Joe Calev's WebLog

Posts and information about Microsoft Office Communications Server and sometimes off topic posts.

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    A sobering thought

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    It's funny how having kids can change your perspective on things. While perusing cnn.com I came across a story on the situation in Niger . I remember when I was younger the negative reactions I had when a commercial would appear showing starving children...
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    Home automation with speech - my vision

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    In my last post I mentioned that I will be using Speech Server in my own home to help automate it. In this post I will explain what I mean by 'home automation' and what my plans are for this application. This is not really a 'vision' because there are...
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    About Microsoft Speech Server

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    For a long time now my blog has been quiet. The primary reason for this is the following 1) I joined the Speech Server team at the tail end of shipping Speech Server 2004. Therefore I am far from being a guru at creating speech applications. I am quite...
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    Calculating balloon coverage

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    Recently one of our coworkers travelled back to India for a month to get married. Obviously a vacant office for a month was just too much to pass up so we decided to fill his office from floor to ceiling with balloons. The idea of the prank was to fill...
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    Using peml with prompts

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    When I first joined the Speech Server group I was a bit daunted by all of the different markup languages that we have. For instance, in Speech Server 2004 we have the following. SALT - allows you to create Speech web applications. More info on this can...
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    Pet peeves about directory and file referencing

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    Since starting at Microsoft I have had to review a lot of code - both in code reviews and when debugging others' tests. Like most other people I have my pet peeves and nitty gritty details. For instance, instead of writing if (somevariable == null ) I...
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    More notes on DTMF

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    Shortly after my DTMF post, I was asked about the A-D keys. As I mentioned, the DTMF standard contains high and low frequency for four additional keys - named A through D. While these keys are in the standard, no current phones can simulate these keys...
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    A slightly different way to solve systems of equations

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    I'm sure all of us remember solving systems of equations in high school. Back then I had the dreams of discovering a new branch of mathematics, earning the right to have some obscure function - or if I was lucky - a constant named after myself. Like most...
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    A trip to the rainforest

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    This post will be a bit of a departure from the regular technical track. About a month ago for my birthday my wife bought me a trip to anywhere - as long as the budget was reasonable. There are three places I would like to see before I die (which I hope...
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    Recording prompts so they sound natural Part II

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    Yesterday I discussed how to create extractions from transcriptions in order to reduce the amount of recording necessary. We ended with two transcriptions to replace the four original ones. 1) [You have purchased] [a clock] 2) [Would you like to purchase...
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    Recording prompts so they sound natural

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    One of the features of the Microsoft Speech SDK is the Recording Editing and Design Studio. This feature allows a developer to record wave files called transcriptions and divide the transcriptions into pieces called "extractions". Say for example your...
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    What exactly are those sounds for the keys on a phone?

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    OK, so it's been awhile since I last posted. Since I last posted we have welcomed my son Nathan into the world. Needless to say between two kids under 18 months it has been quite difficult for my wife and I in terms of sleep and duress. I thought I would...
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    Introduction

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    This is my first run at blogging in general so please be patient as I get on track. I work on the Microsoft Speech Server team and my main focus here will be covering some of the cool things you can do with this product and possibly help where things...
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