"The majority of the blog posts I write these days, I write in landscape, using my iPhone, typing with my thumbs," he said. "Why? Well, because it’s what I have on hand all the time, and when inspiration hits me, I could be anywhere."
Nice article in today’s Saint Paul Pioneer Press about the increasing amount people are using mobile tools over traditional desktop and laptop computers. I’m featured prominently but there is also a good bit of others featured using everything from Google Chromebooks to Windows 8 tablets.
Julio Ojeda-Zapata, the reporter who wrote this story also has a new book out on this very subject. I wrote the foreword. You should check it out.
The important thing is the work, not the tools.
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Dashplus is an innovative list and ToDo app that introduces actionable items. Simply swipe lines to the right to change their state, and unlock actions where needed. It is based on the eponym system devised by Patrick Rhone: any item of a todo list is actionable. Having used it for years with pen and paper, we are very excited to bring it finally to a digital implementation, on the iPhone.
Dave Mendels, the developer of the app and long time friend, approached me with the idea of turning the system I created to into an iPhone app. I thought it was splendid and gave my full blessing — but I knew that, in order for it to work as an app, the design was critical. The primary focus had to be on capturing things as quickly as possible and getting out of your way. The secondary focus had to be on processing those items in a way that made sense. The bottom line for me was that it had to be good enough for me to want to use the app instead of just pen and paper as I have been doing for the years since I created it. Short of that, why bother?
Suffice to say that he hit it out of the park. Not only did it meet the goals I hoped for above, but he added so many nice touches that I never could have come up with on my own. For instance, the ability to create reminders for waiting items, or send email for delegated ones to those you wish to delegate the item to, or the option for sending completed items to DayOne, or the “shake to add to Inbox” from anywhere you are in the app. I could list even more.
Seriously, the last thing I needed was another task/capture app. What I needed was this one. I’m glad someone with the talent and skills created it. You should check it out. It’s $2.99 on the App Store.
But, lest I forget, here is the most important reason why you should get this app:
We are selling this app for a ridiculously small price, given the work that went into it. With one main goal: we are partially funding our school-in-a-box initiative with the profits. We brought iPads to a school in a remote Indonesian village that didn’t even have books, and the kids are now showing tremendous progress! To accelerate the implementation we need to put more devices in their hands: the goal is one device per child!
In other words, the purchase of the app is going to a great cause. Better your productivity while doing some real, tangible, good for a child in need. The work the Dave and his team are doing with these kids is amazing.
So, seriously, buy this.
"When you have Enough, the extra money means very little. I’ve been broke, and being broke sucks balls. Having Enough is awesome. How would I define “Enough”? Enough means that you can take a friend out to a nice lunch and not have to worry about how much it costs. I have hung out with a couple of billionaires—my experiences indicate that being a billionaire is just incrementally better than Enough."
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I could truthfully repeat this statement as my own. I too have lived well below the poverty level. I too know people wealthy by any measure. Enough is all most of us ever really need and the benefits of having more than that are marginal.
What you have right now — why isn’t that sufficient? The existence of something better doesn’t negate the usefulness of what you already own. I don’t have a philosophical objection to these things, and far be it from me to moralize. I’m no luddite, nor am I even particularly ascetic. The thing that concerns me — especially when I detect it in myself — is the false belief that these things will really revolutionize our lives.
There is so much truth here.
My latest book, The Mobile Writer, has just been released.
This is a how-to book for those who want to get real writing done on mobile devices (such as tablets), but don’t know how to do so effectively because they aren’t up to speed on the relevant tools.
I walk readers through the hardware options—iPad, Android, Chromebook, Surface and so on—and tell them about writing apps and accessories, such as Bluetooth keyboards.
This book is for anyone—from professionals and college students to average consumers—who wants to write on mobile devices, but doesn’t know how to go about it.
The book profiles top writers—such as Harry McCracken of Time.com’s Technologizer, and Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine and “This Week in Google” fame—who embrace this mobile-writing lifestyle every day. I add my two cents about where the mobile-writing thing might be headed.
Patrick Rhone, another writer profiled in the book, also wrote its foreword.
The book is well-timed as a holiday tech-gift guide for those weighing the purchase of an iPad mini, Nexus tablet, Chromebook or other mobile-tech product.
"The Mobile Writer" is the first book of its kind … and, for a limited time, it is only $3 on Amazon.com. Three bucks! (Print and Apple-iBook versions are coming soon.)
I hope you’ll consider buying it. The book has wide appeal. If you are too tech-savvy to benefit from it, you surely know of a friend or a relative who needs this kind of tech advice (and it means you do not have to give them as much tech support :-)
As stated above, I not only wrote the foreword for this book but my writing methods, which at this point is almost exclusively on iOS, is profiled throughout. Not only would it be great to own but would also make a good gift too. And, at only $3.00, you can’t possible go wrong. Get it.
It seems like only a short while ago that we launched Begin and here we are with a huge update to version 1.5.
Nice update to a great little task app. Still free but with an in-app purchase which unlocks choice of fonts, themes, and more. Worth a checking out.
For practical, durable and quality made products that are made to last.
While we are on the subject… A Reddit thread full of suggestions of products you only have to buy once and will last you a lifetime. Final Choices. What we believe in.
There are so many fantastic apps and other tools to help us with all these tasks. And that’s why I built this site. Because I want to use the best tools for whatever the task is and I bet you do, too.
Shawn Blanc has really outdone himself with this site. If you are familiar with The Sweet Home or The Wirecutter, this is like that but for your Mac and iDevices. This will prove to be a fantastic resource for anyone looking for the very best app in a given category. And, this is not just about apps. There also are some insightful tips and even some hardware accessories covered for good measure. Seriously, bookmark this one.