This is the 14th 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!
Mike Pahl is the owner of Nice Guy Technology. He helps people get the most out of their technology. When he's not doing that you will find him spending time with his wife Britta, playing fantasy football, mentoring youth at church and playing games with friends and family.
What are your most interesting home screen apps?
I love Instacast for listening to podcasts, Zite for finding interesting articles to read on topics I'm interested in, Simplenote for keeping track of information I might need later on, Square for processing credit card payments for my business, and Byword for writing.
What is your favorite app?
I read a ton of articles everyday about technology, football, youth ministry, and other random things that interest me.
The Instapaper app which costs $5, allows you to access all your saved articles while on the go. In effect you have an electronic newspaper filled with just the articles you want. Once Instapaper has downloaded the article to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch you are able to read it whether you have internet access or not. This is ideal for when you are standing in line at the grocery store or sitting at the clinic waiting for your appointment.
Hundreds of apps have Instapaper support built in making it extremely easy to send articles from your favorite Twitter client or news app.
I would have glady paid more for Instapaper considering how much use I get out of it.
Which app is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure app is definitely Ascension. It is a deck building game where you try to have the most Honor at the end of the game by acquiring cards and killing Monsters. You can play against the computer, with your friends by passing the iPad back and forth, or with others online. It is a little geeky but look at me...
What is the app you are still missing?
I have yet to find the perfect task management app. I have tried many and none quite match up with the way my brain works.
How many times a day do you use your iPod Touch/iPad?
I use my iPod Touch and iPad constanly throughout the day. I have gotten to the point where I am able to do almost everything I use to do on a Mac on one of these two devices.
What is your favorite feature of the iPad?
I think my favorite feature of the iPad would be that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. The total integration of the hardware, software, cloud services, accessory market, and technical support make the iPad the magical device that it is to use.
If I had to choose just one feature on the iPad, I would have to say that dictation is fantastic. I wrote the majority of this article just talking into my iPad.
If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?
I would continue to invest lots of money and research into Siri, battery technology, and cloud services.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I always tell people who feel bad about not knowing as much about technology that it's okay. Technology changes and moves so quickly that unless you spend lots of time keeping up with it it will quickly pass you by.
What people don't realize is that a guy like myself spends numerous hours each week reading articles about technology, listening to podcast about technology, watching videos about technology and spending time just playing with the software and hardware just so I can keep up with it.