I made a Hex-Mosaic!

Played a bit in Photoshop, thought it would make a neat phone-case, and put it on RedBubble :)

Go check it out and get your own!

-Matthias

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Thoughts on Voice-Input

I have only seen people use voice-input on their devices rarely.

Recently I have begun using Siri on my iPhone quite regularly. In the past I didn’t do it, as at best voice-recognition of commands feels rather gimmicky, and only works 90% of the time.

I started using it as a joke, saying “Siri, Shutdown” when leaving work before manually powering down my work-mac as there is no actual shutdown-voice-command (for safety-reasons, one assumes).

But there are some times when I DO use voice-commands, and which are now a preferred way of mine of doing certain things. These are:

  • Getting the time while on a bike (using my headphones to interact with the phone)
  • Setting a timer in my elevator after starting the communal washing-maschine
  • Taking a note while on a bike (using my headphones to interact with the phone)
  • Getting the dictionary-definition of a word

That’s it, mostly. Note that these are all actions which

  • Would require a non-trivial amount of button-presses
  • I do when I do not or cannot comfortably access my phone, but have headphones with a remote on
  • I do while being alone

Even when in company I would rather not use them, as I tend to speak less loudly and clear, the voice-recognition will invariably fail, and for not wanting to annoy people in my surroundings (akin to yelling “I am on the bus!” into a phone while you are on the bus).

One case I remember is me playing the game Endwar at game-design-school, whose gimmick was using voice-command to control your army. Everyone else hated it, as it meant several people speaking loudly into their headsets, annoying everyone else. People hated it even when I spoke the word “three” 14 times in a row as the system failed to recognize it (Siri cannot pick up my “three” reliably either).

It concludes that people are afraid of using voice-inputs as they are

  • Embarassing
  • Irritating to others
  • Only accurate when spoken loudly
  • Only accurate 90% of the time

Conclusion

I like using voice-commands when they save taking out my phone, would have to be done with a lot of actions, on my bike, and when I am alone.

I feel concentrating on these actions and teaching people on the possibilities would make them easier for people to understand and use, as they come with direkt, tangible benefits.

Once a baseline of feasible voice-commands is established these can move beyond the current stage and develop into things that cannot be anticipated now.

-Matthias

Why I didn’t put that project on GitHub

Github is neat! I love using it for most of my new things, and I like that my code is accessible from anywhere (assuming there is internet, which in a lot of situations I have been in it was not).

Anyhoo, here are the reasons Project X is not on there:

  • I made it just to test a feature and everything is quick and dirty
  • I made it at a hackathon/gamejam and everything is quick and dirty
  • It contains bought plugins and I do not have the rights to distribute the sources
  • I sell the project commercially
  • I am under an non-disclosure-agreement
  • It contains copyrighted placeholder-files
  • My internet-connection at home is horrendously unstable and makes using github impossible and highly irritating
  • My internet-connection at uni is unstable and makes using github difficult
  • My internet-connection at work is under suspicion after I once downloaded the 66gig Xcom2-SDK and I do not want to risk being caught
  • My internet-connection on the train where I worked was non-existant
  • I didn’t have an internet-connection in the country I was visiting
  • The cat played with the router making internet unstable
  • It contains gigabytes of music and video files, which makes uploading unfeasible
  • I may have the rights to use art in my project, but may not re-distribute it
  • A tool I am using is still on the education-license and I do not want proof of that online in the file-signatures
  • I couldn’t decide on a repo-name and after a while I got impatient and just started building it (that was before I learned you can change the name afterwards)
  • I had no plan while building it and didn’t want the haphazard history online for all to see
  • It contains code and artwork by others who haven’t agreed to make the source publicly available
  • I fucked up the git-process several times in a row and decided my energy would be better spent on the actual project
  • I used TortoiseSVN instead
  • I used a Unity asset-server instead
  • It was made before Github existed
  • It was made before I knew Github was a thing
  • It was made before I knew how to use github
  • It was made before I became confortable with using Unity with Github
  • The idea didn’t really work out
  • Real-life-issues took precedence and the project is incomplete
  • I did not know about that programming pattern you are checking for at the time I made it
  • I made it before I knew the simple way to solve a problem and now I am embarassed by it
  • I do not have time to upload an 8-year-old project
  • I do not want someone else berate me for imperfect code in an 8-year-old project

I’m sure there are more I am not thinking of right now. Many times there are several of these at the same time!

-Matthias

The MattBox!

A few months ago I created the MattBox, a snackbox where people can buy snacks.

In the office it was a huge success :)

The MattBox, here seen next to an inferior competitor

Current plan is to seek out other places to expand to, let’s see how that works out.

-Matthias

Download-links

Hey everyone,

So dropbox changed its folder-structure a few days ago. Which means all the download-links I have to my stuff are at the moment broken.

This is me saying that I am on it!

But since I have these links in 250+ places it might take some time to fix them all, I will concentrate on the importatnt pages here and the FTL-Extra-Names-Mod downloads.

 

//Update

And everything is fixed!

 

-Matthias