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09 October 2009 @ 11:11 pm
Wordstock and iPhone  
Wordstock, Portland's annual Festival of the Book, begins tomorrow at the Oregon Convenion Center. Last year jaylake and I were on the program, but not this year -- they don't like to have people come back year after year. I'll be in the Oregon Writers Colony booth from 1:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, volunteering for one hour, selling and signing copies of Space Magic for the other hour. Stop by and say hi.

In other news, I finally succumbed to temptation and bought an iPhone. It is very cool and shiny. kateyule and I have a family plan, so if you ignore the cost of the new phone we're actually saving a little money per month. I've already loaded it up with the following apps: AAA Roadside (call for assistance), Facebook, LiveJournal, MetrO (worldwide subway trip planner), Nambu (Twitter client), Notespark (sync and share notes), NPR (read and listen to news), PDX Bus (find a bus stop and when the next bus arrives), Peak.ar (augmented reality app that shows the names of the nearest mountains), and Urbanspoon (restaurant finder). What's your favorite app?

 
 
 
jpeace on October 10th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
Now Playing is good for movies, and Cocktail Compass is a handy happy-hour-finder.
Smofbabe: iphonesmofbabe on October 10th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
Tie: Book Library, which I use to track book recommendations by genre, author, title - very handy for library visits, and mSecure, in which I store everything in my life: credit cards, web logins, airline and hotel memberships, etc. (password-protected and encrypted)
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 10th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I think "Tie:" means "it's a tie between the following two apps:" and "Book Library" means the Book Library app. Which didn't exactly get rave reviews in the App Store.
Smofbabe: iphonesmofbabe on October 10th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Hm, just went to read the comments. I think people seem to be complaining about what it *doesn't* do but although it would be nice to have additional features, for my purposes it works fine. I investigated some of the other programs mentioned but didn't want to have to find out the ISBN number of books I'd heard mentioned, or have embedded links to online bookstores. Also, I haven't had any crashes.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 11th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
The inability to edit the list anywhere but on the phone itself is a deal-breaker for me.
Smofbabe: iphonesmofbabe on October 11th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, must admit that is kind of annoying. I was able to port my big list from the computer at the start but then it's all mobile entries after that.
Amy: Eve Angellovelyangel on October 10th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
PDX Bus is great. I like AccuWeather (free) over the regular Weather app as AccuWeather provides more information. The addictive Flight Control game is only $1 and should cost more.
Andrewcarnwrite on October 10th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
Story Tracker for submission tracking. But I'm biased ;)
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 11th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I looked at Wikipanion but it didn't seem to me that it was a vast improvement. Wikipedia itself automatically redirects to an iPhone-specific version that's quite nice. Is this new, or does Wikipanion offer some additional feature that you particularly like?
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