Looking forward to trying the new navigation on my way home from work. Could this become a competitor to Waze?
I have been a heavy Things users since the beginning, but there have always been certain features that I have found lacking, such as sub-projects and a distinction between areas of focus.
Omnifocus has had all necessary features since I can remember, so I finally decided to give it a go for real. All active projects and areas from Things have been migrated to Omnifocus, leaving the someday/maybe list for if/when I commit to using Omnifocus for a foreseeable future.
The one thing I will have to live without for a couple of days until I can commit, is buying the iPhone app. That means I will be using Evernote on the iPhone to capture actions and projects on the go.
I am really looking forward to be able to use sub-projects and see if that increases my productivity and peace of mind about large projects. Perspectives are also something I look forward too, since that means being able to focus on just work or personal, even though there are deadlines arising in both places. In Things, everything is meshed together and it is practically impossible to completely separate all focus areas. There is an option to disable an area of focus, but that is a too inconvenient workaround.
PayPal recently released an iPhone app for sending and receiving money. You may request and send money to other PayPal users, as well as view your payment history and withdraw money from your account. There is also a cool feature for making it super easy to split a check with any number of people!
There is even a novelty feature where two people who are both using the app can bump their phones together to automatically pair them for easy money transfer. It uses the GPS to get the location of nearby iPhones and the bump time to find the correct one.
This is a great way for handling money among friends, and it is super easy too! It really makes it possible to be without cash and transfer money electronically without using credit cards — most friends probably don’t have their own card swiping machine.
I am posting this from the WordPress for iPhone app! Version 2.1 is great with everything one could want, except one thing.
For some reason, the wordpress app lacks a widescreen mode, which to me is astounding, given that the app is designed for, well… writing.
The blog has been very quiet for some time now as you can see. I have been crazy busy with work, and fixing stuff for my new apartment. More on the whole apartment deal later on though.
I wanted to get notified on Twitter replies and mentions instantly, both on my Mac and on my iPhone. Since Google released Push for the iPhone a couple of weeks ago, an email based solution would be perfect.
Get Twitter Mentions is a bash script well suited for this task. It is easily customizable and you can run is as often as you like. Just add a crontab like the following on a Linux server of your choice:
*/2 * * * * /home/joch/bin/send-mentions-as-email.sh
This will execute the script every two minutes and email you if there are any new updates. Just make sure that you keep the requests well within the API limits (currently 150 requests per hour), or your API access may be revoked for a while. The emails are very well designed, having the tweets in the subjects for easy viewing and a full profile and other types of information right there in the email.
The following pictures are taken from the author’s site, but shows in a very clear way how things look.
The iPhone does some really remarkable things and has some amazing features. One feature I really wanted to get working was push email. Not only for the increased battery performance, but for the reason the Blackberry was given the more descriptive name of Crackberry.
I heard that Yahoo provides push mail for the iPhone, so I decided to try it out. Setting it up was very easy, and push actually seems to work – that is if you aren’t forwarding your email. Yahoo Mail doesn’t push mail where the To address doesn’t match, even though the envelope address is correct. The basically means that push works fine if you are only using your Yahoo email address directly, but not if you are forwarding email from somewhere else, like Gmail.
Not being satisfied with the Yahoo solution, I started looking elsewhere. MobileMe started looking better and better, so I finally caved in and signed up for a trial. Email push works excellent so far, but I expect nothing else from Apple. It seems to push email being forwarded from other accounts too!
The one area where MobileMe lacks, and this is a big one, is the support for custom email domains. If you have your fancy personal domain, you of course want to use it for email, but there is no good way of doing thing with MobileMe! Google Apps is currently lightyears ahead of Apple in this department.
The scenario looks like this: I use Google Apps for email, but a filter in Gmail forwards the email to MobileMe and marks it as read in Gmail. MobileMe then pushes this to my iPhone, and when I reply, I just choose the Google account as the sender. This requires that you enable both email accounts in your iPhone. That is why I mark the email as read in the filter – otherwise it would eventually be seen by the Mail app in the iPhone as an unread email.
This is a bit awkward, I know, but the only real alternative is setting up your own Exchange server. (or waiting for Google to get their act together and supporting push for the iPhone)
The highly anticipated 3.0 release of the Facebook application for the iPhone has just arrived in the AppStore. Here is a quick look at the new features. And if your phone can’t find the update, delete the old version and install it from scratch until the Apple servers have updated their cache.