Ask HN: What cool stuff do you run free-tier?

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  • GitHub repo free-for-dev

    A list of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings that have free tiers of interest to devops and infradev

    I don’t do anything with the services but hopefully this can inspire:

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  • GitHub repo Treeverse

    A browser extension for navigating burgeoning Twitter conversations

    I run on Netlify’s free tier. on DynamoDB’s free tier (and originally Lambda’s, but I outgrew that and it became cheaper to use a low-end Digital Ocean box) uses Lambda/S3/Netlify on either free or pennies-per-month tier.

  • GitHub repo gez

    Explore museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and more around the world with virtual tours.

  • GitHub repo Video-Hub-App

    Official repository for Video Hub App

    My commercial project Video Hub App is nearly free:

    It's a Gatsby website and I used to use Vercel with their free deployments, but because I also needed a subdomain with PHP I switched to my cheap $3/month (unlimited website) webhost to serve the static files; but I also use Cloudflare for their free CDN. And the app demos are hosted on GitHub through Releases. The storefront is "free" through in that I only pay a small fraction of every transaction.

    Huge thank you to Vercel for making deploying Gatsby websites so easy (I run and through them for free). Huge thank you to GitHub (I run through it).

  • GitHub repo theshowgrid

    Thanks mate. I wanted to build a no nonsense site and think I've achieved my goals for the time allotted for a weekend project.

    The architecture is dead simple. Multiple times a week IMDb publishes bare bones datasets. I've a bash script to download them, format and load into MySQL from which I export two types of json files:

    1) a file with all the TV shows names, id, ratings etc (shows.json) - this is what's used for search. It weighs 2MB compressed and I could certainly optimize but considering the low traffic I've stashed it for later time.

    2) A file for every tv show with all the ratings and votes for its episodes. Based on your search, the specific file will be fetched to display ratings. This one file per show could also be optimized but looks premature at this stage.

    You can see them here:

    Strictly speaking, a database is also not necessary but it serves 2 purposes: 1) I could query easily to satisfy some curious show related questions. 2) The datasets include a ton of stale data (like shows w/o episodes and vice versa), so I find it easier to cleanup through SQL.

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