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Ottawa, Ontario

Just a little corner of the interwebz where I occasionally jot down a thought or two. Why do I do it? Partly to communicate in some way with you, the reader, and partly because it's some sad way of leaving a legacy of some kind I guess.

show us your home screen


show us your home screen

Jonathan Tom

iPad Edition


what are some of your favourite apps?

On the iPad I would have to say that my favourite apps are Flipboard, Facebook, Tweetbot, and Photos. I use at least the first three of those every day. Flipboard as my digital newspaper and the other two to feed my social addiction.

which app is your guilty pleasure?

I spend far more time than I care to admit with [Carcassonne] - it’s a great way to keep the strategic part of my brain sharp and it’s fun too (although I firmly believe that the AI cheats). Aside from that I use Flipboard quite a bit as well but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a guilty pleasure.

which app makes you most productive?

[On my phone] I definitely go with Slack but as far as my iPad is concerned… probably GoodNotes or Todoist. While having meetings it’s useful to use GoodNotes along with the Apple Pencil to jot down ideas and reminders as they come up. I’m not going to lie though, I still keep a moleskin and a pen handy too. There’s just something about that analog feel of writing on paper.

EDIT: I change my mind - the first answer here needs to be [Duet Display]. Given the size of the iPad Pro it essentially gives me a second full sized monitor for my MacBook Pro.

what app do you know you’re underutilizing?

This has to go to DEVONthink for the same reasons as I mentioned for my “[Show Us Your Home Screen]” article. Basically I need to get a system down for it similar to what I had with Evernote.

what is the app you are still missing?

I’m not sure I’m still missing anything - a while back I would have said a good replacement for Zite but since then I’ve grown accustomed to Flipboard.

how many times a day do you use your iPad?

Probably 3-5 times a day - for extended periods mind you. Most of that time is in the evenings since the iPad is a great device for sitting on the couch.

what today view widgets are you using and why?

I don’t really make much use of today view on the iPad. So… yeah.

what is your favourite feature of the iPad?

I love the screen size of the original iPad Pro.

if you were in charge at apple, what would you add or change?

I always struggle with this type of questions since I don’t really follow the politics of the Appleverse. For the most part I just enjoy Apple products.

what’s your wall paper and why?

It’s just a stock standard Apple Wallpaper. My lock screen, however, is the Hufflepuff crest from Harry Potter. I haven’t yet found an appropriate Ravenclaw crest so until then… it’ll be Hufflepuff.