Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Good morning

It’s been quite a while, my life has gotten pretty busy, and I love it, I haven’t had time to write much, but I really like when I do.

My domain renewal is coming up within a month and I’m just not sure if I should renew it, or just let it go and stop blogging.

I’m just looking to see I guess if there is any interest in my blog posts at all, or should I just fold up shop.

Let me know in the comments or in a replay on Twitter or anywhere you know how to get a hold of me.

Thanks!!

Switchin It Up

So this week I made a switch, I went from my iPhone 11 Pro Max to an iPhone 11 Pro. I am absolutely in love!

I had forgotten how much I love the smaller form factor, I hated how the the max was to deal with, mind you I’m 6’5 with very large hands, so that wasn’t really an issue, for me the issues were how big, bulky and heavy it was, putting it my pocket, I don’t wear really baggy pants so that was a pain, having it with me when I run, it was too heavy and bulky, plus reaching all the way up to the top row of the phone was tough one handed.

With the 11 pro I get all the same benefits, just a smaller screen, the battery life is amazing, not as good as the max, but close, the weight of the phone is awesome, very light, I have brought it with me on runs, and it’s great, and I can reach everything easily. Easily use it one hand or two. I also got the green one, which I had wanted when I preordered the max, but I was too chicken to get.

Normally I upgrade every year in sept when the new phone is offered, but I hated the form factor of the max so much that I payed it off and then upgraded, I sold it quickly on swappa, which was a seamless and easy process and it sold in a day, I highly recommend it.

These are the reasons besides the form factor that I upgraded this early, and just some of my thoughts on what might happen later this year, so for me I’m going to try and skip and upgrade cycle this year, with a year of financial uncertainty in front of us I thought it might be a good idea, and I can’t imagine a better phone to stick with for that time than the 11 pro, also if I don’t decide to just stick with this phone, everything I’m hearing points to a November launch for the new phone, and I wonder how many they will have available at launch time, and then if you don’t get one, maybe Jan? And then if people can’t get one are they going to buy the pros?

Here are just some thoughts I have been pondering, also part of me wonders if with factories being shut for months, how much did that put Apple behind? Will they focus less on quality to get product out the door? Will there be a hardware issue? With this 11 Pro I know I’m getting the best of Apple, and if I don’t decide to upgrade this will be a solid, great phone for the next two years

iMessage and I

Around 10 years or so ago, I got invited into a group DM chat with some people I met on Twitter, I had always loved apple, tech and apps etc, but this was really the first time I was exposed to the many others that shared my same interests.

That also ignited something inside me that had wanted to create my own group like that, my own chat community, so I did.

I believe the first one started in twitter itself as well, or possibly it may have been slack, either way over the next ten years or so, the group I had created moved and tried every chat app out there. I mean ALL of them. Every time a new chat app came out, we tried it, anytime a chat app had an update, we tried it.

In doing so I realized that running a chat group with many different people was a lot harder then it looked, especially for someone who has some anxiety issues.

I would get DMs from people, “hey I don’t like telegram, let’s try WhatsApp”, or “hey, let’s use slack it has all the different channels”, or “hey, that’s cool if you guys wanna use WhatsApp but I won’t because I don’t like Facebook”, or “hey Twitter is cool but I use a third party twitter app so I can’t see group chats”.

Day in and day out there would be at least one person bitching or adding comments, and then as I had anxiety I would just listen to that one person and move the whole group, or shut everything down, I have done that more times than I can count, people will message me and say where did the group go, and I have deleted it, alienating people and featuring the groups, even though that didn’t really do much to help my anxiety because then everyone would message me, “where did the group go?”, “you’re selfish, why not just delete the apps off your phone?” And I was made to fell why should I worry about my needs when I could just delete the app and keep the groups open, the truth is when I did that, I would get FOMO fear of missing out and then eventually come back.

So here I was last weekend, in the same boat, people wanting to use one app or another, still getting DMs etc, my anxiety through the roof, in addition to everything else that’s going on in society right now.

