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Not All Religious Fundamentalists Are Against Technology – He Said

There are some religions which are against technology, not many but some adamantly oppose it, even consider that it is unholy and definitely unwholesome – take the Amish for instance, still driving horse buggies, and they have done pretty well without a lot of new technology haven’t they? Well luckily in the US we allow freedom of religion even if we ourselves might not fully understand why it is they have such beliefs. There is a bit of intrigue to it, and I am sure at times we wish we could all simplify our own lives and just for one day – turn it all off.
Still, not long ago, I was having just such a similar conversation. “Just because someone is a devout religious follower, would not make them against modern technology,” an acquaintance recently reminded me. Yes, I suppose, but we must also realize that often enough technology is a threat to organized religion, just as the Internet is. Perhaps, that’s why many nations which have a government based on a religious way of life or even a nationalism motif replacing religion fear the information refuting their indoctrination of the people waking them up.
Nevertheless, I asked my acquaintance if he would argue this point or if he was merely just alerting me to the reality that others have argued that point? I suppose it depends on what one’s definition of what modern is, and what religion is it we might be discussing. I mean modern is like a fork in the road up ahead, you assume it’s there somewhere, but don’t see it yet, over the next rise, hill, dry river crossing, around the next corner, or maybe it’s just past the next tree, did we pass by it in the fog and miss the turn-off, you see?
Nationalism can often be a replacement for religion, but the same reality can hold true, as technology is a threat and a blessing to the stability of the society or civilization, especially modern disruptive type technologies you see. Now then, let’s go ahead and use an example here shall we? Iran is a fundamentalist nation, in fact it is an “Islamic Republic” and those in charge are fundamentalists, but nevertheless, they like technology and want all they can get.
Perhaps, this is why the Iranian regime put forth a plan to go nuclear, nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and all the technology they can get their hands on right? Thus it would be unwise to assume that religious folks are against modern technology, even if it is a big risk to their future existence, information is power and if a religion is zapping that power from the people, then such a religion might not be a long-term guarantee for stability with lots of modern technology around – especially computer and internet tech. Please consider all this and think on it.…

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Digital Technology – Out With the Old, In With the New

How has our world changed over the years? Digital technology is so prevalent today that we may not think about what we have lost. Do we really know what we have given up, or are we like the frog in the kettle of water? Sitting in this pot of water, we do not appear to realize the temperature is rising and where we started out is not where we started. What was familiar is no longer around and something different has taken its place.

We are all familiar with the big changes like expanding air travel to space travel. We have come to embrace change like what has happened with the introduction of home computers. However, have we really come to understand the impact these new inventions have had on our lives? In this article, it is my intent to bring to awareness some of those changes. Recognizing some of the things we do not have ready access to today may prompt us to look for alternatives before they are completely gone.

Digital technology changes and their impact:

Residential Landline Telephones

The number of landline telephones in our homes is quickly diminishing. What was commonplace just a few short years ago is now a rarity. The advent of the cordless phone freed us from the tether of the wall or desk phone. We could now use the phone anywhere on our property. Cell phones freed us up even more. Now, we can communicate no matter where we are as long as there is a wireless signal. Digital technology finally did away with the having to stay home and wait for that important call from friends, family, Dr., or others.

With the loss of the landline telephone, we also lost the answering machine. Now we have voice messaging.

VHS tapes and VCR’s

Many of us had reels of 8mm home videos at the time VHS camcorders became popular. Almost overnight, our 8mm film became obsolete and the only way to preserve that fragile film was to have a commercial vendor transfer the film to VHS. Today, the number of machines that will playback VHS tapes is decreasing while the use of CD’s and DVD’s is increasing. Soon, the means to transfer our VHS tapes to this media may very well disappear except for commercial vendors. Digital technology has once again moved, possibly leaving us in the dust.

Classified Advertisements

Many of us can remember when looking for employment meant spending hours exploring the classified ads in the local newspaper. After identifying the positions we were interested in, mailing cover letters and resumes became our focus and completing job applications at the employer’s location was expected.

The majority of the employment ads appeared in the Sunday edition with diminishing returns throughout the week. Today, finding these position listings on the internet is much easier than finding them in print media.

Losing employment related classified advertising, along with general advertising, has placed a stress on print media with many businesses having to cease operations.

Digital technology has changed the way we look for work and even how we apply for that once in a lifetime job.

