With the ubiquity of technology in our time, have you ever noticed the quirky little ways people use their devices and apps? When I speak to people who don’t consider themselves “techie”, in particular, one funny thing I’ve noticed is how clever they often are at subverting an app’s intended purpose to meet their own needs, just like “techie” people always are. So many folks don’t realize how “techie” they actually are simply because they haven’t self-designated themselves as such. In a time when it’s normal for a suburban, middle-class adolescent to own a $1000 phone, I feel we should all start to realize and embrace our inner Digital Jedi.
People often ask me how I manage to juggle middle classing, suburbaniting, professionalizing, bum-wiping, and blogging while still catching at least a quarter of each Raptors game. Two words: #MyWorkflow. I thought I’d take a sec to share it with you, and I’m hoping some of you will be inclined to follow suit with the hashtag #MyWorkflow. Note that none of the following companies have paid me with either money or Yakitori to endorse their products.
The #MyWorkflow series is where I share fun and/or useful little ways that I’m using technology that may or may not be unexpected. Full disclosure: I use Apple devices so I apologize if my posts occasionally ignore all the great things Android, PC, Chromebook, Ubuntu and other devices can do. Please post your own #MyWorkflow, tag me on it, and I’d be happy to share with others. See the rest of my posts in the series here.
iMessaging Stuff To Myself
I doubt a day passes in my life where I don’t send myself a file via iMessage. The other day, I even copied and pasted a procedure I looked up online into my own iMessage just because it was the swiftest way for me to read it. Sure, sometimes iMessage acts very weird, but, like a good dog, I accept its oddities and appreciate its loyalty.
Using Contacts Sync
My brother from another mother Wahid Khan recommended this app to me, and it is a must for my family. If you use gmail on Apple devices, I don’t see how you wouldn’t consider it a lifesaver for consolidating and syncing all of your contacts across devices.
Editing Video for Instagram
“What crazy man loves making 16 second videos?” you ask? Me. I love the constraints of that timing, and adore the platform on which it can be shared.
Saving Great Sites and Blogs to my iPhone Homescreen
I read so much online content, and mostly on my phone. Although Feedly helps me immensely in keeping track of my favourite blogs and sites, I’ve found some sites either don’t work well as an RSS feed or are simply more pleasant to read directly on their sites. That’s why I have folders on my iPhone full of sites saved to home screen.
Screenflow for Screen Recording
I’ve used many a screen casting tool over my time, but Screenflow takes the cake. It just works. It’s so intuitive that my children learned quickly how to create screen recordings for their YouTube channels. I especially love the way it doubles as a movie editing software.
Spacers in my Mac Desktop Dock
It’s such a little thing, but I can’t even imagine not being able to separate the app icons on my Mac dock like you see in the screenshot of my desktop at the top of this post. Similar to app folders on a phone, it’s a great way to categorize your apps. Got a hack or an app of your own to share? Let me know in the comments below.