So that’s when it hit me, I messaged a few people I talk to in the chat groups all the time, and I said I wanna have an iMessage group are you interested. And for the most part people said yes, there were a few I was interested in keeping more contact with that said no, but there is nothing I can do about that.

I started using it on sat and I have to say it’s been great, I can still keep in touch with the people I talk with most often, and being a small group it’s easy to stay caught up, everyone’s talking, and participating, because in most large chat groups if you have 300 people only a few chat, most just consume, and the ones that only consume and don’t participate and usually the first ones to complain about something, or have an issue, so nobody is bitching about moving from this app to another, and it’s working great.

I should have done this years ago, the only small issues are supposedly being addressed in iOS 14, a chat marker, so you know where you left off and the ability to @ people in a group chat.

So in closing, I won’t be using chat apps anymore, im much less stressed, I’m not anxious that I’m missing out on anything, and I’m glad I have met all of you guys, I’ll be talking with you via iMessage or via Twitter in the future.

Thoughts

I have been super busy trying to prepare for quarantine the last couple of weeks. I haven’t been writing much, I haven’t been on my social media, or engaging in my chatgroups as much as normal. I will be trying to change this behavior ASAP. I still have a lot of topics I would like to write about, and I’m working on those now, and I’m starting to interact more in other places. I hope you all stay safe in this challenging time.

Chat App Chaos

For years I have hosted a group chat about Apple, apps, tech, homescreens etc. The group has changed names plenty of time, and has changed members quite a few times over the years as well.

It has also changed apps that we use a lot, probably more times then users would like.

We have tried them all, from flash in the pan like that yahoo messenger, to Twitter group DM chats, to skype, Slack, Google Hangouts, the other google chat app, Groupme, Signal, iMessage, you name it.

It really always boils down to two apps and two distinct sets of people who love each app and won’t use the other.

There are the Telegram users, Telegram is an amazing app, it does everything you want a chat app to do and more, the negatives for myself is connectivity, it has that problem a lot, and sometimes I think it’s going to suffer from bloat, because I don’t think it knows whether it wants to be a fun social chat app or a more business focused chat app. Looks wise it’s beautiful and functionally soild though. The users who use this app generally don’t like to use a different app.

Then there are the WhatsApp users, WhatsApp is a solid app, it is the most used chat app around, it is fully featured, the look is a little dated, but it’s rock solid and I have never had any connectivity issues. It’s very slow to implement new features, and it’s biggest turn off to people is that it’s owned by Facebook. Which admittedly can be a huge turn off to some people who don’t use Facebook or are worried about privacy issues.

I tried using a Twitter DM as a happy medium but so many people hate the stock twitter app and use a 3rd party Twitter app that that wasn’t a solution either.

It always essentially boils down to these two groups of people who prefer one app or the other. And then inevitably it gets stressful to me, because when people are just chatting in a group that I have worked hard to put together what no one sees is the DMs from people saying I wish we were in Telegram, I wish we were in WhatsApp, I wish we were in Slack, then I get in my own head and think, would we get more people here? Or would we get more people there and I get stressed out and I just shut down. I say fuck it, it’s not worth my mental stress worrying about all these people when I have other things in my life to worry about, why let something fun be stressful. So then I delete all the chats and vanish for a while, then wash, rinse, repeat. It’s a never ending cycle.

What I realized now, is that maybe I will end the group chats altogether, not right now but someday, and that I can’t make everyone happy. But I am going to pick an app to stick with and keep that group and for people who wanna join great, and for people who don’t I’ll see ya some other way. And if you DM me about wishing you were in another app or bashing the current app, I’m gonna delete ya, and unfriend ya, because it’s not worth my mental stress.

And if you are interested in joining our group, please hit me up on Twitter at @Jasonmendeloff and I can add you.

Health And Fitness Apps

Over the years I have tried to use a number of health and fitness apps only to realize the things they were trying to get me to do I did already.

