Showing posts from May, 2015

How I Work - Mailbox

Last time I posted, I got a bit nerdy and talked about a network monitoring tool for Windows called FREEPing. This week, I'm switching back to an iOS app called Mailbox.
I highly anticipated Mailbox for iOS when it first was announced. It was clean, it was pretty, and it looked like it was going to change how I dealt with email. When I actually got my hands on it, I can't say it completely fulfilled all my hopes and dreams, but it is definitely helpful. Since I first started using Mailbox, a few other apps have come out with somewhat similar features, so Mailbox is no longer exclusively awesome. Sorry Mailbox.

That said, I use it as my default email app on my iPhone. I don't do a lot of email creation on my iPhone unless absolutely necessary, so I mainly use it to quickly go through email on-the-go, to sort and queue up emails for later. The two features of Mailbox that I was incredibly excited about when it was first launched, and that I still use, are:

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How I Work - FREEPing

Last time I posted, I talked about an app for my iPhone that I use, called Hours. This week I'd like to highlight an app that has been with me since I started supporting a network.
FREEPing is a (you guessed it) free utility provided by Tools4Ever, the company that makes a user account automation tool called UMRA. As you may have guessed, FREEPing is a utility that pings IP addresses. It's really not much more exciting than that, which is precisely why I like it so much. If you're in a larger environment with lots of resources, you probably have network monitoring all setup. For those of us with limited resources, FREEPing is a great alternative, or even a great complement to your current monitoring system.

It's really easy to setup:

Add IPs you want to monitor
Give them nice readable names

Every time you launch the program after adding the IPs you want to ping, it will automatically start pinging each IP in order. It's a great way to check on how your net…