Gabe and Jeff discuss the usefulness of Apple's stock iOS apps. Which ones get daily use and which ones are better left in a folder somewhere? It turns out, Apple makes some good, but not perfect software and it takes a lot of discussion and sipping on a slightly-stale Amazing She-Monster by Spring House Brewing Company to hash things out.
Gabe asks a lot of questions about Jeff's budget experiment where he tries to live on a small amount of money for six months. They talk about what he found on the journey to live with less. Diversions include a discussion about what seems important versus what really is important and how to approach big problems like an adult (as unfun as that sounds).
They kept the conversation smooth and lively while sipping a Nitro Coffee Stout by Boston Beer Company.
Nitro Coffee Stout by Boston Beer Company
Although they complain like cranky old men about a lot of stuff, Gabe and Jeff do like things. This podcast is proof as they discuss things they like ranging from physical objects to people, theories, places and ideas. Sipping on a Thunder Foam by Harpoon Brewery
Thunder Foam by Harpoon Brewery
Favorite Bands - Hot Water Music / Guided By Voices / Radiohead
Favorite Fun Stuff - Making Beer
Favorite Beer - Dawson's Finest Sip of Sunshine
Favorite Tech - Macbook Air 13 / iPhone SE
Favorite/Most Interesting People - Chogyam Trungpa, David Foster Wallace
Gabe's Favorite New things
Favorite iOS Apps
Favorite old things
Harman Kardon Speakers
Book of lists
Gabe and Jeff depart from their talk of task managers to delve into Louis CK's latest offering, Horace & Pete. It is an incredible show but it can be brutal in parts. They needed a calm, gentle IPA to guide them through it. The beer came in the form of a G-Bot by New England Brewing Company sent by an excellent listener.
G-Bot by New England Brewing Company
Jeff and Gabe talk about where our systems break down, rough edges and friction. Not just the uber-nerdy task management stuff but also what needs to be fixed with travel, apps, photo management, banking, and life in general.
These problems all fade into the background when imbibing a nicely balanced Sea Hag by New England Brewery sent from a good friend of the show, Terry. Thanks, Terry.
Sea Hag by New England Brewing Company
Gabe and Jeff subject themselves to perhaps the worst beer ever brewed but then switched gears to an excellent brew from Wicked Weed (although it is a sour so Gabe wasn't happy about it anyway). They talk about how their devices shape their lives by helping them find things, communicate and catalog their beer experiences.
Watermelon Dorado by Ballast Point Brewing Company
Amorous by Wicked Weed Brewing Company
Good habits, bad habits, habits of mind — we all have habits. Gabe and Jeff discuss the value of habits and their downsides while sipping on an excellent beer by Tröeg's Brewing Company called Nugget Nectar.
They both wanted to make a habit of drinking this beer. It was excellent.
Nugget Nectar by Tröeg's Brewing Company
Show Notes - Asheville Breweries
Gabe and Jeff talk about how they get text into their respective outboard memories.
BOMB! by Prairie Artisanal Ales
Dropbox post about layoffs and spending
Screens for iOS and Mac
Devonthink for Mac
Devonthink iOS beta
DEVONthink on Mac Power Users
Scanner Pro by Readdle
- Dropbox syncing
- Easy tagging
- Concerns about the future of Dropbox
- Information ambiguity
- Too many inboxes
- Easy reference
Gabe and Jeff go to the movies in this episode, discussing some of their favorite moments in the medium while sipping a fine Dogfish Head Noble Rot.
Noble Rot (Oak Aged) by Dogfish Head Brewing Company
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Groundhog Day on iTunes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki
Miyazaki's Spirited Away [Blu-ray]
The Art of Spirited Away
What do you do with your free time? If you are Gabe or Jeff, you drink beer.
But obviously there are likely more things to do besides just drink beer so, in this episode, Jeff and Gabe go into what they do to fill in the time between work and sleep.
They have this discussion while sipping a strange brew by Ballast Point called Ginger Big Eye (sent from another fantastic listener).
Ginger Big Eye by Ballast Point Brewing
Gabe and Jeff add to their evergreen discussion about what it takes to tackle task management these days. In what amounts to a "part two" of their discussion of 2Do and Taskpaper, this touches on some of the topics missed in the first go around as well as gives them to chance to drink a fantastic IPA sent in from a listener, fellow beer aficionado and TapCellar user (he has very good taste).
The Tree House Brewing Julius proves to be one hell of a tasty beer and one of the best IPAs around.
Julius by Tree House Brewing
Gabe and Jeff discuss the window to the Internet - the browser. Browsers are often overlooked when we think about our computer and yet for some (like my mother) the browser is the internet. Gabe talks about his iOS browser tips and tricks and they both profess their undying love for Pinboard.
Pervading the discussion is the rich chocolate and cherry smells of Evil Twin Brewing’s Imperial Biscotti Break Natale, a great beer which you can look up information about in your browser using the links below.
Imperial Biscotti Break Natale by Evil Twin Brewery
Gabe and Jeff discuss the value of having friends. When you're an old guy, finding friends can be a hard thing to do so the hosts talk about having friends, keeping friends, meeting friends and discovering friends in unlikely places.
They drink some beer sent to them by a friendly listener who thought they should sample the offerings of Core Brewing from Arkansas. One thing was made clear -- sharing beer is one of the best things about having friends.
Easy Livin' IPA and Oatmeal Stout by Core Brewing Company
The year has ended. A new year is well underway. While it is handy to look back on how things went, it is just as helpful to have things set up for the months ahead. Year-end reviews are common in the workplace but does it make sense to do it at home too?
Gabe and Jeff take a stab at talking about how they wrap up their year as well as how they document things to make the task of remembering the year easier. This gains importance as you become a forgetful old man sipping on a Single Shot by Tree House Brewing sent from an excellent patron of the podcast.
Single Shot by Tree House Brewing
Gabe and Jeff talk about moving on. It is a wide-ranging topic that started as a small, unassuming conversation about moving to a new neighborhood but fragmented into the concept of moving on with all of the things in your life.
Gabe needed to move on to a new mic before the podcast started due to weird noises so the duo ended up dealing with weird technical issues for the entire conversation. It didn't dim their enthusiasm for Founders Brewing's ReDANKulous, however.
Close your eyes, sip your delicious red ale and pretend they are broadcasting from the moon.
ReDANKulous by Founders Brewing Company
When Gabe and Jeff get started talking about task management, especially when they are enthusiastic about an app like 2Do, they can go on for days. This podcast is almost a day long but has a lot of task management goodness in it. The conversation is about the advantages of using plain text task management, some commentary on the direction and focus of OmniFocus and how they have embraced 2Do to varying degrees.
They tackle the task of drinking Victory's new Blackboard Series beer, Agave IPA. A little grapefruit number that turned out to be surprisingly refreshing.
Agave IPA - Blackboard Series #1 by Victory Brewing Company
Bitches Brew by Dogfish Head Brewery
Gabe and Jeff discuss the new version of You Need a Budget (YNAB) which released recently to mixed reviews. Going from a solid, stable, standalone app with Dropbox integration (the holy grail for nerds like these guys), it has pivoted to a web app with all of the pitfalls of that methodology.
They discuss Jeff's experiences with the app and cry into their suds while bemoaning how one of their favorite pieces of software has changed in all of the wrong ways.
Some alternative Mac software that is not a web services:
Perpetual IPA by Tröegs Brewing Company
In this week's episode Jeff and Gabe nerd out over calculators with one of their favorite beers.
Backwoods Bastard by Founders Brewing Company
The beer that launched 1000 naps...