Windshield Wipers

With all the technology that we have now days, why is it that windshield wipers still suck?

I have bought both high end and cheap wipers and it made no difference they both sucked. I mean, it is not like I am expecting my windshield wipers to defrost themselves in the middle of winter and scrape the windshield clear for me. No I just want them to consistently clean the glass clean, not leave streaks and cover the whole surface area that they extend to. But it is obviously too much to ask.

Who knows maybe someone out there has found the holy grail of windshield wipers and they are about to tell me how it is but I doubt it. And yes I have used rainx before and it does work but you still need wipers no matter what, especially during the winter with all the salt that ends up on the windshield.

Work Work Work

Work has been sucking up a lot of my life. Not just time but tons of brain time. It has been frustrating to not be able to stop thinking about work. Something that I have in the past been able to accomplish was turn work off the moment I walked out the door. That has just not been possible lately and I do not want it to take a toll.

I take pride on what I do, and I like to give results above and beyond what is expected of me. That is just how I do it. It is hard to be that dedicated sometimes but it is just my nature. I do need to unplug sometime soon because it is getting to be a heavy load.

I need a vacation soon. How is your job going lately?

Logtar’s Looney Lunes

BDI’s closing has left a big hole in our community. Even thought in the recent months it had declined in participation, it was a place where a lot of people came to get a laugh or two. Since I started blogging I had always wanted to start a MeMe of my own and today in the drive to work the idea popped into my head. Lunes is the word for Monday in Spanish and well Looney refers to a tip of the hat to the crazies at BDI.

So here it is your first LLL or 3L or whatever we are going to start calling this thing.

We are going to start simple with a goofy word association game… Use the word, what comes to mind?

Lobotomy::
Unspoken::
Negligible::
Entrepreneurial::
Sagacious::

Then for the second part a little music bit, answer the following 3 questions.

What is the song or artist that you love to hate?

What is the song or artist that you love but don’t like to admit to?

What is the song or artist that you first ever remember listening to as a child and loving, or that you purchased their first CD. Any story behind it?

So answer this question either here in the comments section or our blog, and of course track back and links are welcome. If this works I will start making other things for it like an actual category and links… so play and have some fun.

Week In Chicago

Well, I got to go back to Chitown this week. It was for business so the family and friend time was super limited but still cool. I am so tired and so ready to go home, but I just got some good news, I get to take an earlier flight :) I am excited to get home at 6 instead of 9 PM.

Voice Recognition

I still remember my first encounter voice recognition software. I was at a friend’s house sometime during 1997 and he had just gotten a new software package. It came with a headset that had a microphone. It looked cool, not that it was my first time seeing a headset with a microphone, but this was different, it was at someone’s house rather than on TV. Then he showed me how he could open up different applications and perform easy tasks like saving a file and such just by speaking to the microphone. The software only recognized some words and it also had to be very clearly spoken. In addition, it also required a sample of your voice before it would function properly. Nonetheless, it was cool.

I had seen this same technology being displayed in the movies. We all remember the Sci-Fi shows where someone would yell “Computer, give me the status on the hyper drive.” It almost seemed surreal. It always made me thing back to my high school years and my physiology teacher who had a banner that said; “The science fiction of today will be the science fact of tomorrow.”

I have seen many applications of this technology. Our cell phones use voice recognition to dial “Home” or “Mom.” Many cars are now equipped with cell phones with voice recognition dialers. Many credit card companies now let you speak your card number instead of pushing the numbers. Changing your address information stored by a company does not require another human being involved. If you speak clearly, you can change your address by following the prompts that will ask you for the information. Some technical support lines now accept your voice responses beyond a simple “yes” or “no.”

There are also many applications for this technology helping people with disabilities. Some universities allow students to take oral test given by a computer rather than one on one with a teacher. Just check out Vocomo to get a sense of how Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is a reality that can be on our fingertips not just as an added feature but also as a built in feature for many products in the near future.

The most common application of this technology still today is customer service. Moreover, it is meeting with resistance from consumers. Will people carry the stigma that automated voice response systems have now to consumer electronics and everyday life? It is still early to tell but as fast food places move to use voice recognition for order taking we might start to take a stance.

Personally, I love new technology and will embrace it. At the same time, I understand the frustration that many experience when trapped in an endless loop on an automated response system. Also, we need to remember that by nature we like dealing with other humans rather than machines. Or do we? If the technology was such that there was no added frustration would we still prefer to talk to another human? That is the question that I give you to ponder.

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