Well we are in the month of May again, and it seems as I have gotten into the habit the last few years to very much blog in this month. I have no idea why but so far I am not seeing the reason to quit doing this. ;-)
Life has been some what enlightening. I have made the first tentative steps in getting some things in my head straightened out. Well as far as straightening out is possible. But I shall write about that another time (no, not next year, although if the National Health Service has anything to do with this then, quite probably)
Fist of all, it seems that I have had an abysmal amount of luck with my smartphone. After the HTC Desire, I decided to go for their, then newest flagship. My first three handsets died within weeks of accepting them. The first handset developed problems with 3G and was exchanged. The second handset went the same route. The third handset suddenly stopped completely recognising the simcard. Leading me to get a new phone and a new simcard (again).
You would think that with that string, my luck would have turned. But I am afraid not. With the fourth handset, the battery died on me. It was loosing charge quicker than a charger could push it in. Now the HTC One X had never that much of a track record with regards to lasting on a single battery. If I would get about eight to ten hours without it needing to recharge it was a lot.
But the last few days it went to three hours before it was empty. And charging the phone while being on, did not work either. Until the last day (barely over a year since my first One X handset), it would not even turn on anymore.
So there and then I decided that I wanted a new phone and that it was definitely not an HTC anymore. Both kethry and I decided to upgrade at the same time, so avoid having the envy of who has the better phone. We decided that we would go for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a what in the media these days is called a phablet, a large over 5″ screen smart phone. For me the fact that it had the ability to add an micro-sd card and a separate user removable battery was a big plus.
The size is nice. I don’t use my phone as a phone a lot, most of the time it’s more as a handheld device so for that the bigger screen is certainly suited. But what really seals the deal is the amazing time the battery last. I get easily 20 hours on about half a battery charge. That makes it 40 hours before I theoretically need to recharge. Just pure awesomeness.
One of the biggest problems with a new phone is always setting up the new software, transferring all your old software but luckily this period is now far behind us and I am more than pleased with the new phone. Especially with a nice leather flip case by Zenus (warning: the site lows slower than molasses at Artic temperatures) makes the phone look and work outstandingly.
Secondly, it seems my task manager was just sold to yahoo. For the last few years I have been faithfully using Astrid, a to-do list based on the popular Getting Things Done (GTD) method. And it served me well. While the fact that someone with a bigger budget shows an interest in this app, it is worrying that Yahoo has an habit of buying and killing off apps. The fact that Astrid blogged the following:
Over the next 90 days, Astrid will continue to work as is, and we will no longer be accepting new premium subscriptions. To make future changes as easy as possible, we’ll be in touch with users shortly to share how to download data.
and the following note at the bottom of the blog-post:
*Note: Yahoo! will be administering refunds to eligible users who have paid for annual subscriptions, Power-Pack and Locale Plugins.
While the post itself and the wording is rather ambiguous, many agree with me that in 90 days Astrid will stop to work and with it, one of the more defining features, the ability to sync our lists and data to other devices.
The “community” as such feels rather upset and they are not alone in that. I do share that feeling. Having a to-do list is pretty important for me. There are days where if I did not have a written set out list of tasks to do, I probably would not get anything done at all.
Added to that, while Astrid claims to have sorted out their sync issues, I still thing something weird is happening in the program. Every now and then I get notifications bout task needing to be done at around six o’clock. I know that this is pretty much Astrid’s default time setting but in general I prefer not to set a time rather only to be notified that when the day is over if I missed or not missed a task. This comes by and large on the account of me not having a ‘normal’ schedule. And it annoys me to no end.
So, the search began. Yes I know that Astrid is open source. So technically speaking if you have the skill and the drive, you could clone their git repository and start building and adding features yourself. However I don’t think it will give you the sync. Although technically I suppose someone with infinite more skill (and give-a-damn) probably could work out a way to make it synchronise with Google Tasks.
But, I am not that person. Both lacking in drive and knowledge for such a project. Having looked around the Google play store for a while I first dismissed Wunderlist as not being ideally suited for my needs. But after it hearing mentioned again I gave it another look and took it for a better try out and I must say I am liking the app a lot. Not only does it look stunning, after a fashion (or perhaps after me understanding the workflow a bit better) it is not really that bad.
I still am getting to grip with it. One of the things I am really struggling with is the fact that it does not support multi-list. I am used to give most tasks more than one category, e.g., “Projects, System-admin, Maintenance”, this makes it slightly easier for me to see what kind of task I can expect.
Having to define everything in the concept on one definite category is causing me some stress. It’s an OCPD thing really (well OCPD being one of the symptoms rather). Still slowly but surely I am getting there.
Although in all honesty, I think adoption will help with the fact that kethry is liking the wunderlist app as well. This makes sharing information and knowledge and tasks a lot easier. Well, somewhat easier. This is me we are talking about after all.
So onwards and upwards for now. The next step is to see if I can get the native wunderlist 1 linux application to work properly and in sync with wunderlist 2. Initial reports from a quick Google search seems to provide a certain degree of hope. If not, here’s to hoping that the creators of wunderlist will bring out a wunderlist 2 native linux application later in this year.
*edit* added links.