A Dark Room – Old School iPhone Game

IMG_0002A Dark Room is unlike anything I’ve ever played on the iPhone. At first it reminded me of the text games I played on an Apple II in Middle School. But as you keep playing the game becomes more and more complex. Ultimately it’s about managing your resources and expanding from a small hut to something much larger. It’s the addictiveness of of expanding that makes this game enjoyable and that really says something about A Dark Room. It also says something about us and what we enjoy in games. Cool graphics are always welcome, but ulimately they mean nothign without solid gameplay mechanics. Thankfully that is something A Dark Room has plenty of.

My ecosystem

So I’ve moved my entire ecosystem to Apple products. The way I am looking at upgrading my hardware is how most business look at it. For the next 3–5 years Mac, iOS, and iCloud will be my platform. Everything flows from my laptop computer. I like hardware that works well together and a 2012 Macbook Air 13, iPad Mini Retina, and iPhone 5s are what works for me right now. I’ve mention it in earlier posts but software is really why I’m choosing this setup. Day One is only on all three. Byword is another. I know there are ways of getting the same setup on a Windows computer or using Android, but it isn’t a easy or seemless as it should be.

As long as I don’t break my Macbook Air then in 3–5 years it will be time to see what’s out there. Who knows maybe Chrome OS and Android will be where it’s at? Or maybe Microsoft will finally get it together with Windows and Windows Phone. If I was a betting man I’d say that Google is going to be the company that gives Apple a run for its money. After having just come from a Moto X it’s pretty obvious that Android as reached parity with iOS on phones but tablets are not there yet. Also Chrome OS and Chromebooks have a way to go.

So what would get me to switch? If Google or Microsoft were to provide me with 1 TB of cloud storage so I could backup and sync all my devices. Being able to know that all my precious photos I’ve taken over the past ten years were safe. Also seemless syncing of documents so I can work on a document anywhere. Most of the things I want are already here but are not integrated to the level I desire. So it practically unlimted cloud storage/backup with all my apps and data synced across every device I have possible? Whoever does it will be getting my money in 2017 or 2018.

Dark Sky iPhone App Thoughts

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Dark Skies
Dark Skies

I’ve heard good things about the app Dark Sky. At first I thought it was an app about the show I am just now getting into, but instead it’s a pretty pricy weather app that promises to tell you when it is going to rain or snow down to the minute. That sounds pretty amazing, if not, too good to be true to me but I figured why not?

So I purchased the app and so far it works alright. I don’t know if I would say it is worth the price. It does have a few cool features like the ability to zoom in and see the temperature and precipitation in your area on a pretty cool map. Honestly I don’t think it’s the apps fault for why I am not impressed. I think it doesn’t fit into how I check weather. There is rarely a time when I need to know if it is going to rain in the next hour.

That is really the big difference between this app and the free apps that exist. The pitch is that the app uses special data that the maker has acquired to give you extremely local weather predictions. And my really local I mean right down to the street you are on. So do I feel like I wasted the $4.00 dollars I paid? Unfortunately yes.

New Workflow

I have drastically changed my workflow over the past month. I tried using Windows 8 and an Android phone (Moto X) to get things done and in some ways they worked perfectly. There is nothing that would stop me from getting things done. I could use apps like Diaro to journal on my Android phone and there was even a web interface for making entries in a web browsers.

There are free awesome minimal text editors that work with Windows. Once Metro version is Poe. Syncing everything with dropbox works perfectly.

But ultimately I decided to come back to the Mac. I found a great deal on a 13 inch 2012 Macbook Air 13 for around $650 on eBay. I also got a good deal on a iPhone 5s so I’m back to using my two favorite apps. Day One and Byword. Besides iPhoto these are my favorite apps to use.

The attention to detail when it comes to the design of these apps are what’s missing on the Windows platform. Because believe me if there was something this nice looking that seemlessly synced from mobile to a laptop I would be all over it. I love the idea of cheap convertible windows laptops (Asus T100) but the ecosystem for Windows isn’t quite there yet,

So my workflow is the Byword and Day One apps on the Macbook and my iPhone.