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We create each app to enrich every day of our lives. Once we accomplish that we share it with you to help enrich yours. Enjoy it for life!

Mariusz Kolaszewski

Founder & Developer

ROBBY THE MEMORY BOT

Each day we are bombarded with bits of information that we either forget or loose. I’ve been trying to use such apps as Google Keep, Evernote, Reminders or Notes to keep track of those most ordinary bits of information that have nothing in common and don’t deserve their own tag or category. It ended up to be a complete mess and just looking at the list was overwhelming.

 

Do you at any time need to see all the information saved in your memory, or does your brain retrieve each when needed?

 

There is no point of going over all of the data you’ve accumulated over the years, half of which you might never need or need very rarely (Ex. living room paint color). Based on those experiences I created Robby, a way to hold the myriad of general information in a most composed manner.

 

Robby is memory on demand, it will help you remember your Evernote password, the last time you changed your water filter or your wife’s favorite Starbucks drink, as long as you’re willing to share them with him. So the next time you’re standing in line at Starbucks thinking “It would be nice to surprise my wife with her favorite drink”, instead of stressing to figure out where you wrote it down, type in “Starbucks” and Robby will sort it out for you, and possibly get you out of the dog house.

 

What did you forget?

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SELFISM INVEST IN YOURSELF

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”—  W. Somerset Maugham

 

It was a rainy day in September (this part is actually made up), when my awesome and beautiful wife (this part is totally true) asked me “What’s wrong?”. Mind you its not the first time she asked me that but this time the words dug deeper into my subconscious.

 

“What’s wrong? I’ll tell you what’s wrong… your life has plateaued”, my subconscious replied.

 

It was right, I stopped growing, and the lack of personal growth was manifesting itself by lack of enjoyment of the simpler things in life. You need to regularly stimulate your brain to have it enjoy the downtime once in a while.

 

Have you ever watched a movie on Netflix and said to yourself “Well, there is 2 hours I’ll never get back”?

 

It has happened to me enough times to realize that a change of medium is needed. So instead of iPad I picked up a Kindle and immersed myself in biographies and other non-fiction literature, and as it turns out, I didn’t just get back those 2 hours, I got back my whole life.

 

There are multitude of ways one can achieve personal growth, but none are as available on regular basis as books. I developed Selfism to help you find and accomplish all of them and keep growing.

 

Are you still growing?

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BITS YOUR FAMILY CURRENCY

As a parent I quickly realized that allowance does not teach my kids the true value of money. Kids should associate money with compensation not donation which allowance really is. Teaching your kids to have realistic appreciation for money from a young age is incredibly important, so your children don’t grow up thinking money just shoots out of the ATM whenever you need it. Make sure they know that money is earned by services rendered, the sooner they realize they have to work to earn cash, the better off they’ll be. They’ll also enjoy their games and toys much more when they’ve earned them. They will treat their possessions with respect, remembering how hard they had to work to be able to afford them.

 

I figured the best way to teach them that is to introduce the financial model into their daily lives, and since I find circulating cash among my kids inappropriate as it creates a fixation with the actual object not the value of it,

 

…I developed ‘Bits’.

 

Bits helps kids understand the value of money and develop good habits. They’ll quickly start distinguishing the wants from the needs and the more needs they have the more they’ll need Bits.

 

Because Santa comes only once a year!

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TIC TALK THE TALKING TIMER

As a parent trying to guide and direct my kids is part of everyday life. There are times (way too often) when those directions have to be repeatedly repeated or guidance is a lot more hands on than it should be.

 

I was never the one to countdown 3,2,1 to force the kid’s task to be completed, but found the success ratio of this strategy very intriguing. However some tasks like cleaning a room take a lot longer then 3 seconds to get completed, in fact when it comes to my kids it could take up to a week. This is far more than I care to countdown to or be part of.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice for Google Mini to do this? It would be but it doesn’t!

Tic Talk does, and it lets you have a relaxing cup of coffee while it keeps your kids on track by announcing the time left to complete a task for you. As with any simple inventions I immediately found more grown up uses for it like:

 

When I need a reminder to take those eggs out or flip a burger.

When I need a reminder to change the exercise or a practice drill at specific intervals.

 

And my wife’s favorite:

When you need timely reminders to hurry up picking that outfit so that you can actually leave on time.

 

How will you use Tic Talk?

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