I recently discovered a $4 Mac utility, Let.ter, that gives you a clean little interface to write and send emails in Markdown. There is no email interface, no inboxes to clear, and none of the other trappings of email. Just write a message and send it. In its current iteration it only works from one email account but I really like the idea of sending out email without having to deal with (or even see) all of the other correspondence the world is sending my way.
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I first met Larry Port (Twitter)(Website) at the American Bar Association TechShow. Larry is deep into technology and good design. So much so that he has been taking on (successfully) the most slow-to-change industry on the planet, the legal profession, with his revolutionary Rocket Matter service. So Larry, show us your home screen.
What are some of your favorite apps?
I know it sounds weird to chose Camera. I love taking pictures and video with my iPhone. I was a photojournalist before I got into software, and I can’t get over the quality of the photographs the native iPhone camera affords. Also, I recently edited our first home movies using exclusively iPhone video content. The representation of my family life as depicted through these videos is so much richer and accurate than the videos created with a dedicated camcorder, since the iPhones are constantly in hand. The camera is my favorite app period.
Typically I view my iPhone and my iPad as consumption devices, not tools for the creation of data or information. However, my usage of Evernote’s mobile tool is more creation the consumption oriented. I record audio notes, take pictures, and constantly capture information. When I get to my computer, this information is already there, ready to go and synched. Occasionally I look something up I’ve saved on mobile Evernote, but more often I look things up on my MacBook Air, where Evernote is open all day long.
I love both Pandora and Spotify. Very little of my music consumption takes place via my iTunes music collection anymore. Who has time for synching? I prefer Pandora to Spotify because I am too lazy and musically uninspired to build playlists and discover new artists. I love how Pandora plays stuff I just like, whether I know the song or artist or not.
A small cup of Starbucks coffee contains 250mg of caffeine. For a frame of reference, espresso tops out at about 75mg. Let’s face it: Starbucks sells a drug I am addicted to. And their app allows me to pay for my addiction easily and rewards me with a free vial - I mean cup - of coffee every so often. I also get free apps on the iTunes app store.
I try to listen to a dozen business books a year. I listen to them instead of reading because I don’t find reading business books any fun at all, but find listening to them very stimulating. I queue up Audible for my car ride to and from the office, knocking off about 30 minutes of “reading" a day. Right now I’m "rereading” Good to Great, Jim Collins’ classic. Audible is vastly improved in recent years if you haven’t tried it lately.
Rocket Matter is a distributed company with workers in different locations. We synch up regularly to stay in alignment with daily stand ups, weekly management meetings, and monthly reviews. We’re always using GoToMeeting to communicate. It’s important to see faces as well as hear voices when you’re remote. Even though I’m in our HQ most of the time, I travel frequently and meet with clients so I don’t want to miss an important meeting when I’m out.
We manage our business through the software we created. Rocket Matter, while in reality a legal practice management solution, is actually a very good project management program as well. I use the app to keep track of my current projects (which are really matters), view my calendar, and track my expenses. In the software business, using your own product is often referred to as “eating one’s own dog food.” I prefer the more elegant “drinking one’s own wine."
Google Maps, TripIt, Yelp, and Uber form my traveling swiss army knife. Google Maps stays on my home screen because, in addition to travel usage, I use it locally as well. It’s how I look up local telephone numbers. I don’t LOVE this app, but then again, I don’t love the phone book either. It’s just a utility that works amazingly well that I use frequently.
Netflix, believe it or not, is critical to me staying in shape. I am able to survive the boredom of 30-minute elliptical workouts by binge watching TV shows. Right now I’m going through season one of Star Trek - the original series. I haven’t used Netflix on my iPhone in any other context. I don’t have a bus or train commute and can’t think of another instance where I would want to stare at a small screen for video.
