2014 My favorite iPhone apps

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Waze kaart scherm (Photo credit: Henk-Jan van der Klis)

1. Audible

I need things to keep my brain active and off the subject of my life.

2. Pushover

This goes mostly with IFTTT. I can set up alerts such as the Full Moon. When I get an email that is “Important” according to Gmail (be sure to teach Gmail what isn’t important).

3. iOS apps Mail/Messages/Calendar/Reminders/Safari

I nearly live in these basic iOS apps.

Mail I have set up to sync with Gmail.

Calendar syncs with Google Calendar and the calendar on my Laptop.

Same with Reminders though I do have IFTTT set up to sync it with Remember the Milk.

4. Twitter

This is my communication method lots of time. I keep up with more friends here than I do Facebook.

5. Foursquare

If I ever go missing the cops can easily find where the last place I was.


I hate repetitive tasks, but I LOVE to keep archives. This does that and automates a few things for me.

7. Starbucks

I had been using this app quite a bit. I was addicted to my Carmel Apple Spice even though it doesn’t agree with my stomach. Apples have given me problems for years.

8. Mobile Banking app

This is how I usally check my bank account. I actually interact with my bank more this way than any other way.

9. Google+

I’m using this more than any other social site for promoting my iBooks.

11. Timehop

I like this app for seeing what was going on in my life on this day for previous years.

12. Waze

I travel a lot and don’t know where I’m going. So I find out what’s nearby by using the search embeded in Waze. Plus they know traffic because of the real time traffic updates from other users in the area.

13. Kindle

I love to read. However, moving with a large library every 3 to 6 months is prohibitive. So I have a Kindle, a Kindle app on my phone and a Kindle app on my iPad. I have my whole library down to about 3 lbs. A lot easier to pack up and move.

Daily Journal: Isolation and depression

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Read the magnet. via tatianamik

One of the major feelings of depressions is isolation. This makes things worse for me. I am isolated. I am 1150 miles from home. I am 1160 miles from my best friends. It would take me 20 hours of driving time to get there. That’s 0 stops and praying traffic is decent in the cities. It was like 24 hours on the trip here. I make use of various things, texts, Skype, Ventrillo with my guild, Facebook, twitter to keep in some form of communication.  I have the cats but they are just not the same as human contact.  I don’t make close friends easily. There are many people I am friendly with, but none that are close as my 3 best friends. We can be apart for years, but the minute we’re back together we’re just the same as we were. I miss that. We were together for a while, but now life is spreading us out again.  But the fact that I work as a travel and I’m so temporary in an area complicates the isolation of the depression. Plus I’m night shift. I’m asleep while everyone else is awake. I’m awake when everyone else is asleep. The isolation is pretty well a fact of life. Some days I feel more connected to characters in fictional stories than I do real people. I see more of their lives. I think this is part of the reason I prefer TV shows over movies. I get to spend longer with the characters. I get into their lives. I spend a lot of time with audiobooks as well. Comments help, it’s like starting a conversation. I know someone is listening and wants to communicate.

Daily Journal: Today’s steps with depression

I forgot about the combination of the WordPress app and the Siri on my iPhone. This may be easier to keep up with NaBloPoMo than I originally thought.

I should’ve realized the depression was back because I hurt all over. My back and knees has been very painful lately. Even my shoulders and wrists are getting to be bothersome. My memory is affected. The other day I changed the pad in the cat litter box. I couldn’t scoop the box because of lack of energy, but I did manage to get the pee absorb pad changed. (I use a Breeze cat box system.) I forgot to dispose of the garbage bag with that pad in it. Brain is gone. But you got to take your successes for you can some days.

So Positives for Today:

  • I got out of bed and went to work. Usually with my depress I’m able to “soldier on,” but this is an accomplishment that deserves listing.
  • I got my pet in World of Warcraft. My main had already done the holiday so I had to bust out an alt to get the pet.


From Feedly: With 100K Titles In Tow, Oyster Brings Netflix To Book Lovers With New All-You-Can-Read Subscription Service

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 8.36.05 AMWhile the pace has slowed of late, thanks to Kindles, Nooks, iPads and the steady advance of mobile technology, the eBook market (and the demand for all manners of digital content) has grown steadily over the past few years. According to the LA Times, the total revenue generated from eBook sales in the U.S. topped $3 billion in 2012, a 44 percent increase from 2011. Meanwhile, across the pond, eBook sales quietly turned in a record year, with sales leaping 134 percent last year.


via TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/05/with-100k-titles-in-tow-oyster-brings-netflix-to-book-lovers-with-new-all-you-can-read-subscription-service/




Would be interested, but my reading rate has slowed so much lately, I’d feel like I was wasting money some months.


