I’ve been on the Internet for quite a while and I’ve posted a lot of stuff over the years from status updates, check ins, and pictures. There are probably things I’ve posted that I’ve long since forgotten about but I’m trying to archive as much of my activity as possible recently just so I can have it. Since a lot of my stuff is in the web and I use so many services, its hard to get them all in one place for me to look at. The services I use the most to post has to be Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter like almost everyone else on the planet. I also use this blog but I have a good ifttt recipe for that. The key to chronicling all of this is Evernote and some apps and services from the web.
The first thing I’m using is ifttt. This is a web service that takes actions on the web such as posts on twitter or Facebook and then does a corresponding action that I specify. I’ve set up recipes for Facebook and WordPress to send the posts I make or pictures I’m tagged in to Evernote so I have an archive of what I’m posting. The problem is that I can’t capture what happened in the past and I only started using ifttt maybe 6 months ago. I’m already amazed at how much crap I throw up on the web but its all good stuff for me to chronicle to see what I was doing at that time.
I’ve recently downloaded two apps to help me look into my past and its pretty interesting what I’ve been doing in the past couple of years. One app which is called TimeHop is an app my boss showed to me that looks at my past 2 years worth of Facebook posts but only shows me the posts I made on that day. It’s quite fun going down memory lane for that day to see what I was doing and also seeing my checkin’s to see where I potentially went.
I’ve recently down load a new app called Everyday.Me. It’s a little similar to TimeHop but this collects all my tweets, Facebook updates, and checkin’s in one long list starting from the most recent entry to the first one I ever made. I have years worth of status updates so I’m not sure it has everything downloaded yet. What was unexpected but pretty cool was that I got an email that showed my activity going back 4 years for 5 days worth of activity so I could see what I did. What is really great about the app is that it backs up to Dropbox and Evernote. I use Evernote quite a bit and I have ifttt doing a lot of the wok as well but I go with the idea that you can never have enough backups. I haven’t used Everyday.me for all that long so I can’t really write a lot about it but so far I am impressed and the Evernote syncing is exactly what I wanted in an app.
So why exactly am I doing all this to catalog what I’m doing? I really don’t know but my daughter might find it interesting one day on what I was doing on a particular day while I was away from home while she was growing up. Or who knows, I might be inspired one day and put all this together into some memento that I can look back at and laugh a little about how much time I spent online. I definitely can’t wait to go home this week, there are Easter things to do and chronicle!
A few months ago I was trying to use iMovie on my MacBook Pro and for some reason it just wasn’t working right. All my videos that were in iPhoto weren’t being imported and it was literally driving me mad since there were a lot of movies that I wanted to edit and see. At the same time that I was having issues with iMovie, I was in the middle of a massive iPhoto clean up. I was able to get rid of around 15000 duplicate photos that were in my library file and I did a cleanup of the database as well for good measure. After doing all of that, iMovie began to work as it was supposed to. I think it was due to the massive cleanup that I did with iPhoto and repairing the database that finally made the links between the two apps work again.
I wanted to do some movie editing but I just don’t have enough time to fire up the MacBook and do anything. I am glad that it is available to me now if I wanted to do something but the fact of the matter is that I need time and inspiration first to make something nice and creative. I have been using iMovie on my iPhone though and that has been working very well for me. I should use it more often definitely but I need reasons to take video as well.
I took a couple of videos today with my iPhone when I brought my daughter out to the playground and I was able to do some quick things with iMovie that were pretty sweet if I do say so myself. Unfortunately the output movie was huge since there were transitions, effects, and music that were part of the file. I put it up on YouTube so that I can share it with friends and family. I’m hoping to make better use of iPhoto and iMovie on my iPhone and iPad in the future but its all about time and inspiration I guess. If they let me do my photo book projects in iPhoto I think that would be a killer feature for a future release. Although I’m not going to give up my jailbreak for it anytime soon unless its really compelling.
I’ve come to have a new appreciation for I car DVD systems. When I purchased the new family Odyssey one of the features that I wanted was to have a DVD system for those really long car rides because the little one needs to have some entertainment. I recently turned the car seat around so now my daughter can face forward and see something other than the rear seat headrest. I’ve put a couple of her DVD’s in the car so that she can watch while we drive. I have to admit that this is way easier than having my wife holding up her iPad so that she can be entertained on long trips.
In addition to having the DVD system, we also have some headphones that link directly to the system so that I can still listen to my music while my daughter can listen to her DVD. Unfortunately my daughter doesn’t like having things on her head so I haven’t been able to listen to music while she watches her shows. It’s kind of weird to listen to a DVD and not be able to watch it. The screen in the front which has my GPS can only show my maps and not what’s in the DVD player. I suppose that’s a safety thing but if my wife ever sits in front with me she won’t be able to watch either.
What I want to try is the HDMI input in the third row. The screen for the DVD player can be split screen so I can watch two things at once. I don’t have the HDMI adapter for my iPad yet but if I can I intend to get one so that I can test out the split screen. I think I will fully test the DVD player sometime in May. I think a trip to Orlando is in order and my daughter should like it this time since it will be much warmer than the other times we’ve gone. If you are a parent, get a car with a DVD player, it will save your sanity.