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Bossy tech
« on: November 13, 2020, 14:20 »
We have Alexa in control here and you canít seem to even switch a light on or off by hand without her getting in a strop. Humans messing with stuff she regards as hers is not encouraged !

I did think things had gone too far though, when OH told me today that he had received a telling off from his Apple watch. He has been listening to music which is too loud on his earphones, so it is limiting the volume from now.  Not Ďcan Ií or Ďshall Ií, just going ahead and doing it because clearly he cannot be trusted  :lol:

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Re: Bossy tech
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2020, 14:53 »
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Being old school, I like/try to keep my mobile and my laptop for separate functions. They get in a strop because I don't choose to sync the two. I was under the impression that I chose how I wanted them to work!   ::) Obviously I'm wrong  :nowink:
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Re: Bossy tech
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2020, 15:07 »
Gah, you wont find those filthy data leeches on my devices! Cortana is banished from my PC, long live the Paperclip Assistant!

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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2020, 15:15 »
long live the Paperclip Assistant!

Good grief.  I remember when that thing was launched and how to switch it off was the hottest tip in town  :lol:

I refuse to use Siri or Cortana, but Alexa is not so bad when you get used to her. 

They get in a strop because I don't choose to sync the two.

Unfortunately I use a Mac at work, have an iPhone and now an iPad.  They formed an inseparable bond within seconds of meeting one another and I didnít get a say at all  :lol:

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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2020, 15:24 »
Gah, you wont find those filthy data leeches on my devices! Cortana is banished from my PC, long live the Paperclip Assistant!
I agree,   haven't got any of that stuff,  and don't use a mobile except for car breakdown (god forbid !)
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2020, 15:32 »
I use a windows laptop for Ďworkingí on; an iOS tablets for surfing and social media; android for phone etc.

They all work differently and I have to shout at them sometimes (which makes no difference).  I donít allow any of them to talk to me !!!  :ohmy:
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2020, 18:28 »
My computer is totally independent of anything else, and only does what I tell it to do.  My phone doesn't even take photos, it just makes phone calls and it permanently switched off until I want to use it.  My life is therefore relatively free of unwanted interruptions, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2020, 20:42 »
Not impressed by Windoze 10 these days - it's a constant battle to get it to do only what I want it to do rather than what its daddy would prefer me to do (sell my soul to them.  :ohmy:)
Have also spent most of today undoing the damage caused by the latest 'feature update', which killed their own browser on my PC.  :wacko:

Not at all sure even those at the sharp end have much of an idea how to control the monster they've created.  :unsure:
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2020, 23:37 »
Not impressed by Windoze 10 these days - it's a constant battle to get it to do only what I want it to do rather than what its daddy would prefer me to do (sell my soul to them.  :ohmy:)
Have also spent most of today undoing the damage caused by the latest 'feature update', which killed their own browser on my PC.  :wacko:

Not at all sure even those at the sharp end have much of an idea how to control the monster they've created.  :unsure:

Thankfully I have W10 Pro which means I can set group policies to stop things like auto updates and Cortana. It also means I don't need a Microsoft account to have the privilege of using my own PC. The good lady her indoors has standard W10 and it's a nightmare. I've had to include her into my network and subject her machine to my group policy to keep in control of her PC.

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2020, 06:12 »
We turned off Siri, when a strange metallic voice came from another room...

I have no problem with techy stuff, as the mobile is always in the car, Mrs Growster can't find hers anyway! I am in the process of finding the best way to transfer scanned pics (Growster-scanner now in use; may be the subject of a separate post, depends if you've got enough time to be bored senseless), from an Ipad to a PC. Itunes doesn't seem to like the Ipad, although its a 6th Generation, so it may have be Icloud, or Dropbox, which also gets the hump for some reason! Onedrive is a pain too, as I really do want all my pictures on my PC, not somewhere in Arizona!

It's a great winter challenge though, all this...

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Re: Bossy tech
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2020, 09:11 »
Yep had the PC a few years and one of the last updates asked me to finish my set up. Yeah right - set up the latest MS browser - well not used an MS browser since I went over to Netscape couple of millennia ago. I know lots of other easy to manage browsers which don't dictate to me. And no I'm not telling it what my phone is. Neither do I want an account for my MS docs - the old disc was for two PCs and this was the second. When this dies, well open office it is. As for Alexa and all her friends - well when I can't get round to switch things on and off so be it. At present they are all money well not spent.

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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2020, 11:45 »
Hello my phones beeping telling me that the mowers ignitions turned on it isn't  ,I have the mowers system over ridden to charge its battery jezza

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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2020, 12:12 »
Have also spent most of today undoing the damage caused by the latest 'feature update', which killed their own browser on my PC.  :wacko:

For the benefit of anyone else who could fall into the same trap, the feature update is catchily named '20H2', and may or may not be waiting for you in Windows Update (it's a phased release.)

I think the Edge browser may have failed to survive the update because I wasn't running the latest version, which you can only check if you are able to open the browser, which of course I couldn't after installing the feature update!  ::) You might think the update installer would check this apparently critical requirement wouldn't you?  :unsure:

Can't guarantee this will avoid the problem, because having spent all day messing around with repair utilities and eventually restoring to a restore point, I'm in no hurry to take the plunge again!

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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2020, 13:44 »
I wondered why Edge had disappeared off the pinned bar and then didn't  really want to work the other day - now I know  :wacko:
 

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Re: Bossy tech
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2020, 10:40 »
We have a HomePod speaker in the bedroom so Su can listen to her playlists. While it works very well (when I talk to it) there is one downside... since Su cannot hold a book due to her disability I act as the Audiobook Reader and spend time reading through our collection of Pratchetts. It is really weird when suddenly out of nowhere Siri answers "I am sorry but I cannot help you with that." Any sentence beginning with "Basically..." sets it off and I am dreading the day anyone in the house mentions the Bay City Rollers"!



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