I currently pay for the following online services.
- What: regular TV on iPad.
- Why: for in bed & on couch - less hot/cumbersome than laptop and can put on while using laptop.
- Love: portability; queue (though you get that with regular Hulu).
- Hate: some shows still Web only; has ads; endless buffering.
- What: daily newspaper on the iPad.
- Why: initially bc sister works there (graphic designer), but now bc it is fun to read before going to bed at night.
- Love: UX, i.e. nice browsing and readability features; good graphics.
- Hate: can't go back to older issues since I don't pick it up every day.
- What: 3-way video calling.
- Why: hate going to meetings in person.
- Love: way more personal phone.
- Hate: often peoples' Internet connections aren't fast enough.
- What: free, two-day shipping on many Amazon products (no minimum, overnight for $3.99).
- Why: going to the store is a hassle.
- Love: shipping is so fast (often just one day).
- Hate: how much stuff on Amazon is not prime-able.
- What: online code repository.
- Why: easy private collaboration; could use my servers, but it has issues built in and don't have to share credentials/resources.
- Love: easy segmented collaboration.
- Hate: dealing with pull requests.
- What: Internet-based home phone.
- Why: free after you buy device
- Love: subscribed to premium for emailed voicemail and automatic blacklist detection.
- Hate: faxing doesn't work well.
- What: online fax.
- Why: my home fax doesn't work very well.
- Love: easy.
- Hate: feels expensive.
- What: cloud services.
- Why: initially wanted easy failover and scaling capacity; now run as primary host.
- Love: spin up new nodes in minutes.
- Hate: dealing with EBS issues; instances fail more than (I think) they should.
- What: virtual (shared) servers.
- Why: shared development resource.
- Love: cheap, root access, no bs.
- Hate: larger plans expensive.
- What: web site monitoring.
- Why: external notifications when things go down.
- Love: response time reports (from around the world).
- Hate: expensive; will prob let expire since I have three other monitors now.
- What: server monitoring.
- Why: gives alerts when on-server things go awry.
- Love: Android notifications; alert types (exact process, system resources); great support.
- Hate: new alerts don't remember your default (usual) settings.
Full disclosure: amazon, DNSMadeEasy, Linode, Ooma, Hulu links above have embedded affiliate codes (and in some cases discounts). Just did that for the fun of it (don't really expect/care if I made $5 or whatever).
Update: there are some good comments on HN about other services people pay for.
Update2: there are more good comments on Lifehacker.