: Covid-19 weeknotes 25

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Friday 2nd October, 2020
  1. A week not working. I refuse to say “on holiday”, because it doesn’t feel anything like that.

  2. However I’ve been walking, cycling a little, and generally feel quite good.

  3. Then the rains started.

  4. I experimented a little today with the macOS Voice Control system. It’s probably simplest if I just say: don’t bother. The voice recognition model seems poor at best, and although there are some very interesting and sometimes good ideas for how to control a computer by voice, it also seems crippled in some strange ways that suggest it isn’t really intended to be taken seriously.

  5. The Android system is slightly better, although not really ready for prime time as it misunderstands things quite regularly. That may be because it’s using the built-in microphone, ignoring any connected Bluetooth headset – I can’t be certain, because I’ve only tried using a headset once or twice. Like the macOS system, it is possible to get things done using it, but is deeply frustrating.

  6. Why don’t you just turn off the computer and go and do something more interesting instead?

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Don’t make me come in there.