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Dragon Dictation – A Great New Addition to The World of iPhone Apps

While there are a number of apps for the iPhone that allow you to do limited voice recognition for looking up contacts and searching Google, Dragon dictation is the first to allow you to speak normally and turn your thoughts into text. Surprisingly, it does so with almost no mistakes.

What makes Dragon dictation particularly unique is that it requires no training to work. Most desktop applications require some training to work correctly. Typically you have to read paragraphs of text for it to become more accurate at understanding your speech pattern. Dragon dictation takes advantage of your data connection to upload your voice recording to the Dragon servers, where you can use more powerful computers to interpret your voice, and then sends the text back to your iPhone.

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Spam Filter Bug Plaguing Internet Servers

OK, this is a bit technical for my personal blog, but since I haven't yet redesigned my website for blogging, I decided to put it here.

Since January 1, I've discovered that a large amount of email coming into my server has been marked as spam by the built-in filtering software, SpamAssassin.  When SpamAssassin blocks a message, it flags it and stores it, along with a header that explains why it was blocked.  SpamAssassin is part of the standard mail server installation on most Linux-based internet mail servers.

I need to give you a little lesson in spam filter logic so this makes sense.  There are a number of rules that SpamAssassin applies to a message to determine whether or not to block it.  Based on the trigger, SpamAssassin assign a point value.  If the total number of points adds up to a threshold number that the administrator has put in the  settings, SpamAssassin flags the message as spam.  Typically, the default threshold number is set to 5 by default on a mail server.

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