When I became self-employed, a little over two months ago, I decided to donate money to the open source projects that help me during my day-to-day activities. Just like Eclipse, Drupal has helped me a lot during the past few months.
A little over two months ago I became self-employed. A lot of the work that I do involves open source and most of it is done inside Eclipse: java coding, PHP development, version control, build automation and so on.
I decided to make a donation to the Eclipse Foundation to show my appreciation for the excellent tools, the smart people that develop them and the nice community around this all.
Firefox' Live Bookmarks are quite handy. They point to a feed and show all entries as items in a menu. I use a couple of Live Bookmarks that point to the RSS feed of a category of my del.icio.us bookmarks. It's a convenient way to build a menu bar with the web sites that I use most often.
Commercial software packages that are based on open source components often have a hard time following the release cycles of their underlying components. Basically this means you end up using the 'previous version' without the latest fixes and enhancements.