Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Applications, it's the name of the game

I didn't mention it a couple of weeks ago but our friend Victor was visiting Melbourne to see a performance and was staying overnight. He came to our place for a non drink and we then crossed the big wide road below to enjoy a very pleasant meal with him. I think it was about 9.30 when we parted after a great chat with him about all and nothing.

It is a tenacious link, but previously Victor had mentioned to me a couple of apps he has on his phone. Now, I am a shocker for apps. I download them, think how wonderful and cool they are, and then never use them again. Eventually I may uninstall them but it is always with reluctance. What if I need it one day?

One that Victor mentioned was Flight Radar. I had used the desktop version but the app is really cool. You can point your phone to a plane in the sky and find out what aircraft type it is, its flight number, origin and destination and heaps more. Since installing it and playing with it, I have used it once.

Many businesses urge us to download their apps. One that would probably be quite useful is my bank's app. But no. What if I lost my phone or it was stolen? Could someone clean out my modest savings? I bank online and pay bills online at the desktop. I can do the desktop style login to my bank on my phone if I really need to.

Some of my recent app downloads:

Toilet Finder. Very useful and I have used it and no doubt will again to find the nearest public toilet. This is a keeper.

Petrol Spy, informing me of petrol prices around Melbourne at various service stations. It is very dependant on being updated by users frequently and I haven't found it to be very accurate. I will probably get rid of it.

Sky View. Way cool. Point your phone to the heavens in the direction of your interest and find all about the stars you are looking at. Used when I installed it and not used since.

Uber was installed, uninstalled when I became cross with company, installed again when we were in South Africa, and uninstalled once back home. But as a one car family at the moment, twice R has needed the car and so when I have had to start too early to catch a tram to work, the first time I called a cab and all was good. I received to a text message to download the app for future bookings, which I ignored. The next time I needed transport to work, I downloaded the Uber app again and booked an Uber for 5.30. The next morning my Uber app said Mohamad would arrive between 5.20 and 5.35. No, I won't be ready by 5.20. I will be ready at 5.30, as I requested.

I chickened out of using Uber and cancelled my booking. I could have saved a whole $4! I downloaded the Silver Top Taxi app and booked a taxi with the app and once again, I had a good taxi experience. Using the taxi app, you can now rate your taxi driver.

Pedometer is one I check every so often. It does not do a daily check of your possible pedophilia inclinations, but checks the number of steps you take each day, of course only working if you are carrying your phone. My record is over 16,000 steps in one day. Working days it is less than 4,000. Non working days, usually over 6,000.

For some reason I have two apps for the London Tube and one for the New York Subway. I can't bring myself to uninstall them as that would be saying we shall never see either city again.

I thought, if there is an app for aircraft flights, is there a shipping app? Sure enough. Just today I downloaded Marine Radar. Oh, that ship is to load up with woodchips to take to China, woodchips made from trees in our forests. But never mind, using the app I will able to see when my ship comes in!

25 comments:

  1. I think the toilet finder is a must for me.

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    1. Marie, I can't remember when and why I used it once, and it wasn't for me, but yes, very useful. I am sure there would be one for London.

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  2. I have an app that shows delivery via UPS and another one for the United States Postal Service. USPS. Where I can monitor my mail.
    The UPS one is good, but the only thing the USPS one does, is make me annoyed with our local Post Office. I see I have mail, and then I go, and they haven't sorted things. And I am still waiting for mail that has not come! I think the Pony Express would have been better and fast!

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    1. Maribeth, your basic postal service and ours seem to have a lot in common. Before cars and trains here, mail would move about by Cobb and Co horse coaches. I think it was quite efficient and probably faster than now. They used to horse relays set up I think in the US, so mail could well have been quite fast with the Pony Express.

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  3. The toilet finder would be a winner - but it needs quality assessment too. I have a mental map of our city's facilities and some of them fall into the 'only in an emergency' category and at least one into the wet yourself in preference.

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    1. EC, that was something I meant to add to the South Africa Bits post, clean toilets everywhere, with only one exception, which wasn't that bad. Some people tipped in a jar or a to a person. Yes, I am not sure if there is a cleanliness rating as well on the app.

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  4. Had a toilet finder app once, seemed to use a lot of memory way back so deleted it, have never found the need for one again as yet! Can always find loos on our travels as usually each town has one for the public, sometimes two.
    The app would be good for cities though.

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    1. Margaret, yes, country towns usually have fairly obvious public toilets. I do know where public toilets are around in Melbourne, not that I ever use them.

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  5. So Andrew, any word on the mystery of Victor's dormant blog? Has he just decided to give it up?

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    1. Marcellous, probably not my place to say, but I will anyway. Victor has a condition called Blogger exasperation, whereby his blogger identity went wrong in so many ways. He is taking a mental health blog break. He may or may not be back. I have tried to assist but it is hard when you are not in front of what is happening.

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  6. Reminds me of some great blogs of the early days. One for the best coffee locations and my favourite, buy the best vanilla slice in Victoria. Nothing to brighten the morning by looking at a yum vanilla slice, I guess that has morphed into Instagram.

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    1. Jah Teh, yes, Insta and FB stole a lot of good bloggers. Pity really. Only the old hard core types remain, but that it is ok too.

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  7. My son has that Flight Radar. What an amazing invention! He also has a spirit level, a drink that disappears as you pretend to drink it, a very bright torch, and lots of other nonsense. My phone is (as yet) just a phone.

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    1. Cro, I simply must have that spirit level app. I would like a drink app that is perpetually full. Many no longer bother with torches as the phone camera flash light as a torch is more than adequate.

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  8. My phone has telephone numbers, email and the blogasphere! I don't think I would use anything else!

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    1. Hels, not tramTRACKER(sic) or the PTV app? Very useful.

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  9. We send OUR woodchips to China?? Why can't they grow their own trees? Hmpf!
    I agree a toilet finder app would be useful, but I already know most toilet locations in Adelaide and if I haven't had any coffee I often don't need them.

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    1. Yep River, to turn into paper, that may well be sold back to us. I wish I could remember where I used the Toilet Finder app, but like you, I know our toilets in our city.

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  10. Funnily I just cleaned my phone today of redundant apps, Andrew. I use my banking apps all the time. Also Flightradar24 when have to pickup bf from airport, follow his flight from Melb and when flies overhead I leave home to pick him up. Works a treat. Another favourite is Tripview for train, bus, ferry & lightrail timetables.

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    1. Allan, I probably silly about the banking app but I can't see any real need for it at the moment. Our Launceston friend hears the plane coming in from Melbourne, there aren't many flights, and she knows a visitor is about to arrive. I used some transport apps in Sydney, but I don't think the one you mention and I ended up using Google Maps.

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  11. I think Toilet Finder would be very helpful to me. As for the rest, not so much.

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    1. Strayer, funny how we of a certain age thing that is a good app.

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  12. None of the above play a role in my life....I do not use a mobile phone.

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    1. Lee, as I remember, you will play the damsel in distress if your car breaks down, and I am sure you would play the role very well. 😜

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  13. Oh my gosh you are an app addict Andrew 😱 I don't have any but I do like the sound of the shipping app, sounds like a photo op knowing what ships will be coming into harbour!

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