Science!


Technology is amazing. This week I received my iPhone 4S. I was very excited to find out what Siri could do for me. The one thing that impressed me the most is the accuracy of the voice recognition. The other thing that I discovered is that I need to speak clearer when dictating. This post is done entirely using voice recognition on my iPhone. for many years I have looked for voice recognition software that was accurate enough to use. My issue is carpal tunnel syndrome. Being a systems programmer, I spend a lot of hours at the keyboard. Over the years this has caused me to have problems with my wrists. I am able to manage by using the natural keyboards, but I stopped using them when I bought my most recent keyboard, which was so hot that I could not avoid it.
I’m rather pleased with the purchase. Siri has a lot of potential. I’m impressed by its functionality even in the beta stage. The absolute coolest thing that I have done with it is to set reminders. This may not seem like much but when you think of something, having the ability to just say it and have it stored immediately, is a wonderful thing. Plus you get the flexibility of being able to have a reminder based on location. For instance, I can say remind me to get something when I am at this location. It will then mark your GPS location, and the next time you are there, it will know to remind you. You can also say, the next time I leave my house, remind me to get gas, for example. I can say, tomorrow when I am at the store, call my brother. That is fucking awesome.
As with all new technology, there have been a few glitches, but nothing that rises to the level of it being a major problem. I am impressed to say the least. And, I know you’re thinking this, I’m not an Apple fanboy. I do however really like the iPhone product. I used Windows phones for a bit maybe some three years ago or more. I started with an iPod touch to replace my MP3 player. From the moment I started using it I was completely blown away at how simple it was to use, and all of the functionality. I said to myself, imagine if this was in a phone that would be sweet. And hence that was what led me to purchase my first iPhone. I will say this to you, and it is no exaggeration, that since I bought my first iPhone I have had one in my hand constantly day and night. I sleep with them I wake up with them. I use them for practically everything I do during the course of a day. I use it for remote-control, reminder, media player, camera. You name it, it does it all for me.
Now I understand that there are people who support using android phones, and good for them. This isn’t about hyping one choice over another. It just works for me and I’m very happy. The two main reasons why I prefer using an iPhone are security, and ease-of-use. Well, make that three, they have a very huge app selection. The apps have extended my creativity to a point that I never thought possible in a handheld device. Which leads me to my next purchase, and iPad. Again, since I purchased it, I have not put it down. I can’t think of any other piece of technology I purchased I can say that about.
Okay so, moving along, one of the other things I wanted to share with you is the fact that I have been using Soundcloud for about a month to distribute my music. As of this post I have over 500 listens on my songs. I used to Reverbnation website for about a year now and I have about 700 listens. So in just about a month I have almost equaled the same amount of traffic that I have on the Reverbnation site in one year. I attribute that to the fact that, one, the website is iPhone friendly. Two, you are able to target your tracks to groups of people that are interested in that particular genre. This is excellent for me because of the variation of music that I create for several genres. So all in all I am very happy with the results that I have accomplished within the past month. I am able to expand my creativity to new levels and I am also able to share these things with you much quicker and easier.
Science is a beautiful thing.

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