For this episode, we pull back the curtain on concrete tech tool categories we use to make this ETM show and website happen.
Most of these tools have free versions and almost all are open source. Part of our thinking when creating ETM was showcase all the powerful (free and open-source) tools at our fingertips.
The best part of all is that your projects, ideas and endeavors don’t have to cost a lot of money. (Especially if you’re just doing a proof of concept or something small scale.)
6 Tech Tool Categories We Use for this Show
- Hardware – This means the fun electronics and peripherals that bring all the magic together. This includes a Single Board Computer (SBC) Raspberry Pi 4B, Yeti Blue USB Mic, SD Card, Mouse, and Keyboard.
- Hosting – Where does the data of this website live? Well that’s where services like Godaddy, Buzzsprout, and Siteground come in to provide it a home.
- Production – What do we use for creating and editing podcasts? Mainly, Zencastr (Recording), Descript, Audacity (Editing), Canva, GIMP, Lightroom (Design), YouCut, Capcut (Video Editing), and Sender (Newsletter)
- Writing – What helps us write blog posts? Grammarly, Free Language Tool, Standard Notes, and Libre Office are mission critical.
- Website Management – Managing a website entails a variety of software and widgets, thankfully that are fairly easy to use. This means WordPress, Google Analytics, Search Console, Monster Insights, and Yoast SEO.
- Social Media – Who can forget social media? We have Web 2.0 with platforms like FB, Twitter, IG, YT and LI). Chat services include Discord, Signal and Telegram. Then, there’s Web 3.0 with Mastadon, Bitchute, Rumble, Hive and Qortal
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ETM Tech Tool Show Notes
- Raspberry Pi 4B – What we use to podcast , blog and run software
- Yeti Blue USB Mic – Our local microphone for recording podcasts
- SD Card – Used for storage and installing operating system
- Pi OS – A Free and Open-Source Linux distribution for the Raspberry Pi
- Godaddy – Where we bought our site domain
- Buzzsprout – Where we host our podcast files
- Siteground – Where we host our website data
- Grammarly – Freemium Language editing app
- Language Tool – Free language editing web app
- Standard Notes – A “end-to-end” free abd open-source Evernote like app
- Libre Office – Free an open-source Microsoft office alternative
- Zencastr – Used for remote guest recording of Podcast interviews
- Descript – This turns all video and audio into text which you can then edit
- Audacity – Powerful free and open-source audio editing tool
- Canva – Easy, intuitive, drag and drop graphic design application
- GIMP – Free and open source photo editor
- Lightroom – Great Adobe application for photo editing
- YouCut, Capcut – Provide “all-in-one” (mobile) video editing
- Sender – Newsletter platform with a generous free tier
- WordPress – A popular website building and management platform
- Google Analytics – Free tool for analyzing website traffic
- Search Console – Another free tool for search intelligence
- Monster Insights – Free website analytics tool
- Yoast SEO – Freemium SEO website widget
- Discord – Common and defacto platform for many “Tech” communities
- Signal – Private, encrypted communication app
- Telegram – Alternative private communication app
- Bitchute – Social media platform commonly used for “banned” video content
- Rumble – Censorship resistant social (video) platform
- Hive – Censorship resistant blog platform with a Crypto reward system
- Qortal – Decentralized Internet and Hosting Infrastructure with a service token