There’s a post over at Frantic Industries that lists services that you would still use if they weren’t free. Here’s their list:
My list is quite a bit different, but here goes.
- WordPress. I never would have tried it if it wasn’t free, however if it went to a paid model I would stay on board, and pay a reasonable price for it. The software is that good, and I wouldn’t even feel cheated.
- Firefox. I like IE7, but not enough to use it primarily. If Firefox cost a few bucks, I’d pony up.
- Windows Live Writer. It’s the only blog writing application that I actually like. I’m so used to it now that I feel out of place when I write a post from the WordPress console.
- Bloglines. Lots of people say Google Reader is better, but I’m a creature of habit. Bloglines works for me, and it’s comfortable.
- Gmail. Best online email since the dawn of the internet, bar none.
That’s about it for my list. I love Google Maps, but if it went paid, there’s always Mapquest or Yahoo Maps to pick up the slack. Google maps isn’t *that* much better than the competition, I just prefer it.