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Vista 64

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April 3, 2007 09:32 AM PST

So far I'm liking 64 bit version of Vista. I had a little difficulty at first getting my raid driver setup, but I've managed to find drivers for the rest of my hardware. I'm still searching for what I think is the killer app, but overall I really like the look and feel of things. Of course I am a bit biased, but I went for nearly a year without using vista so I really didn't know what to expect in the final product. There are quite a few changes since the last time I ran it, and there's certainly a lot more polish. I think right now if I were to pick a killer application, it would probably have to be the speech recognition. Although speech recognition really isn't going to be used by too many people. I've been playing the speech recognition now for well over a decade, it is surprising how long it is taking to become usable. I will say right now that in windows Vista the speech recognition works amazingly well. I suppose it ought to given the powerful processors that we have today. The accuracy is amazingly better than the old dragon dictate system that I played with so many years ago. But only going to the tutorial, which does minimal training, I've been able to dictate this entire post.

(End of speech dictated text)

More on Vista's speech engine here.


Comments (6)
Paul, April 3, 2007 12:52 PM:

I don't know if these are killer apps for Vista, but the video demo looked great.

J, April 4, 2007 03:04 PM:

Great idea to dictate the post. I enjoyed it, and look forward to trying it. Seems like it would be a fun thing (and slightly ironic) to use for IM chats.

Have you tried ReadyBoost? I'm interested to hear how that works.

Also, wasn't Vista supposed to have some feature where you could have additional displays over USB or something? Like the ability to use your PDA as a small monitor for your buddy list or calendar?

Paul, April 4, 2007 05:29 PM:

What sort of CPU utilization is going on when Vista tries to wreck a nice beach? Could it be run on a tablet PC? You could go to lectures and meetings and get an automatic transcript of the event.

John, April 10, 2007 12:32 AM:

Answers: I'm not so sure that ReadyBoost is even noticeable if you have over 1 meg of RAM. At least that's what I read over at Tom's. Plus it is a hard thing to peg down since it learns your habits overtime. It's not like you can just do a before and after measurement. But at least they are trying.

The extra displays are known as 'sideshow'. This is something that requires special hardware. They are building them into laptops and stuff. It will let you view stuff like you calendar, email etc. while the laptop is closed and in suspend mode for example. I think the programming interface is like standard Windows sidebar gadgets - but I'm not sure.

I have not measured the CPU use when doing SR. Sure you can run it on a tablet PC or even a UMPC. I don't think you'll get anywhere with trying to recognize speech in a noisy lecture hall though. Also I've found out that it does map to your specific voice over time. So each user account would get a different 'training' profile.

J, April 24, 2007 08:21 PM:

I read on Tom's Hardware that that the ReadyBoost does help even if you have a couple gigs of RAM.

John, April 25, 2007 10:48 AM:

Yeah I'm still trying to figure out Readyboost (and I even attended a dev talk on it once). I've been playing with it on a slower mobile device with 1G of ram. It is hard to tell if it is faster or not. If it only caches and speeds up application launch, then it is not really that useful as I don't normally start and stop apps all day long. I mostly just keep them running. (With the exception of Firefox which will eat all of my RAM after a short time). I've been hopeing that it will work as a generic disk cache / VM cache. If so, then random access reads should be sped up. My real hope, however, is that on a mobile device, it would reduce random accesses of the hard drive, allowing it to spin down more often and save battery life. I have not been able to determine if this is the case or not yet.






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