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Back in my “Open Loops 10/18/2011: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along”, I mentioned an article from Lifehack called “Why and How I Went on an App Diet”. I knew, deep down, that I needed to do this as well. My iPod Touch was crammed with apps that I never used and I was having trouble finding things.
I spent some time clearing things out, and here is my list of 15 apps:
- Weatherbug. I use this application to help me track not only the forecasts, but to let me know when there is severe weather. There are other apps that do this, but I find their severe weather warnings are not as prompt.
- MyKeepass. I use Keepass at home and on my thumb drive to track my passwords. MyKeepass is the best option I found to have that data with me on the go.
- Flashlight. If you need a light source when the power suddenly goes out, Flashlight is a good choice. This app has saved many a jammed toe as I try to find my way around a pitch-black house.
- Remember The Milk. This app is one that hooks me up to my task powerhouse Remember The Milk. I like this app because even though it links to a web application, you do not have to have an active web connection to use it. You can work locally and it will synch when it has a connection.
- Use Your Handwriting Gold. The tiny keyboard on the Touch makes it difficult for me to take a quick note. With this app I can write with my finger – essentially drawing a note- and email it to myself for processing.
- Awesome Note. this was one of the first apps I purchased, and I use it frequently. It pulls a subset of Google Docs down to my Touch. Since Google Docs is where I store things like birthdays, equipment specs and other lists, I have these with me everywhere.
- NFL Fantasy. I’m currently playing Fantasy Football, this app allows me to view scores, arrange my team and trade players without having to drag my computer down in fro of the television.
- Ambiance. I have written before about how I use ambient sound in order to concentrate. This app allows me to download various tracks to block out noise.
- iChakra. This app is a beautiful set of sounds that are intended to balance chakras. I bought it because of the singing bowls, but I find the chanting captivating. I find that listening to the chants brings my stress levels way down. I have come to rely on this app as a stress-reliever
- iPeriod. Keeping track of my monthly cycles, with email reminders. ‘Nuff said.
- Kindle. While I do own a Kindle, I use the Kindle app when I am at work and want something to read over lunch. It’s harder to read from, and I have to “turn pages” more often, but it’s better than nothing.
- Book Crawler. I have been keeping track of what I have read since the late 80s. Book Crawler allows me to know what I have read, what I want to read, and what I thought of a particular book.
- WordPress. While I don’t often blog from my iPod, sometimes I need to do things. WordPress makes it possible.
- Office Zombie. There is an app called Office Jerk, where you get to throw things at an annoying co-worker. The same company came out with a version where the coworker is a zombie. It’s absolutely hilarious, and I love throwing things at him.
- Shralp Tide. I live in an area where tidal flooding is a problem. With Shralp Tide I can check to see what the tides are going to be like and avoid areas that are prone to everyday tidal flooding. This means the difference between driving on high ground or driving through water up to my doors.
Now I did keep some extra apps on the device. They are applications I could live without, but I do use them frequently:
- Handy Level. My husband always forgets to put the level in the camper bag. So we get to a camp site and we have no way to make the pop-up camper somewhat level. This app solves the problem.
- Sally’s Spa. This is a fun little game where you get to run a spa.
- Nebulous. I like this DropBox client because I can hold files locally and not need an active connection to get the information.
- Bump. When my daughter got her iPod Touch, we tried this out as a way to share photos and addresses. She loves the built-in messaging feature.
- Pain Killer. I don’t often get migraines, and I have medicine for when I do, but there is still that excruciating time in between when they strike and when the medicine starts to work. Pain Killer plays a low-level frequency that does take the edge off the pain.
- Koi Pond. This one is just cute. It is a fish pond filled with koi, and you can feed them and disturb the water. It also has a sleep timer on it, and I have used it as a way to relax before bed.
- Read It Later. The mobile version of the application. It has problems that I find grossly annoying, but I will use it in a pinch.
- EZ Feeds. This feed reader allows me to read on the go. Mostly I process the articles into ReadItLater.
There’s my list. That is what I have on my iPod at the moment.
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