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English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de eBook Беларуская: Фотаздымак электроннай кнігі Русский: Фотография электронной книги (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


From Feedly: Hands on: Any.do’s Cal is a clever, sleek little calendar app

I’ve been experimenting with Any.Do so of course I had to try out their new calendaring app. Very clean looking, but the jury is still out on end fuctionality.

When it comes to third-party calendar and to-do apps, the App Store is flush with possibilities. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement or

Easy setup
experimentation. Cal, Any.do’s new calendaring app, attempts to show you your schedule in a way that lets you maximize your free time during a day. I took the app for a brief spin on Wednesday; here are some of my initial impressions.

Cal is a pleasure to get started with; you just press a few buttons to import your calendar settings and grant access to your contacts and you’re ready to go. You can toggle which calendars you’d like visible, set your default calendar for new events and your default list for new reminders, and when the week should start (Sunday or Monday).

Pretty pictures, clean interface

via Macworld http://www.macworld.com/article/2044130/hands-on-any-dos-cal-is-a-clever-sleek-little-calendar-app.html#tk.rss_all


Daily Journal: Watched a movie

Byword (iPad)

Byword (iPad) (Photo credit: Frank Hamm)

So.. 4 times last week and twice so far this week. Tempest Keep hasn’t dropped a single pet. Starting to doubt I’ll see one. Wowhead is having issues so I can’t check other’s drop rates. I need to start hunting for an Unborn Val’kyr I’ve got a spare Undead stone to upgrade it once I catch one so it can even be poor and I’d take it. I just have to find the blasted thing.

Been trying to get Byword to publish to my blog. I’ve purchased the Premium edition, set up Evernote & WordPress, but it still fails at publishing. I’ve emailed support. I’ve tried re setting up the blog/evernote accounts to no avail. Oh well, we’ll see.

Went to see Star Trek Into Darkness. Loved it. Didn’t love the migraine & nausea after though. Had to drug myself to get rid of it. Which has made me very sleepy today.

ToDo List debate


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I realized I had 7 To Do apps on my phone. I decided needed to make the jump and cut that number as I need my to do lists mostly in 1 place or maybe just in 1 or two locations.  I like features of several of them however nothing has hit that sweet spot of having all the features that I want. I need to do lists that reach out & grab my attention to what I need to do.

Valuable features to me:

  1. Reminders: I need to be reminded. When I arrive. When I leave. At a certain date or time. If I’m not reminded I’ll forget.
  2. Available anywhere: I have 3 computers an iPad and an iPhone. I like to put something down & pick up when I pick up a different device.
  3. Lists: I make lists with no specific “has to be done by XX/XX/XXX” all the time. A lot of these has been gear wish lists for my world of warcraft characters.

Reminders on the iPhone has a great location aware alerts. This comes in handy also that it syncs with my computers and I can add to the list from the desktop. However it doesn’t offer repeating tasks or easy lists.

ToodleDo has great sync anywhere capabilities and repeating tasks. That does a poor job with alerts and the website is hard to use to the point I only use it through another client.

Evernote has great list making capability but it doesn’t give you email or alert reminders of the upcoming to do items. However a TON of my notes, etc. are here.

Nimbulist is a great app for making list in Evernote and for like Gear lists however same problems with Evernote no reminders or due dates to them.

Remember the milk has email, Twitter & text alerts, as well as repeating tasks. However the price it you have to be paid and the iPhone app isn’t the most user-friendly. Location based tasks doesn’t give you a reminder for them.

Clear is a great fun iPhone app with the slide to cross out a task.  however there are no due dates or reminders. There is not any synchronization between your phone and computer.

Astrid has due dates & repeating tasks. It doesn’t have SMS reminders but it does have app alerts. Lists (IE subtasks) are not so easy.

