Today's cartoon may well be an exercise in envy. I'm using an iPhone 3GS, and it'll be another 14 months (or 424 days - not that I'm counting) before I'll be eligible for a free upgrade to a phone that lets me use that Siri-esque magic.

And voice-control easily the feature I'm most drawn to right now when I start looking covetously at other, more advanced, less diesel-powered Androids and iPhones. (Yes, this Mac fanboy is tempted by Android... even though my investment in iOS apps probably exceeds my retirement savings. Those things better appreciate in resale value over time, or my retirement isn't going to come much before age 103.)

The thing that's seized my imagination is the idea of adding to my task list by voice, the way OmniFocus works with Siri. And just writing that makes me pause: is task management really the sexiest thing I can think of to do with voice recognition?

Well, probably not. But maybe the best thing about advances in mundane tasks is the way they free us to use the truly sexy features that technology has offered us for years: creating, writing, connecting, and yeah, cartooning. The truth is, I'm so far from making full use of the creative power of well-established digital networked technology that lusting after the cutting-edge stuff makes little sense for me. That is, unless I can rationalize that it's to unlock more time and attention to creative endeavour.

Fortunately, rationalization is one of the skills I've practised the most in this business. Just 424 days to go.

Rationalize spending some time browsing through the full Noise to Signal archives, right here!