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Track your time with Eternity Time Log

I love to work, and I love being productive when I work…

I have always been fascinated by how to work more efficiently and get the most from my work time and leisure time. I have tried keeping time logs manually in the past but only managed to keep this up for a few days before losing interest.

Until… I came across an app called Eternity Time Log for the iPad and iPhone written by Marcin Komorek at Komorian Software.

So what do people use Eternity for? I emailed Marcin, the app’s developer, and he kindly replied as follows…

It seems to be so many things to so many people. Professionals and freelancers use it to track their time spent on projects, with clients and use it to charge accordingly. Some users just like that it forces them to structure their daily lives. For some the simple fact of having to tap start for everything they do make them rethink and revaluate what they pick next. Some like the fact that you can only track one thing at a time and they literally don’t want me to implement multiple timers. Some are just employees wondering where their 8 hours of day job goes and would like to have some fun showing their bosses a very detailed report :) Some want to know how they spend their time to secure healthy doses of productive work and guilt-free-play. Some just gather the data to be exported to Excel where you can do things you can’t on iPhone or iPad. For me it’s a combination of things: focus, productive work, guilt free play. So the app is not to answer the question what time tracking will do for you. It’s more like asking questions: Are you consciously spending your time? Do you know what were you doing? Do you think you should know? And why? Some users already know and are looking for such an app and some will just start wondering (I hope).
Marcin Komorek

I have been using this app for 3 months and I am in seventh heaven. This app – for me – is so well designed that I am still using it every day, and loving it!

What makes Eternity Time Log so wonderful is that it is simply so elegant and easy to use.

I bought the paid version once I gave the free Lite version a brief try out.

My 12-year-old son, Toby, still uses the Lite version to log when he starts and stops doing his homework every day so I can check that he’s doing a minimum of 5 hours a week of concentrated work.

Here are some photos I grabbed from the Komorian Software website

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Review: Air Display for iPad: more screen real estate

Do you wish you had a bigger screen?

Or are you debating whether to get an 11-inch, 13-inch, 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook?

You may want to consider getting an iPad 2, if you haven’t already got one, and the low-cost Air Display app.

This app enables you to site the iPad 1 or 2 to the right or left of your MacBook (or PC laptop for that matter) – and drag windows or palettes across to it.

In other words, if you’re buying a new MacBook, instead of getting a 15-inch model, you may consider getting an 11-inch MacBook Air and an iPad 2 and using them together – at a combined price that could be less than a 15-inch model.

In my setup below, I have my iPad to the right of my 17-inch MacBook Pro, where I’m editing a post on one of my site, and I’ve dragged a Safari window to the iPad so I can see what the post looks like in a browser…

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Create spoof movie trailers with InAWorld apps for iPhone/iPad

This is a very first draft of this post, so I’m just putting the videos in now, with the article to follow within 24 hours…

I’ve come across a great series of apps which enable you to create spoof movie trailers.

It’s called InAWorld…

As of now you can buy InAWorld…Drama and InAWorld…Comedy, with InAWorld…Romance and InAWorld…Horror/SciFi coming soon.

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Create A Comic app for iPhone / iPad

I earn money helping people handle the challenges in their lives: relationship issues, dealing with difficult people, depression, money worries etc, so I have a site at www.triumphoverchallenges.com to promote this business.

I found a great app for the iPhone called Create A Comic – though I use it on my iPad. (If you click on that link you’ll find a video of the app in action there which programmer Aamir produced.)

I used this app to create simple comics to show some of the ‘unusual’ dialogues that can go on between people, and then talk about these dialogues in an article on my Triumph site.

The app allows me to create 1- to -3-pane stories, and place characters on the left and/or right of each frame, then add speech bubbles.

Here’s one example of what I created on my iPad for an article about challenges people have in relationships based on work I have done with struggling couples…

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Create beautiful music every time with the Sound Fields app for the iPhone

The video below is of my 8-year-old son Felix, engrossed in making music with my Apple iPad while my 11-year-old son Toby looks on.

He’s using an app called Sound Fields for the iPhone, so we tapped the 2x button on the iPad screen to fill the screen, which is just fine.

The app has 3 background tracks to choose from, and 4 different lead synthesiser sounds. You move your finger over the screen to create the lead line, but what makes this app so much fun is that, wherever you move your finger, the music sounds in tune!

Felix seems to have a good sense of rhythm, and what ‘works’ in music.

Anyway here’s Felix on his second ‘go’ with the app. His first go lasted 5 minutes…

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BookArc stand for the Apple iPad

I bought the BookArc stand for a number of reasons…

  • so I could prop the iPad up and place it in front of my Apple Bluetooth keyboard
  • so I could prop the iPad next to my MacBook Pro and use the iPad as an extra screen
  • so I could run a photo slideshow or clock/timer

Here’s my youngest son, Felix, typing an email to a relative in the UK, giving them an update on our new life here in Abu Dhabi!…

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Rubber skin for the Apple iPad

As I have 2 young sons, and all our floors are tiled, I thought it would be wise to get a rubber skin for my iPad!

This one cost me £2.99 + 99p p&p from ebay.co.uk — about $6 in total. It was posted direct from Hong Kong so it took about a week to arrive…

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Here’s another photo from the side…

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…and you may notice that the volume controls are covered in rubber, but still easy to adjust.

The case is easy to put on and take off: I need to take it off to put in my BookArc stand (see separate post).

Overall: a great skin I have on my iPad all the time it’s not in the BookArc stand.

ColorSplash for iPad

This is a lovely app.

Grab any photo from your library, and bring it into ColorSplash. It converts it into greyscale, then as you rub the screen with your finger, the original colour under your finger is revealed again.

It can sometimes be easier to get the edges right by zooming in and pressing the red button at the top of the screen to see the image this way…

For example, here is a photo of my son Felix when he was 5 with some presents he got for his birthday where I have used ColorSplash to make everything greyscale, apart from the cars and warning signs…

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