Tag Archives: app

Apple’s Notes App Review

I confess I am a bit extreme when it comes to loading apps onto my digital devices. Currently, I have 215 apps on my iPad and its 387 on my iPhone. I am constantly downloading new applications that do something new or solve a problem. Admittedly , I have never used some of the apps I have on my devices, but that doesnt stop me in my search to streamlining my workflow.

Apple has the reputation of improving their own apps to incorporate innovations from third-party apps. The built-in notes app has been updated recently to include enough features for me to get rid of four or five third party apps I have on my devices. The obvious advantage to using apples software is the way it integrates across all devices.

I always thought of the notes app as a glorified stickeys app. But it has grown up quite a bit in recent years. Now its capable of scanning and marking up documents, importing photos and PDFs, creating to do lists, and more. You can create folders and/or files that are password-protected for security as well.

For instance, last month I opened a new savings account and needed to sign a document to complete the process. My banker emailed me the document, I brought it into notes on my iPad, signed it with my Apple Pencil and emailed it back to her, all in about 10 minutes. A year ago that same process would have taken me almost a half hour and the use of two separate apps on my iPad.

I am a long time user and fan of Evernote. I am not quite ready to move everything over to Notes, but it is looking likely in the near future. I am able to scan receipts, business cards, and documents. I can create a password-protected folder to keep a copy of my license, insurance information, passport, and credit cards for instant access rather than having to hunt through pockets and wallets and file folders. The search capabilities are also first class in Notes so you can effortlessly find anything you have stored anywhere.

One of my favorite features on my iPad is that I can simply tap my pencil on screen, even if it is in sleep mode, and it will immediately open up to a new note, so I can get going that much faster.

If you search on You Tube you will find a variety of tutorials that go into great detail about all of the Notes features.

~Steve

I Can See It Now

I can see now…You don’t have to be old to have trouble reading small print. I started having trouble about 10 years ago and that’s when I started wearing glasses for the first time. But even with glasses, there are times I find I need a little extra help to read fine print. If you are always at your desk you can keep a magnifying glass in your drawer. But, what about all the other times?

 There is a very fast shortcut on your iPhone that will turn your camera into a magnifying glass so you can read that label or see anything up close. Here is what you need to do…

 Open settings on your iPhone, scroll down to accessibility, choose magnifier, and toggle magnifier to on. That’s it, from now on all you have to do is press the button on the right hand side of your iPhone three times and the camera will be activated and you will be able to read fine print up close. You are also able to zoom in more or zoom out. And the other great option is you can take a picture so you don’t have to sit and hold your phone like a magnifying glass. Just zoom in and take a picture and now you have a photo to be able to read and scroll around.

 The best part is you won’t have to ask anyone else to help you read fine print anymore, No one has to know, and I won’t tell.

~Steve

Best Aps For Staying Organized

Most of us have been working from home over these last weeks, trying to stay organized and by now notice that it probably hasn’t gone as expected. We most likely already made changes in our routines and the way we work.

One of the areas that cause made much anxiety when I first started working from home was what I will refer to as my filing system. An old manager of mine from years ago would say “there’s nothing wrong with my filing system, it’s my retrieval system that doesn’t work”.  That is a concept  that has stuck with me over time, because in reality there are not two systems, only one.

A filing system that will work does have to be thought out before hand. We have come a long way, because when I worked for that manager everything was on paper, and file folders, and filing cabinets. There was no such thing as a cell phone and computers were not something that every person had.

Now that most things are stored digitally, we have been presented with new challenges. Back then there was one filing cabinet where everything was kept, but today we have files and documents stored on our computers, iPads, mobile phones, and backup drives.  Trying to keep all of them in  synch can be daunting.

There are two apps that have simplified my life dramatically. The first is Dropbox and the second is Evernote.  Both apps will store any type of document or photo you can throw at them  and have strong search engines to be able to find documents by typing a word or phrase contained in a document.

The key is to create folders to store everything related to one another. For instance, in Dropbox I have a folder specifically for real estate forms, another for real estate clients, another one for personal items and another for company related information, to name a few. I will leave you to create your own filing system.  

I’m using Evernote  in a slightly different way. It’s searching capability is far stronger than drop boxes. I primarily use it for storing photos and hand written notes from my iPad.  The search engine is so powerful that it will find words in photos. For instance if I take a picture of a business card I can search for the person’s name or the company name and Evernote will find it within the picture.  I can also ask to find a word that I had written in a document on my iPad and it’ll find it. It seems almost magical that it can do that.

Both apps are free to use with basic functionality, which is enough for me, but have paid upgrades for more storage and additional capabilities.

 

~Steve

Don’t Let Dating Burn You Out

I have been divorced for almost 6 years and single for over two, if you get what I mean. After my last relationship I took a yearlong break from men, and what I literally mean by that is no dates, no random sex, the celibate life (well, except for some self-care, don’t judge, a woman has needs!!!)

