10 Free Tools You’ll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without

by | Feb 24, 2022 | Internet

By James Allard
The internet is a marvelous place, if you can think of something, something useful, something that would be super handy, well the chances are it’s already been done and waiting to be found out there on the big wide web.

There have been many a time where I have spent years painstakingly manually performing a task, only to discover years later there is a tool that could have saved me literally hours a week. The problem is, even then, it is very hard to drop your old habits in favour of a new fan dangled technologically more efficient equivalent. It almost feels like a failure on your part to quit your old ways for this new way. It feels like you are mocking your old long-winded methods by moving over to the new.

This, is of course, an entirely irrational response, there is far more mockery to be had over someone that knowingly chooses a slower, less efficient method of doing something simply because they are too stubborn to accept a newer, more efficient method that would save you time and potentially money.

A prime example of this, and I’m sure even today you know someone who does this, are those that still do their accounting by hand? There is no benefit to accounting by hand. It will never be quicker or more efficient than a computer put to the same task. But, there are those that just won’t budge. They will manually do all their accounting until the day they die.

Well, I am once again procrastinating, so let’s get on with this as I go through the top 10 most useful tools that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without!


Fed up with messing about with green screens and worrying about what you wear whilst doing videos for your VLOG or presentation video?

Or maybe you just want to do some hilarious memes or GIFs to share on your social network. Well, say goodbye to green screens and say hello to unscreen.com.

OBS Studio

Do you produce a podcast or do regular interviews? Need multiple audio and video inputs all streamed a single output, or maybe streamed to multiple outputs?

OBS Studio will be right up your street then. It is open source and 100% free to download and run.

With OBS Studio you can record directly from your webcam and microphone, while capturing your screen, a portion of the screen or just a particular window, you can also incorporate footage from games, add existing videos, music and still images, and much more.

There is nothing out there better than OBS Studio for free, and in fact, there are few, if any paid pieces of software that will perform these tasks better.

You can download OBS Studio from the OBS Project website. It is available on Windows, MacOS and Linux.


Ok, so this one may not be a productive tool outright, but indirectly in may save you some great irritation and thus time. Ever had an annoying tune in your head that just won’t go away? Ever got hung up on what that damn tune is, you know it, it is on the tip of your tongue -“what was it called goddamit!”?

Well, Midomi is to the rescue. Just hum or sing the that mysterious nameless song into the Midomi tool and it will spit out the artist and song name. Crisis over, move on!

So, the next time you just can’t quite remember who was responsbile for that annoying tune rattling around in your head, just go to midomi.com – trust me, you’ll feel much better!

Facebook Sharing Debugger

So this isn’t so much a tool that will save you time, but it’s a tool that will solve issues you may have if you are a frequent poster on social media.

I’m sure you have had many occasion where you try to post something, either a link to your own blog, or an article you just want to share with your friends. You post it and Facebook doesn’t pull the image from the article and just shows a link. Far less captivating for your potential audience, which means far less chance of being interacted with.

More often than not, the reason the image isn’t pulled correctly is because the original cached version was corrupted or never pulled correctly upon its first share on the platform. You see Facebook doesn’t actually pull a new image from every link posted, it creates a cache for quicker access in the future for when someone else shares the very same link.

If you are seeing no image in your link preview when posting on Facebook, just head over to the Facebook Sharing Debugger, then enter the URL in the box, hit DEBUG, the tool will then show you what details Facebook currently holds on the URL, it’ll tell you when it was first shared, any errors it found in the page code and any images scraped for preview links when shared. If no image appears, or maybe even the wrong image, just press SCRAPE AGAIN.

This will typically resolve any issues with link preview images when sharing on Facebook. Twitter offers a similar tool which they call Card Validator.


Writing is something which many of us do every day, whether it’s for our blogs or websites, social media updates or email communications.

We live in an age where communication is now the norm via electronic format, but how good are we at writing?

We can be creative as we want with our writing, but if our grammar isn’t up to scratch, our credibility soon takes a nose dive.

ProWritingAid is perfect for those who don’t have the luxury of employing a proof reader and lack an editorial division. For those, like me, who work freelance and are continually expected to provide flawless, readable content, you can’t go wrong with ProWritingAid.

But it isn’t just for people that write for a living, Prowritingaid will help you expand your language and build your grammar skills. There is a free version which is totally useable and features everything you need to get your writing up to scratch!.

Head over to prowritingaid now and download the browser plugin and Word plugins.


I hate passwords, I hate the continual requests to change them, use CAPITALS, no consecutive numbers, special characters – what once was a simple, “oh, I’ll just use my kids name or date of birth” has become a complex operation resulting in dozens, if not hundreds of passwords to keep track of and manage.

That’s where Lastpass comes in. It will store all your login details in one place, using a single master password. The free one does everything you need, though there is one handy feature which the paid version does offer and that is the ability to share passwords securely with others (who also use Lastpass).

I’ve used LastPass for the past 5 years or so and love it!

Instant Eye Dropper

This one might not be useful to every one, it really depends on your field of work. But for me it is one of those tools which I use time and time again, saving me little bits of time, frequently.

Instant eye dropper runs in the taskbar of your operating system and when clicked it will provide you with the colour HEX address of any pixel on your screen. When throwing together websites, blogs, templates, newsletters, logos or any other creative work this is something you are constantly requiring.

