Apple, it’s time to move parental controls to the cloud

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We’re an Apple family, since way before it was cool. Right now, I have a 2.5 year old iMac that is still going strong, iPad 3 and iPhone 4S. Husband has an iPad 3 and iPhone 5. Teenager #1 has an iPad 3 and uses a hand-me-down iMac for writing/school work. Teenager #2 has her dad’s hand-me-down iPhone 4 and my hand-me-down 2009 MacBook.

I see many families like ours. So it’s surprising to me that thus far, Apple has done little to help families organize their iLives.

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On Uncommon Ground

Last Friday, my short 9 month career working on Common Ground came to an end. I’m free (sorta) and sad (sorta) and angry (not sorta). Don’t get me wrong. Jobs come and go, especially in this economy. Startups fail. Companies cut back. It happens. My disappointment, sadness and anger is over the way too early death of a product that I believed in. That it was misunderstood and undervalued. It has nothing to do with the fact that I’m out of a job for the first time since 2005. I know I’ll be fine.

It feels good to be blogging again. When I accepted the job at Convio, I negotiated that it would be okay for me to blog. Even preferred. The reality was that I found it difficult to work for a large company and express myself here.

Overall, I’m incredibly fortunate and grateful. The support and friendship that I’ve felt in the past month from the #nptech and Salesforce communities I cherish has filled my heart in ways I can never adequately describe and will take years to feel that I’ve paid back. You know who you are. Thank you. And don’t even get me started on the people who worked on Common Ground. Wow. Brilliant, passionate and dedicated to making the best product they could while delighting customers. Definitely felt out of place in its recent environment. I will miss you all so much. I was so honored to be on this team.

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Poster: Best iOS blog editor

“You should get back to blogging.” Heard that many times. I love blogging. I miss blogging.

One of the many reasons I let this blog get stale was the amount of time I now spend on iOS. I have a computer in the basement for work. Other than that, I’m on an iPhone or iPad and I blog best first thing in the morning. Even though I use an external keyboard with my iPad, when the urge hits to share something with the world it was easier to click a button and compose a simple tweet or Facebook update.

Mobile Safari and the WordPress browser editor are not a good combination. Painful. I tried blogging a few times from the official WordPress app but it’s terrible too. It’s fine for moderating comments, frustrating for composing complete posts.

Late last week, I found Poster. It’s a universal app for $3.99 and if you still believe in blogging, it’s worth every cent. I don’t know which impresses me more, that it’s so good and beautiful or that it was developed by a college kid who did it while teaching himself how to code for iOS.

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