The 2019 Techie Gifts

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

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  • MVDBA (Mike Vessey)

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 21197

    My brother bought an alexa for my parents last year.. they spend more time talking to alexa than they do to each other.

    I'm looking at the google home mini - at £20 if it's not good then I've not lost much.

    But since Christmas is coming up, all I want as a tech gift is to find a stored proc that doesn't nest 5 layers deep with the bottom layer having a cursor that uses another cursor and a function purely because someone put a trigger on a table that calls another proc.

    please santa????

    MVDBA

  • Neil Burton

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 22002

    If you're worried about Alexa listening to everything, I can say that it (she?) doesn't listen when I ask to switch the bloody cellar lights on so I'd be surprised if it's listening to anything else.

     


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  • MVDBA (Mike Vessey)

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 21197

    Neil Burton wrote:

    If you're worried about Alexa listening to everything, I can say that it (she?) doesn't listen when I ask to switch the bloody cellar lights on so I'd be surprised if it's listening to anything else.

    I've got nothing interesting to say that alexa would be interested in.

    besides - cortana is my friend "hey cortana, which one sucks more, android or apple"

    MVDBA

  • Elfstone

    Newbie

    Points: 1

    Steve, as I read your recent posts I'm listening to The Beatles on (non-wireless) Sennheiser HD6XX open-back headphones from Drop (formerly Massdrop). If you want some high-end gear, I strongly encourage you to check them out (obviously assuming you are not already aware).

  • DinoRS

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2566

    I got myself some smart door sensors because next year I'm getting a large AC unit and I am very serious about not running it when some door or window is open. It's not on a black friday / cyber monday deal but on friday I also ordered a Roomba i7+ because it's on sale and it's hackable so you can have it controlled by your own environment without cloud access.

     

  • MVDBA (Mike Vessey)

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 21197

    DinoRS wrote:

    I got myself some smart door sensors because next year I'm getting a large AC unit and I am very serious about not running it when some door or window is open. It's not on a black friday / cyber monday deal but on friday I also ordered a Roomba i7+ because it's on sale and it's hackable so you can have it controlled by your own environment without cloud access.

    I had a Roomba, the cats loved it - I HATED IT - the principle is cool, but it kept clogging up and it really only worked on hard surfaces -  it was my 3rd worst purchase  behind a windows phone and my copy of C++.net

    MVDBA

  • DinoRS

    SSCrazy

    Points: 2566

    I'm fortunate to only have hard surfaces and with the empty bin included in the i7+ I hope to be able to avoid such issues. However I wouldn't use the same robot for wet cleaning because cleaning those who have to do both must be a real nightmare.

    And I actually wish I never had to let go off my Windows Phones, no one cared about making malware or hacking you and it still had WhatsApp. Ofcourse there is no Twitter, InstaInyourfaceTime and whatever not but HERE Maps yet is to be topped by either Google or Apple Maps.

  • MVDBA (Mike Vessey)

    SSC-Insane

    Points: 21197

    watsap expires over Christmas. I've swapped to web apps for most things.

    MVDBA

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