In an average day I use a number of applications (laptop, mobile and web) to manage both my personal and work life. Evernote is the only application that helps me manage both.

I’ve been using Evernote for so long that I was very surprised to hear that the company is only five years old. I received an email from the company on June 26th. The note was short and to the point, but the thing that caught my eye was that they were able to tell me what number user I am. Of the more than 65,000,000 users, I am user 28,103.

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I created my Evernote account on March 27, 2008 and have been using the application ever since. The platform continues to get better with each release and I look forward to using Evernote for another five years and beyond.

Happy Birthday Evernote! Thanks for a great product that handles anything I decide to throw at it.

iOS 7

As of today, I’ve been using iOS 7 for three weeks. I’ve run Developer Preview One and I’m now running Developer Preview Two. What do I think so far? I’m pleasantly surprised and very impressed.

The all new flat design is great. I’m still not sure about some of the icon choices, but for me it is a much needed improvement since the initial design from 2007.

My biggest concern when upgrading to iOS 7 was really around losing my ability to jailbreak my devices. Now that I have been running iOS 7 for a while I can honestly say that I really don’t miss much about having my devices jailbroken. I had 22 jailbreak apps and tweaks installed and there are only four that I miss:

  1. BiteSMSApple has really improved the usability of the lock screen with an updated Notification Center, but I don’t know why they didn’t address the ability to interact directly with notifications like they did with OSX Mavericks. This is one feature I hope to see in a future update.
  2. Browser Changer – My default browser of choice is Google Chrome on all of my machines and devices. This tweak allowed Google Chrome to take over as the default from Safari on my devices. I wish Apple would allow us to change the default browser (all the default apps for that matter) or even allow us to remove them.
  3. Diet Bulletin – The updated bulletin alerts in iOS 7 are a much needed improvement, but I still think they are way to large. This tweak allowed me to set alerts to only be the height of the top status bar.
  4. ShowCase – This one is a total preference thing, but the tweak made the letters on your keyboard either capital or lower case making it real quick and easy to know what case you were typing.

iOS 7 is a welcome improvement over previous iOS versions. The updated design and new feature set that we know of so far have made a great mobile OS even better. I hope Apple has some other tweaks and big features in store for the official release later this year.

What do you think of the updates Apple has made to iOS 7? Do you think they made the right decisions for the platform or are you wishing they would revert back? Leave a comment below.

Plants vs. Zombies has been one of my favorite games since it originally came out for iOS in 2010. The game has been a staple on my iPhone and iPad since purchasing them and has kept me sane in many a waiting room.

I still love the game and its characters, but it is certainly starting to show its age. I’m super excited to see what PopCap Games has in store for the upcoming sequel.

If you’re a fan of Plants vs. Zombies, what are you looking forward to in the sequel? Post a comment here or hit me up on Twitter!

Toy Story in Real Life (Live Action) is something that I have thought would be cool. Now 18 years after the release of the first movie someone has taken the time to put it together. The film has taken nearly two years (started in 2010) to complete and the director’s have even got permission from Disney and Pixar to release what they have filmed.

So why did I decide to write this post? First, when I saw this video earlier in the week I just knew I wanted to write about it. Second, as I type in the kitchen the pizza in the oven has 10 minutes to go. From the family room in the basement I can hear our son, Conner, laughing.

What is he laughing at you ask? Toy Story 3.

When Toy Story came out in November of 1995, I was a senior in high school. At the time I had already decided that I was going to pursue Computer Science, but drawing was something that I really enjoyed. Toy Story was the first full length computer animated movie (as far as I know) and I was amazed at how two things I enjoyed came together so well.

Listening to Conner laugh and being able to enjoy and share the story with him that started so many years ago is amazingly good.

To Infinity and Beyond!