Mavic Pro

July 14, 2017

Ever since I started watching Casey Neistat’s vlogs on YouTube, I’ve had this intense desire to own a drone.

Last week I finally became the proud owner of a DJI Mavic Pro. I’ve only had the chance to take it up in the air twice, but I can unequivocally say that it’s one of the most amazing pieces of technology I own.

I mean, just look at the footage I was able to grab without any knowledge of how the drone or camera works.

I can’t wait to see what I’m able to do with it next week in Costa Rica.

Free is Never Free

April 29, 2017

Great insight from MacSparky on the recent Uber / Unroll.me controversy:

Free is never free. Indeed in this case, where unroll.me is owned by an analytics service, it appears that the entire purpose for the service is to get access to user email data for monetization. So apparently Unroll.me, with access to its user email accounts, collected their Lyft receipts, anonymized them, and sold them to Uber. I’m pretty sure people signing up for unroll.me don’t expect that to happen.

was an Unroll.me user until this story broke. Even though I knew the service was free and that I was probably paying for it with my data – It was easy to forget once the service became an integral part of my workflow.

I have since signed back up for Sanebox (I should have just stayed all along instead of trying to save a few bucks). It’s reassuring to know that, with Sanebox, I won’t be the product because I’m paying for the product.

Source: Free is Never Free — MacSparky

Sorry Evernote. It Really Is Too Little, Too Late

January 20, 2017
What Evernote's new 8.0 iOS update looks like.

After Evernote unveiled their big iOS focused 8.0 update this week, I thought to myself …

“This looks nice. Maybe I should give Evernote another shot.  I mean, I’m not in love with my cobbled together Apple Notes / Dropbox solution. A couple of days messing around with it can’t hurt anything.”

Then, I thought about how much work I had to go through late last year to move the 2000+ files & notes out of my Evernote database because of how little focus they put on improving their core product for so long.

Nah.

I’ll stick with where I’m at.

Source: Evernote’s redesign is too little, too late – The Verge

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.
  • 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.