Ten Years, Zero Progress

It’s been 10 years since 9/11 – but have we really made any progress, and is there any hope that we ever will?

Speech Recognition and Artificial Intelligence

Every so often, I’ll get a little pissed off and start wondering aloud, “where the hell are my talking computers?” Seriously, though – it’s 2008. Ten years ago, we were sure that by now, speech recognition would have surpassed the keyboard as the primary means of input. Hell, we’ve been predicting it for so long,…… Continue reading Speech Recognition and Artificial Intelligence

Verizon and INCREDIBLY STUPID Verification Schemes

Before we begin today’s rant, it is important to point out that the word “elegant” holds a special meaning for software people. Let me quote the entry from the New Hacker’s Dictionary (or the “Jargon File” as it is sometimes known): Combining simplicity, power, and a certain ineffable grace of design. Higher praise than `clever’,…… Continue reading Verizon and INCREDIBLY STUPID Verification Schemes

Speed

I saw this while I was downloading something from the Internet today. Remember the days when this would’ve been a 2-digit number? If not, you’re too young to be on the Internet. Get off my lawn!

Bluetooth and the Motorola V3 RAZR

I’ve had a Motorola V3 RAZR phone for a while now, and being the geek that I am, I’ve always been interested in the more technical aspects of the phone, such as file transfers, Bluetooth connectivity, and custom-made ring tones (not the ones you buy, but the ones you can make yourself). I’ve always known…… Continue reading Bluetooth and the Motorola V3 RAZR