OmniFocus 2 beta is back

I’ve been a fan of OmniFocus for quite some time, and while I’ve strayed away occasionally to try other tools, I always end up coming back to OmniFocus when there’s a new update or feature announcement. The OmniGroup recently announced that the beta for OmniFocus 2 for Mac is being resurrected after several months off. I had the current stable version installed, so I was pleasantly surprised when I updated to see the changes that had been made, the most striking being the new layout and visuals. It appears that they’ve taken some design cues from their recent iOS 7 redesign on the iPhone and brought them to the Mac. Overall I’m a fan, and can’t wait to see the improvements that are coming later, as well as hoping for an iOS 7 updated version of their iPad app.

On Switching to T-Mobile

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Last week after hearing T-Mobile CEO John Legere announce their plans to become the “Uncarrier” I was very intrigued. I’ve always felt like I was paying too much for wireless service, and after looking into T-Mobile’s offerings, I found that I could indeed save some money every month by switching. On top of that, they would pay my ETF from Verizon, so why wait?

So far the experience has been great. Their support staff was able to help me through a few problems with transferring our numbers over, and since completing the transfer things have been functioning properly. I will say that their coverage isn’t nearly as great as Verizon’s in our area, but I’m hoping upgrades to their network later this year will improve that.

All in all I think it was a great decision, now to decide how to use those savings…

iPad mini retina

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There have been plenty reviews from every conceivable news outlet on this device, so I won’t try to recreate any of those. I just want to give you my personal thoughts on the device and why I chose it over the iPad Air.

Let’s back up for moment. Working at Automattic has many perks, one of those being a great mobile testing program in which we can all purchase and expense up to one mobile device per year for testing and troubleshooting purposes related to our jobs (yes, we’re hiring). I immediately knew I wanted to get an iPad, as I’ve never owned one but often come across cases where it would be great to have one handy for testing, as well as just for everyday use. With the recent announcement of new iPads, it was a great time to look into purchasing one.

The iPad Air was released for, and so I was able to visit my local Apple Store to hold it and compare it to previous models. It’s definitely way lighter than older iPads, but for me, I didn’t want the large screen as I’m aiming for maximum portability and usability. While I wasn’t able to compare it to a retina mini, I was able to at least do a size comparison and see how each felt in my hand. I decided the mini was better suited for what I wanted to use it for, including writing, reading, and general web browsing because it allowed me to do all of these things in the smallest possible package while still getting all the benefits of a tablet. The amazing thing is that it has the exact same specs as the iPad Air, so the only decision you really have to make is what screen size do you prefer.

So in the end, I purchased the iPad mini with retina display, and I absolutely love it. It’s my computer when I don’t have a laptop handy. It’s surprising how much you can really do with an iPad these days that not too long ago required a more traditional computer.