If you’ve been following the Occupy movement, you’ve seen people get arrested. Interactions with law enforcement can be confusing, and remembering everyone who needs to know is tough. Now, there’s an app for that.
I’m Getting Arrested lets you enter a pre-written text message, designed to be sent to anyone in your world who needs to know. Once the information is entered, a giant bullseye comes up on your screen, ready to be pressed.
Download and discard, download and discard, download and discard. My search for an Android calendar app that could handle all the facets of my life, and remind me of everything that needed doing was leading nowhere. I also decided it should help my girlfriend keep track of me without being intrusive.
Enter the Cozi family planner.
Cozi has a calendar, to do list, and shopping list to start with. But these aren’t basic functions at all. They can be person specific AND shared. For example, I have a really LONG to-do list. Mrs. Linc doesn’t have one yet. If we needed to, we could also create a shared one. The same thing goes with the calendar. With a quick click, the Lincs can know where each other is at any time during the day. Since I go a lot of places in seemingly random bursts, Mrs Linc really appreciates the ability to share this calendar.
We can view our Cozi planner online at their website http://www.cozi.com/ but it also works on our phones. Ok, let me take that back. It works on MY phone. Mrs Linc has a Garmin, and for some reason the app just doesn’t function well for her. In my mind, that gives us an excuse to upgrade her. But we’ll be jumping overboard from T-Mobile soon, so that will work itself out.
Honestly, my favorite feature is the family journal. Mrs Linc has chronic pain issues, and can’t really go places with me. So when I’m out, I take pictures of things where I’m at and post them up. That way she can see what I do. Somehow it makes me feel closer to her.
I’m running out of steam, but I really recommend the Cozi Family Planner. It’s colorful, easy to use, and allows multiple people access.
Ok, I have to admit something. Remember me telling you all how awesome Out of Milk Remember The Milk was? Well, it is pretty cool. But I used it for all of a week before I quit it. Which lead me to a resolution: I have to play with an app for at least two weeks and decide I’m going to keep it before I can bring it up here at the blog.
I found Toggl at a freelance website that recommended online tools for tracking billable project time. I signed up for some free ones, and promptly ran through the first three, declaring them unsuitable. I was feeling a little “over it” by the time I hit Toggl’s start page. Then I saw just how easy they’ve made it. You type in what you’re doing and hit the red button to start the timer. You don’t even need to stay logged in to the website. Or if you put the app on your phone, feel free to surf, make calls, and do whatever you need. Toggl just keeps on going.
I know this because I’ve had to log in and delete a couple of things. I know I can waste time, but there’s no way even I spend 188 hours grocery shopping.
Now, you may say, “I’m not doing work I need to bill people for? Why should I use Toggl?”.
Because it’s task tracker. When I started using it, I was AMAZED at how much time I lose each day. Look:
They haunt my dreams…I hear them, even when they’re not here. I spend hours sometimes trying to get them to fly right. It feels so urgent that I’m draining my cellphone battery, forgetting to post, and wondering what other people do with their time! Am I volunteering at a bird rescue, helping heal wounded animals? Oh, I wish my time were being swallowed alive by something that valuable.
Instead….I sit at my phone, throwing angry computer birds at ugly little pigs who stole their eggs!
Angry Birds, for the few people on the planet who might not be playing it, is a computer game developed by the Finnish based gaming company Rovio. I bless and curse them in the same breath. I used to be hooked on Bejewled 2, now I can’t remember why I played the game. The Almost Wife plays it too. She downloaded it at my urging, and now we make an odd sight in our living room. Picture a couple sitting side by side, or even across the room, each with phone in hand. The only sounds in the room are crashing and chirping! I know I’m lucky though…most girlfriends would be annoyed instead of joining in!
This is probably the best game I’ve ever played, but I hesitate to recommend it. It’s like fireworks, Halloween smoke, and a really good makeout session all rolled into one! It’ll be tons of fun and ingest your day in one gulp at the same time.
For those among you who wish to take the leap, here’s their website. It’ll tell you where to find it. But don’t say I didn’t warn you…..