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Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:11 pm
by druid
So far in this thread you folks are definitely putting cart before horse.
That is, you're salivating over machines instead of thinking about writers.
You know, the nut behind the butt plate, as we say on the rifle range.
If I could design a machine that would assist my writing, it would:

(1) Listen to me. I speak, it types out what I say.
Perfectly, including the imperfections of dialogue.

(2) Heed my revisions as commands, either spoken or via multi-touch.
If I want to reverse the order of words or clauses, just select & drag to new position.

(3) Read back passages to me in a normal, pleasant voice.
Maybe recognize the gender and age of characters; bring them alive.

(4) Maintain word-count, Flesch-count, spell-check, and smart stats.
With auto-comparison to my other drafts and projects.

In other words, have amazing software to run on hardware not yet invented. :shock:

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:26 pm
by pigfender
druid wrote:(3) Read back passages to me in a normal, pleasant voice.
Maybe recognize the gender and age of characters; bring them alive.


It should have a casting database! You could tell the machine that the robot, Gerard, will be played by Jeremy Irons and the computer will use his voice to play back those parts.

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:27 pm
by pigfender
pigfender wrote: ...use his voice...


It can build up the voice characteristics by searching online youtube clips.

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:07 am
by AmberV
You forgot one.

(5) It presents the editor in white on blue, and plays MP3 files of people sneering at you if you try to change it.

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:36 am
by Markio
Sony finally revealed a photo of their new ultramobile that pigfender mentioned. I quite like it, however I wonder what the rubber (?) thingies are for on the backside of the lid.

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:47 pm
by Jaysen
feet

they provide angle to the keyboard and prevent the sucker from sliding all over.

I like to think of that as the ultimate in guaranteed repairs. All that stress on the hinge...

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:58 pm
by pigfender
I was really disappointed with the picture above. Nothing, and I mean nothing, turns me off a computer more than having the connection ports on the side where the cables wil be highly visible and get in the way of your hands, screens or anyhting else you might concievably want to put next to your laptop.

SHAME.

Also I second Jaysen's "feet on monitor = stress issues on hinge" point. If they really are feet, that would mean the laptop would only be stable and wobble free with screen open at a specific angle, I would imagine?

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:47 pm
by Jaysen
FYI: I do not have advanced info. I do not have access to this particular device. I do have NDA on some devices that are similar.

That said, if the "feet" are domed "buttons" then the amount of open is not a factor for stability. What IS a factor is once you wear the POS hinge out a little the screen likes to close on you. As to the side ports, these devices are designed for 2 modes:
1. Open and alone.
2. Closed and like a workstation. I woefully underpowered workstation.

Just like the macbooks, get a big monitor, close the lid and hide the device.

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:00 pm
by Markio
Maybe you have to put the notebook in a vertical position when connected to the external unit. I can't imagine why however.

BTW: What means POS

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:08 pm
by robertdguthrie
There's no room for a hinge and ports on the back of such a thin computer. They have to go on the side. As for the back being a better place... I'm torn. on the one hand, if I'm planted in one place for a while, and want to have cables plugged in, the back would be nice. On the other hand, if I just have to plug something in temporarily, the the side is much more convenient and visible.

Markio: POS is office-speak for Piece Of Sh*t. Other handy initialisms/acronyms for the soft-language-only office include "FUBAR", "WTF"/"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" and "CYA". Definitions for these and more can be found easily on the internet. (Though POS might lead you to "Point of Sale").

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:25 pm
by AmberV
robertdguthrie wrote:Though POS might lead you to "Point of Sale"


And of course, anyone who has ever Done Time in front of a register or similar machine will immediately confirm that "Point of Sale" is really just another euphemism.

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:40 pm
by robertdguthrie
AmberV wrote:
robertdguthrie wrote:Though POS might lead you to "Point of Sale"


And of course, anyone who has ever Done Time in front of a register or similar machine will immediately confirm that "Point of Sale" is really just another euphemism.


Eh, the IBM ps2 that we used as a cash register/inventory tracker wasn't that bad, but the annual bombardment of Christmas music makes me twitch even now, two decades later. It should be against the law to blast the same two-hour playlist of cheery holiday music starting in October and not have it change back to innocuous "oldies" Muzak until early January. When I dream of Christmas now, it's not a white one-- I'll say that much, and leave the horrible details to your imagination.

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:15 am
by Markio
Ah ok, English is not my native tongue (Google lead me to Point of sale)

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:21 pm
by Jaysen
Markio wrote:Ah ok, English is not my native tongue (Google lead me to Point of sale)

Markio,

You are not alone. I struggle with english all the time. The difference between us though is that you have a legitimate reason to be confused. I, on the other hand, am just an idiot.

My apologies for forgetting that other may not have understood the meaning being POS.

Re: The ultimate writing machine?

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:47 pm
by Fluff
Markio wrote:Ah ok, English is not my native tongue (Google lead me to Point of sale)
Markio, Mr Jaysen is an American. English isn't his native tongue either.
Fluff