Automobile High Beam Dimmer Switch

For most generations alive today, this is a non-issue. Members of the Baby Boomer generation will probably remember the dimmer switch on the left side of the floorboard on the driver’s side. With oncoming traffic, a quick flick with the tip of the foot and your high beams were instantly shift to low beams and when the traffic was past a second flick of the foot brought out the high beams once again. With this function relegated to a hand control, it is easy to exercise this safety feature, especially since we do not always have both hands on the steering wheel.

For some high end vehicles, digital technology may have created sensors that automatically adjust headlight output, but many of the cars today still have a lever on the steering column.

Music Preservation

Another technological change is associated with the preservation of our old analog music recordings. Often found in the form of 78, 33 1/3, and 48 rpm records, these old favorites and classical music may not be found on the new digital media. We do not have to let these tunes sit away in unused collections like many 8 track cartridges. Today there are means to transfer these songs to our computer. Once on the computer, we can then move them on to other digital media storage devices such as MP3 music players.

Although digital technology is advancing at a rapid pace in audio presentation and preservation, there is still a method for the individual consumer to preserve and playback those stacks of vinyl records just sitting around collecting dust.

Digital technology is changing our everyday lives. We need …

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New Developments in the Transcriptions Industry

Speech Recognition Technology is one of the developments that simply won’t stop speaking to the imagination. Complete interaction between objects and users has been a feature in many science-fiction movies, and its possible applications are truly exciting. Whether it is giving commands to any electronic object or dictating long speeches that get transcribed instantly, speech recognition has the potential to make life a lot easier.
While the technology has been around for over 2 decades, its development has reached a plateau since the late 90s. Google Search by Voice and Siri has certainly made the technology more popular, but its accuracy levels have not changed much over the past few years. Research indicates that speech recognition accuracy levels skyrocketed from 48% to 81% in 1995 and 1999-2001 respectively, to stagnate since.
Of course an accuracy level of 81% is still incredible and will suffice in many applications, but what happens when you start replacing transcription services with speech recognition technology?
Unfortunately the accuracy levels are simply not up to par with current audio transcriptions. While speech recognition can go a great way in dictating instructions and emails, the process of providing academic, conference call, or even market research transcriptions is simply out of its league. Traditional transcription providers put transcripts through a series of proofing and quality control processes, to ensure a level of accuracy that speech recognition can’t match. When it comes to captioning and typing out transcripts, it appears speech recognition is not the stand-alone solution that can go without re-editing from a trained transcriptionist.
The voice related technology does have its proponents in the transcription industry and many consumers have already adopted it. One often cited benefit for transcription users is the potential cost reduction. Unfortunately many people underestimate the implementation costs and fail to oversee that many of the transcribed documents still need extensive re-editing and proofing to ensure the quality of the transcript. It is true that in theory you may reduce labor costs but in practice you will find that you’re nowhere near your target productivity level and cost savings.
Speech recognition presents some great potential applications and has certainly drawn enough attention in the past few years. It does look however like its accuracy development has hit a wall., it is currently far from being sophisticated enough to completely replace human operators, and unless this changes, the technology is not a viable substitute for transcription services.…

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3 Types of Bar Code Scanner Devices

Bar code scanner technology has been around since the 90s. There are many industries that have deemed its use unavoidable for their requirements with good reason.

Imagine having to haul around an entire computer to check inventory quantities. At best that would be cumbersome. At worse it could be a potential hazard. Using a bar code scanner as your resource point provides you the ability to move more freely without slowing down progress. As such, this is why many businesses just like yours put handheld barcode scanners on their “must have” list of “buy computer accessories” requirements.

While the technology for barcode reader devices is always expanding and improving the three we will discuss in this article include:

1. USB

2. Cordless

3. Bluetooth

*** USB Bar Code Scanner ***

These devices are often found in check stands and library counters as they include a cord and tie directly into the computer station being utilized. USB technology offers more flexibility for the user to reach locations that are not easy to access otherwise.

*** Cordless Bar Code Scanner ***

This scanner is easily defined by its name. There is no reason to carry around a connecting device to feed information to as it is built right into the technology. Removing cords and devices makes it much easier to get the job done quickly without the hassles. Cordless scanners normally come with a base that you can plug them into for charging when not in use.

*** Bluetooth Bar Code Scanner ***

One of the newest technologies on the market is the Bluetooth bar code scanner devices. They look and function just like the normal cordless scanners. The difference is in how the information is transmitted. Bluetooth technology uses a proprietary radio communication technology that the other devices have not integrated.

There is no question that technology continues to advance even in the world of bar code scanner products. As such, when your resource point requires the need to buy computer accessories that include this type of technology take time to find out what the latest on the market is so that you can make the best decisions for your technology needs.…