My Past Years In Instagram Photos

My Past Years In Instagram Photos

I take a lot of pictures. Just pictures, nothing special. At least, that’s what I thought. I only shared some pictures via Instagram or Twitter. I don’t know whether you look at them or not, but at least I have the sense I shared them with the whole world. Because that is where pictures are made for. To be shared. All those copyrights, not for me. I understand that some people invest a lot in taking fantastic pictures and that they need to live from it. But if no one can see them, what’s the point then?

But ok, that’s another story. What I wanted to say is that pictures are not just pictures. Pictures show your life, your feelings, your talents and so much more. It doesn’t matter you are using a throw-away camera, an iPhone or an expensive DSLR. The expression and the story of a picture are the most important.

With the release of the new Photos.app from Apple, I was scanning my pictures. One by one. More than ten thousand pictures spread over ten years. Amazing! And then I had an idea. Some of those pictures where published to Instagram. I added a nice layer and a comment and shared them with all of you. What if I created a book with all those pictures in it? Wouldn’t that be fun?

Well, the result can be found here. Take a look at it. It is completely free and gives you a look at my past years in photos. I am proud. Proud of the photos I took, proud of what I have done and proud of my life.

Enjoy!

My Past Years In Instagram Photos – Get The Book!

My Past Year In Instagram Photos – Get The Book! (small version)

Apple did it again.

Monday, Tim Cook presented the long awaited WWDC keynote. A lot of people were really excited for what would be the new things. I followed the keynote via livestream and I have to say I was pretty amazed with some of the things they announced.

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Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs, but there is no need for that. At least not for the keynotes. Even if you don’t like Apple, you should at least watch one of their keynotes. The way they present their message, simple and clean is a good example for everyone. They know how to sell their products. Talking about their why inspires people to buy their products. Add some ’amazing’, ’huge’ and ’powerful’ and you have the perfect marketing.

Like always, Apple managed to amaze us with some remarkable updates for OS X and iOS. For me, the most amazing announcement was about letting all your devices work together better than ever. No matter where you are, you can always switch from device and continue what you were doing. Being able to pick up a phonecall on my Mac is just a nice example of it. Imagine yourself editing your household budget in Numbers. You have to leave for the dentist and while waiting your iPhone prompts you to continue editing your budgets. Amazing, isn’t it?

There is a lot more but their are a lot of people that are way better in explaining all those new features. iPhoneclub (Dutch), iMore and MacStories are a couple of examples.

It’s not all good news at WWDC. iCloud drive is a nice new feature but we only get 5GB free storage. Pretty stupid if you ask me. My biggest request for iOS 8 was Siri in Dutch. Unfortunately, Apple didn’t announce that one. We get some new dication languages so maybe Dutch is among those. Maybe I should send Tim Cook this blogpost with the request to teach Siri Dutch…

My iPhone Home Screen

My iPhone Home Screen
I use my iPhone daily and couldn’t live without it anymore. Reading, listening, e-mail, writing… It all happens on my iPhone. That’s why I want to share my home screen with you.

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Launch Center Pro: With this app, you can create shortcuts to a lot of apps on your iPhone. Most of the time, I use this app for contacts I need quick access to. Or for creating tasks in OmniFocus. When I do something regularly on my iPhone, I can probably automate it with Launch Center Pro.

OmniFocus: A taskmanagement app with great interface and possibilities. I’ve tried many ToDo-apps but this one I will not replace soon. It is quite expensive but it’s worth every penny. Stuff I need to do for work, at home or for my birds, they all go in there. Idea for a blogpost? It is stored in OmniFocus via a Launch Center Pro shortcut.

Drafts: The quickest input app I know. When you open the app, you can start typing without thinking about where you will store this. Afterwards, you can dispatch your note to every app you can think of.

Phone: A smartphone is a phone so I want to be able to call someone quickly if needed :).

First screen:
Mailbox: My favorite email application. I love the ability to defer emails to a later time. I can quickly go through my mail and dispatch everything to the correct place.

Fantastical: Before using Fantastical, entering events on my phone was not convenient. With it’s natural language parser, you can enter events in seconds. They have a great interface and the ability to add more than two alarms. Just waiting for the iPad app…

Settings: The settings app is still on my home screen, even after Apple added control center. Toggle something off, check my WiFi-network or simply turn off background refresh for a new app, it is all in there.

