Big Changes

Hey everyone, sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted, With everything going on in the world, I have lost track of time, days and weeks go by quickly.

I have a few things I would like to share, first is that my love of tech is lacking lately, scrolling through my twitter I still engage with some tech accounts, and tech posts, when the iOS 14 beta came out, I added it right away, and I have added chat groups there in iMessage now, I don’t need any other chat apps, which was an issue for me before, switching around, on my iPhone I have mainly switched to stock apps, and don’t have a lot on my phone anymore, and I don’t find myself having much to say in the group chats anymore, my homescreen isn’t super interesting, there haven’t been any new apps that blow my skirt up, I’m not rushing out paying for subscriptions I don’t need, I have cancelled them all, pretty much, I’m not really downloading the latest apps, I’m just feeling meh about tech these days, and I’m not sure if and when that will change, I will always love tech, but also the fact that this year I’m not looking forward to the new phone, and I’m seriously considering keeping my 11 pro and watch series 5 for another year or so, says a lot to me, that would have never happened before! I will still write and post about tech but prolly not that much, my interests have shifted.

I have gotten back into basketball and UFC again in a large way, I have really gotten back into fitness, set some serious goals, and I’m starting to crush them, I have been spending a lot more time with my wife and kids, connecting with them on deeper levels then before, I have also been focusing on making friends and maintaining relationships, so those are the things that interest me a lot now.

I have been going to counseling to deal with childhood and early adult issues that affect all of my relationships and I feel like I’m growing as a person and a husband and a father and a friend.

I will be continuing with this blog as I feel it’s important to me, but what I’m saying is that it’s not going to be primarily tech focused, I may write about some workouts or fitness goals, I may write about my thoughts about this weekends UFC fight, or any UFC fight, or about professional or college basketball, or some awesome sneakers that are coming out or for that matter I may get personal and write about stuff that has happened to me in the past, and how I deal with it, or write about stuff in my life, or maybe just post photos of fun times.

Basically I’m saying that I’m changing, my interests are changing, and my writing will be changing, and I hope you all stick around for it, because I appreciate all of you guys that read this!

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.

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

Download Todoist Here

Taking A Break From Chat Apps

I recently decided to take a break from extra chat apps, I deleted them off my phone, Slack is gone, Telegram is gone, and WhatsApp is gone.

The reason is I’m really getting focused on fitness and health related things, and even if I put a chat app on a second page or in a folder I can’t stop checking It randomly.

I also find myself spending time in them that could be much better spent elsewhere, and I have noticed myself being not as present with my family or what’s going on because I’m wondering what was said by who, etc.

By deleting them I no longer have that option, and it’s a great fit for me, I still am using Twitter and iMessage, that’s plenty for the time being.

The Fantastical Update

So Fantastical is an app that I have used off and on for years, and today it got an amazing update, one that I have been begging the developers for years to get.

I’m not going to go over all the new features and stuff, there are plenty of blogs that have done that today.

What I am going to say is that is it a subscription based app now, A move they made because if they didn’t their business would not be sustainable. I bought the subscription right away, because it was worth it to me, with all the extra features it now becomes a whole productivity hub, especially now that it has such a tight integration with my task app todoist.

I have heard a lot of people complaining about them going to a subscription model, they still are giving users who already purchased the app a few updated features and all the features they already have for free, I think that’s very fair. for me it’s simple, pay for what you will use, for me it’s worth it for that app, some people pay a bunch of money for a weather subscription, or a tv channel subscription to watch a certain program, or maybe a music streaming service, I will use fantastical daily so it’s very much worth it to me for the subscription.

Download Fantastical Here

Trimming The Fat

I decided that I was spending a lot of time messing around with my Homescreen and what apps I use.

So I went through and minimized it, I deleted quite a few apps over fifty to be exact, a lot of chat type apps, credit card and food ordering apps, I went back to letting safari do the heavy lifting for me. I added quite a few bookmarks in safari. I organized them into folders as well.

My Safari Setup 1/23

I have a dock only setup with two apps and two folders, my right hand folder has my top used apps organized into 3 pages, the left folder has everything else, the first page on the left side has important apps as well, then everything else is organized by category.

It actually makes it quicker to find things and I love have all my items down at the bottom of the screen, I have a max sized phone, and even though I have big hands it just makes it easier to have everything in reach.

My Homescreen 1/23