Ok I know there are a lot of people in my situation (in fact most of my friends are digital nomads like myself),
so this article is for anyone who finds it hard to complete a project due to email restrictions. Yes, you know what I am talking about.
Server restrictions imposing you to send files within a size limit.
And for someone like you and me (we’ve already determined that if you are reading this article, we are on the same boat as digital nomads),
you will more than definitely need to send files greater than 25 MB (which is the embarrassing limit of 2 pictures only).
One type of digital nomads already knew the secret. You would never guess who!
In the numerous co-working spaces, I’ve spent time at (including in Thailand, Hong Kong, Malta, UK, Dubai, just to name a few of the places I’ve worked remotely while travelling),
I’ve met a lot of digital nomads. And they all were struggling with the same problem as I did before. Sending large files by email.
When I say I’ve seen it all, believe me, I’ve seen people from all digital professions that could work remotely, trying to figure out a way to solve this problem.
I’ve seen photographers lowering pictures quality, I’ve seen video editors splitting the video into segments so that they can send it to their clients,
I’ve even seen students making low resolution poor quality of something resembling a collage so that they can send pictures of their gap year abroad. Really, not a nice experience.
And out of all the digital nomads I’ve met during the last 8 years of my working abroad experience, the only people without having to struggle sending large files by email, were guess who?
At one point I thought “There must be some kind of conspiracy! How come these people know how to send large files by email and we don’t know this secret?”. All kind of ideas came to my mind.
But one thing was for sure, they knew how to send large files by email, breaking all the rules that outlook, gmail, thunderbird, yahoo, etc are making us believe we have to abide by.
And I was determined, I was going to learn how to do that as well.
One sunny day in Thailand…
… as I was working on a project at the communal pool of the temporary accommodation I stayed at, at the sunbed beside me sat down a guy, more or less my age.
He came with his laptop and a glass of something looking like a King of Soho (later I found out it not only looked like a King of Soho, indeed was one).
He nodded politely and started typing under the umbrella.
Eventually we started chatting and from one word to another, he told me his story. He was also a digital nomad, working for a big corporation as a software developer.
Right then, at that moment, I knew it. I was about to learn the secret that all developers have been hiding from the rest of us.
I was determined to learn how to send large files by email, not only because I needed that, but because I also wanted to know something that not everyone knows. So I asked him straight
“Dude, what is it that you developers know, that the rest of the digital nomads don’t know about? Why do you keep sending large files by email as a secret? Tell me, I wanna know!”.
Believe you me, I’ve never seen someone laughing so hard, that he almost dropped his laptop on the ground. He told me,
“Dude there is no secret behind it. We just found a loop hole. We upload the files in the cloud and we only send the link by mail.”
I was gob smacked. Can you believe it???
All this time I was thinking it was some major secret that only software developers knew about, and here is this guy, a digital nomad like myself, sitting on the sunbed beside me, not at home,
but in Thailand, that enlightened me on how to send large files by email.
Now that I think about it. It makes so much sense.
It means that photographers can send entire galleries in full resolution, video editors can send entire movies in HD,
and gap year students no longer have to satisfy with less than what they can send back home as memories from their experience.
Wow, that is amazing.
I am so happy now that I know and I really want more people to know about this too. I’ve done a bit of research on cloud providers.
And because I use Thunderbird I found out that they have something called FileLink.
This is basically what you need to setup as a way to replace the conventional attachment feature. What it does, it converts your file straight to a download link.
That is exactly what the dude from the pool told me. Convert the file to a download link, right?
So my search for solution was already two steps closer to being successfully achieved.
By now I know that I can send large files by email (by drag and drop the file and converting it to a download link), and that I can use Filelink to do that from Thunderbird.
Now, the last thing I had to do is chose which cloud storage provider will give me the best features for my money. Thunderbird, or should I say Filelink allows you to use either Box or pCloud.
I haven’t had an account with neither one until then, so I’ve done a bit of research before making a commitment. And to be honest with you, the decision was not hard to be made.
The whole point of even starting this search was that I can send large files by email, no restrictions what so ever, right?
Well, sadly for me, Box (one of the providers that Filelink allows you to convert drag/drop files to download links) restricted me to 5 GB file upload limit. Which is a bugger.
Why on earth would I chose cloud provider that restricts me on the file sizes I can upload.
The whole purpose is to send large files by email, and 5 GB is still a restriction that I know I can find an alternative too.
Luckily for me, on the other hand, pCloud (the other provider that Filelink allows you to convert drag/drop files as a download link) had no file size restrictions.
Did I get it right? Does that mean that I can upload files any size and send them by email? I was getting more and more excited as I was approaching to the finishing line.
I knew that these guys were offering something special. They were offering a major solution to a vast majority of people, including me.
I had to dig deeper.
I went to pCloud’ site and I found out that they had three plans: free forever 10 GB, 500 GB (on a monthly, yearly or lifetime subscription plan) and 2 TB (again on monthly,
yearly or lifetime subscription plan).
Wait a minute…does that mean that if I get a 2 TB account, and pCloud has no file size limit, does that mean that I can send file as big as 2 TB by email?
If that is true I am making a commitment immediately. So I had to find out for myself. I sent them a mail, and within less than 5 minutes I’ve received a reply.
How rare is that nowadays? Speedy and right to the point. They told me that I’ve got it right. I can send file as big as 2 TB by email.
That is all I needed to hear and right there, right now, I bought my 2 TB lifetime account.
I even got a crypto addon that encrypts my files before leaving my devices, but that is because of my work, I need my database to be safe and secure (like their support told me,
and I quote because it sounds super cool, “military grade file security”, yes you can see I’m a huge 007 fan).
Since then I’ve been completing all my projects within the deadline, sending large files by email and making sure I share this secret with as many digital nomads as possible.
By now you know how to send large files by email and you see that you no longer have to compromise your work’s quality in order to complete a project.
Make use of filelink’s benefits and send upto 2 TB files by email (that is of course if you do as I did and link your pCloud account to thunderbird).
Have an amazing journey to wherever you are next travelling to and drop me a comment, or even mail me a gallery ;) Take care