Google Home vs Amazon Echo

Ah, "first world" problems. If you are the market for such a thing, which should you buy - the Amazon Echo or Google Home? Both are similar, in that they offer a voice operated "home companion" that you can ask questions of and give instructions to.

Personally, this sort of thing is one of several technological blind spots I have - they seem to be a solution in search of a problem. I do use the Google voice feature on my Android phone because it's easier to ask some questions that to type on that little keyboard with my sausage fingers, but other than that I have no particular need for a device to be hanging on my every word in my living room.

But I digress, and am probably just being a negative Nelly. While I don't have the resources to purchase both of these devices and check them out for you, HowToGeek does - and does a nice job of explaining where these devices differ and therefore which may suit your needs or wants better.


Memorial Day Weekend - Remember, Please

Memorial Day is a day set aside in the USA to remember those who died in service of their country in one of the armed forces. While Veteran's Day celebrates members of our armed services past and present, Memorial Day adds a layer pf poignancy since we are specifically acknowledging those who died in service.

In the USA the Memorial Day weekend also signals the unofficial start of the Summer season, with much grilling, parading, and big scale sports events like the Indianapolis 500.


I Have Finally Succumbed To Discworld

Over the years, I kept hearing or reading how good the Discworld series of novels were, and I kept putting off investing my time in them. The main reason was that I had seen part of the TV adaptation of the first couple of novels several years ago, and really did not like it - despite it featuring several actors that I usually enjoy. It's hard to put my finger on why, but I never even completed watching the thing. 

Some of the Discworld cast of characters, with Terry Pratchett reading