What's On My Dock And Home Screen
Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu
Welcome to 2013. I didn't die in 2012.
And speaking of not dying, here are the selection of apps that managed to stay on my Mac OS X dock and my iPhone's home screen. Perhaps they can be of assistance to your digital life too?
Mac OS X
1. MAMP - I've got tired of fighting with Apple in dealing with Apache and MySQL when Mountain Lion was released, so now I'm using this instead.
2. OmniOutliner for Mac - This is great for taking notes and for making plans.
3. Google Chrome - I do like Safari, especially the double-tap-to-zoom feature. But, Safari is not the most reliable web browsers out there. So, when I do get frustrated, I switch to Chrome.
4. Reeder - I cannot imagine why anyone would want to use the web browser to browse articles from Google Reader, especially when you can have Reeder.
5. TweetBot - It took quite a while, but I've finally moved my tweet-reading experience to a new app that can sync up with my tweet-reading experience on the iPhone. (There's also Tweet Marker, but somehow, it didn't really work well for me.)
6. Wren - I use Wren to tweet, because I know I am easily distracted.
7. Sublime Text - I have also switched text editor because I'm now full-time on a Windows machine during work hours, and I do want a text editor that is cross-platform between Mac and Windows.
8. Audiobooks from Audible and Downcast - I've started using the former because a particular version of the Apple's Music app started losing my place in my audiobooks, and I've started using the latter when Apple released the Podcast app and I fear for my podcast-listening experience on the iPhone.
9. Orbital - I'm still playing this iPhone game, especially when I am listening to audiobooks or podcasts during my commute. (I don't drive.) This is great mindless entertainment for my eyes and hands that also doesn't distract my ears.
10. Letterpress - Fulfills the rest of my (casual) gaming needs.
11. TweetBot, Instapaper and Kobo - These are the three main apps I turn to for reading, from 140 characters to entire articles to entire books.
12. Lumin - And for reading real-life physical text (such as bills and recipes where tiny types are the norm), I rely on this app to make text bigger. (I've tried pinching the paper, but that didn't work.)
13. SG NextBus and Gothere.sg - These are my go-to apps for travelling in Singapore. Too bad the local telco's data connection can occasionally be so bad as to render these apps useless.