The Getting Things Done methodology has an almost cult following, but generally trying to figure out the best way to manage our busy lives has an even larger following. Midnight Inbox is an application that helps you to get things done, very much inspired by the GTD methodology.
If you’re already a die-hard follower of this task management process, you’ll probably know immediately whether or not Midnight Inbox is for you. But what does a non-GTD’er think of this application? Read on to find out.
If you’re anything like most Apple users, you’ll be used to the twinge of excitement that comes around every time Apple announces a new product or gadget. The company has one of the greatest sales pitch records in the history of technology, and it’s hard not to be impressed with pretty much anything that comes out of Cupertino.
But, glitzy sales magic aside, how often are you compelled as a Mac user to upgrade your hardware? Is it something that you see as a rare necessity, or a yearly indulgence to make sure you’re always up to date with the latest Mac lineup?
Personally, I tend to stick with the hardware I have for as long as possible. I usually only upgrade when either my Mac starts to exhibit problems and become unreliable, or when a new form factor/update genuinely means that I’ll be able to do my job better.
The portability of the Macbook Air is close to hitting the second of these, but I haven’t felt the urge to upgrade from my MacBook Pro just yet…
Let us know your own thoughts on the topic, and do share your opinion in the comments!
Over the past week, the AppStorm team has been hanging out in San Francisco at Macworld 2011. Despite scaling back a little this year (and changing the venue to Moscone West), Macworld is still faring well without Apple.
As also seemed to be the case at WWDC in recent years, a big emphasis was placed on iOS – and the associated apps and accessories. Thankfully, after wading through a sea of iPhone cases and stands (which I’m sure will be adequately covered on iPhone.AppStorm!), there was still plenty to see for those primarily interested in the Mac platform.
In today’s post I’ll be looking at a handful of my favourite apps, hardware, and announcements over the course week, along with sharing a few thoughts on our general experience at Macworld.
It’s official: The Mac App Store is here, and with it has come a whole host of games for the Mac connoisseur. In the flurry of opening day, one game stood out to us as something that would be fun to try out, yet casual enough to pick up and play any time.
It’s called Garage Inc., and it’s the story of a nice guy in Chicago who decides he wants to open an automotive repair business. But then the mob gets involved and, well, we’ll tell you the rest after the break!
I’d like to take a moment to say a big thank you to our weekly sponsor, Wallpaper Wizard. If you’re the type of person that likes to keep their desktop wallpaper fresh, this new Mac App Store offering may be right up your street.
The great thing about Wallpaper Wizard is that it’s a one-stop wallpaper dashboard. You can flick through thousands of high-resolution wallpapers that are all ready to use, immediately apply them, or add them to a regular rotation through your favourite images (it’s also possible to upload your own wallpapers for other people to use).
On the whole, I was really impressed with the range of wallpapers available through the app. There are some stunning images, and it’s not hard to find something that suits your taste.
Wallpaper Wizard is priced at $9.99, and is available now on the Mac App Store. Be sure to take a look and let us know what you think!
Kindle for Mac brings your entire Kindle library to your Mac desktop. While the book purists may cringe at the idea of reading a book on your computer, having such quick and easy access to all your books (and their full text) is certainly convenient.
If you’ve ever had a free moment between tasks and regretted leaving your book or Kindle at home, Kindle for Mac solves that problem.
I hardly like to point it out but it’s now late January! The festivities of Christmas and the New Year have long since passed and some of us, in hindsight, are beginning to regret our delicious excess…
Gym membership is at an all time high and some of us may even consider the dreaded so-called ‘diet’. Deep down we all know that the only way to get healthy and lose unwanted weight is to work hard at eating well and actually doing some exercise! Fear not, there is help at hand. Could Foodurama be the perfect companion in our push towards a more healthy lifestyle?
It’s time for another “Ask the Editor” post today. A big thank you to everyone who sent in their questions – it’s great to have the chance to help you out with your Mac-related queries and quibbles.
Some of the topics covered this week include how to recover data from a failed hard drive, setting up your own application to sync with Google Tasks, re-installing system software from your OS X recovery disk, and adding an extra hard drive to your MacBook Pro.
Read on for plenty of handy Mac knowledge, and I hope you’ll find most of it useful for your own situation as well!
If you’re anything like me – you’ve bought a fair number of Moleskine and other notebooks in the hope that you would journal and keep track of your busy life a little better.
Journaling has been proven to de-stress as well as calm the business of your mind. However, writing out long hand is slow – almost as if your hand can’t keep up with what’s rattling around in your head. I’ve always loved the idea of keeping a journal or diary on my computer – a la Doogie Howser – but never really found a program that prodded me to keep up without spamming my Growl notifications or E-mail inbox.
Then I was asked to take a look at Chronories, from the popular Mac software development firm Synium Software, based out of Germany. I was surprised at the great Mac integration of the application, as well as how automated it was in recording little details from my day that made writing a few thoughts down a little less painful.
In this review, we’ll take a look at journaling with Chronories on your Mac, and see if this app can once and for all push your journaling from a vague resolution into a regular habit.
We’ve picked the ten lucky winners, and I’m pleased to let you know that they are:
- Jaime Chereau
- Tio Istivi
- Mark Preuss
- Matt Adams
- Mats Hage Eikemo
Congratulations! We’ll be in touch with your license codes soon.
Competition Now Closed
It’s competition time again, and today we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of either GarageSale for Mac or GaragePay. Both of these excellent applications can help make eBay and PayPal easier to use, bringing the experience to the comfort of your Mac desktop.
We have five licenses for each to give away, and will be picking ten winners. Entering just requires you to leave a comment on this post, letting us know something interesting that you’ve bought or sold on eBay. It could be anything – from an iPod, to an old pair of socks!
We’ll be picking the ten winners at random in one week, on Thursday Feb 3rd. Best of luck, and be sure to give both of these applications a try if you’re a regular PayPal or eBay user!