We started using computers when card punch readers were the order of the day – ancient times.
While working at Capitol Records in the mid-seventies we owned one of the first IMSAI 8080 computers – arguably the first microcomputer, although it was large enough to call it a mini-computer and expensive. C/PM was the operating system – later it ran FORTRAN and BASIC as well.
During that same period we had access to a time share computer at UCLA. We used that to evaluate and determine available commercial components from actual design formula parameters. A real design to prototype time saver.
We got onboard and championed the two Steve’s (Jobs and Wozniak) Apple products over Bill Gates more structured, less user friendly Microsoft (IBM world) products; perhaps choosing the wrong horse to make the big bucks then? Back in the late 90′s we abandoned our Apple affiliation feeling the closeness of the two technologies had Gates products reluctantly a winner based on price, demand and massive amounts of software.
Here we are 37 years later from those beginnings, an older and perhaps wiser computer user – but truly less involved – “USER” is the key word. We have several years ago left development and programming to the likes of our now 22 year old son and others with youthful energy and interest
It has to be conceded that the United States engineers were in the forefront of computer technologies early development – on this July Fourth we salute them for that.
Computer technology in some respects has evolved more slowly than we had hoped and dreamed back in those early days. We had envisioned keyboard-less computers before now. We should have been successfully conversing with our computers long ago.
In that light – are you using Google Chrome as a browser? If not you are missing an advanced technology – Google’s Voice Search.
If you have a built in microphone (or an outboard installed) you merely click the microphone icon in the right corner of the Google search window and state your query (see photo below) – very cool!
Google Voice Search Screen (Red circle marks the spot to Click and talk)
Señora Calypso and I are avid Google searches.We encourage you to try Voice Search – a real time saver.
We have spent a tidy sum on voice recognition software programs over the years. Perhaps we will take a stab at one of the current favorite voice recognition programs again. In the meantime Viva Voice Search! Stay Tuned!