Pabbly Connect

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Pabbly have a Lifetime Account Deal currently which I have taken advantage of, but don't quite know yet how I am going to use it. It was only $79 for an account with 2500 tasks each month, that then renew the following month.

Pabbly Connect appears to allow different web applications to interact with one another. Now whilst something similar exists in IFTTT this has been of limited use because it seems to be restricted in what it can do with some software.

I don't know exactly how useful Pabbly Connect will be but once I have had time to play with it and find some uses I will come back and update this document.

RouteXL.com

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During the Coronavirus pandemic I was part of a group of volunteers who decided to help our local community by shopping, collecting prescriptions and other similar tasks. We had over 100 volunteers and for some of the tasks, like collecting donations, we would have to ask them to visit up to 20 addresses to collect food and other items.

During this time, I went looking for something to help me give them the best route I could for these collections, and that's when I came across ROUTEXL.com which provided me with the perfect solution, for free!

RouteXL allows you to give up to 20 addresses, or just post codes, and it will calculate the best route to cover them all, and you can nominate a start and end point if you wish to also. It will even let you plan to use multiple vehicles, and plan the best route for each to take. It has paid options, but we managed to do everything we needed to with the free offering, and it was so simple to use and the results were brilliant.

Whilst SatNav's and similar can do some of the work, this is the first thing I have found that would work out the optimal route for you, and it was so good I had no reason to keep looking.

Rocket League

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I don't think I have ever spent so much time playing a single game, and still been fairly rubbish at it. When I was younger, I played Counter Strike for a long time, and wasn't brilliant, but could hold my own in most games.

In Rocket League, you drive a varied of cars, all of which have just about the same properties as one another, and therefore supposedly equal. The shapes change, and you can customised them in hundreds of different ways with tyres, paint and so forth, none of which give you any advantage at all.

There are a variety of game modes, but overall, you are trying to score goals, hitting a ball into a net, or sometimes a puck. Each game last 5 minutes, unless it's a draw and then you play to sudden death.

I'll add my stats to this page later, but suffice to say I've spent over 30 days playing, over 10,000 games, scoring just under one goal per game.

But if you want to see how the professionals do it, watch some broadcast videos on YouTube or Twitch as the cars fly around the arena's hardly touching the ground, do watch me play, because I never really got the hang of flying the car, and without that the game is always going to be a real challenge. I have some great games, and so terrible ones.

The saddest thing about Rocket League is how the in game comments and chat totally ruin the game. Sulky players regularly abuse and harass other players because they view they aren't as good as them. I've heard people wish other players get cancer, die, and generally abuse each other totally spoiling a good game. You can report players, but it seems to me that the makers simply don't want to take responsibility for this abuse, most of which is written and so logged. Maybe the money they make from players is more important.

I keep playing because much like my performances in FIFA whilst I'm not very good, in general I enjoy the game, just it would be better with more control over the chat. You have the option to turn it off, but that just hides the real problem.

AppSumo.com

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It simply wouldn’t be right if AppSumo didn’t get a mention on the site, right from the start. Although I’ve only been a member for the last couple of years, it’s made a huge difference to the things I have been able to do, and the money I’ve saved in doing so.

What is AppSumo?

The easiest way I can explain it is a site that negotiates deals with new (mainly) web software developers who are bringing out a new product, or want more users for an existing product. AppSumo then offers these deals to its users and the discounts are generally pretty impressive. You might for example pay £49 for a “lifetime” license for a product that might normally charge its users £49 for a year, or maybe a month for the same access.

What’s the Catch?

There really isn’t one generally. Your one-off fee might only get you a few licenses, or be limited in other ways, but generally no more limited than anyone else buying the lowest tier access to the product. Often you can buy multiple licenses if you wish, which will raise the levels of these restrictions, again normally to similar levels of other plans available. However you have to bear in mind, that for larger organisations, these types of deal will rarely be all they need and if the product is of use, its like more will need to be paid at some point. But you can argue that at that point, the product would have proved worth its value.

Why Do I Buy Them?

Simply put I enjoy exploring new products, and this is a great way to do it, because the purchases come with a 60 day no quibble guarantee of a refund so there is little or no risk, and you get to test the product and decide if it has a use and a value for yourself. I’ve kept several packages that I saw had potential, and then not used them for over a year, because I didn’t have a need, however I recognised that I might in the future. That investment approach has lead to me saving hundreds of pounds on a few of the deals, even if I’ve purchased a few that I never really use at all.

Summary

There’s really nothing to lose in joining AppSumo, it’s free, you don’t have to buy any of the deals, but there’s just a chance you might get an absolute bargain.


(Please Note: the links to AppSumo in this article contain a referral code, from which you will receive a $10 credit and I will receive the same if you make a purchase.)