Just click on the eye dropper icon in the taskbar and move the cursor over the area of the screen that you’d like to identify the colour, click again and the colour HEX address is copied into your clipboard. Da Daaaa!

You can download Instant Eye Dopper for free HERE


Copy and Pasting is one of the most frequented actions for just about anyone who uses a computer for creative uses. I know myself I use the function at least every few minutes whilst I’m on my laptop. Whether to simply copy across a reference quote from another article, or for copying links into article or posts i’m writing, or maybe for copying images from a website to a blog you are writing. As I said, it is a very common function, which is why the ‘C’ key is often the first to die on your keyboard!

Anyway, the problem with the native clipboard system is that it doesn’t stack the copied items, it simply discards the last entry and replaces it with the new entry. But maybe you have several different pieces of text to copy from different pages, or (a more common one for me) maybe you copied a bitcoin address into your clipboard a while ago and want to retrieve it without having to go into the associated wallet or exchange to retrieve it. Ditto solves all of this.

Every time you Ctrl+C, the item is stack on the Ditto clipboard pile. Accessed via the taskbar, Ditto allows you to retrieve items you copied from days ago (depending on the time for disposal you set within the program).

Ditto is a clipboard manager, simple, yet saving you time and effort every day.

You can download Ditto for free HERE


Bitlord is a Torrent downloading interface with its own built in search functions and streaming capabilities. If you haven’t used torrents before, why not?

I won’t get into the legalities of using Torrent here, that is something you can decide for yourself. But Bitlord makes finding and downloading just about anything a doddle, even for the less computer literate.

Want to watch the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz? Go for it, type it in Bitlords search, find the language and quality you want and click STREAM, the film with buffer for a few seconds and away you go!

Because the torrents are a decentralised peer-to-peer way of sharing data, this can be done for any movie you want, providing it exists, it’s probably on the network.

But it’s more than that, you can find audiobooks, ebooks, technical manuals and guides, language books, documentaries, software and of course, music!

If it exists in the digital realm, it is more than likely available for free on the BitTorrent network.

You can download the latest version of Bitlord over on their website.


Using the right #Hashtag in a social media post can be the difference from receiving just two likes and a comment from your mother to remind you about lunch tomorrow, to going viral.

Ritetag helps you get there more easily with suggested hashtags for your content. Just copy and paste your text and it recommends high-traffic and trending hashtags to give your post the very best chance of reaching the most audiences.

Head over to ritetag.com, create an account or sign in with your existing Facebook or twitter account – and away you go.

RiteTag is essential for anyone who uses social media as part of their work.

Crypto – Now is The Time!

The majority of onboarding into the crypto space occurs during a bull market. The closer the bull market gets to its top, the faster the onboarding. ­Which, as you all know, is the worst time to get involved. If we were blessed with a rational population majority, we...

LUNA – A Wake Up Call

The past few weeks in the cryptosphere have been turbulent to say the least. For those that don’t know about the LUNA debacle, here is a quick run through of what exactly happened. To understand this properly, we first need to understand how the Terra eco-system...

Ultimate Guide to Staking

The following is intended to act as a beginner’s guide to staking. By no means is every aspect covered and none of the following should be taken as investment advice. Staking can be risky, but there are ways we can limit the risks if caution and due diligence is...

Self-Help – Does it Work?

There is nothing better than listening to a great speaker, with great words of wisdom about how we can ‘be better’, how we can ‘thrive & prosper’ and how we can become ‘financially free’. The words all make sense, in fact, it is almost like you already knew the...

Add Fantom Network to Metamask

In the following guide we will show you how to add the Fantom network to your Metamask wallet. Metamask is a multi-network Etheruem wallet. It enable users to access their ethereum and second-layer ethereum wallets through a user friendly browser extension or mobile...

Decentralization is the Key

If there was ever a time when the dangers of centralization were most obvious, it is surely now. We live in a time where every aspect of our society is being attempted by existing centralised powers, to become even more centralized. Everything from our governance to...

The Wondering Wanderer

I wonder, I wonder a lot. Probably far too much. I wonder if other people wonder as much as I do, probably? Maybe? I wonder if me wondering that very thought is somehow egotistical or arrogant, "look at me, the great wonderer" I wonder if wondering is in many ways a...

Time To Hedge!

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist (or any expert macro market analyst for that matter), to notice that risks are rising. Probably, you may feel it in the air. If not, your television will teleport that vision. War, potential WW3, guaranteed food shortages,...

Filling the Gaps of a Western Narrative – The Russia Edition

I probably don’t need to explain where we are at right now, unless you have just woken from a coma, or left a dark cave for the first time in weeks then you will know that an all out global attack on Russia has begun due to Russia’s decision to ‘demilitarise’ the...

What Really Happens When You Laugh?

Laughter is one of life's greatest joys. We all feel this every time we do it. But just how beneficial is it for us? In this post we will take a look at just some of the many benefits those joyful moments of laughter give you! LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE Researchers at...

Latest Crypto Fear & Greed Index

bitcoinBitcoin (BTC)
$ 20,086.000.01%
moneroMonero (XMR)
$ 114.902.88%
pirate-chainPirate Chain (ARRR)
$ 0.407883.13%
ethereumEthereum (ETH)
$ 1,078.461.31%
matic-networkPolygon (MATIC)
$ 0.4846070.32%

Recent Posts


Thank you for Subscribing, keep an eye on your mailbox!