Featured In An Episode of Mac Power Users

December 2, 2016

Finally get to cross this one off my bucket list. 😉

Way back in October I was featured in an episode of the Mac Power Users podcast.

In the episode, I shared the Zapier Zap I use to get tasks from Slack into OmniFocus with one click or tap by starring a message.

In case you’re not familiar, Zapier is a service similar to IFTTT that makes it super easy to connect multiple apps and services together to create incredibly complex automations.

In short, I needed a way to get tasks assigned to me through Slack into my OmniFocus inbox quickly – without having to open the app.

In case you’re curious, here’s what the zap looks like in Zapier.

What the Zap looks like to get starred Slack messages into OmniFocus

My Thoughts on iOS 10

September 17, 2016

With iOS 10 being released to the public earlier this week, I thought I’d share some of my overall impressions of Apple’s next generation mobile operating system.

  • Swipe left on the lock screen and you’ll be greeted with the new lock screen widgets. So far, I haven’t been able to figure out a way to work these into my normal workflow. I’d much rather just take the extra step to open up the actual app. Plus, it’s super frustrating to try to scroll through the widgets and accidentally activate a widget you didn’t want to open – and that happens way too often.

The new lock screen widgets in iOS 10.

  • Raise to Wake is one of my new favorite features. It definitely took some getting use to, but I love being able to check my notifications quickly without having to press a single button.
  • Stickers are a blast in iMessage … for now. I’m not sure I see myself continuing to use them over the long haul. I’m enjoying the novelty for the moment.

Example of the fun you can having using stickers in iOS 10.

  • Yes. I’ve spent real money on stickers. $4 to be exact. I picked up Stitch by Disney and Marvel Items of Power packs.
  • The new iMessage features are not very intuitive. I’ve had to help a number of my friends and family figure out how to use them. There’s no clear way to organize the iMessage apps causing a really frustrating swiping experience to get to the one I want to use.
  • The additions to Photos are underwhelming. The new Memories section is nice, but I rarely think to check it. They’ve improved search, but I don’t find myself using that feature anyways. Overall, I’ve been very happy with Apple’s work with iCloud Photo Library, so I’m not disappointed by the lack of any substantial new Photos features.

iOS 10 tries to figure out the memories I want to see from my photos library.

  • The refinements to Apple Music look great. Still, not tempting enough to make me want to leave Spotify.
  • Overall, things feel snappier. I can’t speak for any of the older iOS devices. I currently use an iPhone 6s Plus.
  • I woke up last Friday (9/9) at 3AM to pre-order an iPhone 7 Plus in Black (not Jet!). My estimated ship date read as 9/23 all week, until Thursday when I received a notification that my new phone had been shipped. A pleasant surprise indeed to get it on launch day!

I’ll share my impressions of the iPhone 7 Plus next week once I have some time to mess around with it.

Sonos Gets Echo Support

August 30, 2016

I can’t get over how good much better Alexa is than Siri. The Echo really is a joy to use.

I can’t wait to be able to control my Sonos system from my Echo.

Sounds like a match made in heaven.

Good Riddance Pop-ups

August 23, 2016

Good on Google for finally taking a stand against pop-up ads on sites. There is nothing more annoying than clicking through a link only to be hit with a giant pop-up that I can’t figure out how to close. And the close button is always in a different place! I can’t stand the ones that try to trick you into clicking through the ad by making you think you’re actually closing the pop-up.

If you’re using one or many of these pop-ups or interstitials on your site, I’d get rid of them immediately. Not only are you creating a terrible experience for your users, but you’re about to get seriously dinged by Google.

1Password’s New Individual Plan

August 22, 2016

Stop denying it already! You need a password manager. Aren’t you sick and tired of trying to remember which password you used on this or that service?!

NO!

Please tell me you’re not using the same password across the internet!? That’s just asking for trouble!

I have been a very happy 1Password user for years. Their service has gotten better with age. I highly recommend checking out their new subscription service which is super affordable and an easy way to get started down the path of peace of mind when it comes to managing your passwords.

Source: AgileBits Blog | Introducing our new 1Password subscription service — get 6 months free!