Archives / 2007 / September
  • Straight VoiceXML vs. Windows Workflow

    There is an interesting post over on GotSpeech.NET (VXML vs. Workflow for Speech Server 2007) that compares speech devolvement using VoiceXML vs. the Windows Workflow model available in Speech Server 2007. 

    Given that most of my work building applications in C# and ASP.NET for the Nuance Voice Platform (NVP) I've got quite a lot more experience with VXML than Workflow (or SALT). I partially disagree with him when he sites a "longer development cycle" with VXML. It is all about familiarity with the language and platform. But for the most part I think he makes good points.

    I think the Workflow model is interesting but I'm wary of tying myself to a single voice platform. I much prefer the flexibility of moving between Nuance, Microsoft, Voxeo, etc. as needed. Each platform brings a different strength to the table and it seems like a bad idea to limit my options at this point.

  • Vista "Blue Screened" Today

    Last week I got a new laptop from. It is a Dell Latitude D830 with a 15.4" wide-screen display, a Core2Duo, and 4GB of RAM running Vista Ultimate. I really liked this model because I can run it with two monitors (using the optional docking system).

    So far I've things have been running great. This morning while opening an email in Outlook however - Vista "blue screened". I really can't remember the last time I've seen one (years I think).


    One feature of Vista that impressed me was the "Problem Reports and Solutions" control panel. Vista seems to do a good job of keeping track of what application and system failures you've run in to and offers some tools to help you track down solutions.