iPhone Twitter Application Roundup

OK, maybe not a round up. I’ve tried two. Twitteriffic and Tweet Deck.

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I’ve used Twitteriffic as my primary twitter application since it came out. It sports a clean interface. Allows you to manage multiple accounts and color codes posts in such a way that they have context.

TweetDeck is a newcomer. If you are familiar with the desktop Tweet Deck, they try to create the multi-pane window effect on the iPhone. This I’m sure was a challenging UI design. For me, it just doesn’t work. If your primary twitter device is an iPhone and you are a hard-core user than this application might be better for you.

My verdict for now is Twitteriffic.

Location Based iPhone Weather Application

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One of the things that always bugged me about Apple’s Weather application is it didn’t know where I was. If I’m travelling in some location and want to know the weather I have to go through the hassle of setting up a city.

That frustration led me to check out the Weather application from The Weather Channel. It does a lot more than what I need and is a great tool for hard core weather junkies. It does provide two click access to weather in my current location. A feature I love.

Check it out and let me know if you know of a better weather application.

Keep track of your loyalty cards with Card Star

Card Star is an application that keeps track of your loyalty cards.
I was one of the thousands of people that helped propel this application into the top slots in the iTunes store. It was featured in an Apple ad and I grabbed it.

The point is that you never have to remember your loyalty cards, enter the data and when you go to a store, recall it, and the merchant can scan you iPhone screen. Neat idea. I don’t have enough loyalty cards that I care to go through the hassle of entering them.

Faces – Great iPhone Speed Dial Application

In this first of a continuing series of articles of iPhone Apps I’ve tried. I’m doing a quick write-up of Faces. Faces gives you one button access to a list of favorite phone numbers. It’s called faces because the buttons in the user interface can consist of pictures of the people you want to call.

This is my goto dial application. I don’t use the iPhone Phone app directly for most of my calling. All of my friends and family are in Faces.

Easy way to track time spent on projects

I’ve used a few different project management programs, my current favorite is Basecamp. However, Basecamp wants to treat everything as a project and gets in your way if you want to track time spent on tasks that are not bound to a specific project. Slim Timer Logo

Today, for example, I need to track some time spent on a one-off task for a client. It’s pretty close-ended, I’ll do the work, send the hours spent to accounting and I’m done. Creating a Basecamp project for this would be overkill.

As a software nerd, the thought of just using a stop watch seems sacrilegious so I opted to search for an appropriate piece of software that would allow me to time unbounded tasks.

Enter SlimTimer. SlimTimer is a web application which allows you to quickly create time bounded tasks. Sign-up is quick and (as near as I can tell) free.

Once you create an account, you can begin creating tasks in a tiny (think Slim) pop-up window. When tasks are activated, a timer starts. Close the window, the timer stops. So far this seems to do exactly what I need.

If that was all the application could do then all I did was find a web 2.0 stop watch. The really cool thing is the reporting. SlimTimer allows you to generate invoices, timesheets or more generic reports showing the time spent on a series of tasks.

You can then take these reports, and print them or export them to CSV, handy if you need to send this to someone else.

If you need a quick way to time tasks, give SlimTimer a test drive.

[tags]productivity,project management,web2.0[/tags]

Dead simple VPN with Hamachi

I recently was looking for a way to get files off of my home PC from my office when I came across Hamachi. Hamachi is a “zero-config” VPN which when installed, allows you to link computers across the internet in a secure, virtual local area network.

I installed the client on my home PC and office PCs. Their claim of zero config is spot on. I merely had to give the PCs my account name and they found each other on the internet.

Once connected, I could do everything to my home machine that I could do on my house local area network. Browse shares, access my Subversion server, even use the Windows remote desktop to operate my home machine from my office.

VPNs used to be the realm of IT departments and businesses looking for a way to connect their road warriors. It was difficult to install and slow. Hamachi has leveled the playing field making it available for consumers.