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Joe Stanganelli
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2/4/2015 | 2:10:44 AM
Voice dictation
I actually preferred the iPhone's voice command capabilities pre-Siri...at least in terms of dictation.  It seems that post-Siri, Apple's voice dictation's capabailities took a huge step backwards.

If only there was a way to integrate Dragon with Siri.
Brian.Dean
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2/4/2015 | 8:09:11 AM
Re: Voice dictation
It is amazing to think about the gap between the PDA (1984!) and the modern smart phone, and why it took so long for the PDA to evolve into the smart phone. The only reason that I can find is that like real estate agents say that location, location and location is everything, in the same way, timing, timing and timing of the ecosystem is everything for technology to take a leap forward.
Li Tan
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2/5/2015 | 12:02:12 AM
Re: Voice dictation
If I am not wrong, PDA did not last for very long and soon there is smartphones available. PDA's usage is rather limited and it seems that it has never been quite popular.
Brian.Dean
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2/5/2015 | 5:40:35 PM
Re: Voice dictation
Li Tan, you are absolutely correct -- the PDA never became extremely popular. And neither was Microsoft's tablet PC from the year 2000-2002 able to make this list, because its time in the ecosystem did not arrive as yet. For mobile devices, many technologies and environments had to progress before their true value could to utilized, for instance, processor technology, battery technology, screen and touch technology, connectivity (3G, etc.) and to a large extent, the cloud environment as well.

New types of mobile devices and services are only now beginning to be able to operate in the IoT because the ecosystem has progressed. However, these devices might have been invented or proposed, a long time ago.
Technocrati
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2/6/2015 | 11:19:26 AM
Re: Voice dictation
PDA's usage is rather limited and it seems that it has never been quite popular.


@Li Tan     I agree.     I am still trying to cleanse myself of the PDA experience. Thank Goodness it was short.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/6/2015 | 2:09:36 AM
Re: Voice dictation
Indeed, Brian.  My dad has a saying he's fond of: "There are no bad ideas -- only bad timing."

With the PDA, cell service was still in its infancy.  Although there was a good run in the late '90s/early 2000s when executives had PDAs AND cell phones.

Of course, cell phone adoption remained low in the West for quite some time.  I remember when I went to South Korea about 15 years ago and being shocked at how EVERYONE (and I do mean everyone! including little babies with them hanging from around their necks!) had a cell phone -- when they were still an expensive toy/curiosity stateside.
soozyg
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2/4/2015 | 9:06:17 AM
the squeeze out
I think tablets are being squeezed out because they are actually a step back in practicality. 1) Most people do not use them for heavy typing, just light email, so they've become a popular (expensive) device for videos and games for kids. 2) Flash and other software do not work on them
Joe Stanganelli
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2/6/2015 | 2:11:23 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I think the direction for tablets is that they are becoming laptop replacements where laptops have become desktop replacements.  The goal, I think, is to one day use your tablet the same way (and with the same power with which) you would use your desktop.  Certainly this seems to be the goal with the Windows Surface Pro and even with the iPad.

(Boy, do I feel stupid for ever buying a netbook.)
soozyg
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2/6/2015 | 10:21:32 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I hope tablets don't become laptop replacements. I actually have a desktop (iMac) and I totally adore it. Love the huge screen. I hate doing work on laptops and tablets.

Joe, with all the writing that you do, how much do you do on a tablet?
Technocrati
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2/6/2015 | 11:16:26 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I can easily admit that I like the Surface, really a useful piece of hardware, but is the tablet done ?    I think so.  Consumers will fork out the extra money to buy a Surface as opposed to some 10" ipad or even droid, however I am still not a fan of Windows 8 and I have had it about a year now.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/8/2015 | 3:07:48 AM
Re: the squeeze out
Well, Windows 8 won't last forever.  Maybe the next Windows will be better received.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/8/2015 | 3:06:41 AM
Re: the squeeze out
@soozyg: I don't even own a tablet presently.  I don't like the small screens; ergonomically, I need something much bigger.  I'm waiting until the price comes down on the Surface Pro 2 or 3, or until the iPad 3 becomes available for a good price -- at which point, with the help of a better Bluetooth keyboard than I have now, a tablet may well become my laptop replacement.

(There are a few mega-screen tablets out there from some off-brands, but I'd prefer to not work with an Android tablet for my laptop replacement.)
soozyg
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2/8/2015 | 9:50:39 AM
Re: the squeeze out
@Joe, yes the iMac came with BlueTooth (or at least wireless) keyboard. At the beginning I liked it. It's cool. But when the batteries start to fade or when I use rechargable batteries, then the keyboard gets quite finicky very quickly. I don't know what material the keyboard is made from, but the keys do feel good to the touch.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/9/2015 | 9:42:36 AM
Re: the squeeze out
@soozyg: I saw a relatively new type of Bluetooth "keyboard" about a year ago at Brookstone... It just displays lasers onto the tabletop or other surface you're working on, and you type onto this virtual keyboard, pressing the spots on the surface where the keys are.

Convenient, but probably not the height of ergonomics.  (Although you'd think they could arrange for a more ergonomic solution while keeping the same general concept...)
soozyg
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2/9/2015 | 10:42:26 AM
Re: the squeeze out
Joe, interestingly, i have never bought a satisfactory product at Brookstone. Years ago I lived through an odd phase in which many gifts were Brookstone gift certificates. I checked out product after product after product and I returned every one. From the smallest and cheapest to the biggest and most expensive. Each had a big flaw in function or appearance. So I don't like Brookstone.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/25/2015 | 4:51:50 AM
Re: the squeeze out
I have a Bluetooth keyboard from Brookstone which rolls up and is nice and portable.  It leaves a lot to be desired and the battery power is problematic, but it was super cheap, so eh.  :p
soozyg
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2/27/2015 | 12:22:03 PM
Re: the squeeze out
It's a shame because, at least regarding the New York City location, the look of the store was very impressive. Everything looked shiny and new and state of the art. Too bad it had no backbone.
soozyg
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2/4/2015 | 9:18:48 AM
electronic football
Ah, the oldies: Mattel Electronic Football. The players were tiny electronic lines on the screen and I don't remember if you could tell the teams apart by color or not. That was one popular game!


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