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The difference between devices and computers

They say that the “computer” is passe.

They say that the thing we grew up with, a monitor, keyboard, mouse and CPU is old and busted.

They say it will give way to a next generation of handheld devices.

They can kiss my ass.
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I have a voice: Twittering whispers to myself

I added an app to my iPod Touch called “Dragon Dictation.” It’s free so at least I know I didn’t overpay. This app converts speech to text. So now I can talk to my iPod (which feels a little weird), have my voice converted to text, then easily send that text as a tweet.

The other night I was at a restaurant and decided to take it for a spin. Let’s see how it did.

Tweet: Hey Twitter this is my voice converted to text. How exciting

Analysis: Not too shabby. That’s what I said, although I’m pretty sure I implied a period at the end of the sentence.

Tweet: Hi text max’s voice tweet from a rest salon marvel at my greatness

Analysis: This is so mangled I can’t remember my exact words. But I do know that “rest salon” was supposed to be “restaurant.”

Tweet: There’s a guy here at the restaurant with the laptop will ask for his e-mail address so I can tweet

Analysis: This one is almost decipherable. It was actually: “There’s a guy here at the restaurant with a laptop. I will ask for his e-mail address so I can tweet him.” I was feeling pretty damn high tech and social at the time.

Test: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Nailed it.

Test: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country

Nailed it again.

Tweet: I sure hope you’ll enjoy the best tweets to you by dragon dictation. Peace out

Analysis: This was the end of my test. It think it was “you’ve enjoyed” but I’m not sure.

Conclusion: The app worked fairly well. I noticed that it works by recording audio then processing it. The longer you talk, the more you record, and the longer the processing time. It was a bit annoying it didn’t keep up in real time.

Overall, I recommend this app at the price of free. It’s a good value for making your tweets look like they came from someone with English as a second language and/or an elementary school dropout.