TEH 004: Say ‘Please’ to Alexa, et al.

In This Episode: Patreon changes how they charge contributors, and everyone is mad. Amazon and Google feud over Chromecast not being allowed in the Amazon store. Google serves up video answers from celebrities. Should we be nice to our digital assistants? Man creates art using Microsoft Excel as his canvas.

This Week’s Hosts

  • Gary Rosenzweig host and producer of MacMost, and mobile game developer at Clever Media.
  • Kevin Savetz, web site publisher and Computer Historian at Atari Podcast.
  • Allen Wyatt, computer book author and publisher of tips.net
  • Longer Bios on the Hosts page.

Show Notes

  • Patreon stirs up a hornet’s nest with creators and patrons alike. (TheVerge) (TEH Host Randy Cassingham’s rant on the subject)
  • Google pulls YouTube app from Fire TV. (TheVerge)
  • Google puts up video answers by celebs for common questions about them. Useful? (Google’s Blog)
  • Should you say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to your robot assistant? (TheVerge)
  • Tatsuo Horiuchi is so cheap, he became an artist by using Microsoft Excel as his medium (YouTube), while Reddit users show off their mad MS Paint skillz (Reddit).

1 Comment on “TEH 004: Say ‘Please’ to Alexa, et al.

  1. About your discussion about giving “a quirky personality” to personal assistants lire Siri, Alexa and others, it’s something that you have to tread carefully. I’d say it’s a cute idea, just make sure it’s something you can pick and choose, and have a base, more bland should we say, regular way of interacting. For example, my voice message box on Virgin Mobile, the system voice used is like a vamp girl trying to seduce you. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. It doesn’t offend me, but I can imagine a scenario (especially these days) where some clients might jump the gun. Anyway, informative podcast, I like it!


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