Dragon dictation is another iPad application that I’ve come across. I actually install the application quite some time ago but I’ve never gotten around to actually use it. Today while sitting here for a few minutes I had some time to explore and to say I am impressed is an understatement. You can dictate to the app and with very little effort on my part, the app easily understood what I was saying and had no errors in the dictation. The app does not dictate directly to other apps, outside of a fairly short list, but cutting and pasting is allowed as well as saving as notes and such.
Trying something that we have done in some ways before but with a little bit of a different aim and twist here at Mephistos going forward. The short little entries in one blog that have often been called observations of some sort or another will continue and be varied as they usually have and hopefully more regular. In addition to that, I am staring a new them of observations called technology observations that will tentatively give my thoughts, opinions, and at least a heads up on some of the newest technological breakthroughs to come along. The focus will typically be those things that have occurred in the last week and the aim is to do this regularly on Fridays. Lets get to it for the week of May 6th and a little more, maybe even a month since this is the first time…
After some time of looking for an I-Pad app that would allow me to push things to Ping.FM and hence on to other social networks as status updates and what have you I finally found one last night. Oh, I know, there are a few available for fees, but I did not need it bad enough to want to pay for the application itself. Last night I spent some time actually searching for the app I had in mind instead of the casual looks here and there I have made in the past and came across a sweet little app called Seesmic.
Why is that every once a while technology rears the ugly difficult head to the extreme? I ask, because most of the time technology and me get along just fine and have very few problems. But then there are those odd occasions, much as what has been going on for most of last week and has continued on into this week. It is during times like this one that I am just convinced that I was getting a bit cocky, unawares mind you, about some aspect of conquering technology and technology has decided to call me and hence put me in my place. Examples abound from the last few days, but let me go over just a few of them to give you all some idea of my recent frustration.
Has anyone else noticed the continued demise of language? This is especially true with the written word, I suppose largely because no one is writing by and large these days outside of a few eccentrics who do still put pen to paper. It is getting worse though with each passing day and especially those days that bring with it new technologies. I have noted as much in the past myself when debating the nature of keeping a journal online or in written form and I am seeing it first hand even starting to occur with myself.
Mid-last week Amazon announced a couple of new services called Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. There was much hub-bub after the announced about how this would put Amazon ahead of Google and Apple in this niche of the field and much grinding of teeth over the seeming very open privacy options that Amazon has stated in the Terms of Service for these particular services. I want to give some thoughts on both aspects, but first I think should define just what each is.