never stop learning

A blog by KJ Mazidi
Jan. 7, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

Google Home

Before the Christmas break, someone gave me a Google Home. I never wanted one, couldn't imagine why anyone would want one, but I was thankful for the gift. I took it home, thinking that I wouldn't use it much. I mean, am I really so lazy that I would ask Google a question instead of walking over to my computer and typing it in? Spoiler alert: yes!

I have the taller model and I have to say it's worth having just as a wireless speaker. Sound is great and it can connect to your Pandora or whatever service you have as well as the trove of music Google owns. This is so convenient:

OK Google, play some Alt-J
OK Google, play some John Coltrane
OK Google, play Mozart flute and piano

You just say what you want and voila! it is there.

In order to get the most out of the device you need to make the deal with the big-data devil that I long ago made: let them know everything about you. Because of this I can ask google how's the traffic to work? and a host of other things that frankly, should strike me as creepy, but hey, I'm ok with it.

One weird quirk is that you can use it to call but not text someone in your contacts. So you can say "Call Nabil" and it will after giving you a warning that it can't call 911 for you. So if you find yourself in need of 911, I guess you will have to call a friend and ask them to call 911.

Another useful feature I discovered was that you can set timers and alarms. This proved really helpful over the Christmas break when I was baking a lot for my sons and working on the computer at the same time. By asking Google to ping me in 10 minutes I didn't burn anything!