Time to Upgrade the Lights
Madeline and I made some new friends in Encinitas. While visiting their new house I noticed their beautiful lighting. Normally when I think of Philips Hue lights I think of someone playing video games in hideous green neon light. Not so at my friends’ house. The lighting has some pink, red and orange, with a splash light behind some furniture. It’s warm and inviting, like having a wood burning fireplace roaring.
I think many of us forget about some parts of our workspaces that affect us more than we think. Inspiring lighting can do wonders to release stress and allow us to flow more easily into creativity. Whether that creativity is creating cleaver solutions, solving problems on a spreadsheet, or playing guitar, sound and light affect us at a level I don't think we still fully understand.
Today, I want to challenge you to look at your surroundings and think of how you would feel if the light was better. Maybe some music in the background? Should you try a cheap stand-up desk for the moment to see if that would help your posture and help you focus better? Just a thought.
QR Code Apps Obsolete
Did you know you don’t need a QR app anymore to scan those special barcodes? Just open the Camera app on your iPhone or iPad and it will recognize the code automatically and take you to the page it’s linked to!
Possible MacBook and iPad Refresh in March
Rumor has it we’ll see new models of the MacBook and the iPad. I’m really hoping they put in at least one more USB-C port on the MacBook, but I’m not holding my breath. We may get some new iPad models at the same time. If you’re not in a hurry and are looking to buy a new iPad or MacBook, you may want to wait to see what March has in store for us.
82 Apps All Open at Once Will Not Drain Your Battery
You may know it already, but it’s worth mentioning for those that don’t know. All those apps you keep closing trying to save your battery are not draining it. There are exceptions, like something that’s using GPS like Google Maps while you have directions currently up. Besides that, open apps only take up RAM, or Memory. Memory is how much stuff you can have open at once. Storage is what you’re pay extra for. Eg 64, 128 or 256GBs. By all means though, close the apps. But when you’re done, power off your phone for about 10 seconds then power it back on. That’s what will help your phone stay in good shape more than closing the apps. Oh, and the 82 apps open was how many a friend counted on my phone a couple years ago ;) No battery issues.
Prepare to Fall Asleep
I was on a plane last week and the woman next to Madeline and me was going on and on about this app called Calm. Her favorite part? Sleep stories. Basically they’re bedtime stories for adults. Her favorite is Lavender Valley. How it ends? She can’t tell us. She’s never heard it! She passes out before the story ends. It’s happened every night for the past year and she’s a full blown evangelist and now I’ve apparently been recruited. Let me know what you think!
While I might wish this was an app that makes me cocktails, alas. It’s not. What it will do is clean up your menu bar! You know all those icons to the left of the clock? They drive me nuts. Whenever I'm working on something tedious I tend to try and find something else to do. A menubar full of apps and notifications tempts me to get off track and do something unimportant. Bartender lets me tidy up my workspace so I can stay focused on the task at hand. Don’t take my word for it, download a trial here.
“No Service” on Your iPhone 7?
Apparently there’s an official repair program meant to replace iPhone 7s with No Service issues. These affected units were manufactured between September 2016 and February 2018 and sold in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, and the U.S. See below for iPhone 7 model numbers that are covered in this program. Check your phone to see if the model number is A1660 to see if you’re eligible for a replacement phone. If you’ve already paid for a repair, you’re eligible for reimbursement. Click here for all the details.
It’s Time You Finally Buy a Label Maker
You've got some nerd in you. You're reading a tech and organization newsletter. It's cool though. I have a Brother P-Touch Label Maker and I’m not ashamed to say it! I can’t tell you how giddy it makes me feel to pull out a label maker once I’ve finished cleaning up some cables or preparing a hard drive to be put in a box for who knows how long. Why? Because I know better than anyone you will have no idea what’s on that drive in 3 years. I put my label maker to use on cables, hard drives, my glasses, all kinds of stuff. For $35 what are you waiting for? Get one, organize your stuff, clean up the cables and label which is which. You’re going to love knowing what they all are next time you have to rip them all apart to move the desk or are about to erase a hard drive and you realize there are precious photos on there you didn’t mean to erase…