HomeWizard (website): Do you love automating things? I do, so I automated some things at home. Lights go on at a certain time, ipcamera in the garden, change the heating… You think of it and you can do it with HomeWizard.

Clear: To be honest, I installed it for its simplicity and amazing design. I use it for simple list like what I need to take with me when I go play soccer.

Scanner Pro: Scanning all paperwork to Evernote is done with this app. I don’t have a scanner at home but this app makes it almost as good as a real scanner.

Reeder: I follow a lot of blogs an techsite so to keep up with all the news in the world, I use Reeder. Mainly to quickly scan titles and saving interesting things to Pocket.

Pocket: Almost every article I read, is stored in Pocket. It delivers a fantastic reading experience and allows me to easily save stuff to Evernote or share with people following me on twitter. Works together with IFTTT (website).

Banking: We need money everyday, so with this app I can manage all my accounts.

Downcast: I start the day and end the day with a podcast. To be able to listen on the road, Downcast downloads the most recents episodes for me. By doing so, I always have a list of Podcasts ready to consume.

Messages: Send messages to family and friends. The easiest way to communicate. Still.

Strides: I try to train myself some habits. I log my daily progress in Strides.

1Password: All my amazing passwords together in one app. I can’t imagine ever living without this app.

iCulture: Dutch newssite about Apple. Without these people I would not have my known my iPhone as I know it now.

Fitbit: I work on a desk  so this app tells me every day that I need to move more. I also track how much water I drink during the day, so I don’t get dehydrated :).

Spendee: Simple app to keep track of my income and expenses. Not a real budget app but can gice you a simple overview for a particular month.

So that is my homescreen. Maybe you noticed that I leave one line blank? I think that is easier to swipe to the next screen and it gives me the feeling that my homescreen is clean.

Why don’t you just pay for it?

I used to avoid paying for everything. Why would I pay for something if I can get it for free? I will only use it from time to time, so why pay for it?

Films, books, music, software… I downloaded them for free from the internet. It was normal to me and everyone did the same. Why would I buy a filmticket for 8 euros if I could watch it for free at home? If I wanted to, I could watch it more than once. I did not listen a lot of music so I did not feel the need to buy albums of my favourite artist. By the time I would listen to it, the album was old news. I had no problem buying expensive hardware, but software was a bit more difficult. Software needed updates, paid updates. I always had difficulties paying for something that will fade away. It’s like throwing money away. Greedy? No, I don’t think so. I think about what I spend and love to get something good in return for my investment.

But times change. Things like the iPhone and its appstore, e-books and streaming services encourage me to reconsider. Books became cheaper and easier to get. Apps changed the way people live their lives. There are a lot of free apps, but I started to notice that spending money on apps that you use every day is a great investment. I listen to podcasts every day and started using the podcast app from Apple. After some time, I decided that I needed something better with some extra options. Manually downloading episodes every day was just a waste of time. So the first app I bought was Downcast. An amazing app that manages the podcast I listen to and downloads them when I am at home. 2,69€ and I am using it for almost two years now. I stopped hesitating, if I find an app that can make a part of my life better, I’ll just buy it.

I see you thinking ”That is easy, it costs peanuts.” and I admit, I still hesitate for higher prices. But a lot of the time I am not downloading them for free. The books I read, I could use from someone else or I paid for them. I still have some software for free but I do not download free music anymore. I use Spotify for that.

Streaming services are hot these times. For a low monthly fee, you can listen or watch to anything you want. Great isn’t it? I love Spotify. I can listen to any music whenever I want. I hesitated when I subscribed for their service. I did not listen a lot of music so why would I need it? Well, that changed after subscribing :).

I can go on like this forever. The last months I’ve bought more things than I’ve ever bought in my whole live. So I have made my choice. When I find something I can use in my daily life, I will buy it.

Will you pay for it?

Some tips.

Ask you friends for tips. What have they bought that may be interesting for you?

Ask for a trial, read reviews. Doing so, you know what you buy.

Stop hesitating and pay for what you need.