The Frugal Maker

A list of battle-tested production-ready products and services I use in my own apps. Every product listed offers a free tier. Never pay more than you need again.

Pegtop PStart

Now that you’ve setup your thumb drive with the Portable Apps Suite, download PStart to launch all those cool little portable applications from your system tray. Portable life just got a little easier.

Portable Apps Suite

Keep your web browser, email client, web editor, office suite, ftp client, and instant messenger with you wherever you go with the Portable Apps Suite. Everything will fit comfortably on a 512MB thumb drive.


Yup, it’s official. Doom is here for the iPod nano. It’s been said that no platform is legitimate until you can play Doom on it.

Google Local for mobile

I just downloaded Google Local onto my Motorolla MPx220. Now I should never get lost again… unless it’s really cloudy or I’m out of network.

Introducing Mint

Tired of old-fashined web trends analysis software? Shaun Inman has developed Mint, a user friendly statistics analyzer that runs on PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript.

Konfabulator: Widget Bliss

Are you Windows people jealous of all those Mac users and their shiny new widgets in their fancy schmancy OS X Tiger Dashboard? Well, look no further. Konfabulator is a cross platform widget solution for everyone. In fact, Konfabulator existed long before Mac widgets, and even the name “widgets” was coined prior to the OS […]

Macromedia Releases Studio 8

Version 8 Released 8/8. Get it? This may be the last Macromedia release before their products port over to Adobe. Get it while it’s fresh.