Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? Predictive text.
I hate predictive typing, I hate word completion, I basically hate any time a machine tries to tell me what to do, suggest things for me, or think it knows what I want better than me. This meshes with my rant on autoplay and algorithm video suggestions. I don't particularly mind predictive text and auto complete for texting on mobile, but I especially hate these features on a desktop or laptop word processor. I hate when I'm writing prose and the computer basically tries to write it for me. I know what I want to say. F*cking back off.
I hate these features because it really disrupts my mental flow. I find it extremely distracting when the auto complete and suggestions pop up, and it breaks my thought train. Sometimes I have the words in my head, and then I'll start typing the wrong word because the computer suggested something I didn't want! F*ck OFF.
I really hate it when I specifically decide to break the rules of grammar or punctuation as an artistic choice to achieve a specific style or expression, and the computer has the audacity to change it, and sometimes I can't even undo it! I change it back, and the computer fixes it again! And sometimes I accidentally enter the suggestions and have to delete them! Get the f*ck out of here, you damn machine. Leave me alone. Let me write it how I want!
Here's how I want my word processor to work: input the keystrokes I make, exactly as I make them. No less, and no more. Period. At the end, I will run spell check and grammar check IF I WANT TO, and I will choose to correct or change things IF I WANT TO. Capiche? I mean, this really extends to the entire computer. I want my computer to do what I say, when I say, how I say, where I say, no more no less. Do nothing unless I tell you to, and do exactly what I say and nothing else, got it?
Don't tell me what to watch, and don't tell me what to type. Listen up, Skynet. Here's how it goes: I know what I want to watch, and I know what I want to say, and how I want to say it, so back off and DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!