I’m going to the Abbotsford Airshow in a few weeks with my friend Chris. I’m not terribly knowledgeable about aircraft, but I enjoy being able to get up close and personal with fighter jets in particular.
A couple of days ago I hooked up a USB headset. For fun, I also activated Windows Vista’s voice recognition system.
It works, after a fashion. Some of what I’m typing here I’m typing more or less directly using voice recognition. But I have to do a tremendous amount of correction. Let me give you an example. The following text I will type directly using voice recognition, without any corrections.
I found this quote on The Register from Intel’s VP and Director, Digital Enterprise Group, Steve Smith, really tickled my funny bone:
Some folks might have noticed my posting of a Youtube “video” (actually, it’s mostly an “audio”, but that’s being picky) here a couple of days ago. The really observant probably noted that it didn’t work the first 68 times I tried to publish it. I thought I’d share a little about what I discovered in that process.
I mentioned a couple of days ago that I’m cleaning up my office. Stage 2 was supposed to be “re-do the wiring”, but that became “stage 3” when I decided I needed to add a new filing cabinet and a few other things to help organize.
On Thursday I decided to install some driver updates for Vista. ATI has a new video driver, version 7.2. I had this crazy idea that this might solve my problem with putting the computer in standby mode. The rest of what happened is proof that, despite having a moderately high intelligence, I’m often rather stupid…
Vista has a fancy utility program to help manage photographs and videos called “Windows Photo Gallery”. It has a bunch of nice features like the ability to tag images, and to automatically categorize them by date.
I’ve been having some “odd” email problems since installing Vista. One of my email accounts (Telus) fails (times out) with an error 0x800CCC19 whenever there is an email in my inbox longer than about one or two kilobytes. If I use my email service’s web interface and delete any such messages, the connection works fine.