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    • As far as I can remember, I’ve never enabled Microsoft Cortana nor engaged with it in any way. 
      But out of the blue this morning it sends me the email below that, among other things, says I have a task I need to take care of.

      This particular "task" was an email reply I sent to my wife, so the only way Cortana would know about this is if it read my email.  Some may view this is handy; I view it as creepy.

      HAL: “Dave, I think you really should move those boxes now.”

    • Today, Cortana decided to help me manage my time better. Admittedly I'm not the best time manager in the world, but scheduling my day for me seems a bit much. Pretty soon it will be assigning my sleep period, my eating period, my working period and my leisure period. I'm beginning to wonder who the boss is these days, me or Cortana...

    • When Cortana suggests, “Schedule time to Cake,” do what it tells you. 😉

      My productivity hack at work, which I’ve been able to get away with for three years now, is to set daily reminder alarms in Outlook to check my email. There’s an hour to an hour and a half between reminders.

      I am so much more productive and focused as a result, especially when there’s a new group email that previously would’ve resulted in a bagizillion “New Reply” notifications overwhelming my screen and concentration.