Posts Tagged 'Iphone'

You know who I’m loving today?

Paula Radcliffe, thats who.

I went out for a run this morning with the dog and at the end, Paula popped up on my Nike+ to announce that I had just completed my fastest ever 5km.  Not too shabby a start to the weekend.

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Money talk & my first impressions of Mint.com

Way back at the start of the year I said that 2011 was going to be the year that I got my act together with money. It’s not that I was bad with money before, more that I just didn’t actually have any kind of longer term plan.  Being that 2010 was the year I bought my first house, it seemed like the logical step that as I work my way through the mire of mortgage payments I should be looking above and beyond that, to my short and long term financial goals and how my mortgage played into them.
Then I realized my only financial goal was ‘to not be poor’.

So I got about trying to work out some more specific goals, and while I was doing that I more importantly started looking quite sternly at my cash flow. One of the ways I thought I would do this was to get an app on my iPhone that would allow me to record my transactions, so I downloaded a few and tried them out but none were as user friendly as I hoped, then I tried the mint.com app, and I was instantly more impressed.

This led me quite quickly to Mint.com and since then I have become a bit of a Mint.com geek. Rather than having to physically type in transactions of what, where, how much I spend and then turn these records into different categories that will really help in working out where your money is going. You can even pick from a selection of graphs.  This is of course as long as you use your credit card, if not you do still have to add it the old fashioned way BUT with your iPhone app it will work out where, you are (as in what store you’re in) and you just add the amount.

 

It’s funny because I now rarely use the iPhone, 95% of my transactions are on credit card (I know the likes of Gail Val-Oxlade say that you should use cash, but I like the cash back I earn and always pay the balance in full) yet it was via the app store that I became a Mint.com user.

The first thing I noticed was that I was spending far too much on groceries, so I’ve now got that under control, the second thing I noticed was that I was spending way too much at the bar. I’m still working on that one…
There is a hesitation with any web based service that has anything to do with your own money, I’m sure the majority of people would think twice before allowing a third party access to your personal financial information, and I think that that skeptisim is a good thing, it was will hopefully ensure you’re never ripped off online, but in this case I would certainly recommend Mint.com for its user-friendly way of keeping an eye on your finances.

Angry birds, its not the birds that are angry, its me

I recently went from a Blackberry to an Iphone. I could write a few thousand words on why this is a good thing, its a work phone and I was largely indifferent to the swap but I’m no glad we did.  Instead I’ll let you know that for reasons unknown to me I bought the game ‘Angry Birds’.  I think this was mainly I had heard it mentioned in passing that I thought it would be worth the 99c just to see what everyone was on about.

So I bought it, and I cant put the bloody thing down.  When you start playing its like an itch, just a couple more minutes, then a couple more, then a couple…..well you get the idea.

Sea snakes and ethical killing

Interesting day here on the Indian Ocean.

I went to get a coffee a few hours ago and some of the guys on board the ship were ominously sharpening hunting knives. Not something I usually see when I’m out at sea, but I am thousands of miles from home on the other side of the world, and where ever I travel for work guys do various stuff to kill time.

Next time I went out for coffee they were in the process of beheading a sea snake that they had caught from the side of the boat. Quicker than you could call the people from PETA they had it skinned and were throwing the meat to the sharks over the side.

This was definitely not what I’m used to.

It raised a few questions, but mainly “Am I cool with this?” I eat meat, but consider myself to be an animal welfare conscious guy. I don’t hunt, but don’t have an issue with those that do as long as they are doing it for a purpose (as in to eat) and not just ‘for sport’.

I suppose it seemed more poignant a question due to my encounter with a whale shark the other day. Apparently one of the guys has just got a new iphone and needed a new case, rather than buy one he option to make one while he is not working. I have leather shoes; I didn’t catch and kill the cow but its still part of an animal? Is it not better that this animal wasn’t raised in a tank for the purpose of snappy telecommunications accessories, but rather it led a life in the great big sea? It may have been munched by one of its peers I the next few hours anyway?