Home Screens - Jim Ruprecht

This is the 10th 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!

Jim Ruprecht is a former Fortune 250 executive and intrapreneur, now a small business owner and entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, and author of Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds and Political Seas. Outside of work, Jim is a private pilot and scuba diver. While he's had the good fortune to travel all over the world, his favorite place to recharge his batteries and recalibrate his gyroscopes is Northern Minnesota, especially hiking the trails along Lake Superior. His interests are eclectic ranging from history, reading, theater and movies, to baseball, hard rock, and all things Disney. He loves anything by Ken Burns or Aaron Sorkin, is an Apple bigot and a Steve Jobs devotee, and has an awesome attack in Star Trek and MASH trivia. His favorite historical characters are Alexander the Great and Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. Jim has raised two amazing daughters, and his therapist is Dr. Harley Davidson.

What are your most interesting home screen apps?

There are probably five apps that I would call my "most interesting." I am a big movie fan, so one of my favorite apps is Flixter, for checking on what movies are currently showing, where and when a movie is showing, reviews, etc. Related to that is the app, Run Pee, which tells me a couple of interesting things. First, it tells when the best times are to go to bathroom during a particular movie. Second, it tells whether there are any additional scenes during or after the credits. Both of these apps are free.

Another app that I like is First Aid from the American Heart Association. It has information and videos on how to give elementary first aid, perform CPR, etc. But it also acts as an ICE (In Case of Emergency) app. You create your medical profile (e.g., name, age, weight, blood type, allergies, other conditions, meds, doctors' names, emergency contacts, preferred hospital, medical insurance info, etc.). It also allows you to add ICE related text to your lock or home screen instructing an EMT or other first responder to check the First Aid app to get your medical profile (assuming that one of the first things they would do is check your iPhone in an effort to find out who you are).

The fourth app is called Restaurants and it gives you the nutritional information of the foods served at the more popular restaurants. If you eat out a lot, whether for travel or entertainment, and you're watching your diet, this app is a lot of help. This app is free.

The fifth app is, Grocery IQ, which I use for making my grocery shopping list. It allows me to keep a list of favorite items (i.e., items I purchase regularly) and select them from my favorites when compiling my shopping list for that week. It also lets me define the aisle sequence for my grocery store, so when I shop, the items in my list are sorted by aisle, and the aisles are sorted in the sequence you defined for your store. But one of the nicest features it has is it allows me to scan the UPC code for grocery items to add them to my list, rather than requiring that I type each item in. This app is also free.

What is your favorite app?

The app that I use the most, of course, is email, but I would say my favorite app is Rimshot, which I describe in my response to the next question.

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

I don't play games much, so I don't really have a guilty pleasure app. However, if you forced me to pick. I would choose Rimshot which does nothing more than present a big red button, and lets you choose among four different sounds when you play it; they are: a rimshot, the "wah-wah" trombone, crickets chirping, and a golf clap. I use this app at meetings and when someone makes a sick joke I'll punch rimshot, or when they make a mistake I'll play the "way-wah" trombone," when they are boring I play the crickets, and when they say or do something that is remarkably unprofound I'll play the golf clap.

What is the app you are still missing?

There's no app that I want that I don't have--no "missing app."

How many times a day do you use your iPhone?

I use my iPhone all the time throughout the day; most regularly for email, text messaging, phone calls/voice mails, and taking photos/videos.

What is your favorite feature of the iPhone?

My favorite feature of my iPhone is the fact that I can be on the phone with someone and simultaneously look up a contact, website, or other piece of information for the caller (I guess that's more a function of the fact that I use AT&T which employs GSM technology). My next favorite feature is the camera; it is really cool to have a still and video camera with you wherever you go. Finally, I am really pleased that they added iMessage with iOS 5; since most of the people with whom I text are also iPhone users, iMessage allowed me to drop text messaging from my AT&T plan.

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

If I were running Apple, I don't know what I would add or change--I didn't know I needed most of the features I'm using now;-) Longer battery life and faster download speeds are always good.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I would offer this advice, it is a quote from the original Star Trek episode, Shore Leave: "The more sophisticated the society, the greater the need for the simplicity of play."