Voice Recognition Post

I am going to try to write this using only my voice recognition. We will see how good Google Voice does at recognizing my voice and adding the text to this post. I have never tried this before but I expect it to work very well. Just by doing the post as it goes by I am missing pretty good recognition.

I’m doing this post on my Nexus 7 tablet just to see how it works. I will try to do a comfortable post with my iPhone 6 Plus. I am also doing this post without using the microphone just talking directly to the tablet.

Changing Running Styles

I was thinking of calling this “Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks”. Since I started doing triathlon and running I have been doing a lot of reading about running from numerous sources. I didn’t take much of it to heart until I did my first (and only so far) triathlon. I basically started running in October of 2008 to prepare for the 2009 Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon. I thought it would be fun to do a Sprint Triathlon along the way. My wife being a Photographer thought it would be fun for her to. In my running up until then, I had been fighting shin splints the whole time. Now would be a good point to look a the picture that made me realize I needed to change my running style:

Old Running Style

As you can see, I was a very severe heel striker and after doing a lot of reading, I found that this was probably the cause of my shin splints. I spend a lot of time working on shifting to a closer to forefoot strike and all of a sudden, running feels much more natural and much more like it did when I was a high school kid running the quarter mile. The results can be seen in this picture:

New Running Style

Yes, it is still a heel strike, but it much less severe, so much so, that I don’t really feel the landing in my heels anymore. I have been following information put out by Coach Jeff Kline of PRSFIT and saw a video he put out that explained the difference between forefoot and heel striking and why forefoot is so much better. I can testify to the improvement. I have not had a hint of shin splints since I made the change. I was able to teach this old dog a new trick.

Why Sponsor a Slow Fat Guy in a Race

This is my shameless plug for potential sponsors for my upcoming entry in the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon. There are a few good reasons to sponsor me. At 6′ 3″ and 220 pounds I am a large potential billboard for many products. Since I am slow, I will also give your product at least 5 hours of exposure at the Free Press Marathon. Not like those fast guys who will only give you a little over 2 hours of exposure.

How does someone sponsor me? I am easy, send me free stuff. 🙂 My current “sponsors” will be GoUltraSports.com who I will be wearing a hat from, unless it is very cold that day. Garmin will be on my wrist in the form of a Forerunner 305. I am also probably going to be locked into my shoes which will either be Salomon or Asics. Other than that, I am wide open to products that would go elsewhere (shirts, shorts, socks, etc.) If you interested, drop me a note in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as I can. You can also message me on Twitter, I am @bubmiller.

Kim Andrew Elliott discussing International Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy

A previous post of my drew some attention: Kim Andrew Elliott discussing International Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy.

Blogger complains that one of his posts brought a response publicizing VOA election coverage. He says that it was not only spam, but spam "offshored" to India. Steve Miller's Blog, 25 September 2008.

Let’s be clear, a comment was attached to a blog post that I had linked to a story about how Gov. Sarah Palin’s personal email account on Yahoo.com was hacked. Other than the Governor being involved, the post had nothing to do with politics. This comment contained nothing about the article I linked to and promoted something I did not link to (VOA). That makes the comment very clearly spam. I also took the extra effort and traced back the IP Address of the machine making the comment, which lead to an Internet Service Provider in India. I have yet to see disputes of my major points. 1. I was spammed by Voice of America, 2. The spamming was performed from India, and 3. My own tax dollars were used to spam me.

Voice of America offshores spamming duties to India

I can’t believe I was spammed with my own tax dollars. I recently found this comment on another blog I run that just holds links of pages I post to my del.icio.us account. It is totally a passive blog for me and really is sees little if no traffic.

In this election year of unprecedented international interest, VOA has introduced this new online meeting place for visitors to both learn more about the candidates and electoral process, and to share their own experiences, comments, and questions. Browse the site, join our global community, meet others with similar interests and varying views, and become a part of this fascinating and historic election. VOANews.com provides a comprehensive mix of text, audio, and video content in 45 languages, an accomplishment not equaled by any other international news organization.

This was sent to me by :

Author : saravananseo (IP: 123.236.214.211 , 123.236.214.211)
E-mail : bookmarksubmission@gmail.com

This was posted as a comment to a link I posted about how Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account was hacked.

Some interesting things to note: The IP Address is owned by the following:

123.236.0.0 - 123.239.255.255
Reliance Communications Ltd
Dhirubai Ambani Knowledge City
Thane Belapur Road, KoparKhairane
Navi Mumbai - 400710
India

So not only am I getting spammed by “The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,250 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of 134 million people.” They have offshored their spam work to India. At least if my tax dollars were being spent to spam me, they could pay Americans to do it.

An Amazing Difference

I was playing with SpeedTest.net this morning and I found something interesting. This is the result I got this morning running the test from my Ubuntu Linux desktop (2 Ghz Pentium 4 512 MB Ram).

Second Test

A few minutes later I ran the same test from a Windows XP Machine (Same hardware and network connection). Check out these results.