I am very selective about what news I consume, especially when it's push, not pull oriented. Marketplace, which is broadcast on my local NPR station, makes the cut. The show is somehow able to make business and economic news highly entertaining. No one is rude, no one interrupts one another, and no one is brash or stupid. Instead, you get thoughtful, nuanced, and clever reporting. Since I'm rarely in my car at the right time to listen, their podcast app keeps me tuned in and informed.
When I track what I eat, I maintain my correct weight. It’s that simple. Lose It! is an incredible tracking app, which ties into my primitive human urge to set and track my progress toward goals. The UI is terrific, as is the web interface. I keep it on my home screen to remind me to enter my consumption and physical activity and shame me when I haven’t been tracking. Plus, I’m a sucker for cool icons, and they have more cute little icons for different foods and forms of exercise than I could wish for in my wildest fantasies.
We have an Apple TV which we use constantly. We lose the tiny little remote it came with once a day. The Remote app mitigates this problem by allowing us to control the Apple TV from anyone’s iPhone, iPad, or iTouch. It’s also much more helpful for searches, since you can type with a keyboard instead of selecting letters one at a time. I never thought I would appreciate the iPhone’s keyboard, but compared to spelling things out character by character with the native Apple TV remote, the app is a breeze.
We are total data heads at Rocket Matter. We’re always analyzing numbers critical for our business. One of the most important drivers is the health of our web traffic, so I use Analytiks, which has a beautiful interface for Google Analytics. Analytiks allows me to quickly see how the traffic is doing for our Rocket Matter and Legal Productivity sites.
Which app is your guilty pleasure?
The cool thing about StubHub is not just that you can get decently priced last-minute tickets to events, but when you travel you can get your pulse on everything that’s going on in the city. In Nashville for work? Wanna see if you can catch a Titans game or see one of the zillion of concerts going on in the city? StubHub.
What is the app you are still missing?
I wish I had an app that automatically doubles your battery life. How awesome would it be to have an app that has a button that says “boost battery” and automatically gives you a full charge? Also, if my Starbucks app actually refilled my coffee cup, THAT would be impressive.
How many times a day do you use your iPhone?
The phone is with me constantly when I’m out of the house, whether I’m at the office or the gym. I’m always using it, except when I’m driving. Even then I’m really using it as I’m listening to an audiobook or podcast but I don’t have it in hand. When I return from work and I’m at home, I keep it away in my pocket and try not to use it so my children do not remember me staring at a screen for the duration of their formative years. At home I try to limit use to answering texts and using the camera.
What is your favorite feature of the iPhone?
My life is qualitatively better when I’m on the go because of my iPhone. I love how I can launch the Kindle app and pick up my book where I left off the night before. I can FaceTime my family. I have access to any document I might need because of the cloud apps I use. I keep my travel documents neatly organized. I can navigate a new city on foot, order an Uber car, find an awesome restaurant, and get tickets to a ballgame. The iPhone makes traveling for work so much more enjoyable.
If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?
They really need to resolve the issue with the short battery life. My iPhone cannot survive a day without my Mophie case, which extends battery life by 100%. If I use the iPhone the way I use it, for audiobooks, phone calls, web surfing and maps, the internal battery will be exhausted before 2pm.
I would like a button that says “no notifications, ever, in any shape or form” instead of having to wade through so many configurations for them, which never seem to work.
I would also like to add home screen buttons that call contacts without having to jailbreak the phone, run a third party app, or do some sort of convoluted solution.
I would like the back of the phone to blow out little streams of air so that it could glide across a table like an air hockey puck.
What's your wallpaper and why?
Currently my lock screen is a picture of Marty Feldman. This is an unusual situation, because my son and I have been on a big Young Frankenstein kick and he reset the lock screen when I wasn’t looking. I thought it was hilarious so I’m leaving it that way for a while. Normally I try to use photographs that I’ve taken from nature with the phone’s amazing camera. Every one in a while I download a stunning image from the Subreddit “Earth Porn”, which has really beautiful and mind-blowing stuff.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I use a Mophie case to extend battery life. Also, as much as I love my iPhone, I need to disconnect from it. I love being connected, but I hate being over-connected. I deleted Facebook and Twitter from my iPhone because I found that I was compulsively checking them and it was more annoying than fun.
