Tips

If we meet or talk, I may recommend a website, tool, or book to you. This is an attempt to summarize everything on one page. If you find an outdated link, please let me know.

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This list is provided as a courtesy to family, friends, and colleagues not for you to quote me in marketing material.

The list is organized by category heading and is not in order of importance.

Here’s a list of services, tools, and other things I recommend:

Email Privacy

  • Temporary / Disposable Email / Burner Email
    If you need a temporary, disposable email address try 10MinuteMail, Mailinator, or Nada.
    Or if you have your own domain, you can set up your own disposable mail system at Mailsac
    Some websites are “smart” and get that you’re using a disposable email address, so you may need to try multiple providers. I recommend buying a domain and using Mailsac
  • AnonAddy Email Relay
    An alternative to Apple’s and the Firefox email relay service offering disposable email. There is a free basic version or a premium version you can use with your own domain.
  • ImprovMX
    A good tool if you have your own domain and want to setup MX records with email aliases that you can forward to Gmail.
  • Nullbox
    An alternative to Apple’s and the Firefox email relay service offering disposable email. Free trial available and annual subscription required, but its paid plan is cheaper than AnonAddy.

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Coupons / Cashback

  • Cashrewards
    Australia’s best cashback website is Cashrewards sign up and get a bonus. #Disclosure I am associated with Cashrewards.
  • DOSH
    US cashback app that requires you to link your credit card. Get a $5 sign up bonus with JOSHUAL270

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Design

  • FlatIcon
    Free vector (flat) icons you can use in presentations, etc. attribution required. This is 100x better than a Google image search for an icon.
  • Fonteer
    If you need to install Google Fonts on an iPhone or iPad, this app is what you need.
  • Icon Harmony
    The best source for Logitech Harmony remote channel icons.
  • SkyFonts
    A free tool for managing fonts (including Google fonts). A lifesaver if you have ever had a presentation look awful because fonts didn’t install.
  • Unsplash
    Beautiful Free Images.

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Domain Tools

  • 301 Redirect Code Generator
    This website is great for generator .htaccess and PHP redirect code for domains (plus some other cool web tools).
  • BuiltWith
    Want to know what code base a site is built on, what tech stack? This will help.
  • DNS Benchmarks (Windows App)
    If you’re looking to customize your DNS servers and want to benchmark public DNS servers.
  • DNS Dumpster
    A great free tool for diagnosing DNS and hosting infrastructure.
  • DNS Propagation Check
    If you need to check DNS, CNAME, MX record propagation.
  • Domain History Checker
    You can use WhoIsRequest for free (up to 4 queries) or if you need something more robust, try CompleteDNS (Free and Paid plans available)
  • Domain Tools DNS, MX, and more checker
    One of the oldest full-service suites for everything to do with managing DNS records. Free and Paid plans available.
  • Dr Link Check
    The best free tool for broken link checking for small sites. Paid plans for large sites.
  • Expired Domain Check
    If you’re after a domain name that’s about to expire, it’s a good place to start.
  • Global WhoIs Search
    Query the domain records on any domain and don’t want to find a local WhoIs registry. Supports 700+ gTLD’s.
  • NameJet
    One of the more reliable services for picking up an expiring domain (name drops).
  • Postmark App DMARC Tool
    If you need a free and easy way to manage and report on DMARC records, you can’t go past this.
  • QuickSet DNS (Windows App)
    A way to quickly change your DNS Server in Windows 10.
  • Web Standards / Modern Standards Test
    Useful website that lets you test for modern web standards across domains, MX records, etc.

