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My Favorite iPhone Apps

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The other day I tweeted this:

That led a friend of mine to ask for some app recommendations since I had a lot of them.  I spent some time putting together a long email and figured it was good stuff, so I decided to re-create it here.  I was also correct:  @pennymoxie had 101.  Enjoy!


First off, I’m notoriously frugal…some may say cheap…and don’t buy many apps.  Just feel like there’s so much out there that’s free, why pay for apps?  That said, I have bought a few.  Here goes:

  • Pocket – This is my new favorite.  It integrates with apps like Twitter and lets you save to read later.  I have it on my computer’s browser, too, and then I read articles from it on my iPad.
  • Zite – Some folks love this news app.  It pulls content you tell it to and then it brings in related stories.  You can rate what you read so it should get better and better.
  • Instagram – It’s just flat out fun.
  • Cardstar – Store all of your store membership cards electronically.  No more crap on your keychain.  This app rocks.
  • GasBuddy – Finds the cheapest gas wherever you are (remember, I’m frugal).
  • GreatClips – If you’re frugal like me and don’t care where you get your haircut, this app rocks.  Just fire it up and it shows you all of the GreatClips around you plus their wait times.  Click one of them and you’re added to the waiting list.  It truly reduces your wait, especially when you’re bringing your two boys with you, too…
  • Most airline apps – Some of them allow you to have your boarding pass on your phone so no more printing out paper.
  • Pandora – it’s just awesome.
  • Shazam – Don’t recognize a song?  Shazam it for 10 seconds and it will tell you what song it is.  Pretty amazing.
  • IntoNow – Same thing but for television.  I’ve used this at hotels when I don’t have the digital guide.
  • Roku – Use your iPhone as your remote or to display your photos from your phone on your TV.
  • 100 Floors – It’s a puzzle game.  I love it.
  • Evernote – If you don’t use Evernote, you should.
  • PNC Mobile – RBC got bought by PNC and the best thing about it is that their iPhone app lets you snap pictures of the front and back of checks to make a deposit.  No more visits to the ATM to deposit the $32 your wife’s girlfriends gave her for dinner at that sushi place.
  • 360 Panorama – Only paid app on the list.  It’s so damn cool.  I took this panorama pic.
  • Lowes – Just got this one last weekend.  It links your MyLowes account with your phone and stores all of your purchases.  So, a year from now when you need to go pick up air filters for your new home, you’ll be able to see what you bought previously.  It also will handle returns.  Really well done by them..
  • Fooducate – Learn about the food you eat.  It’s scary but informative.
  • GroceryIQ – Scan your groceries and they automatically get added to your shopping list.  You can link accounts, too, so when you finish the mustard and scan it, your wife will automatically see it added to the list on her phone.
  • Moes, Chipotle and Jimmy Johns – All allow you to order food directly from the app.  Pretty slick.
  • Google – I’ve got 8 different Google apps.  All of them are handy:  Voice, Drive, Gmail, Authenticator (creates code if you use 2-step verification), Google (just a search app – but has the uber cool “Goggles” in which you take a picture and that’s your search query.  I took a picture of the skyline of Vegas and it brought me to relevant sites.  Blew my mind.), Chrome, Maps, YouTube.
  • BeepBoop – LOVE this app.  It’s a behavior reward/incentive thing for your kids.  You specify a goal (e.g. 20 points and your kid gets to go bowling).  When he/she does something good, they get a beep (1 point).  The app screams out, “BEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPP!!!”. They do something bad, they get a boop (minus 1 point).  The app says in a deep, dark voice, “Booooooooooopppppp!”  It can sync across phones, too, so when your kid helps you unload the dishwasher, you give him a beep.  When he hits his sister, your wife can give him a boop and both of your phones will update.
  • BONUS – This isn’t an app I downloaded but the default Reminders app that comes on the iPhone.  You can set it up to remind you of tasks when you arrive at a location.  So, I’m out doing something and I think, “Crap.  Forgot to call my mom.”  So I set the reminder and have it remind me when I get home.  When I pull into the driveway, the phone vibrates and tells me to call mom.  You can do it for multiple locations and anywhere you want.  It’s great.

Speaking of Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Being the first Saturday of the month, I got the kids in the car and went to the local Home Depot for their Kids’ Workshop.  This is where the store supplies a small kit to make a bird house, trivet or something along those lines.  We got there around 10:30 (the event lasts 9:00AM – 12:00PM) but as soon as we walked in, the greeter told us they were all out of kits.  The kids were disappointed but I figured we’d head over to another Home Depot.  We got there and quickly found where they were holding it.  We walk about to the woman at the activity desk (it’s now about 11:15) and she informs us that they’re all out of kits.

Usually I have nothing but good things to say about this program.  It’s teaching the kids to do things for themselves, let’s them see the product of their labor and is great daddy/kids time.  And the kids have become quite fond of Home Depot.  Not today.  All of us were mightily disappointed.  I can understand one place being out, but two, c’mon.  Home Depot is better than that.

On the news

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

I was on the news this week…

Interesting person

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Today I met an impressive, older gentleman. The man struck me as a self-made entrepreneur that has had a lot of success in his life. I just happened to Google him and found his LinkedIn page. I didn’t think he would even be on there, but he was.  Check out the screenshot from his profile:

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Perhaps this gentleman is a little bit more plugged in than I realized.

Clown threats

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

This really made me laugh.  The picture accompanying the story is hilarious.

Doesn’t “Ignore” make them go away?

Friday, December 5th, 2008

There is apparently someone from college that knows me.  I don’t know her.  I don’t remember her name.  Her picture doesn’t even ring a bell.  Yet, I have received about 8 Facebook requests to become her friend.  I have ignored her about, oh, 8 times.  Why does she keep coming at me like that horror movie character that never dies?  Why does Facebook keep allowing her to friend me?  I feel digitally harassed.

Beard Update, Part Deux

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

It’s gone.

Beard Update

Monday, December 1st, 2008

I’m growing my winter beard for the first time in 8 years.  Today is 11 days since I started and it’s “coming in nicely”, as a co-worker put it.  It’s certainly more gray than last time.  I’d estimate it’s 18% gray.  Perhaps it would be better stated 82% dark.  Laura doesn’t like it.  Ben likes it, but doesn’t want me to tickle him with it.  Jack has no opinion yet.  I’m undecided.  Pictures to follow.

UPDATE:  My brother wants to know where my cabin in the woods is hidden.


From Beard

Tonight’s dinner

Monday, October 27th, 2008

This was tonight’s dinner.  So.  Friggin’.  Good.

Not again…

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Guess who got poison oak all over his face?  Today I went to the dermatologist and have a bunch of creams and medicines.  My face is swollen, blotchy and red.  It’s horrible.  I was pulling stuff out of the yard this weekend.  I really need to stop working in the yard.