Sophie was all excited to go outside and proceeded to run about back and forth near and under our pear tree. A few minutes later I went outside to see what she was up to and found her at the base of our pistachio really quiet and really excited.
I cheered her on and got some video, which I’ll post on the main gallery later, and eventually the squirrel made a break for it. Unfortunately Sophie wasn’t fast enough and the Squirrel made it to the roof where she proceeded to taunt Sophie with squeaks and tail swishing.
That was a user name I saw recently in a public forum.Â I suspect they chose that name because iTunes has a thick layer of DRM covering it from end to end and that particular person is rabidly against DRM.Â I know how they feel.Â Granted, there are a few areas in iTunes where you don’t have to accept a pair of handcuffs just to listen to some good music but those are still rare.
Thing is, iTunes isn’t evil.
If Apple hadn’t started sleeping with the record companies and accepted the DRM handcuffs we still wouldn’t be able to buy single tracks of music at $1 a pop.Â The record companies are still too attached to the "album" as a measure of performance.Â They still don’t get that buyers have never wanted a disk that’s 50% crap just to get the few good songs.Â If people had been able to consistently buy singles back in the 60s they would have.
Apple’s no saint here but at least they were able to force something basically good down the throats of the record companies.
As some of you have no doubt read, the audio quality coming out of the built-in Fujitsu T4215 microphone is bad at best. There is frequently a lot of noise even at low recording levels and the "Intellisonic speech enhancement" is completely useless, turning all speech into something that sounds like it’s been recorded underwater. I finally gave up trying to make it work and bought an inexpensive external mic and was still getting too much distortion and the mic sensitivity was too low so I decided to give the SP-USB-MIC-1 microphone from The Sound Professionals a try. I’d seen one recommendation for it on the web but it appeared that people weren’t gushing about it. It actually seemed like not many people were using what some people call "external sound cards". Either that, or they just weren’t talking about it. Continue reading “SP-USB-MIC-1 Microphone”
I heard about SpeedScript on jkOnTheRun and it looked intriguing enough to try. A faster keyboard is definitely something I’d like when I’m in slate mode and can’t avoid "typing". I hate flipping my T4215 screen around when I’m grooving in slate world.
Unfortunately I’ve found some bugs and design flaws that are keeping me from using the program. I sent these to the makers of SpeedScript but haven’t received a reply so off they go to blog world.
It appears to be designed for lefties that write with the pen pointing from upper left to lower right? As a righty I find that a fair amount of time the button I need is covered by the pen or a finger.
No way to customize the program? I couldn’t find any way to change any settings of the program.
The included demo shows stylus pointing straight up and down. Who writes that way?
Doesn’t save the startup position. I really wish it would save its position when shutting down and come back up in the same place. Its default location of the lower-left corner of the screen and partially covering the start button isn’t convenient at all.
Frequently it doesn’t work with remote desktop. I use RD a lot as I move around the office and maintain a connection with my main machine and SpeedScript often doesn’t seem to even know it’s running.
Unfortunately these all added up enough that I haven’t been using SpeedScript. I’d like to. It looks promising but it’s just not quite cooked.
There’s an interesting bug in ON 2007.Â The ink recognition when doing a search is subtly different from the recognition when writing normally.
Earlier today I was searching for "Lon" and ON came back with a hit on "Contact".Â You can see in the image that when I created this page, ON correctly interpreted my writing as "Contact" but matched "Con" with "Lon" when doing the search.Â Huh?Â How many recognizers does the program have?