always looking for new and interesting stuff on design, jquery, photoshop and more.
  • Flowing Data – explores how designers, statisticians, and computer scientists are using data to understand ourselves better – mainly through data visualization.
  • Engadget – a blog about gadgets
  • Gizmodo -another gadget guide
  • Haacked – Phil Haack attempts to infuse technology and software development with humor and a pragmatic eye… Attempts.
  • Lifehacker – software and personal productivity, recommends downloads, web sites and shortcuts that help you work smarter and save time.


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