November 2007


The supersecret project I’ve been working on has been released to the public.

http://mashable.com/2007/11/28/jangl-text-messaging/

I’ve written the messaging back-end; the plumbing that connects our service with the SMSC carriers. It’s pretty nifty (if I do say so myself) and I’d love to describe the details. I can’t, though; we’re just getting started exposing the functionality and have some new tricks in store for the next few months.

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This isn’t mine, BTW…  I ‘borrowed’ it from http://nyc.metblogs.com/archives/images/2006/03/starbucksIV.jpg

Yesterday, I realized that I was bound for 45 days of Mars retrograde. Later that evening, my boss told me he was quitting. Today he gave his notice to the company.

Sucks. F’n astrology.

Happily, I guess, I’m in a goodish spot at work. My major project goes live to the public next week. I’ll tell you about it when I can; after it goes live.

Off to the bar.

Six months ago, I signed up for a free service from Jott. It’s an interesting premise; you set up contacts to Jott to, then call this number on your phone. It asks you who you want to Jott, then allows you to record some speech. When you hang up, the speech is transcribed by computer and emailed, along with a link to the audio, to the recipient. You can, of course, Jott yourself. It only transcribes the first ten seconds or so which would make it useful for short notes or to-dos.

I used it a little to leave myself notes. The transcription was, eh, so-so.

Jott upgraded their transcription software recently and it has made a huge difference. These examples are cut out of a summary email and, in three of four cases, are exactly what I said. The summary lists recent Jotts in reverse order which is how they are ordered here.

  • Go by the Army Navy Store Monday morning on the way to the camera shop and see if they have EMT pants with […].
  • Pickup camera at Adolph Gasser Monday morning.
  • Schedule truck service.
  • Testing testing. I’m checking out the transcription to if its better.

The last example (which was actually the first recorded) is missing one word (‘see’), one apostrophe, and one comma. Still, I’m impressed.