SmartScore NoteReader – Review

On January 29, 2015, in iPhone, Review, by Mark Sealey

SmartScore NoteReader
Company: Musitek
Price: Free (in-app purchase) 


Optical Character Reading (OCR) software is tricky. Although it’s come a long way from the unreliable and inaccurate offerings of the 1980s (when it first became available for personal computers) if it doesn’t present you with a usable digital representation of your (scanned) hard copy which is also 99% accurate, it really has little more than curiosity value.

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About Mark Sealey

Mark Sealey is a British expatriate working and living in Southern California with his artist/writer wife, Roberta Lannes-Sealey, whom he met in 1996, when the web, she and he were much younger. Mark's interest in computers began in the the early ‘80s when his father suggested that, If we don’t understand how to control them, they’ll creep up behind us and make life unbearable. Have they? Using the venerable Acorn system until his move to the US, Mark wrote extensively about the BBC and RISC machines. He concentrated chiefly on education, music and productivity/system software; at the time Micronet and Prestel led the way for wide area networking… he published over 2,000 articles for these outlets. After graduating with a humanities degree, Mark was a teacher for 20 years until 1994 - first in Italy then the UK. Becaming increasingly attracted to the world of information technology as a major contributor to children’s learning and development, he eventually moved to editing the UK’s chief journals in the educational computing. He has always enjoyed freelance reviewing, consulting, editing and writing. When he moved to the US, he was fortunate enough to find full time employment at a major arts non-profit as a software engineer; though it’s doubtful if there’s a single skill which he was originally hired to use that’s still in daily use. Mark is also a composer of chamber and orchestral music, music critic, a published poet, photographer and environmentalist with an enthusiasm for fitness, vegan nutrition and long distance running. He is now convinced that only humans’ humility can save our planet.

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TechFan #129 – MAME, ROMS, and Crappy Products

On August 2, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Tim Robertson and David Cohen discuss KickStarter, disappointing products, the legality of ROMS, Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600, Wii breakage, more on Pacific Rim, Wolverine, and some television shows David MUST  watch.

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About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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ScanSnap S1300i Scanner

On September 27, 2012, in Review, Scanner, by Curt Blanchard

ScanSnap S1300i Scanner Review
Manufacturer: Fujitsu
MSRP: $295.00 (Street: $260.00)


Back at the dawn of personal computing, people began to talk about The Next Big Thing on the horizon—a paperless office. Computers would make our lives so simple that we would no longer need documents on paper. Decades later, this utopian state is still not a reality. Businesses deal with about as much paper as they always have. In our personal lives, we wrestle with ever increasing piles of invoices, correspondence, tax documents, and junk mail daily.

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About Curt Blanchard

I’m a Mac user from the beginning with a background in graphic design, product design, photography. I’m a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration. I spent much of my professional career designing consumer products in ceramics, glass, and metals by working on-site with European and Asian manufacturers. I am currently an officer at Tucson Macintosh Users Group and a reviewer in the Amazon Vine program.

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WorldCard Mobile – Business Card Reader & Scanner
App Developer: Penpower Inc.
Version Reviewed: 4.0.0
License: US$6.99

In today’s high tech world, it is surprising to see just how many businesses still use the humble business card to exchange contact information.

During and prior to the 1980s, business cards were added to Rolodex systems, and by the 1990s personal assistants were frantically entering relevant information into database applications, such as FileMaker Pro. The millennium brought about the business card scanner, and until recently, not much has changed.

With the coming of smart phone and tablet devices, the traditional style business cards can now be easily entered in seconds into apps such as WorldCard Mobile.

WorldCard Mobile exceeds the usability of the traditional business card by the way it allows users to import and modify information. 

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

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TechFan #32

On May 20, 2011, in Podcast, TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Mice, keyboards, and scanners, oh my. Tim and David discuss the lack of good keyboards, and what Tim has on his desk that may be the best keyboard ever made. Sick of changing batteries in your Magic Mouse? We have a solution for that as well. And how close are we really to a paperless office or home?

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The Magic Charger for the Magic Mouse

About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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