One of the best ways to get better at driving a Mac is to learn to get work done without lifting your hands from the keyboard. There is a certain rhythm to getting work done with just the keyboard that feels great when you are in the moment. Topher Kessler did a nice write-up for Macworld explaining how to get started on the keyboard path.
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There are very few live recordings of the bebop jazz titans in the early days. That's why the May 1953 Massey Hall concert is especially loved by jazz fans. The band included Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. It was the only time these five played together and it is the last recording of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie together. (Charlie Parker shows up in some liner notes as "Charlie Chan", because he was contractually prohibited from recording on the label.)
A further bit of interesting backstory was that this event was never planned to be the epic recording it became. The event was planned as a fundraiser for the Toronto Jazz Society but there was a prize fight the same night and the turnout was much lower than expected. The musician's checks bounced and they decided to release a recording so they could get paid.
Nevertheless, we end up wbith this great little time capsule of bebop and it is a great listen. I'd recommend buying the entire album but the best track is Salt Peanuts. It starts out with Charlie Parker introducing the song by his "worthy constituent", Dizzy Gillespie. Then, once the song gets rolling and Bird (Charlie Parker) starts playing his solo, Dizzy Gillespie started throwing handfuls of peanuts at the audience while screaming "SALT PEANUTS". Finally, Max Roach delivers a stellar drum solo at the end. It all comes out on the recording and makes me smile every time I listen to it. When my kids were young, we used to drive around listening to this track screaming "SALT PEANUTS" at the top of our lungs. I bet I could still get my kids to do it.
Last weekend, Katie and I recorded a live MPU show. Topics included equipping remote workers, Daylight for Mac office management, tech for going back to school, listener workflows and more vacation gadgets.
The most recent version of FX Photo Studio is out, now with 200 photo filters, which is a pretty impressive feat. The image below is one I took on a recent hike following application of a few FX Photo Studio filters. Apps like this are going to be so interesting when iOS 8 extensions arrive. Can you imagine having 200 filters right in the Photos app? I can too.
Merlin Mann couldn't make Back to Work this week. Merlin is one of my favorite people. I've lost count of how many times he's stepped up to help me out. Nevertheless, I was pretty disappointed in him today. Instead of finding a top-tier guest to fill in during his absence, he brought in a low-rung hack. Poorly played Merlin. Poorly played indeed.
Looking through Twitter today, I discovered many of my favorite iOS apps are on sale.
MindNode: $4.99, Usually $9.99
MindNode's become my favorite mind mapper. It got a nice iOS 7 redesign and it continues to get better.
PCalc - The Best Calculator: $4.99, usually $9.99
It took me several years (and plenty of Dr. Drang posts) to finally come around to PCalc but now I can't imagine not having it on my iPhone.
Launch Center Pro: $1.99, usually $4.99
Launch Center Pro for iPad: $1.99, usually $4.99
This is another app that took me awhile to warm up to. Now it's in my dock.
Boxer: $4.99, usually $9.99
I've been playing with this app and plan to give it extended coverage in the next update to the Email Field Guide.
Fantastical 2 for iPad: $7.99, usually $9.99
One of the best calendar apps on the iPad.
I wrote last month about Broadwell’s delays and the expected impact on the release of new Macs. It appears that is coming true. The recently updated MacBook Pros just received slightly bumped Haswell chips and, as Macworld reports, the speed improvements are small.
Moreover, I’m more convinced than ever that the rumored 12" MacBook Air with retina screen, assuming it exists, will get pushed back until next year when Apple can get the Broadwell chips it needs to put a retina screen in a small MacBook. If Apple were to release a Haswell-based MacBook Air with retina screen, I’d recommend waiting.