I have tried to keep Waterminder installed multiple times over the years, it’s an amazing app and top of its game for what it does but what I realized is I already drink a ton of water a day and when it reminded me I never acted on it I just swiped away the notification and then eventually deleted the app because I found it redundant.

I have tried many calorie tracking apps over the years Calory , My Fitnesspal, Lose It! , all with the same result, I would never remember to log my food and it was a tedious process, again, all great apps but I realized I meal prepped every week and I ate as healthy as I could so I didn’t really need that either, also as I am eliminating subscriptions that was another one I could remove.

I tried Zero which is an intermittent fasting app, again great design and very useful for a lot of people but what I found was that I ate at dinner every night and then didn’t eat again till breakfast every day, and it was consistent, so I didn’t really need an app to track that.

I tried Oak which is a meditation app, it’s great but for me I found 20 or 30 mins of yoga when I was feeling stressed worked out great for me.

I tried Zones which is an intensity tracking app, again, I got all the same data pretty much in workouts and sometimes I had issues with syncing, so I deleted that as well

I tried most of the heart tracking apps, some were good others not so much but I found that the heart rate app and the info in the health app was sufficient for me, I suffer from indigestion induced AFib so that’s an important one for me and When I am in AFIb I download Heartwatch but it hasn’t been updated in over a year so I don’t really keep it downloaded unless I’m in AFib.

I tried all the sleeping tracking apps as well and AutoSleep is by far the best IMO I have that downloaded and will keep it downloaded, I check and use it daily.

So for me I found that the less apps I have the easier my life is to manage, and that I kept apps around for no reason and didn’t really use them, and that I can manage a lot of health related things without relying on an app. Others are not that way, and these are all great apps and if they help you that’s fantastic but I’m finding I actually use less and less apps on a daily basis so I have been purging the ones that are non useful for me.

Instagram

I have recently shifted spending a lot of time on tech to spending a lot of time researching health related items, workouts, healthy eating, sleep effects.

In my research my wife pointed me to Instagram, now for my social media use people know I’m a twitterholic, and I used Facebook to keep up with local events and my family and friends, instagram never usually had a place for me, it always fell kind of in the middle, the place where I posted pictures of nights out or my kids, I never thought it could be a place for research.

So I started looking and I found many accounts that I now follow, workout routines, health coaches, healthy cooking and it turns out it’s amazing for that. I would have never guessed. Now I check my instagram more often than my facebook and my wife and I are always sending each other something we have seen on there.

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Here are some of my favorite profiles

Coach Daniel

Lean Belly Tips

Simply Fit Society

Booty King

Clean Food Crush

Meal Plans

Nourishing

Meal Prep Monday’s

Subscription Fatigue

I used to think that it was a myth, people being ridiculous, until it happened to me.

That’s where I’m at right now, I’ll write more on my setup this weekend, but I have gotten rid of all my subscription apps, except one workout one I’m giving a shot for a month.

I don’t mind paying for a subscription that adds value to me but I have found that there are some great stock, free or one time purchase only apps out there that can do the same things as what I have been doing.

Now I’m not saying I’m against subscriptions, app developers need to make money as well, and I never mind supporting them, but it has just gotten overwhelming to check my bank statement and keep seeing I’m being charged for so many subscriptions a month.

I much prefer the one time purchase or even a lifetime sub option where I can pay once and done, I know those aren’t always practical for developers but they are practical for me.

I will be staying this way for the foreseeable future and I’ll write something longer this weekend about how and what apps I’m using and what I switched.

Todoist Shopping List

One of the many reasons I like Todoist as a task manager is the fact that I can add a shopping list project and be able to switch the Apple Watch views so I can just see that project and easily check items off one by one when I’m at the grocery store.

To change what your viewing in the Apple Watch just go into Todoist and then hard press and hold and it will say change view then you can pick any list to view, choose the shopping list, then all your items inside that project will be available to view.

Just simply leave the app open on the watch and every time you raise your hand the list will be available for you to check items right off, makes a trip to the grocery store a breeze.

Quick and easy to check off items

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