Although I made this site, it would not have been possible without a few key ingredients. I have created this small page to give credit where I think it's due.
Under the hood
Codeigniter: I really love Codeigniter (a popular PHP framework). It's powering this site and has been for some time. Codeigniter is developed by a great community and I thank them for giving me an exciting and easy tool to build websites with. Their user forums have also saved my life several times.
Linode: I host my site on my own private Linode VM running Ubuntu. Linode provide affordable VM's, amazing customer support and are all round great people. Also their billing process is dead simple and you can pay month by month.
Disqus: A great commenting plugin which as of April 2012 now handles all my blog comments. You can now coment on comments and post a comment using your Faceboook, Twitter or Disqus id. Let's hope my photos get lots more comments as time goes on.
Colorbox: A great lightbox plugin for use with jQuery. Easy to install, configurable, lightweight and looks nice too.
API's and other services
Last.fm: I use their simple restful API to pull in latest tracks I have listened to on my homepage.
Instagram: I use their API to pull in my latest photos on my homepage.
Twitter: I use twitter's restful API to pull in my latest tweets on the homepage.
Akismet: I use Akismet to prevent against SPAM on my contact page form.
Feedburner: My blog RSS feed is handled by Feedburner.
Google Custom Search: The search box on my website pages is handled by Google Custom Search.
JW FLV Media Player: For video playback I am currently still using JW flash player.
PremiumBeat Music Player: For audio playback I am currently still using Premiumbeats free swf music player.
Analytics and Monitoring
Google Analytics: To find out what's popular and what's not I use Google Analytics.
Google Webmaster Tools: To monitor search engine traffic, crawl errors and other cool stuff I use Google Webmaster Tools
Pingdom: To monitor website uptime and downtime (none so far with Linode) I use pingdom.