Home Screens – Steve Stanger


This week I’m featuring Steve Stanger, host of the MacAttack podcast and all-around great guy. Steve has extensive knowledge of Mac hardware and software and is particularly adept at giving the maintenance, backup, and utility advice we all need. Check Steve out at the MacAttack.

Before you comment on how empty or boring my iPod touch home screen may be let me quote Leonardo da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” I hope that doesn’t set the bar too high for this post.

Probably like you my home page is made up of apps I use most often. It’s also the landing place for new apps I’m playing with or reviewing. I hardly ever take advantage of all of the available space. You happen to see my home page in transition. Some apps have graduated to other pages, some didn’t make the cut.

Write briefly about any apps you particularly like on your home screen.

My two favorite apps on my home page are Tweetie and Pandora.  After using pretty much all of the Twitter clients available I found Tweetie to be my favorite. I’d like to see the features of the iPhone/touch app make it to the desktop client. If you love music you should really checkout Pandora.

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

Bejeweled 2 – It’s my go to game when there’s some idle time.

How many screens full of apps do you have?

I have five screens. I categorize them as: home page, fun & games, utilities, audio & video and a holding area for apps rarely used and the Apple apps you can’t delete. 

How many times a day do you use your iPhone/iPod touch?

My touch is always within reach. I pretty much use it on and off all day.

What is your favorite feature of the iPhone/iPod touch?

To paraphrase the quote I used at the beginning of this post – the iPod touch is sophistication in simplicity.

If you were Steve Jobs, what would you add to the iPod Touch?


Anything else you’d like to share?

I would like to highlight a few apps hidden on the other pages of my iPod touch:

WhiteNoise – Provides ambient sounds to help with relaxation or sleep.

Convert – Unit of measure converter.

Evernote – Allows you to access the Evernote service from you iPhone/touch

1Password – Securely stores your passwords. Syncs with desktop 1Password client.

OrbMedia – Allows you to stream media from a home computer to your iPhone/touch.

nin: access – Nine Inch Nails official app. Interact with other fans, listen to streaming NIN music, news, etc.

Nikon: Lean & Explore – Quick and easy access to Nikon supplied photography information. A great “how-to” app.

Thanks Steve!

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