TECHNOLOGY: ViaVoice could be the answer … if you get it working!

Thursday, May 4, 2006

http://ezinearticles.com/blog/archives/2006/04/audio-to-articles.html

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As I was mentioning strategies to repurpose old content that was long forgotten, it sparked Daniel to ask and offer this nugget: Wouldn’t it be easy to talk into a microphone for an hour or any time frame, then pay someone to transcribe the MP3 into a MS Word .doc…break the transcription into 350-500 word articles and you’d have an instant set of 5-20 articles to put into syndication. Just add title, keywords, a default resource box and submit.

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About two years ago I pinched a nerve in my neck, after a couple of weeks of rest, treatment, and drugs, I was able to return to work. But my right hand for typing was useless; maybe good for five minutes. I got a copy of viavoice and was able to dictate as opposed to keyboard. It's fraught with difficulties but it MIGHT be worth considering. With training, I was able to get 99+% accuracy on dictation (speak directly to software) and transcription (record voice and pipe it into software). It's not for the timid or faint of heart but it can be done. The software will also read to you (i.e., as if you were blind) but it was a weird experience to be read to in your own voice. I did try to get this running for a doc who wanted to write a book and I am struggling with it. So to quote the knight in with the Holy Grail, "Choose wisely!".


TECHNOLOGY: LINKEDIN changed their UI (arghh!)

Thursday, May 4, 2006

For the longest time, I would dump any contacts email address into LinkedIn with an appendage to the first name to remind me where I knew them from. If they susequently joined LinkedIn, then I'd pile on to connect with them. I rarely invite people. It's just to much hassle explaining it, cajoling them, and convincing them. If some one joins on their own, it is a done deal to do the old LinkedIn version of the Vulcan mind meld with them. So routinely dumping in large numbers of email address was a as needed task. Let them "stew" and once a week see who was "discovered".

Now LinkedIn doesn't let me put in "other contacts" so easily. Defeating an easy way to build a network. Arghh!


TECHNOLOGY: Need to figure out how to load a Google calendar from an plain old ascii file?

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Interesting there doesn't seem to be an easy way to pour data into the Google calendar. I have a flat file of birthday and name. You'da thunk it would be easy to pipe that puppy into GCal. Yuo'da thunk wrong. Hmmm!


Gas prices too high? Why does the gummamint tax gas anyway?

Thursday, May 4, 2006

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul322.html

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If we want to do something about gas prices, we should demand and vote for greatly reduced welfare and military spending, a balanced budget, and fewer regulations that interfere with the market development of alternative fuels. We also should demand a return to a sound commodity monetary system. 

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Gotta love Ron Paul.

Let's start by declaring no level of government can impose taxes on any product. Let's start with gas and oil. That will immediately lower the price of a gallon by at least 75 cents.

We'll have to pay for it by nuking some programs. Let the gladiator games begin. There's a fixed amount of money up for grabs. Put all the special interests and their bought 'n' paid for legislators in a pit. And let just one emerge.

As an "unintended consequence", the price of everything transported by oil (i.e., trucks and planes), or supported by something moving using oil (i.e., workers that come to work or consumer who drive to stores) will drop like a rock. Faster than prices get cut at a WalMart. Betcha, WalMart's price come down fastest of all.


Hey Governor Corzine … … why do state cars speed?

Thursday, May 4, 2006

… … why was td10933 doing 75 mph on Route 295 South MileMarker 43 at 0721 this morning? Rushing to get to work to serve the taxpayers of New Jersey? Guess we taxpayers don't have to save on the gas we buy. By The Way, he went right by one NJ plate holder aka sucker pulled over by the State Police presumably for speeding. Guess that sucker was just trying to get to work on time so as he could pay his taxes. Funny how I never see a state worker, state car, or such pulled over. Guess that is the divine right of the rulers not to be bound by the same rules as every one else in the People's Republic of New Jersey. We all know that no Prince of the State (i.e., a member of the State ruling body) would ever even be bothered by being pulled over since their cars (and those of their immediate families) have special adorned plates with the "regal crown" on them and laughably low numbers. And we'll never see any of the legions of "police" pulled over since they too have special "badges" on their cars (e.g., NJSP stickers; FOP & PBA medallions; etc.; etc.; etc.). No it's only Joe Six Pack who has to worry about being selected by the "Special Revenue Generation" teams aka the various "police" with radar guns and speed traps. Yup, it's not about safety silly taxpayer. It's about splitting the take from their scheme with local politicians thru their kangaroo courts. Visualize it as a bunch of jackels fighting over a rotting corpse of a taxpayer and then looking for the next victim. Hump, silly peasant, think that government is here to protect and serve you. DOn't they read the Supreme Court decisions that say we don't even have to try. We are good at that … … not trying … … anything but your patience. We need a good tax revolt NOW! Why does the gummamint tax gas? So we can watch the State's cars speed by.


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