Day One


I was reading a post on Brian Gardner’s blog and suddenly had the urge to blog about Day One. No, I can’t really explain why.

I’ve never been a big fan of journaling for reasons that include:

  • Why would I want to read my own musings?
  • If I actually wrote my private thoughts, I’m always worried that someone would eventually read it. If I don’t write my honest and private thoughts, then why bother?
  • Having the discipline to write in a journal daily.

But then again, I’m a sucker for apps, and the Day One iOS app has been winning quite a few awards, including the title of the 2012 Mac App of the Year. No easy feat.

The app is also currently being sold on a 40% discount, and I’m cheap, so there is that.

I had previously tried to journal from within Evernote, but as I’m unable to password-protect individual notebooks within Evernote, I don’t feel like my journal entries would be getting enough privacy there.

I wasn’t confident of keeping up the habit, but after using it steadily for over a week, all I can say is that I’m very satisfied with it. The fact that it’s designed for journaling works great for me. I’m able to enter multiple bite-sized entries daily, based on certain events or thoughts that I’m thinking.

Surprisingly I also received a nice comment on my old blog. Going through my post three years ago was strange, but it was also rather insightful, giving me a glimpse as to my thoughts back then. It further reaffirmed my hunch that I should continue to journal.

I’ve recently been reading Steven Aquino’s experiences with Day One, and it’s a pretty interesting read, which isn’t surprising, since his blog is pretty awesome. Check out his posts on Day One here, here, and here.

What else can I say? Get Day One. Start journaling.

Apple Evernote Tech

DocScanner For iOS: My Portable Scanner

I love scanning stuff

I’m a big fan of scanning things in order to reduce clutter. Some might argue that I’m merely converting physical clutter into digital clutter, but that’s a debate for another day. I’ve tried various methods to always have a portable scanner with me, including getting a non-branded version of the IRIScan Book 2. In the end, I always settled with using my iPhone’s camera for taking quick photos of stuff, and keeping the documents that needed to be scanned by an actual scanner until I got to my fiancée’s house, which had a Canon MX 426 multifunction printer.

Apple Doodles MadeWithPaper Tech

Switching between apps on the iPhone

It can't be that hard
It can’t be that hard

I’m not an designer, but I’m always curious why Apple doesn’t make a better way to switch between apps on the iPhone. Double-tapping the home button to bring up the app switcher tends to wear out the home button pretty quick.

Apple Tech

The Best Tablet Out There (Q4 2012)

Which tablet should I buy?
Which tablet should I buy?

I rarely blog, but nowadays when I do, it’s to write down an answer to a question that people tend to ask me, so that I don’t have to keep re-typing my answer, and can point people to this post instead. It’s amazing how much effort a lazy person can put into getting out of tedious work.

Anyways, I’ve got a few friends and relatives asking me which tablet should they get. As always, I never like to give a straight answer for this, as a proper answer would involve many factors, such as their budget, usage patterns etc. I’ve listed some of the key points below that will hopefully help whoever is reading this can purchase the right tablet. I strongly disagree with people who like to recommend someone product X without asking how they intend to use it. How comfortable would you be if you went to your doctor and asked (without being examined) if you should take medication, and his answer is that you should take 2 aspirins every hour?

So let’s get started. Here are a few factors that I think you should consider before purchasing your tablet:

Apple Evernote Tech

Evernote 5 for iOS: First Impressions

Evernote 5
It was only about a week ago that Evernote teased an update to Evernote for iOS, with a new interface being one of the main features. Now Evernote 5 is finally here, and I took it for a spin. Here are my initial impressions after fiddling with it for less than a day.