02 Nov

Well here we are, the beginning of another month, not completely sure which one, possibly Octonovdecber. Anywho as we stock pile our loo roll and pasta, try and figure out whether to drink mouthwash or infuse disinfectant, let’s recap on the to-do list.

  • Print off business transaction reports – ✅
  • Back-up Mac – ✅
  • Upgrade OpSys software – general update successful ✅
  • Complete Blue Badge renewal – not done ❌
  • Purchase tv signal booster + cable – no problems but still might ❌.
  • Update website news – ✅
  • Finish two cat blankets – ✅
  • Make one mouse toy – I made two ✅
  • Make one fish toy – I made two or three ✅

I think I might award myself a 🥈 silver medal, I done quite good, all things and apathy taken into account.

One of my too-early-in-the-am cogitations wondered whether I could set up Siri to voice control and thus have access to the hours and hours of accumulated music that’s on my Mac or use Spotify for even more. Using voice control would mean I could shout across the room and not need to be at the desk – wild idea, right? I researched the various technicals, saved a couple of how to pages, noted possible playlists and felt prepared so that after comp was update I could with a flick, swipe and click clear my throat and produce music ….. but I forgot rule #1, anything using words like easy, simply, isn’t. Sadly as my machine (not the upgraded software) predates 2018 voice activated Siri is not possible. Dang, darn and poop.

Back to 1️⃣ (see what I did there, lol). Many moons ago Mac had something called FrontRow, which enabled users to access movies and music on the Mac via a small remote, maybe there is a way to do this using the iPad. More searching, researching and reading to do. I miss music, it is an important feature that I need to reconnect with, for my mental well-being.

I really should factor in one afternoon a week to be at the desk between visits, I enjoy being there, sorting things, creating things, doing those tasks that need the compy. It is all too easy for the apathy to go the easy route and put it off another day or week or more.

Soo, for this coming month, I’m going to dedicate it to communication. Writing emails/messages to people I maybe haven’t been as diligent with keeping in contact with. There isn’t much of note to state, I’m fine, carers are fine, getting grocery delivery slots booked and that’s it. But it’s good to reach out.

Speaking of which there’s an email I need to write to confirm that after eight weeks of chasing I’ve finally had my blood drawn for the tests the Neuro Rehab Consultant wanted.


Posted by on November 2, 2020 in Life, Projects


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5 responses to “LockedDownIshKinda

  1. menhir1

    November 7, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    What age is your machine Anne-Marie? I received an offer to upgrade to O.S with Siri Commands. I am not sure my machine would do it either, I can upgrade beyond High Sierra. Next stop would be a replacement desktop. Not for a while!

    I had a couple or three thoughts, none of which might work. If there is a way to use “Global” you might have some joy. Global is the system that Alexa links into for music streaming via You Tube and various radio stations. It could also link up via blue tooth I think, with anything you have stored on iTunes. I recently downloaded the relevant apps onto my phone, which I don’t have beside me. Hang on I’ll go an get it…………….

    Google Home and Google Assistant. both are required. They work with ‘Smart Equipment’. I don’t know if our computers are ‘smart’. I’ve also got something called TuneIn Radio, (that’s tune in). I don’t think I’ve used it yet. My phone and my iPad are the devices from which the Google Assistant operate. If you get them going, you may be able to find a way of doing what you want. Let me know how you fare.


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    • AnneMarie

      November 7, 2020 at 9:25 pm

      My iMac is 2013 … 2018 is needed for Siri to operate to voice commands.

      I’ll get to read and research the Global and Google see if they can operate on my machine.

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  2. menhir1

    November 7, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    p.s. I cannot upgrade beyond High Sierra.

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      November 7, 2020 at 9:27 pm

      I’m using Catalina, which is two ahead of High Sierra. There a next version currently in beta testing.


  3. menhir1

    November 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    I am waiting for the Beta OS when its ready, for my other bits of equipment. My Desktop is too old. There were too many issues for people with Catalina and I chose not to download it. The new one is meant to address the issues, plus, plus.. Other devices are on the one before. Ipad, and phone are ios 14.1. There was a recent upgrade then an upgrade to it… usual. Your desk top is younger than mine if it can handle Catalina. My processor would give up its ghost if I tried using it.

    I think you may find some joy with Global and possibly the other two apps I mentioned. They are in the App Store.

    Hear from you in due course. xxxx

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