So I sketched out a chart.

sync computer & phone location aware alerts repeating tasks alerts Mobile app price point lists capable
Reminders yes, native with my iOS yes, pretty well no mobile & desktop alerts yes free with OS yes, but awkward
ToodleDo@toodledo yes, with button pushQ 1 min yes, with 2nd party app, but poorly functioning yes mobile app alerts yes subscription fee Yes, but awkward website client is extremely difficult to utilize
Remember the Milk@rememberthemilk yes, with button pushQ 24 hours list by location, but not aware, awkward to use yes mobile appSMS



yes, but can only sync q 24 hrs unless paid subscription subscription fee Yes, but slightly awkward
Evernote@evernote yes no no no yes free yes I use this heavily for notes
Nimbulist@nimbulist yes, with button push to Evernote no no no yes paid app yes syncs with Evernote
Clear@UseClear no no no no yes paid app yes
Astrid@WeLoveAstrid yes no yes mobile app yes free yes, not as easy as Evernote though

Conclusion: I decided to keep 3 services though it’s 4 apps.

I went with Reminders for everything non-repeating. I’m primarily an Apple user & it nags very well. Plus I was going to keep it anyway because it is the BEST at location reminders.

For repeating tasks, I’m going with Astrid. It’s the new oohhh shiney for now. It’s got the basics for me covered & will be replacing ToodleDo & RTM.

For lists, I have to say I’m going to stick with my Nimbulist/Evernote combination. It’s quick & easy & puts my lists


Beginning of the year 10 Favorite iPhone apps list

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As my friends can tell you I have a lot of apps on my iPhone. I run a little late, but I try to do a yearly update of the apps I frequently use.

10. Tsheets – Goes with the web service at http://www.tsheets.com I have to track my own hours & complete paper time sheets at work. I use this app to “clock in” to track my work hours. Then I pull up the website when completing my paper timesheet & fill in the blanks.

9. DC Comics – Read full color comic books on your iPhone. I like the Marvel app slightly better, but I like the content from DC better.

8. Foodspotting – Want to see what restaurant meals near you look appetizing. Foodspotting is a social networks for sharing photos & comments about cuisine near you.

7. Foursquare – Checking in? This is how some of my friends keep up with where I am. I’m currently mayor of 8 locations.

6. Kindle – As almost everyone who knows me knows I love my books. This allow me to carry many of them with me.

5. Audible – I also love audiobooks because I can have a story while I drive. This is a great program that will play the audiobook, plus allow you to bookmark where you were at.

4. Hiptasmatic – I like photography, but I also like interesting, unpredictable & “artsy” photography. This allows me to have that in my pocket at all times.

3. Twitter – Be social! Random updates from my life & links to other things I find cool.

2. Waze – Free GPS with turn-by-turn directions. Also fun with gaming elements such as “munching” new roads with a Pac-man like icon for points.

1. Evernote – This is my brain. I store many many notes to myself in this.


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How do I use Evernote as a travel nurse? As a travel nurse I can change jobs & move as often as every 8 weeks depending on the contracts type. When interviewing with new locations with a new contract I speak to many people. I usually open a new note & make notes with who I spoke with, details of the conversation, target dates for contract start, & any details I need to know about my work location such as number of beds on the unit, dress code, etc. I forward emails from my recruiter to Evernote to store additional details about the assignment.

I store both blank & completed forms for items such as Mileage Reimbursement & Timesheets & more. I will pull up the form I need from Evernote, print it, complete the form, then I scan the completed form into the computer to email it back to my company for reimbursement.

Prior to moving to a new location, I research it on the internet. I clip information about locations I want to visit & locations I need (such as the local shopping mall or veterinarian) into Evernote. I also try to reduce the amount of unnecessary items that I have to bring along during a move so user manuals such as that for my camera or my microwave, I locate the online PDF of the manual & store it in Evernote.

I occasionally run into larger ticket item purchases I consider such as a new travel printer. I take a photo of it & the tag with model number and price with my iPhone camera straight into Evernote.

Once I’m at a new hospital to start work often parking needs my license plate number. I just pull up my photo of my license plate in Evernote.

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I also travel with my 2 cats. My older kitty has medical problems and has to visit the veterinarian regularly. With us being in different locations he often has to see different veterinarians. I keep his medical records scanned into Evernote & can locate his past medical information for his newest medical provider. I also keep previous provider’s business cards scanned in for quick access. (Note: While it has really good security, Evernote isn’t secured to HIPPA standards for human medical records, but the law doesn’t require the same security for pet medical records.)

iPhone App: Angry Birds

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The birds are angry. The pigs have stolen their eggs. So they have declared war! This is a catapult game. You blast the birds at the pigs. Some birds have special abilities to get the pigs out of their fortifications. I get frustrated with it because I get stuck on levels. The learning curve needs not to be so steep .