Ramblings from the Warrior's Den
Friday, January 03, 2003
 
(Note: I wrote this on my new Dell Axim PocketPC, using mostly the largely untrained transcriber for letter recognition. Any typos, for once in my lifetime, are quite likely not my fault.)

I am writing this on my newest toy, a Dell Axim. Apparently. I need to teach This thing how io recognize My lousy handwriting. I've spent the last fifteen minutes trying to get this thing to recognize a sentence about how well it can handle my writing out of the box, but ten different attempts resulted in incredible amounts of gibberish.

I'm sure that if I spend enough time mesing with this, it wil improve. For now, I'll just stick with the on-screen keyboard. The transcriber seems to be particularly sensitive to stuff like bumps and things other than the stylus tapping the screen. Of course, my penmanship leaves a lot to be desired. I imagine that it must be quite a challenge For the programmers to Figure out how to get these things to be able to decipher all the Crappy writing that People pass off as input. If for some reason, it looks like I'm trying to capitalize stuff at random, it's actually just the inability of the thing to discern between Caps and uppercase letters.

Other than the obvious learning curve (For both myself and the machine,) I think that I should be able to find plenty of use for one of these things. I bought this so J could use it for school, to take notes in class and be able to use them in the computer. To be perfectly honest, this thing also happens to be a rather neat toy. This Axim came highly recommended On the Pocket PC Forums, and for the price I paid For this, I'd say that I got a good deal.

I'll post a more comprehensive review of this thing later. And chances are that will actually be typed out on the computer. Were l to try writing it on this thing, it might take a week.
Sunday, December 29, 2002
 
For all intents and purposes, the holiday season is over around here. As much as the house gets decorated for Christmas, it all comes down in a hurry once Christmas is over. Everything got taken down and put under the house, where it will sit for eleven months, during which various items will fade out of existence for no apparent reason, other than for us to wonder where the heck we put them. Sure, there's still New Year's Eve, but around here, the celebrations tend to go something like "3, 2, 1, Happy New Year. Now go to bed." My parents generally consider themselves lucky if they can get to bed by nine, and the momentous passing of another year on the calendar doesn't particularly justify staying up until midnight for them. I generally do stay up, but I'm a night owl anyway, and rarely manage to get to bed before Midnight on a regular night. The festivities around here on New Year's usually tend not to exceed a plastic cup full of store brand grape soda, and maybe some candy. Anything more than that would probably keep me up half the night (I already stay up half the night anyway, but this would keep me up the other half,) which is generally a bad thing.

When asked about my New Year's Resolution, I give the same answer that I've given for the past five years: 1024x768, 16-bit color. I can't particularly see such a big deal is made of New Year's resolutions. For the most part, all pretense of actually following through on any of them has generally evaporated by January 15th, and although I imagine most are made with good intentions, we all know who uses those as pavement. I figure that any effort to try and make any sort of formal resolution is for all intents and purposes doomed to fail, and just stick to the general stuff.

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