Archives for January 2015


Stupid Corporate IT Departments

Oh the joys of corporate IT departments.

Instead of doing things that that offer little to no additional value to the company such as:

  • Blocking iCloud, Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive (among others) on phones when there are many other ways to share information outside of these services
  • Blocking iOS v8 ‘swipe’ style keyboards in some apps but not others
  • Blocking use of fingerprint sensors to unlock phones but allowing it’s use in apps once the phone is unlocked
  • Blocking sites like pushbullet that offer a nice service to quickly get information between desktop and phone

Why don’t these departments do useful things:

  • Roll out quickly the latest collaboration tools and software?
  • Invest and keep investing on making everything faster and easier – Faster = $$!!
  • Look at what startups are using for tools and consider integrating – See previous point
  • Stop trying to develop in house tools and buy the latest/best/best practices!!!!!
  • There is a thing called the cloud. It offers great advantages. GET WITH THE TIMES AND $#(@)$*#)(@ USE IT.

OK, enough said.


Apps I Use The Most – The Best Apps for iPhone 6

These are the best apps for iPhone 6 that I use. As I have written before, I’m an Apple Fan. Mostly because it simply works. Even as a technical person (engineer), I just simply don’t have the time or patience any more to stuff around with Windows or even Android. Android, I find OK but I simply still find the app store generally a dogs breakfast with cluttered and apps and quality inferior to the Apple App Store. I also find for some reason the Android UI cluttered and not as simple, clean and usable.

The issue with any App Store is the sheer number of apps available and new apps always being released to tempt you into trying and using. I must say on the topic of new app releases, while I do keep my eye out on the various tech blogs and the app store itself, I am finding less great new and innovative apps than I used to. This makes sense I guess as the App Store matures. With that, I have settled into a set of Apps that I use and trust the most. They dominate my home screen, with bold showing a lot of use. Here the are:

  • Google Maps – Don’t yet trust Apple Maps although I want to with it’s integration into iOS
  • Hangouts
  • Instagram
  • Newsify – RSS feed reader – Aggregate various blogs together for quick skimming
  • Flipboard
  • Twitter – The native app
  • Day One – Journal
  • – Habit tracker
  • Downcast – Podcast app – There is a newer one available, Overcast that I could switch to but no real reason for now
  • LinkedIn
  • 1Password
  • Drafts – Great note taking App with many built in actions to export to other apps
  • RunKeeper – I try to exercise a bit!
  • Any.Do –  To Do List
  • Spotify – Music!
  • Inbox – Google app for GMail – Fantastic app – Revolutionizes email reading and habits
  • TripIt – Travel manager
  • World Time
  • Weather Live
  • Authy – Two Factor Authentication

There are more but I tried here to show my most used. These come from my iPhone but are typically mirrored on my iPad mini. I must say I don’t use my iPad as much I could or should. I am sure there are more or perhaps better apps, but these are mine! I have around 100 apps on my phone but a lot are used rarely if ever. One notable exception is Evernote. The IT security organization at a certain company I know blocked me installing that and still having work email and tools on my phone. Brilliant!! I love IT departments.

Hopefully you find this list useful. Would love to hear any alternatives you use or I should consider. Again, I am sure there are some!