There is also more buzz about the idea of an ARM-based Mac. The ARM chips that currently power iOS devices are Apple designed and Apple controlled. If Apple could put those in Macs, they wouldn’t be dependent on Intel for future Mac releases and wouldn’t get saddled with the problems they have with the current Broadwell delays.
The problem is that ARM chips aren’t nearly as powerful as these Intel chips and it would incur a substantial performance hit. Another downside of ARM Macs would be that they don’t run Windows nearly as easily as Intel based Macs do. (However, I have to wonder how important that is as we increasingly move to web-based services and Windows becomes less relevant.)
On the plus side, ARM based Macs would have ridiculously great battery life. When you think about it, a thin, light Mac that sucks at Final Cut but runs Safari and Mail for 24 hours on a single charge may have a pretty large audience. If Apple were to go this route, I suspect that initially they would keep producing high-end Intel Macs for people that need the power.
Yesterday, Jean-Louis Gassée (who knows more about this stuff in his pinky finger than I do in my entire body) wrote that he believes an ARM based Mac may very well lie in the not so distant future. One of the points he made that hadn’t occurred to me is that since Apple is designing the chips, they could create a separate ARM design for the Mac that is a bit more powerful and uses a bit more power. Pound-for-pound though, I suspect Apple would have a hard time matching Intel on the power end, especially now that the Broadwell chip is on a 14nm dye.
Could something like this be already in the works at Apple? To answer that question I’d state that just a few months ago Apple announced an entirely new programming language for the Mac and iOS that they’d been internally developing for years and nobody on the outside had a clue of its existence.
Physicist Andy Howell explains the science behind Star Wars, to the extent Star Wars follows the laws of science. I wanted so much for there to be hope and physics supporting the construction of my own lightsaber. (via Kotke)
Speaking of lightsabers, while there is much praise of George Lucas for having the foresight to keep the merchandising rights for Star Wars, he was pretty slow to get rolling when A New Hope premiered. My friends and I would have killed for toy lightsabers and they just didn't exist. Instead we had to take cardboard tubes (my best source was my mom's wrapping paper stash) and use those to wail upon each other. The trouble was that they just didn't hold up well and a few good whacks would often turn your saber into a limp, sad mess. The ironic part is that I learned a little science at the time as my friends and I perfected duct tape techniques to make our lightsabers last longer.
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The Australian and New Zealand iBooks Store picks a few books every month for their Books of the Month feature. I'm thrilled to discover that Presentations made the cut. As a very small publisher, I still am amazed by the support I've received by the iBooks Store team at Apple.
My day is made.
Recently, I've been corresponding with listener and reader Captain Airshack (Twitter) ("AirShack" on Instagram), a pilot on a major airline and a geek who must remain anonymous. Anyway, the more I talk to Captain Airshack, the more I get interested in how he is getting things done. How does someone that spends a great deal of time in the air and on the road organize his iPad and iPhone? Captain Airshack was kind enough to explain. So Captain, show us your home screen.
Since I travel around three days a week, I’m interested in apps which keep me connected, informed, and entertained. You never know when the next thunderstorm is going to roll in and create another two hour delay before takeoff. I must always be prepared for the unexpected in this business.
As far as packing goes, I get one standard roller-bag to pack for a three or four day trip. As you can imagine, I don’t want to carry: books, exercise DVDs, flight publications, notepads, a journal, newspapers, magazines, coursework, lesson plans, etc.
Gone are the days when I had to decide which form of entertainment I’ll pack. These days I have everything I need for cognitive stimulation stored in my iPad. It’s amazing really. Once, back in Desert Storm, I packed all the items listed above plus a short wave radio. Now it’s all on my iPad/iPhone!. Technology has clearly liberated me!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE APPS?
