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!