Things I get to hear about Alexa and Google Home!

Sure, you often hear of fancy ‘life hacks’ about people who program their smart speaker to turn on a coffee maker or help with math homework. But the stories I get to hear from young people on the experimental edge of the home-based Internet-of-Things (IOT) phenomenon range from the hilarious to the unsettling. I’ve been … Continue reading Things I get to hear about Alexa and Google Home!

Eavesdropping is a nice way of saying ‘spying’.

It comes as no surprise that the Amazon Echo speaker is listening more closely than people think. Let’s be clear: It’s not listening in, it’s eavesdropping. The word has been around for more than 300 years! It describes the act of someone secretly “listening under the eaves” to another. Alexa is supposed to be in … Continue reading Eavesdropping is a nice way of saying ‘spying’.

Voice assistants I love to unplug, and smart fridges I really don’t need

I’ve had some fun with Alexa. The matter was settled over the Christmas break: We can do without AI in our home. I had previously written about it here. And featured voice assistants in my last tech column, “I spy with my little AI.” I reference how creepy it could get should an AI enabled … Continue reading Voice assistants I love to unplug, and smart fridges I really don’t need

Quotes for the week ending 16 May, 2009

“I’m OK.” Roxana Saberi, Iranian-American journalist who reported for NPR, who was freed from Iranian prison this week. “But the president I worked for always wanted it short. He thought about people sitting in the audience on a hot day…” Mark Salter, who has written commencement speeches for Senator John McCain, commeiting on on what … Continue reading Quotes for the week ending 16 May, 2009

2008 in Retrospect: The Good, The Bad, and The Absolutely Hilarious!

We said goodbye to some extraordinary people this year. Arthur C. Clarke, si-fi writer, father of the communications satellite, permanent resident of Sri Lanka – 19, March, 2008 Hal Riney, advertising man extraordinaire – 25 March, 2008 Charleston Heston, of “Ten Commandments” and NRA fame – 5 April, 2008 Tim Russert, journalist extraordinaire, of NBC’s … Continue reading 2008 in Retrospect: The Good, The Bad, and The Absolutely Hilarious!