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DBinbox – receive files that are too big for email

files that are too big for emailEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is DBinbox – a free service to enable you to receive files that are too big for email.

Receive files that are too big for email

DBinbox allows you to make a web page that lets people drag and drop pictures, movies, PDFs, Word documents and pretty much anything else to a folder on your computer directly from their web browser.

Free with Premium options

The service is free for files of up to 20mb, with premium options offering larger capacities starting at $30/year.

Conclusion

DBinbox is a very simple and useful way to receive files that are too big for people to send via email. Not everybody uses file sharing apps like Dropbox – so DBinbox makes it easy for those people to send you files to you.

You can send files to my DBinbox at https://dbinbox.com/tubblog

Photo by niseag03

Bounce – An easy way to share ideas on a website

Bounce - An easy way to share ideas on a websiteEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Bounce – an easy way to share ideas on a website.

Share ideas on a website

I often get asked by my clients to share my feedback on a website with them – perhaps they want my thoughts on a design or would like ideas on what to change. Bounce allows you to easily pin your thoughts directly to a screenshot of a webpage.

First, input the website you want to give ideas on. Hit “Grab Screenshot” and Bounce will go away and collect the screenshot for you.

Bounce Screenshot

Then simply draw boxes which can contain your thoughts, ideas and feedback directly on to the screenshot of the web page.

Bounce Screenshot of Tubblog

You can share the feedback with others directly from the Bounce website.

Conclusion

Bounce is simple and useful for anyone who needs to quickly and easily offer ideas, thoughts and feedback on a website – and it’s free to use. Thanks to California based design agency Zurb for giving it away!

 

Focus@Will – Attention Amplifying music

Attention Amplifying MusicEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Focus@Will – a website that provides attention amplifying music to help you focus and which helps you tune out distractions.

Attention Amplifying music

Lots of us play background music while studying or working, but it’s often the wrong type of music which distracts us. Focus@Will delivers “Attention Amplifying” music channels through a web browser that are scientifically designed to engage with your brains limbic system, sooth distraction and increase attention to the task at hand.

Focus@Will also allows you to use the Pomodoro technique, setting a timer for 25 minutes (or more) to help you get started with a job and work in short bursts – a technique that I, as the worlds biggest procrastinator, have long been a fan of!

If you’re sceptical – and as somebody who has always found background music distracting, I was – then I’d urge you to try the 30 day free trial and see if it works for you. It did for me!

Focus@Will Founders Interview

Erik Fisher also has a really interesting interview with the Focus@Will founders, Will Henshall and Jeff Straw, in episode 76 of the Beyond the to To Do List Podcast – well worth listening to!

FireChat – Off the Grid Instant Messaging

FireChatEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me. My Friday Favourite this week is FireChat, an off the grid instant messaging App.

IM without an Internet connection

FireChat is an Instant Messaging app that – in the absence of Wireless or Mobile Internet connectivity – works by creating a mesh-network via Bluetooth that enables you to chat to fellow FireChat users. If you’ve ever been to a large concert or sports event and trying to communicate with friends in the vicinity, only to find the Wireless or Mobile Network is unavailable due to the volume of people nearby – FireChat could be useful for you. If you live in a part of the world where the Internet is monitored or restricted by Government, FireChat could be essential to maintaining anonymous communication. FireChat also enables live and anonymous discussion groups, of which there are many!

Multi Peer Mesh Networking

With Apple’s new multi peer mesh network capabilities likely to grow in prominence over the next few years, FireChat could offer a real insight into the next stage of networking.

Assistant.to – Schedule meetings within email in seconds

CalendarEvery Friday I try to share one of my favourite finds of the week – a web-site, tool or app that has impressed me.

My Friday Favourite this week is Assistant.to – a free tool that enables you to avoid email ping-pong and schedule meetings within email in seconds.

Scheduling Headaches

Assistant.to ScreenshotIf you’ve ever tried to find a mutually convenient time to meet with someone via email, then you’ll know that it often involves email ping-pong trying to find a time and date that suits you both.

While I’d typically suggest using the telephone instead of e-mail for these types of exchanges, Assistant.to gives you the ability to connect to your calendar, quickly select three time slots you are available, and send these as options to your contact. The recipient chooses one of the times that is convenient for them, clicks accept, and the appointment is scheduled within your diary. Simple!

Google Mail and Microsoft Outlook Support

Assistant.to currently works with Google Mail and will shortly be available for Microsoft Outlook too. You can follow Assistant.to on Twitter.

Thanks to James Kimbley of Kimbley IT for the suggestion!

 

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