This is a list of things I like. Don’t look too deeply into what is/isn’t included here, it’s just a list of things I like and think are cool, with a slight bias toward things I think should be more popular than they are. Presented in no particular order.
Privacy Guides: Probably the best overall guide to digital privacy. Includes an excellent list of recommendations for privacy-friendly software and services.
The New Oil: Nice additional digital privacy resource. Includes lots of good guides, a blog, and video content as well. Strikes a nice balance between technicality and accessibility.
3ds.hacks.guide: The definitive guide for installing custom firmware on your Nintendo 3DS system. Includes a ton of great resources and is actively maintained and kept up to date.
NH Switch Guide: Basically the same, but for the Nintendo Switch.
Astral Codex 10: Thoughtful and well-written blog posts on a wide array of subjects. Posts are always well researched and well thought out. I often come away with new perspectives after reading.
Krebs on Security: Mostly a news blog highlighting current cybersecurity happenings. Also has some more in-depth reporting as well as some good guides and advice.
Drew Devault’s Blog: He has recently taken a step back from blogging, but there is a great archive here of posts on various FOSS-related topics. Some are a bit technical and over my head, while others are very accessible and relevant to everyone.
Dhole Moments (Soatok’s Blog): Soatok has a talent for taking complex cryptography concepts and explaining them relatively simply. Includes furry content and general software security content as well.
Techlore: Probably the best YouTube channel focusing on digital privacy. Entertaining videos and solid information.
Side of Burritos: Josh’s videos aren’t very flashy, but they’re well-researched and interesting. Focus is generally on digital security, often GrapheneOS and Android specifically.
Jenny Nicholson: Jenny makes videos on various fandom-related topics, often with hours-long deep dives. Her videos always funny or fascinating, and usually both.
Surveillance Report: Great weekly roundup of cybersecurity and digital privacy news from Henry of Techlore and Nathan of The New Oil.
Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons: Switches off between cybersecurity news and interviews. Can be a bit lengthy, but lots of really great content.
Darknet Diaries: “True stories from the dark side of the internet.” It’s good, give it a listen.
Wolf 359: Excellent serialized sci-fi fiction podcast that concluded a little while back. It has amazing writing and an excellent cast.
Pretty much all of the below are FOSS and self-hostable.
Vikunja: Excellent task management and productivity tool.
Jellyfin: A way to host your own streaming media server. Definitely some room for improvement, but a really impressive and useful piece of software.
Tiny Tiny RSS: It’s an RSS reader. Not too complex, but does its job well. Also has a great Android app in addition to the browser interface.
Bitwarden: I’m not sure how people get by in the modern world without a password manager. While not perfect, Bitwarden is one of the best and has a very generous free plan.
Standard Notes: End-to-end encrypted note-taking app. Simple, but works well and has a good free option.
Libreddit: Frontend for Reddit. Pretty good UI, much less bloated than the official Reddit interface, and no account or app required to browse, even on mobile.
Atmosphere: Custom firmware for the Nintendo Switch. The developer’s knowledge of reverse-engineering video game console firmware is very impressive and Atmosphere is a very cool piece of software.
Luma3DS: Custom firmware for the Nintendo 3DS. Not quite as seamless as Atmosphere, but still very cool and impressive.
GrapheneOS: Custom Android OS for Google Pixel phones. It improves security and privacy substantially over stock Android, with Google Play services being entirely optional. I write more in-depth about it in this post.
Restic: Encrypted backup software for Windows, Linux/BSD, and Mac. Compatible with local storage and a variety of cloud storage services.
NewPipe: An Android app which allows you to watch YouTube videos without ads as well as follow a local list of subscribed channels.
Aegis: TOTP 2FA app for Android. Nothing fancy, but works very well.
Obtainium: An Android app which pulls Android app updates directly from the developer’s Github, Gitlab repo or website. Excellent alternative to traditional app stores.
Signal: End-to-end encrypted messenger. Probably strikes the best balance between security, privacy, features, and polish of any secure messenger.
Syncthing: A simple and elegant solution to a ubiquitous problem: how to easily and securely sync data between devices. No server required.
Brandon Sanderson: Probably the best fantasy author writing today. If you at all enjoy fantasy novels, you owe it to yourself to read his books.
Naomi Novick: Another excellent contemporary fantasy author. Definitely worth a look.
The Righteous Mind: An exploration of the moral underpinnings of various political outlooks (mostly U.S.-focused). A good read if you want to try and understand why seemingly good people can have such different religious and political views.
The Checklist Manifesto: Excellent overview of a simple, yet powerful tool: the checklist. Possibly the most interesting book I’ve ever read if measured against how boring the book’s title sounded.
Being Mortal: By the same author, a thoughtful work on end-of-life medical issues. A somewhat morbid read, but also a really important one.
Superintelligence: A very persuasive argument on the dangers of superintelligent AI.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A fascinating and somewhat terrifying look at the history of cancer.
Worm: A very long online serialized work of fiction. Excellent world building and was one of the earlier “dark” superhero narratives. No official e-book is available, but there is a fan-made ebook scraper tool you can use.
The Expanse: My favorite contemporary science fiction series. Excellent plot, deep characters, and a novel take on humanity reaching beyond Earth.