My particular obsessive compulsive problem seems to have something to do with a fear of missing out on an event or activity.
That might explain why my Mac and iPhone and iPad each have half a dozen reminder apps. All those dings and bells and alarms make the Kayhill living room sound like a Las Vegas casino on ladies night. The newest reminder app to grace my Mac is cool and fun to use but brings a few more fears.
Reminders? Or, Due Dates?
Apple’s Reminders app on my iPhone and iPad is nice but has limitations. Siri integration is nice, but there’s no Siri on my iPad or Mac. Yet.
The latest app to assuage my fears is called Due. That’s as opposed to Reminders. Due makes reminders.
What I like about Siri is the simplicity. Tell Siri to set a reminder and it gets done.
Due kinda sort works the same way but with Siri intervention. Due uses natural date input so you can simply type in the date of a reminder and not worry about some kind of arcane date format.
Also built-in to Due is an option for recurring reminders. The alarm has an auto snooze option, and there are reusable countdown timers for tasks you do at the same time each day.
If you’re not in love already, you’ll be seduced by the iPhone and iPad versions of Due which sync together with the Mac version so all the reminders are all over the place constantly reminding me of every little item on my do list and giving me either a headache or shivers, depending on what I’ve forgotten to do that might be so serious I need three alarms going off at the same time.
Sorry. I digress.
You can customize and manage Due’s notifications with Growl and Due is ready for OS X Mountain Lion’s Notification Center.
What’s the problem with Due? It’s not so much Due as it is what Due does. All those alerts going off on all my Apple devices at the same time can be disconcerting. Plus, I worry how Siri of the future will negate my use and the value of yet another commercial app (Due isn’t free).
Finally, I worry about what happens when my Mac and iPhone and iPad, thanks to Apple’s secret artificial intelligence apps in iCloud, become fully sentient and decide to tell us humans what to do rather than the other way around.
I’m not even sure that all those reminders on Due were put there by me. Why would I tell myself to increase my credit card limit? And who’s been buying all these extra apps?