360 Cams and Virtual Tours

For the last few weeks I’ve been playing with a Samsung 360 cam, I love the possibilities and I’m already wondering what can be done with an upgraded camera. So far most of what I’ve done has just been playing around with the camera and seeing what it can do but I’ve put together a virtual tour and while I don’t feel like I’m there yet I do feel like I’m getting close.

The home below is a model home for sale in Independence, MO.

Learning Python

I’ve gone through a few phases of trying to learn a programming language. Usually I get about a week in and give up or lose interest, mostly due to limited time. I’ve decided on Python because I see a use case that I can put into practice immediately rather that just trying to learn a language because I want to. I’d like to learn Python to see what is possible in real action to automation in iOS.

I like what I can do with Workflow but would like to dive in a little deeper. I love working on the iPad Pro but there are some things that is just easier on a computer. I’d like to find out if I can make some of my more complicated tasks easier on iOS.

To start I’m working through SoloLearn and I’ve start Introduction to Computing using Python on edX. My hope is that I will build a good foundation with these two courses and then be able to dive a little deeper when finished.

My plan is to post my progress here as well as using this blog to work through problems that I may run into while I’m learning. Hopefully at some point I’ll get to a point where I’ll be able to post interesting projects I’m working on.

First Few Day with the Apple Watch 3

For Christmas I was lucky to receive a new Apple Watch. I’ve wanted to get one since they first came out but never got around to it. I’m glad I’ve waited, after reading many reviews comparing previous models to the 3 I’m glad to have the 3.

After just a few days I’m still playing with it and learning what it can do. I have many ideas and will be documenting anything interesting I come up with here.

Finally, after years with different Fitbit models I’m glad to have a watch that’s waterproof. No more jumping into the water only to freak out about my watch.

iPad Pro Productivity

As I’ve begun using the iPad Pro more for work related activities I’m realizing that there isn’t anything that I do during the day that can’t be accomplished as easy on the iPad as on my MacBook Pro. Granted I do find something easier on the MacBook but I think that’s most due to its screen real estate and my comfort with the platform but I’m finding that as I work more on the iPad I finding little tricks or shortcuts that are really speeding up my workflow.

I think one of the sticking points has been knowing what apps I need to use in certain situations. Because I’ve worked on a Mac for so long I have built workflows over time for various tasks and I feel like I’m getting there on iOS but it will take some time. Best of all its fun to research different apps to see what works best for me but sometimes that gets in the way of real work so I move back to the laptop to get certain things done and then move back to the iPad.

As I’ve said before, for whatever reason I really do like writing on the iPad in Ulysses. Even though I have Ulysses on my Mac I’ve enjoyed the iOS version more. Best of all, I do like typing on the magic keyboard. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it based on the mixed reviews I’d read but I like it. The size of the keyboard has taken a little getting used to but after about a week I could pretty much match my typing speed on the MacBook keyboard.

I’m going to continue to try and fit the iPad Pro into more areas of my workflow. If I can fill in some of the gaps I’ve found so far I’ll be able to leave the Mac at home carry a lot less weight around all day.

Enjoy Writing Again with iPad Pro

I’ve gone though many blog phases, times when I want to write a daily blog but most of the time I end up losing interest after a short while.

That seems to have changed with the iPad Pro. There is something about writing with the iPad that makes the act of writing very enjoyable. I’ve been a Mac user for a long time and there are many things that I do daily for work that is still easier on my Mac but the act of writing is just way better for me on the iPad.

I’ve been trying out Ulysses from the past few days, for work notes and general journal type entries and I love the experience. The best part is that for blogging the combo of iPad, Ulysses, and WordPress is real nice.