Flipboard has replaced newspapers for me. I use it at home as well. When mated with Pocket I’m able to build a daily newspaper and upload the stories to Pocket for reading while I’m waiting at the airport or commuting to my next assignment. Most often I read in the back of the aircraft or hotel van. IMPORTANT NOTE: I do not use Pocket to read while flying. Please keep me in good standing with the FAA by presenting this fact.
I use Audible to listen to audio books during daily workouts or whenever I’m too tired to read. Listening to music bores me on long runs. I prefer audio books as I feel I’m exercising my mind as well as my body. Slipping on a Bose noise canceling headset and firing up an audio book is one guilty pleasure after a long day of piloting. I’ve been an Audible listener since 2007.
1Password helps me keep in touch with all of my online activity. Back home I’ve dispensed of the multiple post-it-note password security system. It’s always nice to know I have access to banking and finances on the road. In case I experience a lost or stolen wallet, I have all of my credit card and membership information stored in this handy virtual wallet.
lynda.com is my virtual classroom. The Lynda iPad and iPhone apps work to provide me with a chance to educate myself anywhere I can find an internet connection. Nothing against Midland, Texas; but lynda.com has transformed the experience of spending twenty hours of any day in Midland.
Kindle keeps me from carrying magazines, books and newspapers. Last year after the Superbowl, I downloaded the major newspapers from both Seattle and Denver. The two takes on the game provided solid entertainment. This technique can be used for any major world event. How great is it to have access to so many books and all the world’s newspapers? I travel with a virtual library. What a luxury to read whatever I want, whenever I want. This is probably the most valued app on my iPad. I find the iPhone screen too small for enjoyable reading.
Hey Captain, what about iBooks? I know there are a few good books exlusively in there. -D
Overcast is a new podcast player. I prefer it to the others because of its clever Voice Boost feature. I’m often listening to podcasts along with conditions producing lots of background noise: aircraft cabin noise, loud music and televisions in gyms, city traffic sounds during runs. This Voice Boost feature helps me hear the podcasts clearly in noisy environments.
8tracks is my go-to music streaming app because it’s free and I love discovering new music. To me, unless it’s The Beatles, it gets stale quickly. This app is my modern era version of that buddy whom makes me mix tapes for whatever mood I’m in. Legal mix-tapes! With this app one can become an amateur DJ and share mixes. IMHO 8tracks is strong on social and discovery.
Tweetbot is what I prefer for twitter.
DayOne is my favorite journal app. It’s simple and fast which makes it more likely for me to use. Also, this app constantly nags me to write in my journal which is, in this case, a welcome annoyance. Whenever I have emergencies (not often) or deviations due to weather or mechanical issues, I journal the details for future review. It’s just so handy as a note taking app. Also, I like how I can easily incorporate my photos into my journal.
MyCloud is a Western Digital app that actually doesn’t suck. On the road I have access to all of my stored movies, documents, etc; via my own virtual secure cloudspace. MyCloud talks to my WD 4TB Personal Cloud Storage -NAS. Guess what? It actually works well with Macs as well as with my Xbox 360. I can stream movies at home or on the road effortlessly.
Pages is my default word processing app because I’m not interested in a subscription model.
Fantastical is easier and prettier than iCal. Easy and Pretty are good.
Eye-Fi is an app to wirelessly download photos from my aged Nikon camera’s Mobe Eye-Fi SD card. This card transfers files to my Macbook as well. It’s ingenious really. A wireless router inside an SD card! This is completely independent of wifi so I can use it to transfer photos from my camera to the iPad/Macbook - for editing - wherever I happen to be.
Flickr Studio is simply the best way to manage and enjoy your Flickr account on an iPad. Much has been made of the latest Flickr app which, to me, seems like an instagram clone. Flickr Studio has a powerful all-inclusive feature set.
ink Cards is an app to transform digital photo images into super high quality postcards. I’ve used many of the competitors apps (sorry Bill Atkinson), and I always come back to ink Cards. Why buy postcards at the airport? With this app you can send a fabulous custom postcard for a reasonable fee. This is a great way to stay in touch of those you’re thinking about while traveling.
