I once appeared in my high school’s production of The Pajama Game,
a musical about labor strife at a pajama factory, of all things. One of
the songs is called “Think of the Time I Save,” and I still get the
chorus stuck in my head occasionally: “Tick-tock, tick-tock, tempus
fugit. Tick-tock, tick-tock, time goes by.” It’s a super-cheesy
musical, but a nice reminder to manage my time well.
So when I recently went looking for a versatile timer app, I was
relieved to find FlexTime. This light utility lets you program timed
routines, making it a great choice for repetitive tasks.
Every day, life presents any number of problems that need solving—from
settling bets to knowing which fish are OK to eat to remembering where
the soupspoon goes in a formal table setting. Your iPhone or iPod touch
can act as a digital Swiss Army knife, offering up the right tool to
get you through almost any dilemma. We review and rate a collection of
handy helper apps and ass-saving accessories that are sure to boost
your rep as the consummate boy scout, always prepared for anything.
Judging by our desk, you’d never guess that we try to be highly
organized. And we’ve tried everything, from David Allen’s nerd-famous
Getting Things Done (GTD) dogma, to complex Mac apps, endless paper
notebooks, and iCal’s built in to-do features. We have yet to find the
perfect system for managing not only our work tasks, but also all the
other stuff we have to do in the course of our daily life. But Remember
The Milk, a Web service also accessible via iPhone, is helping us
become more organized than ever.
Apple’s Address Book is a central part of the Mac experience. It’s
integrated with Mail, iCal, iChat, Safari, Fax, Dashboard, and
Spotlight. It synchronizes to MobileMe, iPhone, iPod, and a wide
variety of third-party software and hardware.
Yet for such an
essential tool, it’s curious that Apple has kept Address Book so
bare-bones basic. At first glance, there’s not much power to eke out of
Address Book, but we’ve collected a few handy tips to help you squeeze
some extra functionality out of this vital application.
What do you do when you come across some info you want to remember? If
it’s a webpage maybe you bookmark it; if it’s an email or a file, you
might stick it in a folder called “Important!” Evernote is a
super-useful service that comprises a Web-based application, a free Mac
desktop app, and even an iPhone app, all kept effortlessly synced. And
it’s ready to store all your digital info--receipts, serial numbers,
snippets of code, articles, photos, PDFs, audio files, recipes, you
name it--with handy tagging, indexing, and searching features so you can
actually find it all later. We’ll walk you through setting up Evernote,
then encourage you to tinker around and discover how it fits into your
SpiderOak is flexible enough to back up anything, to share files easily
with your friends, and to sync files between Mac, Windows, and Linux
machines. It installs as an actual application, but it’s Flash-based,
so if you use it on two or more platforms, the experience will be the