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Lifehacks / Utilities

  • Abbreviations / Acronym Finder
    The best resource for decoding an acronym, you can filter by industry and category.
  • Android Emulator to play Android Games (Google Play Store) on Windows
    If you’re after an Android Emulator for gaming purposes, try either BlueStacks or NoxPlayer.
  • CanYouRunIt (Gaming Specs Check)
    If you want to know if your computer will play a game before you buy it you can find out here.
  • Capture to Text
    A free OpenSource OCR type tool. It works like a screen capture tool.
  • Free TI-84 Style Graphing Calculator
    If you need a graphing calculator and don’t want to buy a TI-84.
  • FreeMyMusic (Paid) or TuneMyMusic (Paid)
    These services let you move playlists from e.g., Apple to Spotify to Amazon etc. and vice versa.
    FreeMyMusic (apps) has a one-time conversion charge of ~US$10 or ~US$20 annually to use on an ongoing basis.
    TuneMyMusic (website) has a one-time conversion charge of ~US$5 or ~US$24 annually to use on an ongoing basis.
  • IdeaBoardz (Free)
    A free tool that gives you a post-it note like collaborative whiteboard experience.
  • Image Enhance / Upscale using Neural Networks
    This uses Deep Convolutional Neural Networks to enhance an image (great for animations).
  • JustWatch or Reelgood
    Not sure where you can watch something, search multiple video streaming services at once.
  • PlayNite
    If you play video games and want one, good, consolidated game launcher use PlayNite.
  • Routine Hub (Apple Shortcuts) also known as Siri Shortcuts
    A good collection of (unsigned) community developed Apple Siri Shortcuts.
  • SuperCook
    Give it some ingredients and it will give you a recipe (there’s also an app).

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News

  • Last Week in Digital Media
    I write a weekly newsletter summarizing key digital, media, and adtech news of the week. Subscribe.
  • NewsGuard
    Identifies if a news website is quality journalism has had both accuracy and accountability.

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Privacy 

First, I fully understand and encourage you to protect your privacy but please don’t block ads unless you’re willing to pay a subscription to the publisher.

If you’re more technically inclined, and really want to lock down your privacy, you might want to build yourself a Pi-Hole. You will need to get a Raspberry Pi first. You can either use this cheaper Raspberry Pi W or if you want to also use it for more than PiHole (retro gaming, etc) use the Raspberry Pi 4. You will then need to download and install the free Pi-Hole software.

If you want to know which privacy laws apply to you (as both a person and as a business), I recommend the DLA Piper’s Data Protection Laws of the World.

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Security

  • Bitwarden
    An open-source password manager. Free and premium versions available.
  • Bot Sentinel
    Useful to determine if a twitter account is followed by (mostly) bots.
  • LastPass
    A popular password manager. Free and premium versions available.
  • Password Check (plugin) or haveibeenpwned
    Let’s you know if the website/your account was in a data breach.

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Useful Browser Plugins

  • AutoRefresh (Edge Chrome Edition Only)
    Free browser refresh for Edge. Reloads a website but can automatically stop it once a change occurs (great for when you’re waiting for ticket sales to open or a scheduled price drop).
  • Nimbus Capture (Chrome)
    For capturing screenshots of an entire webpage.
  • ReaderView (Chrome)
    If you like the Reader View available on your mobile browser, this gives you that functionality on Chrome. Great if you need to print a web page or want to copy/paste it to an email.
  • Redirect Tracer
    Not a plugin, but if you like Skip Redirect this tells you where redirects are sending you from and to.
  • Skip Redirect
    Intercepts and helps you skip the redirects used on some sites (like affiliate links).

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Share Trading

  • Robinhood
    Subject to controversy but it’s a free share trading platform. You also get 1 free stock when you sign up worth at least $5, so worth signing up just for that.

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Web Comics

  • XKCD
    A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

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Whimsical / Fun

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Reading List

This is a list of books I recommend, this list updates from time to time and titles can be deleted.

  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
    Shoshana Zuboff
    Examination of the unprecedented form of power called “surveillance capitalism,” and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.
  • The Fifth Risk
    Michael Lewis
    What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?
  • Last Week in Digital Media
    Joshua Lowcock
    A reminder, I publish a weekly newsletter about digital media.

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Research

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Personal Reviews & Tips

There’s a lot of content on this website from my Last Week in Digital Media newsletter, articles I have written, and Lowcock family history research. But the following content doesn’t sit in these standard categories.

There are a lot more reviews. If you are looking for all of my reviews or guides check this link.

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