5 Things - Week Ending 4/20/12

This is the 4th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week.

Diary of an iPad (3) Owner

Shawn Blanc:

7:29 am: Checking my iPad to see when the latest iCloud backup was, and yes: the iPad automatically backed up to iCloud last night. This has got to be one of the most underappreciated features of owning an iDevice. Automatic iCloud backups are like Time Machine but better. All my apps, all my settings, all my pictures, backed up to the cloud while I sleep and while my iPad charges.

The majority of computer users don't backup their machines because for the most part it has never been easy enough or convenient enough for the average consumer. Apple is making it impossible to use those excuses with automatic iCloud backups.

Step 1 > Sign up for iCloud
Step 2 > Turn on iCloud Backup in the settings app on your iOS device
Step 3 > There is no step 3!


Andrew Strickler:

A study released this week by media giant Viacom found that tablet computers led by the iPad have overtaken desktops and laptops as the second-most popular television viewing device, following the TV.

This doesn't surprise me one bit. With a ton of great video apps (Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB At Bat 12), it's pretty convenient to consume video on the iPad.

iPhone 4S six months later

Rene Ritchie:

6 months later and a new generation of competition is staring down the iPhone 4S. On one side we have latest, greatest Android devices from HTC, spearheaded by the HTC One X and on the other, the first real hero device from Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 900. Taken spec by spec, feature by feature, each of those devices and their respective operating systems have aspects that surpass the iPhone 4S. When taken as a whole, however, this year like every year before, none of them come close to eclipsing 6 month old Apple technology.

There are some phones that have a bigger screen (HTC One X), 4G internet (Samsung Galaxy Nexus), or come with a stylus (Samsung Note). The iPhone is the only phone that provides a complete package of hardware, software, cloud services, accessories, and support.


Posterity lets you capture and share the spontaneous, funny, insightful, heartwarming, and “wise beyond their years” things your kids say - quickly, easily, and before the moment is lost forever! Far better than a simple notebook (or trying to jot down a quote on a napkin while pushing a stroller!), Posterity is handy, easy-to-use, and — best of all — only $1.99.

Once Britta and I have kids we definitely plan on using an app like this to capture all the funny and cute things that they say. This is a must-have app for anyone with young children!

The easiest and the best

The easiest customers to get are almost never the best ones.

A very short article from Seth Godin which sums up my thought process perfectly when it comes to my business Nice Guy Technology. I don't want to just gain clients quickly through lots of advertising. I want to gain them through word-of-mouth and trust that's built up over time. I want to thank all of my fantastic clients and anyone who has passed my name along. I rely on all of you to build my business!