This is what happens when you help people to get into technology, they dive right in to learn how to exploit technology for their needs and along the way surprise the person that started them down this road.
What am I talking about? Today my mom (yeah, I said "my mom" and I can't believe it either) and I were talking about what she's been doing with her PC and digital camera that I helped her get (she got a good deal on an HP from Costco and not a Celeron or Duron either, thanks very much and I helped her get her camera through dell - a Canon A80 with 2 sets of NiMH batteries and a 256MB memory card).
She has been taking wedding pictures and photos of scenery among other things.
Anyhow, none of that suprised me. What surprised me was when she started talking about wanting a digital audio recorder, but the real shocker was when she suggested that I look into them for our attorneys to use.
Why is that shocking? Because it hadn't occurred to me. I had heard about pen audio recorders and of course just about everyone has digital answering machines now, but I just never really thought anything about digital dictation devices even while watching attorneys use their old style mini-casette devices.
Will we switch to digital for that right away? Probably not. Did a fairly quick look around the web and it seems like $150 or so is the minimum for a device that has USB so that the files can be downloaded to a PC and emailed. There are cheaper devices, but you have no way of getting the dictations off except for hearing and typing, which is certainly not better than our current way of doing things.
At any rate, it's something that I'm sure we will think about, or perhaps go with a different solution like Dragon voice recognition software, although the digital recorder is probably more practical for mobility purposes.
The point is, you never know what's going to happen when you start someone down the path of technology...well that and keep your ears open because your next IT idea might come from a most unexpected source. Thanks mom.
If I start blogging about ideas that my cats gave me, call the looney bin though.