Home Screens - Max Alschlager

This is the 2nd post in a series called Home Screens. David Sparks over at MacSparky has been doing this for a long time and I thought it would be interesting to ask my friends, family, and former co-workers what is on their Home Screens!

Max is a 30-year-old Minnesota native who fondly remembers the halcyon days of Number Munchers and Oregon Trail. Days when his Packard Bell was powered by a 386, gleefully playing Kings Quest or chatting on AOL. These days, when not running marathons or making wedding cakes, he can be found on the road as Microsoft software consultant. While he does carry his Windows Phone wherever he goes, Max gives credit where credit is due: he loves his iPad 2.

What are your most interesting home screen apps?

I keep my home screen pretty basic. It's mostly utilities and those apps that I need to use quickly, and on a routine basis.

What is your favorite app?

My favorite app is the Bible by YouVersion. It's a great app that helps me a lot. It allows me to follow a reading plan, bookmark pages, and easily flip between different translations. Oddly enough, before I started reading the bible on my iPad, I was staunchly against ebooks. Now, I am not sure if I'll buy another paper book ever again. The iPad is just too convenient for reading.

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

Oh, man... that's dangerous. It has to be one of three things: Bejeweled Blitz, Zynga Poker and my various comic books (from DC and Marvel). Another unexpected thing about the iPad was that it got me back into reading comics. Again, it goes back to convenience, but also the fact that I don't have stacks of comic books laying around. It makes me feel less like a dork.

What is the app you are still missing?

I've been on the search for a great recipe app. None of the ones I've looked at really have everything I need. I want something searchable, and easy to organize. Other than that, there are probably tons of apps I'm missing. I feel like there are always apps other people have that I've never heard of.

How many times a day do you use your iPad?

That can't be with me. It's always with me. In fact, rather than take my personal laptop with me when I travel for my job(since I need to have my corporate laptop already), I now bring my iPad. It's so much more convenient.

What is your favorite feature of the iPad?

If it isn't too generic to say, it has to be the form factor. It's easy to carry, and very solid. I've never felt like it was going to break.

If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?

A car dock. I've always envisioned this device as a replacement for the car stereo system. Not simply a cradle for the iPad, but an actual double-DIN screen that mounts in your dash, and connects via 30-pin, replicating certain features onto it (GPS, e-mail, etc).

Anything else you’d like to share?

Recently, DirecTV released their live streaming app. Until it was released, I had considered dropping their service altogether. Now, things have changed. It is a killer app that everyone needs to replicate.