Your passive-aggressive assistant

Samsung has been busily updating Fausta’s phone, evidently through a portal:

[N]ow my phone has a voice. A dry, professional, all-business, female voice. A voice that pops up at inconvenient times telling me that I have “25 new emails”. A clear, bossy voice.

I named her Gladys.

Nothing much gets past Gladys.

Not only does she pop up to announce how many new emails are there, she sometimes pipes in to make other announcements.

I suspect that some day the phone itself will die — but somehow Gladys will still be alive.


  1. Francis W. Porretto »

    3 February 2014 · 3:49 am

    Yet more confirmation of my contention that smartphones are a terrible mistake. As for “smart TVs”…just don’t get me started this early, okay?

  2. Fausta »

    3 February 2014 · 7:19 am

    Thanks! Yes, Gladys, in spite or perhaps because of my continued attempts to silence her, will most likely live on.

    Francis, my new TV seems to “behave” – so far. Keeping my fingers crossed on that.

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  4. McGehee »

    3 February 2014 · 9:28 am

    Smartphones are only a problem for those of us who aren’t smarter than they are. Except when the phone is so smart it lets its user think he’s smarter…

  5. fillyjonk »

    3 February 2014 · 3:54 pm

    I STILL think of that old Ray Bradbury story about the guy who was on trial because he shot his nagging doormat. (“Dirty feet. Muddy feet. Wipe your feet. Please, be neat.”)

    I’d be tempted to do the same thing.

    I still have a dumbphone (a flip phone, circa 2004). This doesn’t make me want to replace it.

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