Apps, Part 1

I wanted to write a post about apps that I use, either in the course of Turing or ones that have stood out in my everyday life.

Disclaimer: I use an iPhone and fully subscribe to iOS, OSx and all of its counterparts. I’m usually a proponent of the stock apps, but have recently changed my mind with such great alternatives

I use Calendars by Readdle for my calendar app. The advantage of this app over the standard Apple is that it allows me to not only sync my google calendar, but also calendars I’m subscribed to but don’t own.

This particularly comes in handy in 2 situations for me: 1) Denver city has a trash pickup calendar that informs me when the day is trash, trash + recycling, or what I call the perfect storm of trash, recycling, overflow trash AND large item trash. That last one happens every 9 weeks. 2) Turing shares it’s daily schedule and homework calendars on Google Calendars and it’s convenient to have it all in one place.

Here’s a screenshot of my current week. The top row is always today and it continues to shift as the days go on. You can switch weeks along the bottom. The arrows on the days on the right side of the screenshot are there to notify you if there are additional events you can’t see based on the calendar color. Yellow is Turing, but is my personal calendar, and the pink-ish arrow on March 3rd is the Turing homework calendar.

I haven’t looked into the difference of Calendars 5 by Readdle, but I’m also funemployed and don’t want to pay $6.99 for a calendar app when I have a version that works how I need it.

I use a podcast app called Overcast app. I had a hard time tearing myself away from the stock podcast app because, for the most part, they all do the same thing: They allow you to subscribe to podcasts and get regular updates when new podcasts are released But one thing this app does better than the stock app is play speeds. The stock app just speeds up and slows down the audio and distorts it pretty heavily in the process, but Overcast seems to have a way to just shorten the gaps in between words without distorting the audio. It seems like a marginal feature, but it’s a pretty big deal if you subscribe to a good amount of podcasts and need to power through them.

In order to keep with my posting schedule, I’ll need to cut this post in half and promise a second half sometime in the future. I don’t know if it’ll be sooner or later, but it’ll be one of those. Or maybe both. We’re in the middle of “hell week” (which is really 2 weeks) and working through a long paired project. Maybe I’ll write about that later.


Originally published at on March 3, 2016.