How to Transcribe Audio Recordings for Free (with an iOS Device)

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Dragon Dictation

Well, perhaps it’s not entirely free. I do appreciate that your time is valuable and the following method is not entirely automatic. But it’s pretty darn close! Before we get into the specifics, there are a few small challenges to this method that you should know: 1) you’ll need an iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, 2) it takes a bit of manual labor to correct the inevitable minor mistakes, and 3) the dictation app only records up to a minute of audio at a time. It also works best if the recorded voice is cleanly isolated from any other sounds, like background music, ambient noise, or other people talking at the same time.

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Site Launch: IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter

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Screen Shot of IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter WebsiteI’m really excited to announce the launch of my latest collaboration with Reeves Design House for the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter. The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has chapters all over the world so working on this project was a great opportunity. The site is a bit bigger than most that we have developed recently and it was a wonderful opportunity to dig into the WordPress documentation and create a highly customized and finely hand-crafted theme. This project has gotten me even more excited about the latest technology advancements with WordPress that make it an increasingly powerful content management system (CMS). At this point it’s definitely my favorite. Every time I work with it I’m more impressed with how many complex things it can do. Plus, clients seem to absolutely love working with it to maintain their own content using the built-in visual editor—it’s just like using a word processor. So, check out the newly redesigned site for IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter.

Site Launch: Great Endings Catering and Event Company

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Screen shot of Great Endings siteThey say many hands make light work. This is especially true in website development when you’ve got a great group of teammates you can count on. My latest project was another collaboration with Mark Reeves, who created a wonderfully flexible and visually appealing site design. Due to the inconvenient timing of my recent home move, we decided to enlist the skills of the ever-talented Kevin Lamping. Usually I work independently on the front-end coding of a site, but Kevin really came through in a pinch. Take a look at the Great Endings Catering and Event Company site (site no longer available). Don’t forget to order a tasty pumpkin cake roll while you’re there!

Site Launch: Salem & Associates

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Screen shot of Salem & Associates siteSometimes the simpler sites are more fun to build. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy building complex sites in a CMS with loads of plugins and other flashy bits and pieces. But it’s a good break to be able to build a straightforward PHP site without all the bells and whistles. The Salem & Associates site is a great example of the latter. The stunning photographs and clean classic design speak for themselves. Take a look at the Salem & Associates site and see if you agree.

HTML5, CSS3, Web Fonts, and Other Fun Stuff

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For the past several months I’ve been experimenting with an exciting set of web technologies. You may have heard the latest buzzword for what I’ve been doing. You know the one: HTML5. If something is new and cool, it must have been done with HTML5, right? Well, not necessarily. It’s true that HTML5 has some fun and exciting possibilities on the horizon (and some of it is indeed ready for prime time today). But there are some other fun web technologies gaining in popularity at the same time. It’s the combination of these technologies that I’ve been having fun with. If you’d like to use the general purpose term HTML5 that’s fine with me. I won’t even correct you—at least not while you’re within hearing range.

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