iPhone Thanksgiving apps
That's a shame because Grill Timer could be a very useful cooking tool. The app provides four separate timers--very handy if you're cooking multiple dishes at once and have run out of egg timers for tracking how long the potatoes have been simmering or the rolls have been baking. You enter the time (in minutes and seconds), and you can even assign a picture from your iPhone's camera roll as a helpful visual cue.
The developer made a few decisions I question. Grill Timer's alarm--a chime that frankly I would have trouble hearing in a noisy kitchen--sounds for only three seconds, and then it stops. Forever. In the app's release notes, the developer says he was aiming for a timer that stopped without requiring him to touch his iPhone. That's a reasonable request, for his purposes at least, but when I'm cooking, I want an alarm that keeps sounding in case I didn't hear it the first time. An option for altering the alarm sound would also be a nice addition.
These changes would certainly make GrillTimer a better app. But it won't rise to the class of indispensable until it and other timer apps are able to work completely in the background. When that happens, all iPhone users will have cause to give thanks.
[Philip Michaels will be serving a brined turkey this Thursday, as he has for every Thanksgiving since 2001.]