Sunday, November 30, 2014

Windows API: speech to text, text to speech

Speech recognition, speech to text, text to speech, and speech synthesis in C# - CodeProject

"This article explains speech recognition, speech to text, text to speech and speech synthesis in C#."

Microsoft Speech API (SAPI) 5.3 @ MSDN

c# - Using System.Speech to convert mp3 file to text - Stack Overflow

Barcode, QR code generators

Barcode @ Wikipedia

Universal Product Code - Wikipedia

Free Online Barcode Generator (1)

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Free Online Barcode Generator: Make a Custom Barcode in Seconds @

QR Code Generator - Same Day Shipping. Low Prices, Always.

cloud: AWS: Amazon WorkSpaces

AWS | Amazon WorkSpaces:

"Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed desktop computing service in the cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces allows customers to easily provision cloud-based desktops that allow end-users to access the documents, applications and resources they need with the device of their choice, including laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android tablets, and zero clients.
half the cost of most virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions.
Amazon WorkSpaces offers a choice of bundles providing different amounts of CPU, memory, and storage so you can match your Amazon WorkSpaces to your requirements. Amazon WorkSpaces offers preinstalled applications (including Microsoft Office) or you can bring your own licensed software."

Steve Jobs Patents, decommoditize for success

Steve Jobs Has Won 141 Patents Since His Death - Business Insider

Some complain that:
"...many of Jobs’s patents are on designs—like the look and feel of the iPhone—not on more substantial technical advances..."

That may be exactly what is needed for products to succeed (decommoditize!), by attention to "user experience" (UX), human-interface and production "details". In a word: "excellence", not just "brute force" and "cloning" efficiency.

"You can continuously decommoditize anything! If you have a product, wrap a service wrapper around it. If you have a service, wrap another service wrapper around it. Ask yourself, “What product or service do we have where we’re competing on price? What are the strategies we can implement to decommoditize that product and/or service?”

Remember, once you do it, your competitors will copy you, so you have continually decommoditize. That’s one of the surest paths to higher margins and higher profits."