A lot of the following information is out of date in relation to the present incarnation of this blog following the move to from self-hosted.

Text Editor

Fast and light, plain text editor with syntax highlighting and other useful features. If only it had tabs. (*free – see footer info.)

Blog Tool and Publishing Platform. WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it. (*free – see footer info.)

WordPress Theme
Built upon a somewhat old ‘Blank’ theme by Refueled. Though I suspect I’ve ruined much of their fine semantic detail by now. (*free – see footer info.)

WordPress Backup
Performs regular backups of your upload (images), current theme, and plugin directories. Highly Recommended.(*free – see footer info.)

StatPress Reloaded
Improved real time stats for your blog. (*free – see footer info.)

All in One SEO Pack
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog with options configuration panel. (*free – see footer info.)

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addtoany for WordPress
Help readers share, save, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz, Digg, Delicious, and over 100 more social bookmarking and sharing sites. The button comes with AddToAny’s customizable Smart Menu, which places the services visitors use at the top of the menu, based on each visitor’s browsing and usage history. (*free – see footer info.)

Local Server

As an example the Windows version contains: Apache, MySQL, PHP + PEAR, Perl, mod_php, mod_perl, mod_ssl, OpenSSL, phpMyAdmin, Webalizer, Mercury Mail Transport System for Win32 and NetWare Systems v3.32, Ming, JpGraph, FileZilla FTP Server, mcrypt, eAccelerator, SQLite, and WEB-DAV + mod_auth_mysql. Also available for Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris. (*free – see footer info.)


Free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License, for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux. (*free – see footer info.)

Graphic Design

Fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7. (*free – see footer info.)

PhotoFiltre Studio
“Complete image retouching program. It allows one to perform simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a vast range of filters on it. It is simple and intuitive to use, and has an easy learning curve.”

State-of-the-art and industry-standard, although many other software developers are catching up fast, and some have the advantage of being free.

Image Optimiser
“Image Optimizer is designed to to prepare the best possible JPEG, GIF and PNG image files for the web. File size reductions of up to 50% or often much more are possible, which can considerably decrease web page download times, reduce server load, reduce bandwidth charges and save on disk space.”

“Colours shown in hex and decimal. Save multiple palettes of colours automatically. Grab palettes of up to 16 colours at once and use four advanced colour mixers to select a spectrum of possibilities.” (*free – see footer info.)


Far superior than all the WordPress plugins put together in my experience.
Useful free hit counter when used alongside others. “Insert a simple piece of our code on your web page or blog and you will be able to analyse and monitor all the visitors to your website in real-time!” (*free – see footer info.)

Web Browsers

Nothing else comes close. (*free – see footer info.)

(*free), may refer to OpenSource, DonationWare, or Freeware. Sometimes software developers stipulate restrictions, such as “free for non-commercial use only”, so be sure to read the licence terms, and please support these talented software developers that in turn support us.

last update: 31st March 2011