Second Windows XP Test

I ran both these tests using Firefox. Just for fun, I decided to try it on Internet Explorer 7.

Send Windows XP Test (IE7)

Now back to Ubuntu Linux for one more test

It may be just me, but I see a little bit of a difference. YMMV.

What Has Been Going On Lately?

I have had a lot of great ideas for writing lately, but I have not actually put those thoughts on paper. I had a brilliant post about the abuse of power of 41 U. S. Senators attempting to interfere in the business of a private citizen. Unfortunately that never made it out of my head. Then I was going to write about the progress I have been making in my workouts, however, it has been over a month since I have worked out and I have put on 10 pounds. I was going to write about all the geeky things I have done on my home network, but I realize that may be a contributing factor in not working out.

I do have to write about a recent event in my life that changed my thoughts about the legal process. I sat on a jury trial last week and I have to say, it was exactly the opposite of my expectations. I was fascinated by the entire process. It was also interesting to find out what it was like to be the 1 in an 11 to 1 decision. For a while, we were at 9-3, but when the other 2 votes swung, I had to do a lot of thinking. I am still second guessing myself, but I ended up tipping over to Not Guilty on the point of the prosecutor not proving the defense wrong. The prosecutor proved all of the elements of the crime however the one point of the defense that negated the crime was not proven invalid. I was nominated Jury Foreman because I sat in Chair #1 and I have to tell you, I have never been so nervous in my life as when I read the verdict. I was quite literally shaking as I read it.

Oh well, back to the regular once again.

My Return to Posting

Wow, has it been a long time since I last posted, over two months. I have a lot to write about. So much to write about that I really don’t know were to start.

My last post was about preparing for my last endurance race of the season. I did race the 12 Hours of Pando and ended up 8th in my class. This was a very difficult race for me because there was a lot of climbing and climbing is not my thing. I need to lose a lot of weight before this race next year.

Since my last post I have also been an assistant coach on my daughters soccer team. The team is undefeated with two ties. It has been an interesting experience coaching 8 year old girls. It certainly is a lot different from how I remember being coached.

Two cover the geek category, I bought 3 used computers from my work so now I have a Windows XP station and an Ubuntu Desktop set up on a KVM and an Ubuntu server that is running “headless” on my network. I think the summary now is 3 Desktop/Servers, 2 Laptops, 1 Printer, 1 Network Attached Storage (NAS), 2 Tivo’s, 3 Wireless Access Points and 2 switches. Oh yeah, and my PlayStation 2 is network connected as well.

Now for politics, I find it amazing how ineffective the Democrat Leadership in Congress is. The Republicans are very good at being the minority part and stopping the Democrats from enacting really scary stuff.

Well, that is it for now. Hope to be back at this more regularly soon.

The Little Sleep Files

I was awakened by my boss this morning at 2:00 am for a problem at work. (Yes, waking up for these is part of the job, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.) Two hours later and the problem is solved. Oh yeah, my alarm goes off in 30 more minutes, so what else should I do. It is a perfect time to blog.

Yesterday I had planned on doing my first group road ride. I left work on time and arrived at the bike shop we were meeting at in plenty of time. My road bike had been on the trainer and had not been ridden in a while, so I put air in the tires and start getting the rest of my stuff together. Then I hear the unmistakable sound of air rapidly exiting my rear tire. Ok, no big deal, I have a spare tube, I will just put it in and buy a new spare from the shop. So I put the new tube in, reinflate, remount the wheel and start going about my business. The next thing I know I hear that same sound again. So now I have lost my primary and spare tube and the ride is supposed to start in 5 minutes. I knew that this must be a sign, so I just pack up and go home. Then when I get home I start investigating and find that there was a tear in the rim strip at a spoke hole. The edge of the spoke hole was sharp enough to open up the tube.

Hopefully tonight will go better. Tonight I intend to ride the Cycle to Fitness Wednesday Maybury Miles Group Ride. I have done this ride before and it is very fun. It is usually a good 4 hour ride. About 13 to 16 miles of trails and about 30 miles of road. Although the 95 degree heat ought to make it fun in a sick and twisted way.

The new job is starting well, and I think I am going to like it. It is a big change for me having spent most of my career in IT supporting the Automotive industry to now move to the Health Care Industry. There are a lot of similarities, but the differences are huge.

Well, My alarm just went off, so I guess it is time to stop writing and start getting ready for work.

A Milestone

Today is the 2nd time in my working life that I am experiencing a last day with an employer and voluntarily changing jobs. Almost 11 years ago was the last time I did this. I have actually had 4 different employers in the last 11 years, although when the employers change, I stayed in the same job. This time I am changing employers and jobs at the same time. It is actually kind of scary. I am going into my new job with a little bit of fear of if I am going to be able to do the job well. I think that is a good thing. I am definitely in need of a challenge. So technically, I will be unemployed this weekend as today is my last day with my current employer and my new job starts Monday. I will be racing in a 12 hour Mountain Bike race tomorrow so I won’t have to think about it and I won’t have time to worry.

Time to start a new path in life.