Choosing a to-do manager

David Sparks wrote a great article for Macworld about finding the right to-do manager:

“My final advice about choosing and implementing a task management system is to be careful. No other productivity tool enables needless tinkering as effectively as a to-do app. I recommend you pick a task system as sophisticated as you need it to be, but not one bit more complex than that.”

That’s great advice, as someone who’s willing to spend money on task-management software is also likely the same person who’ll succumb to a desire to fiddle. I love OmniFocus, but I also love a simple list on paper.

Things to do in San Francisco

I’m not in San Francisco for Macworld | iWorld this year, but I know several of you are. When I do visit the area, I always visit the following places. Yes, most of them are restaurants, but I’m a fat guy, so you should’t be surprised. Once you’ve exhausted yourself on the expo floor, unwind at one of these great locations.

Red’s Java House, Pier 30

A great place to get a delicious, greasy burger without free-range localvores staring you down for eating a cooked cow. The simple menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, fries and a few basic sandwiches. It’s not gourmet but a good prescription for those whose arteries are a little too free-flowing.

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Macworld on Disney’s AppMates for iPad

Disney adds physical toys to its AppMates iPad game with a Pixar Cars theme. To play, launch the free iPad app and place one of the specially-designed playing pieces  ($19.99 per pair) on the iPad’s screen. Move it around to explore Radiator Springs, complete missions, race other cars and more. It’s a lot of fun, but I’ve got the same complaints as Macworld’s Philip Michaels:

“To make your AppMate visible to the accompanying iPad app when it’s placed on the tablet screen, you have to grip the car’s side windows with a finger—essentially completing a circuit. Loosen your grip on the car, and it will stop moving down the virtual streets of Radiator Springs. It sounds easy enough, but keeping your fingers in place for a prolonged period of play can be a bit of strain. Turning to follow the curves of a racetrack—all without letting go of the car—forced me to do things with my wrist that the human body shouldn’t be asked to do.”

You’ve got to hold the car just so or else the connection is broken and iPad no longer “sees” it. Additionally, some playing pieces are easier to hold properly than others. Lightning McQueen is more consistent than Sally when my kids play.

When it works it’s a lot of fun, but unfortunately it’s frustrating too often to recommend.