Tuesday, December 26, 2006

"Computer, initiate self-destruct sequence."

You might be asking yourself, "Why is Booray writing in the boolog again after all this time off?"

Well, I'll tell you.

It's because I got a new toy for Christmas called Dragon naturally speaking 9. Basically, what it means is that now I only have to speak and the computer writes whatever I say. In many ways it's like being in an episode of Star Trek only without the velour.

To give you an example of how it works, the paragraph that you are reading right now was dictated into the computer and I didn't make any corrections afterwards. It takes a while to get used to it, because you have to say things like ",". But once you start to use it, it actually becomes pretty easy. I'm still not sure if it's any faster than typing for me, because I'm not a bad typist despite the fact that I hunt and pack. (Look, there's the first mistake, it should read, "hot and pack." .... "hunt and pack" ... I'll just spell it...... "peck.") Anyway, you get the idea.

The hardest part is that you can't speak in your natural speech rhythms. I was hoping I would be able to pace the floor like a nightclub comic rattling off my ideas and have the computer type them up all nice and neat. Unfortunately that's not the case because a.) It's not that fast and b.) my natural speech sucks. Still, they say the more you use the program the better the program gets at recognizing how you talk. So, we'll see...


zinfandelo said...

Just letting you know that you still have a reader. Missed you, glad you're back. Yours was the first blog I ever read! Found you when I was looking for rules for the card game Bourre.

7:20 PM  
Booray said...

Wow, first day back and a post. Made my day!

11:48 PM  

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