3 Star or bust

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Do you believe everything you read? Are you happy to take the opinion of the clearly ill-informed over those who weigh their words and provide evidence both for and against what they are offering? Don’t worry, this isn’t about Trump. I’ll admit that I like to have a sense of whether something is good or…

Evernote 8.0

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I ditched Evernote last year as it was bloated and new features were few and far between (unless you were using it in a business environment). The new version is a redesign and returns Evernote to what it was good at, holding and categorising rich data notes. Unfortunately the iOS app is still a bit…

My home is a mess

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The coffee machine has burbled into life, the aroma wafts temptingly from the kitchen. In the bedroom my sleep monitor suggests I need to wake up in the next ten minutes and the daylight bulb in the lamp starts to glow into life. A few minutes later a gentle birdsong lulls me from my slumber,…

Todoist update

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Time flies when you are being all productive and shit – or something like that – anyway, I was revisiting some old blog posts recently and I spotted that it’s been a while since I mentioned the continued joy of using Todoist, in fact the last post was 17 months ago and, my oh my…

New Apple Hardware and Software

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Given the upgrade cycle I choose to follow with my phone, this past week saw me get a new iPhone (7), which has a new version of iOS (10), as well as a new Apple Watch (Series II) which itself has a new version of watchOS (3). That’s a lot of new and whilst a…

The Positive Limitations of iPad

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I’ve recently made the jump from laptop to tablet as my main ‘home computer’. It sounds dramatic but, for my usage, all this really boils down to is changing my modus operandi from a multi-window to single/duel window way of working. The transition has been pretty straightforward, largely thanks to my slightly over-obsessive desire to…

Podcasts

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It’s been a while (a year!) since I wrote about podcasts but with my recent change of job, and a 30-odd minute commute by bus, I’ve been hunting about for some more podcasts to fill my time, and on the way I’ve ditched a couple I used to listen to, so I thought it worthwhile…

Apple hedging on good enough

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I’m a big fan of Apple products. Their hardware is always well designed and well made. I like using them, I like they way they work, how they feel in my hand. I am not a fan of most Apple software. The operating systems are good enough, but not groundbreaking. I don’t want all the…

3 Rings to rule them all

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19 days through the month and so far so good! I’ve managed to complete all three rings every day, which has included a wedding in Coventry last weekend. I’m enjoying the walks, some longer than others, and my clothes feel a little bit looser (the scales will confirm at the end of the month). However…

The AMAZING Apple Watch

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There is no doubt the Apple Watch™ is a lifestyle changing piece of technology. It is a quintessentially Apple product that soon makes you forget it’s pulsing with electrons, a tiny technological marvel strapped to your wrist, and almost immediately it becomes an integral part of your life, intrinsic and woven into your everyday. Without…

Spoilers

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This post contains no spoilers I am guilty of posting spoilers. TV show plot twists, sporting results, movie endings, I’ve done them all. But I’ve learned, by being on the receiving end one too many times, to think before I post. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” says some book…

Over not Down

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It’s been over a year since I last mentioned my podcast listening habits, since then I’ve changed what app I use and the list of my subscriptions has changed too. Over not Down When I started using Downcast it was largely because it was available as both iOS and OSX apps, and sync’d well between…

Apple Watch

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Uh oh A photo posted by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Apr 12, 2015 at 4:22am PDT On Sunday I got to try on an Apple Watch. Two in fact, one was the stainless steel Watch with the stainless steel link strap, the other was the space grey Sport Watch with a black rubbery strap. I…

Todoist: One Year On

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I last wrote about Todoist almost exactly a year ago and it’s telling that I’m still using it today. How I use Projects My usage has evolved a little, mostly through the use of sub-projects. In ToDoist a project is really just a bucket, but because you can have sub-projects you can quickly build a…

Face Value

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OK, let’s get one thing out of the way. Yes, I will be buying an Apple Watch. Probably. Most likely. I’m not sure when, and it’ll certainly only be a final decision after I’ve had the chance to hold one in my hand and try one on my wrist, but for me it looks like…