People always say work on yourself, when you are happy alone, you’ll be ready to be with someone. So after the year, I was calm and happy so I decided to jump back in.

As a divorced woman with children and a full time job, is no lie that time is very limited. Since most my friends are married and none of them are jumping to introduce me to anyone, I had to turn into dating apps to find that special someone.

I have tried virtually every app out there, which I can compare and contrast for you next time. I honestly had to sit down last night to figure out how many first dates I have gone on, and how many turned into a second or third. I have to sadly report that my batting average is pretty low and for sure none have turned into a relationship.

I’ve tried dating older, my age, good looking, not so good looking, being flexible with my “must haves”. The end result is the same, I’ve struck out and I’m out.

So, I have decided to go back to my single “semi” celibate life. Call me a quitter, but a player needs to be able to know when to retire.

So for all of you still looking for “the one”, I give you some pointers so you don’t get burned out like I did:

Set a time to look at the apps – Looking at these apps can literally turn into a full time job ugh. Looking at profiles, messaging people, etc. It can also become addicting. Set a time to just do that once a day and then stop and live.

Date more than one guy at a time – I know for some of us that seems weird, but the truth is, until you are exclusive, men are probably doing the same. Also, this helps not to become so obsessed with one person and know that there are other interested men out there, he is got competition 😉

Do not be result oriented – This is a really hard one for me. I’m a successful career woman and I got there by setting goals and working towards them.  Dating does not work that way, trust me. So just meet these people and have fun and don’t fantasize about the future. If you start
putting milestones on your dating, you will not enjoy the experience.

Next time I will follow my own advice as I do believe dating can be fun, however for now I am going to bench myself for this season, perhaps I am not ready to retire after all.

See you in the trenches,

Mythologywoman

Tinder Loving Care-Ten Things Tinder Taught Me

TINDER LOVING CARE

By

P. Charlotte Lindsay

Single mom, writer, and community service maven seeks kind, compassionate, intelligent, funny man, steady in his life – to exchange witty banter, clever repartee, and perhaps see where it leads. Tall is a plus. I’m 5’11”.”

P. Charlotte’s Blurb

 

THE TEN THINGS TINDER TAUGHT ME…

It was a dire situation. Desperate even.

After fourteen years of marriage, commitment, hard work, and all things housewifely, I found out my man had another woman… for fourteen years.

BAM! All at once, I was single again.

After another year or three of crying about it, my friends, my family, even my children told me, “Enough! Time to move on.”

Problem was, I was a 45-­year­-old single mother of two who worked full-time. Not the best catch in LA’s sea of nubile young models and taught, budding actresses. Even worse, I had been on maybe a total of ten dates my entire life. You could count the number of men I’d slept with on three fingers.

Did I mention I was 45 and a single mom?

Nevertheless, one night my friend Peggy plied me with margaritas, teased my hair, painted my face, and dressed me up in all sorts of ‘so­ not­ me outfits.’ She took sexy pics, intellectual pics, and the requisite “sporty” pic. She fiddled at the computer, with my Facebook account, tinkered with my I-phone, and voilá – I was on Tinder.

Tinder is an “app.”

app |ap| noun

1. Abbreviation for “application.”

2. A small program that can be downloaded onto your phone with the help of a Peggy.

…And maybe the greatest invention of the 21st century, wherein with just a cell phone and the swipe of a finger, a 45-year-old woman can get a date… better yet, a 45-year-old single mom can get laid. (If that’s what she’s looking for).

At the time, I did not want to get laid.

I wanted to feel like a person again. Not a mom, or a broken heart. Not dog­-walker, or housekeeper, or neighbor, friend, boss, daughter, sister, writer… or anyone requiring any sort of need. I wanted to feel like my own separate self.

I wanted a man to sit across from me, in some sort of public space (preferably a restaurant) at some form of table (preferably at Chateau Marmont, but hell – I’d take Starbucks), with a beverage (other than water), and maybe even some food. (Am I pushing it?)

Then, I wanted this man to have a conversation with me wherein he would listen to me when I spoke, speak to me in turn, laugh with me, and I would feel pretty again.

In short, this man would pay attention to me.

Following, we would fall madly in love. He’d reveal he was a secret billionaire and ex­soccer star, who in his spare time worked to save orphans in Africa. He’d give me a massive diamond ring, and I’d drop twenty pounds from sheer joy (a yet to be discovered scientific diet-phenomenon), then we’d travel the world on his private jet and live happily ever after.

And this is exactly what I got….

Kinda…
Sorta…
Not really…

Well, not even close.
Stay with me. I’ll come back to this…

IG:  pcharlottelindsay
FB: P Charlotte Lindsay