A Time To Reflect

As I write this I realise that this blog as been neglected for a long time. Most of last year was spent doing other stuff like work and stuff around the home, I also got lazy with this kind of thing. I even forgot to go on holiday. But the past few weeks I have spent alot of time doing computer stuff. Things went wrong, sometimes big time which meant stuff had to be done and I learnt a lot. My nexus 5 and Samsung s5 have both died, the s5 seems to hate the winter cold so goes into hibernation. This as led to a new addition, oneplus 3t, why not the 5 or 5t? simple, it was far cheaper to buy a year old phone than a newer model. I haven’t got around to rooting it yet, no time but somehow I managed to unlock the bootloader and couldn’t move on to the next stage. I swore and left it for now. The battery life is so much better, however I am still looking for a decent news app.

The new Firefox with its new engine also meant changes, basically nit screwed up everything and I’ve stopped using it. I think there was no thought for what people wanted. I can’t use my yubikey, password manager (no I ain’t using the built in one). This meant two things, the first I went straight over to Vivaldi and no complaints. The second was that due to the yubikey no longer working I was unable to access my nextcloud box. This meant starting again with that, I decided to give nextcloudpi a try, after much messing about and issues I was successful with the developer being a huge help with the issues. I now have access on all my devices and the latest version unlike the official nextcloud box pi3 version I had before which quite frankly although OK wasn’t meant for ease of use.

With the end of 2017 comes the unease of mind that the pebble servers will be shut down. The ex head of pebble claimed about a month ago that he wasn’t sure when the server would go but I am not taking chances, I’ve moved to gadgetbridge. I have had very few issues, the one at the moment is dealing with double notifications from inbox. I also seem to have lost canned responses. I do miss snowy and voice replies.

I hope to do more detailed posts over the coming weeks on the above subjects.


AI still as on long way to go

Its all the rage now, it’s seems that the future of computing seems to be around AI. So what are they talking about? Simple, anything that talks possibly?

I recently caved in or more exactly, the child within couldn’t resist and went and got my hands on a Google assistant or home or what ever you want to call it. It came with a free googlecast which was actually more of a pain in the rear than anything so it was left unplugged. Having read about mycroft that is likely to be played with at a future date but not now.

First impressions were, this is pretty good but AI? For an intelligence it’s pretty stupid. This isn’t very intelligent because you have to train it. Being in the UK may also mean there are limitations because as usual some one at Google didn’t think that all countries are equal. If they release something then maybe where it comes then ask features should be available. No, I’m not going to try Amazon thingy because that company is still banned in my house. So far I have got it setting alarms, telling the weather, etc. I have tried the IFTTT stuff but that still needs work. The next thing will be sending texts if possible and opening curtains but that will be when I have time and something that also works with home assistant.