Category: Tech

Technology and how the world interacts with it.

iOS 7 is Beyond Gorgeous

There are advantages to being married to an app developer… I mean, I suppose he could have put iOS 7 on his phone, but it IS a beta version after all. What if there were a major, major problem at the office and his phone randomly decided to stop ringing? I mean, it’s a beta! You never know what interesting problems you will encounter when installing a beta version of any OS. My wonderful husband had just pushed an app update out for his flagship app and since that app is now making money and paying for his developer account, and we have handed down our previous test devices to our college age children for their daily use, it just made sense that he use my phone as a test device. I have the internet. There are a million ways to get in touch with me that do not require my iPhone, besides I wanted to write this blog post.… [Read More]

Review: Three Apps and a Stylus

I’ve always used my iPad without a stylus. When they first came out, various and sundry types of styluses were put out as an accessory for the iPad and I wasn’t a fan. The end of the stylus often broke off after use for a short amount of time and everything out there felt weird. I figured I could do better without one, and did for a while.

Then I dove head first into writing a fantasy novel large enough in scope and scale to require maps.

Drawing is not my forte, but sometimes, you need a map! I struggled with pencil and paper to complete two maps for the book and still had more maps to create and got frustrated with drawing them on paper. So, I figured, “Why not try a sketching app on my iPad?”

I tried three before I found one I liked for the purpose.

Paper by Fifty-Three for iPadPaper by Fifty Three: Paper comes with two sketch books in it.… [Read More]

My “Go-To” Mac Apps

You have to understand where all of this comes from to really get why this list of Mac apps is what it is. I left PCs behind in 2008. I was tired, so sick and tired, of not being able to get stuff done. I spent more time working on making my computer work than I did on actually working on work. It’s funny how things have changed in five years. I don’t use my computer as much as I used to. I do ninety percent of what needs doing from my iPhone or my iPad. My Mac has been relegated to a primary purpose of “writing tool.” I write blog posts on my Mac, I do a lot of my research on my Mac because I’m just faster at doing it with a computer.

A lot of these apps are also available for the iPad and iPhone, but some of them aren’t and they are the reason that I’m not ready to dump my laptop just yet.… [Read More]

Just Grid It

Back in the day, I had one of those day planners. I kept everything in it. Business cards, coupons, appointments, you name it. Honestly, it didn’t work all that great because it didn’t bitch at me enough. I still never got to my appointments on time. I felt horrible because I was perpetually late to everything. The analog life was not for me. I didn’t find an organizer and life planner that really worked for me until I got my first cell phone with a calendar feature and now that I have an iPhone with Reminders, I get a lot more done than I ever did without it.

Organization isn’t just about keeping track of appointments and that’s something that you’ll become aware of when your kids get older and you’re realizing that you probably won’t stay in the house you raised them in because it’s just too big for you and your spouse to live in alone.… [Read More]

Random Gemini’s Definitive iPad App List

I get asked a lot of questions about iPad apps. The most common one being, “What apps should I buy?” The answer is, “It depends on what you do.”

Since I’m not you, I can’t tell you which apps you will need to make your life with iPad a happy, excellent and most wonderful place filled with sunshine, daisies and superlative enlightenment. What I can do though, is share with you the apps that make my life better. I’m a writerly type, I take lots of photos and spend a lot of time fiddling around on social networks. I’m also a mother of two teenagers and three dogs. My life can get quite hectic at times. There are days when I look at my iPad and want to kiss it because it made dinner easier to put together, or it minimized the amount of hassle I had to go through to exchange information on when appointments were with my husband and the kids.… [Read More]