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iPhone ToDo list as Loan system

Over the years I have loaned out assorted DVDs and books, then totally forgotten who has what. Indeed just 2 days ago a friend returned 3 DVDs and a book. And I swear I had no idea they had them.

I had flagged the idea of looking for a specialty ‘loan manager’ application for the iPhone (iPod Touch).  One where I could record the key info (media type, media name, person, date loaned).  With thousand and thousands of apps out there, surely there would be a little database one to do this.

And then it hit me. Why bother?

The very flexible Ultimate ToDo program I have already purchased can do exactly that.  With its Tags, Project and Context item.values (in reality these are all meta-data) it’s really already a Database. And it can sync back to the web-based Toodledo.  As a bonus, the Ultimate ToDo iPhone app now supports iPhone Contacts, so it’s easy to select the name of the person who is borrowing the item.

Basically I just have a new grouping (“Context”) called Loans Outbound. And a few new Tags like DVD, Book etc. Then I add the ToDo item with the persons Name (“Reference Contact”) and Date borrowed (as text in the “Note” value, only for reference…I guess you could use the Due Date if you wanted to),  plus the Context and Tag.  And all done.

Both the iPhone app and the Toodledo then let me quickly look at my Loans Outbound view. Smart stuff.  

Podcast List – August 2009

Here’s the updated list of the podcasts I listen too, most found via iTunes or the ABC web site.  These are audio-only, so ABC means ABC Radio, usually Radio National. Major changes in the year since I last did this list include:

  • ABC Radio now offering individual story podcasts. A year ago you had to grab the entire (say) 1 hour episode of Late Night Live or the Science Show. Whilst you can still do that, they now offer a 2nd ‘per show’ podcast feed; the individual stories of that show. You can pick (download) only the stories you are interested in.
  • ABC Radio now has subject-based podcast feeds. As per above, if LNL does an individual story with a science focus, that is also added to ABC Radio Nationals (new) science feed. Along with stories/episodes from other shows. So this single feed covers multiple shows.

Both changes are just excellent. I appreciate the effort and use them many times a week. Thanks ABC! 

Must Gets: Every Episode downloaded

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iPhone Apps I use

Late August 2009 list. Plus I actually have an iPod Touch, not an iPhone, so none of these (below) reply on GPS/compass, 3G nor camera. I use  WiFi for my Internet connectivity, both at home and hotspots when out.

One big thing for me is synchronisation; having my data available in more than one place. I really like the convenience and flexibility this gives me. If I see a good book/movie/wine/song or anything, I can record the information about it on the iPod then have it available back on the (home) browser etc.  Ditto if I think of something I need to do, someone to email, a general idea etc.

Ones I use virtually every day (non-games)

Contacts, Calendar and Mail are built-in apps. All sync with my Google account.

Byline gives me article summaries (aka RSS feeds). More than that, it syncs with Google Reader. Tried free version, loved it and brought full version.

Related to this is Instapaper. On PC browser I see an article I want to read later,  I click on the Read Later link/button in Firefox and Instapaper saves just the text from the article per se ..and later I synch with the iPod to read the story when I want. No net connection needed after synch! Nice.  Tried free version and bought full version.

WiFi Trak. Enhances built in function of finding and managing WiFi connections. Worth the small purchase price.

Metlink.  Train, trams and bus timetables. Smart search. Favourite (stops) with ‘next service’ etc etc.  Started as an independent app, now ‘officially’ supported by the Met people. Free and a must have.

Shopper.  A very useful app for managing shopping lists. Not free, but I use it regularly, mainly for Coles. Over time you can build up your own data; what items cost and what aisles they are in for a given store. Easy to sort by aisle. When not in store it’s quick to – then and there – do the ‘I need cereal’ stuff.  Easy to work out if you hit the magic $30 petrol-discount number too.

Evernote.  As they say “Remember Everything – Capture what you like. Find it when you want”.  Browser, stand-alone and iPhone versions all talk to each other. This is where i keep my general info (aka notes to self), list of things to buy/read/drink, plus I will use the ‘capture’ tool on the PC to grab (part of) a page, text and graphics, then it can be synched to the iPhone. Nice.

Ultimate Todos. Google have just started up a To Do list system. Still not enough function for me, so I use the web-based Toodledo. Ultimate Todos is cheap and works very well  with Toodledo.

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Interesting Songs: April 25th 2008

Don’t mind a bit of heavy, rock-oriented dance music. Yes, this comes from a proud owner of the late 70′s single Death to Disco….

Last Train To Trancentral (The KLF, 1991)
Who knows what all the samples and references mean, this was a great, fast-paced dance song. Clip at You Tube.  From the team that bought you Doctorin’ the Tardis too.

Blue Monday [Techno remix] (Orgy)
Hard and heavy re-doing of this classic dance number. Play loud. Clip at You Tube.

Out of Control (Chemical Brothers)
Wow. First time I heard this, it just grabbed me. The full, album version has a great instrumental break too. You Tube clip.

Interesting Songs: April 25th 2008

Don’t mind a bit of heavy, rock-oriented dance music. Yes, this comes from a proud owner of the late 70′s single Death to Disco….

Last Train To Trancentral (The KLF, 1991)
Who knows what all the samples and references mean, this was a great, fast-paced dance song. Sample at last.fm From the team that bought you Doctorin’ the Tardis too.

Blue Monday [Techno remix] (Orgy)
Hard and heavy re-doing of this classic dance number. Play loud. Clip at You Tube.

Out of Control (Chemical Brothers)
Wow. First time I heard this, it just grabbed me. The full, album version has a great instrumental break too. You Tube clip.