The Official NelsCAST 102 Transcript

Begin NelsCAST Transcript: Welcome to the NelsCAST live broadcast for Wednesday July 1, 2009. This is your host Nels Lindahl broadcasting live from six thousand feet above sea level in majestically beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. And now a mandatory programming reminder… the NelsCAST occurs at zero nine hundred Mountain Time every Wednesday fifty two weeks a year. Please note, the official NelsCAST listener chat starts thirty minutes before the show and concludes fifteen minutes after the show. Rain or shine, so make sure to mark your calendars, or subscribe to the RSS podcast feed. NelsCAST fanatics can download the complete NelsCAST for archival purposes. Archived shows are great for NelsCAST trivia games.

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Today the over the top information presentation will include discussion of several topics deemed interesting by the host and sometimes only by the host. In terms of sponsorship, today the broadcast for the second week in a row is brought to you by the unofficial show sponsor tacos… if tacos had a lobby group in Washington, D.C., then democracy and the social fabric of America would be significantly stronger.

Today the NelsCAST will not feature any scheduled guests. In fact, no guests were contacted during the NelsCAST production meetings. In fact, the NelsCAST production meetings rarely involve any degree of productivity. Guests are being considered for future broadcasts. For those long range planners listening to the show, a special live guest appearance will occur during a special two day on location show June 25/26, 2010.

…and now the NelsCAST monologue. Callers will be welcome only after the completion of the opening monologue. The topic today will be voice recognition software and the world of tomorrow. The idea of real time transcription combined with complete computer control seems like something out of a science fiction show. After watching science fiction television programs and movies where an actor simply interacted verbally with a computer, I wanted to be able to use voice recognition software to control the computer. I will be using voice recognition software to transcribe the NelsCAST. The transcription will probably have to be heavily edited for punctuation. Voice recognition software requires the speaker to denote punctuation while dictating.

Typing with voice recognition software would be great right about now… Instead of purchasing expensive software that enables voice recognition, now would be a good time to review the Windows speech recognition system. According to an article written on the Microsoft website the Windows speech recognition software supports dictation.

Within the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, the user has to do three things. First, click Start. Second, place the curser within the “Start Search,” dialogue box. Third, type “Windows Speech Recognition.” On first use, a window will open offering to set up the speech recognition software. The setup wizard queries the user to select an audio recording instrument and complete a tutorial.

After the speech recognition software is running, the user has rudimentary control over the system and the ability to engage in dictation. Microsoft provides voice recognition software with the operating system. The voice recognition software appears to function properly. However, grammarian functions are easier to execute with the keyboard.

According to reports, the Windows 7 operating system has the same Windows speech recognition system as Windows Vista. Microsoft is currently selling a limited number of copies of Windows 7 at reduced prices with the cooperation of select reselling establishments. However, buying a preorder copy of Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.95 seems somehow surreal… I have purchased legal standalone copies of Microsoft operating systems for custom built home computers including Windows 98, the strangely forgotten Windows ME (Millennium), and Windows XP Professional. In the past, Microsoft operating systems provided the only alternative for productivity based office computing. Today, Linux desktop systems are improving, but do not provide full productivity based computing solutions.

Some computer power users download and install various Linux distributions to understand operating system alternatives to Windows. Linux distributions typically fail to provide all of the necessary software to navigate multimedia websites. Otherwise, most Linux distributions provide access to free office productivity software and programming tools.

Could somebody write a novel using voice recognition software? How would using voice recognition software influence the novel writing process? In the future people will probably dictate novels. In the future people will probably consider keyboards antiquated. Using voice recognition software can happen in two ways. First, a writer can compose entire sentences then verbalize them. Second, a writer can simply utilize stream of consciousness prose. Simply sitting back and talking to the computer requires a certain degree of trust. The voice recognition Software Works well enough to enable the editing process for document completion.

… And now, a special additional topic for the NelsCAST… please consider panoramic photography and touring national parks. I recently adopted a new hobby based on building panoramic photographs using digital photo stitching software that composites larger images from a series of smaller images. Panoramic photography used to require specialized equipment, but now even people working with a budget can utilize basic digital cameras to produce high quality panoramic photographs.
Back in 2005, it seemed like a good idea to try to visit every national park in the United States of America. Living in Boulder, Colorado at the time provided an excellent base camp centrally located between dozens of national parks, which started the national parks tour off on the right path.

Several national park tours have been completed in the past few years. Each national park tour merits discussion at this point. One national park has been toured more frequently than any other park under the current national park tour project. Rocky Mountain National Park is within driving distance of Boulder, Colorado. With good traffic conditions, a responsible driver can travel from Boulder, Colorado to Rocky Mountain National Park in about one hour. Without question, Rocky Mountain National Park provides scenic visits within reasonable hiking distances.

The 2005 drive to Mesa Verde National Park from Boulder, Colorado took about eight hours. Mesa Verde National Park provides an interesting experience fundamentally different from the hiking experience at Rocky Mountain National Park.

During August of 2005, the six hour drive to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park from Colorado Springs, Colorado seemed much longer. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is breathtakingly large. Keep in mind the canyon is deep, but nowhere near the width of the Grand Canyon. This park provided a great experience, but certainly did not provide the hiking experience that Rocky Mountain National Park offers.

A July 2007 trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park from Colorado Springs, Colorado took about four and half hours. Climbing to the top of the great sand dunes is much harder than you would think. Even in reasonably good shape, the climb had to be abandoned half way up one of the dunes. Keep in mind that Great Sand Dunes National Park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America.

A trip in August 2007 involved staying in Moab, Utah and visiting both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. As a location for shooting panoramic images both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, provide the amateur photographer with opportunities to take scenic photographs.

A degree of localization will benefit the current park tour within the State of Colorado. The panoramic photography project will involve a summer tour of Colorado parks. Several parks will be involved during the summer tour including Rocky Mountain National Park, Pueblo State Park, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and Spinney Mountain State Park. Most of the parks are within a day trip of driving from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Given the current economic conditions, parks and recreation day trips are an excellent alternative to the expense of traditional vacations. Several more extended vacations are under consideration that will include traveling to Grand Canyon National Park, Creator Lake National Park, and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

Now the broadcast will turn to the phone lines… There are no current callers. The contingency plan for this broadcast will now involve reading weblog posts…

Previous weblogs post, “A community of purpose,” originally posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009…

Now the broadcast will turn to the phone lines… Caller? [Transcription Error] Welcome to the NelsCAST, do you have a technology related question, or a comment about technology?

Special thanks go out to the legions of NelsCAST listeners. All guests and callers appearing on today’s NelsCAST deserve some congratulations. This has been the zero nine hundred Mountain Time zone NelsCAST for Wednesday July 1, 2009. This is your host Nels Lindahl signing off from six thousand feet above sea level in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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