Jepp-FD Pro replaces a hefty lawyer-sized briefcase full of instrument approach plates and manuals. Pilots love the zoom feature which makes these documents more readable under nighttime lighting conditions. I’m now able to hook a cooler full of nutritious food to my roller bag in place of the old “pubs kit.” This helps improve my quality of life on the road.
FlightTrack PRO was my favorite flight tracking app but I’ve recently discovered the new UI is unpopular with many users. I’ll stick with the outdated version as it suites my needs.
MyRadar is the best app to figure out if you’re going to have a bumpy flight. I use this app to brief my flight attendants and passengers on expected conditions. This MyRadar application provides real-time turbulence reports and associated warnings with a few in-app purchases.
YouNeedAMap Trust me! Get this for your iPad and fire it up on your next flight. You’ll never fly over another unknown: US city, river, lake, village, road, point of interest such as Indian lands, buildings, county lines, state borders, road names, etc; without knowing EXACTLY what it is your looking at. This way you can let the commuting pilot, in that seat next to you sleep for a change. Everyone should download this GPS enabled app before boarding an aircraft!
WHAT APP ARE YOU STILL MISSING?
The iPhone/iPad app which tells the wifi searching feature of OS X to stop looking for wifi stations if I’m above 10,000ft and forgot to turn my phone off! This has resulted in many a careless aircrews (even passengers) phones to arrive at their destinations dead.
How many time a day do you use….?
Pilots and Flight Attendants are out of touch with the world during flights. We’re not permitted to use the wifi as our passengers are. Therefor, we activate our cell service on our phones in between flights for mostly: email, finances, Facebook, and much texting. Of course, we pilots are using the iPads in the cockpit constantly for route navigation - GPS/no wifi. Many of our manuals are available on the iPad as well. Also, during commutes -in the back- we manage our flight schedules via our iPhones and iPads. Trip trading is a popular activity amongst the aircrew to enhance quality of life.
What’s your Favorite Feature?
When I began my aviation career in 1987 people used calling cards at phone booths to communicate with their wives and children. Now we keep up constantly with: FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, Instagram, and Twitter; to name a few sources. Thankfully, my two daughters find it necessary to document their lives using social media. The ability to check-up on my family before crashing to sleep in a hotel at 2am is my favorite feature. It’s nice to have the technology keep us close while I’m away.
If you were in charge at Apple, what would you change?
I’d defer to Tim Cook. This company does so much right. Back in 1982, I left my Apple ][+’s modem plugged into a power outlet. I lived in Texas which is the home of the giant thunderstorm. Of course, over time a thunderstorm hit a transformer near my home which created a modem killing zap! Kill my modem it did.
I boxed the modem up and wrote a note to Apple stating that I failed to follow the users guide directions which clearly stated I should remove the modem from the wall outlet between uses. Additionally, I told them I couldn’t afford to buy a new modem since I was in college - the truth. I asked them if they would fix it for me. Two weeks after sending Apple my modem with attached pathetic plea, a package arrived. Inside the box was a brand new Apple modem. Customer and loyalist for life.
What’s your wallpaper and why?
I usually have a relaxing seasonal photograph as my background wallpaper. Right now it’s a nice water/beach shot.
My lock screen wallpaper is more functional. Before each pairing (a series of flights I’m assigned over a multi-day period) I’ll take a screenshot of my schedule and set that as my lock screen wallpaper. That way I always have quick access to my schedule with a flick of my iPhone’s power button.
Anything else you’d like to share?
That last Apple story is one I haven’t told in a while. Their generosity saved me countless drives to the computer lab which was 30 minutes from my home.
Oh Yes! One last thing… I have a secret dream to someday produce a podcast of my own.