Gordon Swaby

Daddy, Lend me your credit card, Or Mommy even…

I like to shop, albeit online ( Walking from store to store is so 20th Century). I’ve purchased maybe over 100 items over the last 4 years or so. Make no mistake, not having a credit at 16 was absolutely no hindrance in me exploiting the wonders of e-commerce, because I’ve always had a penchant for “borrowing” my parents’ credit cards ( My strategy was, use it now, tell them later, haha). I ended up applying for my first credit card at about 17–i got it. Now, imagine a 17 year old curious about the internet/e-commerce armed with a credit card? Unfortunately, up to this day it’s debited more than it is credited ( I’m still able to be responsible with it though as i always clear it)

Now, i never valued paying for any service online ( Website hosting is an exception), instead i bought only physical products. But maybe a year or so ago that has changed a bit.  Below is a list of  online services/tools i currently pay for either monthly or yearly. I won’t say much about them because their greatness is ineffable ( i wouldn’t be paying for them otherwise)  Here we go:

LASTPASS:  I’ve written about lastpass already. A year or so later i still use and love it. It’s great free as it is paid ( Premium members receive additional features) . You probably use the same passwords on all the websites you’re registered on.  That’s pretty sad, unsafe and not to mention lazy, luckily you can still be pretty lazy and still be extremely secure/safe online.  Read more about Lastpass here

Price: $12 USD yearly

REMEMBER THE MILK: Not much to say here, it’s a GREAT to-do list ( keeps me organized and productive)  An excerpt from the RTM about page ” Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. We created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. Remember The Milk makes managing tasks an enjoyable experience.”

Price: $25 USD yearly.

TUNEUP MEDIA: I’m particularly picky when it comes to my music collection; I’m a neat freak in that regard, but cleaning up the ID3 tag on every song is definitely a hassle, that’s where Tune UP comes in, check them out..they’re seriously good.

Price: $19.95 USD yearly OR $29.95 USD for lifetime license

CLICKY: I’m an analytics Monkey! I have this service covered.  Check out my blog post on it here.

Price: Varying Prices; $4. USD $19.99 USD monthly.

GIGANEWS: Usenet oh lovely usenet.  If you torrent stuff it probably originated here.:)

Price: Varying Prices: $ 7.99 USD – $24.99

All 5 services are great in their own right and you should probably check them out,  seeing as they all have a free version, minus Giganews.

Lucky for me, revenue from my blog is able to offset the costs for them:)


Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 at 8:34 pm. Filed under Interesting, Uncategorized, Webology.



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