Gadgets, Gizmos and Games

In late December, I decided to upgrade from my messaging phone (which wasn’t smart enough to log onto Facebook) to an iPhone (heaven help us all).  I use Sprint and have for 20+ years for my cell service and my upgrade became available on 1 January 2014.  So, bring on the iPhone.

The first thing I loaded was the Kindle Reading App and the iBooks app.  I followed that by downloading my own books to my Kindle Reading App.  This is partly vanity and partly common sense, I get asked about my books a lot; having them on my phone makes it easy for me to just show them to people.

After that it was time for gaming apps and gizmo apps and gadget apps.  I downloaded the flashlight, a constellation/star identifier, UrbanSpoon, AroundMe and a handful of other useful apps.  I also downloaded more than a few gaming apps (have I ever mentioned I am a gaming junkie?).

However, last week, I noticed my SO had download a timesheet app (he also has an iPhone).  He can “clock in” and “clock out” on his phone or do manual time entries.  For a week, when he wasn’t paying attention, I studied the app.  Yesterday I downloaded it.

One of the requirements was that I set a “Rate of Pay” or a “Variable Rate of Pay” because every entry has to have a pay rate.  I settled on $0.50 an hour for my writing.  This is low, I know, but I didn’t want to manually enter a pay rate every time I wrote.  Last night, I used it for the first time on my writing.  I “clocked in” when I started and “clocked out” when I stopped.

My total writing time last night was 4 hours and 3 minutes.  Not bad at all, I managed 6,000 words during the time (a record for me I think) and according to my rate of pay, I made $2.00.

I didn’t download the app to track money though.  Its purpose is to track exactly how many hours a month I spend writing.  I think it will be interesting to treat it like a “real job” and track my hours to the minute.  I’ll report back at the end of February on how the time went…

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  1. Maria D.

     /  January 21, 2014

    That’s an interesting app….my phone guy actually talked me out of the Iphone and into a Galaxy ….lol


    • My nephew has a Galaxy. They’ve had to replace it seven times because of a battery issue.

      My friend, the super geek, talked me into the iPhone because the apps were more secure. Google doesn’t screen their apps like iTunes does, according to her.



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