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Earbud Blues

I hate ear buds. I can’t find the ones that work best for me. It’s become my search for the Holy Grail. It’s difficult to find a pair that lasts. It only took six months for me to go through the replacement warranty on my iPhone. During the first year Apple will give [...]

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Siri: seriously

I’ve been a longtime supporter of voice recognition technology. It crystallized for me in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, when Scotty tried to control the computer by speaking into the underside of the mouse. Everyone laughed at the scene. I laughed too, but my laughter was for a different reason. I knew that we [...]

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A Vision of Dragon NaturallySpeaking

I’ve been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking off and on for years. I started in the 90s. In the beginning, I did reviews and covered the advances of voice recognition software. There were other players in the market but Dragon NaturallySpeaking, now owned by Nuance Communications, dominated the field and is the standard by which all others [...]

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I fervently believe that technology can solve many of the world’s problems. They’re just too many ways in which it is improved my life. During my life I saw the technological evolution from snowy black and white television images to a smart phone app that can read back to me the label on a box [...]

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I haven’t been traveling as much over the past couple of years. For the past 30 years or so I have been globetrotting. It was a dream come true for a poor kid from Indianapolis. I started to list countries in Africa I hadn’t been to as a way of keeping track of the ones that [...]

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I Can’t Hear You Now!

I took a technological sabbatical. After way too many years of being mired in the quicksand of tech innovation, I pulled myself out and mentally sat on the beach drinking Mojitos. 

It’snot that I got off the grid completely, it’s just being digital became something I wanted to do, not because I had to.

I monitored [...]

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Nature/Human Nature

Bethesda Fountain Central Park NY

It’s the 21st Century. We have jumbo jets that practically fly themselves. We have instant global communications. We have satellites orbiting 22,000 miles above Earth with imaging so precise that you can tell if the guy sitting on Bethesda Fountain in Central Park is wearing loafers or [...]

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Cleanup, Defrag, Reformat

The title represents things that all Windows users should do periodically but it is about some lingering items that I haven’t written about. The title sounds a like more interesting than “Spring Cleaning.”

First the news – with a nod to Jude Biersdorfer of Tech Talk.

I spent several hours at Apple stores [...]

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Out On The Edge

I’ve been to product announcements in a lot of strange and bizarre venues — a biker bar, a blimp, and even inside the Brooklyn Bridge. But the announcement of Lenovo’s two new ThinkPad Edge models of laptops takes the cake, literally. It took place inside a mobile cupcake bakery. Sweet! The [...]

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Dismantling the Tower of Babel

I have no facility for languages other than knowing the word for beer in 42 dialects. This is a handicap for someone who travels frequently to countries where English or even American is not widely spoken. Usually there is a translator handy so no real problem for me. Of course, there is the issue of [...]

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