Due is one of those apps that takes the notion of “do one thing for the user very well” and executes on it to a level of sophistication that more complex apps often miss. It is, at its core, a reminder app that also has the ability to set timers. But it allows for a handful of really useful tweaks to that basic model that elevate it to a top-notch productivity app.
It’s not a new app; it’s been around a long time–and it has a lot of fans already. But it didn’t get many updates for a while because it’s maintained by one guy, and I’m pretty sure he had a kid, and as many of us know, despite the life-alteringly incredible emotional uplift a new baby brings, one of the things it usually assassinates is the desire to be productive, or really do anything apart from sleep for that matter.
But the app got some updates very recently. It’s still simple and elegant, but more stable and flexible than it’s ever been. It’s one of those apps I forget about and then re-re-rediscover only to be delighted again.
A friend of mine made a really nice video walkthrough for it a while back when the 2.0 update shipped, which pretty much encapsulates everything better than I can, so watch that, go buy it, get a fantastic app, and support a talented and dedicated developer.
Due for iOS
Due for Mac
Anker SoundBuds Slim Wireless Headphones
I’ve resisted the urge to order AirPods so far. I don’t know if that’ll last forever, but at the same time, I don’t think I’d want to wear a pair of very expensive headphones for stuff like mowing the lawn. Bluetooth is essential however, and I came across these recently. I’ve been a fan of Anker for a loooong time now. I’ve yet to get something from them that isn’t terrific, so I figured I would give these a shot.
For this price, I think they’re exceptional. Used them today: great seal in the ear, pretty respectable low end, solid battery life. And they’re water-resistant. Ordered a second pair so I can have a “clean” pair and a “dirty” one. Also because I am a child.
I switched my hosting a while back to DreamHost, and they have their own object storage solution, aptly titled DreamObjects. It’s S3 compatible, so you can use it with about a million things, and I found it easier to set up and manage than S3. They also have their own CDN option baked in, and it’s one click to enable that. Pricing is great, and you can upgrade your storage to a pre-paid plan in a variety of sizes. I’ve been very happy with DreamHost since I switched, and I’m looking forward to using this too.
DreamHost – DreamObjects
Sycees 0.5W Plug-in LED Night Light
Sometimes the things that make me the happiest are dead simple. This is one of those times.
And as such, I’ll keep this simple. You buy these lights in a six-pack. You plug them in. They go on when it’s dark, off when it’s not. They are awesome and I have them all over my house now, and at night, it’s like when you’re at a resort, and they have that nice path lighting as you walk around outside.
These stupid lights make me happier than they have a right to. They will make you happy too.
And if super white LED isn’t your thing, apparently they have a warmer variant as well.
Sycees LED Night Lights