I got an iPhone for Christmas, and the ubiquity of the internet access has begun changing my way of working. I am moving more and more stuff to the “cloud.” I find that the centralized data storage and the access-anywhere-from-anything benefit outweighs the worries about sensitive data. (To a point; more on that in a moment.)
For example, I’ve now moved my GtD work from Thinking Rock (a fine computer-based program on my laptop) to ToodleDo, a web-based app that I can access from any computer OR my iPhone. I can use the computer when I want to do some serious data entry and organizing, and the iPhone for on-the-run work and moment-to-moment checking of next actions.
The key is having an app that works well in both Firefox on my laptop and Safari on my iPhone. Even better is an app that has a custom portal or app specifically designed to work on the iPhone. ToodleDo has both, so it has become my tool of choice.
I’ve been looking for a Quicken replacement for some time — well, actually, I’ve been looking for a PocketQuicken replacement for my iPhone, and haven’t found anything. So, I gave Buxfer — an online version of Quicken — a try, but deleted my account after a few days. I wasn’t sure I wanted my financial data in the cloud, AND I wanted it on my phone so I could check it without having to have access.
Now that I’ve installed SplashMoney on the phone, I’m debating going back to Buxfer. I wonder if I am being too paranoid — and Buxfer has some features that SplashMoney doesn’t. Stay tuned for more on this.
I’m looking at a number of other cloud apps, including Evernote. Again, it’s the central data storage and multi-point access that is appealing. I’ll write more on this as I explore.
If you are using internet apps more, drop a comment and share your experience.