Sunday, December 23, 2007

Buh-Bye Comcast 

We made the switch to Verizon FIOS today. With this change comes a new email address:

I've updated the email link on the left sidebar, but just in case...

Posted by Beth Henderson at 6:54 PM
Monday, December 17, 2007

Smooth Operator, Redux 

This morning I had a "kickoff" call with my new installation client (the nonlegal, and at this point primary, part of my job). On the phone is one person in Michigan and four in Sioux City, Iowa. In the room with me are the sales rep and the programming manager. So I'm going along through the agenda, whipping through stuff, getting it done, answering questions, on top of my game, you know? Then I cross my legs under the table, left ankle on right knee, and rest my hand on my ankle. What's that lump?

From the leg of the jeans I washed and dried yesterday, I extract the missing argyle sock whose match is sitting atop the dryer. Nice.

At least it was just a sock, and at least the client was on the phone rather than in the room.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:01 AM
Saturday, December 01, 2007

First Saturday as a... 

First Saturday as a Lawyer, still I have a new geek(?) toy jott, cool. listen

Powered by Jott
The above text and link brought to you by Jott, a new geek virtual gadget I discovered at Mirandala. You call up and leave a clearly stated message of up to 30 seconds. Then some phantoms transcribe it (that's what they say, but I'm guessing there's some level of speech recognition involved and more likely they have editors who go over the low confidence drafts) and send it to wherever you've directed. It can go as email and/or text message, or to a link like Blogger. Email yourself reminders from the road, post on the blog from the Starbucks line, send a text to your girl while she's out shopping. And there's also a link to hear the original, in case you're not sure the phantoms translated it very well.

Speaking of which, they got mine mostly right. You can click to hear, but what I said was:

"My first Saturday as a lawyer, so I have a new geek toy. Jott. Cool."
UPDATE: I've poked around the site, and as I suspected, the Jott software is like the one where I work. Speech recognition creates a draft but they have people in dark rooms available to review the lower confidence translations. Also - check out the schmancy widget I've added to the top left. And the new title. Someday I'll get to the FAQs...

Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:54 AM