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What's in my (digital) bag?

I'm a student, a student of Media Informatics. So I almost have to organize myself with apps and web apps and what not. Even it doesn't make sense at certain points, just to be the tech-savy guy in the room.

So I tried a lot of tools, services and techniques, sometimes going to the hell of software design and other times enlightened by clever ideas and concepts in those tools.

The latter I want to share with you, saving you the struggle:

Calendar: Sunrise

Sunrise Screenshot
Will be closed by Microsoft in the coming months, sadly.

So this is where I manage the most precious thing I have: my time.

Sunrise has beautifully designed apps for Android, iOS and Chrome (on PC e.g.) and integrated with just about anything. I connected: Facebook (for partys and other events in the city), Trello (for paper and other due dates), GitHub (for coding milestone due dates), Evernote (for casual reminders) and songkick (for knowing interesting concerts nearby before anyone else).

Everything in one glance. It's surprisingly satisfying to see everything come together and knowing where I'm going to be at any given moment.
Also makes a great journal looking back a few months.

Music: Spotify Premium

Tenacious D

Absolutly awesome! Didn't know how I ever survived without it: It enables non-stop rocking..

What sets spotify apart from other music streaming services? The apps. They work great on every platform and are beautifully designed. Futhermore they have a extremly good API a lot of great third-party apps are built on.

For 5€ / month (student discount) an absolute no-brainer.

Brainstorming: Evernote

or the archive of everything

Evernote Screenshot

Think of Evernote as building a smaller self-curated version of the whole internet. Everytime you see something you want to remember you can click that button which comes which the Chrome Extension and you can save the whole page, a small portion of it or the article without the clutter around it.

Later you can search it very easily and if you prepare for a talk for example you have the pure awesomeness of the Internet in one view.

Also handy for: Guitar chords / tabs, University papers and assignments, non-critical passwords and credentials, recipes, tickets, sketches etc.

Organizing my time: Trello & Toggl

Trello is kind of a digital white board with sticky notes. It's the place where I put all my tasks from reading something to washing the dishes to making a website fix. It's super flexible and I can rearrange everything in lists. Also great for teamwork
Difficult to explain but easy to use. Just give it a shot.

And it's awesome in conjunction with Toggl and its Chrome Extension. Toggl is a time tracking service with awesome apps for every platform and it displays a "Start tracking"-Button on every place on the internet you might need it. Including Trello.

Flat organization: Wunderlist & Splittable

Wunderlist is great because it is simple.
I use it as a shared flat-shopping list together with my roommate. Everytime something is needed one can put it on Wunderlist and if someone is on a shopping spree he picks it up and puts the costs into Splittable. In Splittable there are all the costs of the flat listed including who owes who.

Traveling: goEuro

This is how a travel app should be: One types in where he wants to go and the app tells you the price and times of bus, train and plane.

That's it.

Typing: Swift Key

Most of us students type a lot on their smartphones. Like A LOT.
At some point it makes sense to think about a smarter, more predictive keyboard, which makes typing quicker. Like a lot quicker.

I use Swift Key as my smatphone keyboard and it's great at messaging, since everyone's messages are (sadly) pretty predictable. But at some times it's a little annoying, esspacially if you surf the web for a specific term, I usually don't want it to correct what I typed based on my WhatsApp chats.
I hope it'll get better soon and there is hope.

Being bored: yo

It's like WhatsApp besides you can only send one message: "Yo".

Sounds pretty dumb but it's acually worth over $10 million.

Useful for: sending Locations during a lecture, making a weird "yo" sound, spare the "hey, how are you"-chats and - last but not least - making people angry with how little creativity people got rich.