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Just wondering if anyone tried to use it lately? I have not used it for years and I have been thinking about it. I drive two hours a day and I feel like I could use that time with my trusty laptop a my side recording thoughts in my head instead of singing to the radio.

When the software first came out I remember the error rate was bad and I spent more time fixing mistakes than it would be to retype the whole thing from scratch. Has it improved? Any recommendations?

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Persoannly I have seen Voice Recognition for 25 years, and they have never gotten over the problems. I think they have done a great deal to make it such that any voice can use it and doesn't need much training. But you will always find problems.

Heck, imagine you are using the voice recognition software while driving, and that guy you just cut off speaks his mind. Should make some interesting reading.

How long are your thoughts? Mine are really short and few and far between. Maybe just a good voice recorder will do the trick for you.

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The problem is I want it to be done on text form so I do not have to sit back and and type what is in it. I was thinking about taking my digital recrder and do this, but I want to avoid the hassle. Maybe I should do podcasts! lol.

For example when I blog, I think about what I want to say when I am driving. I think about my book and such. I talk thinks out. I just want to add another level of danger to my daily drive! (Man was talking to a computer and caused 5 mile back up)

lol
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You could hire a Stenographer to drive with you.

Although each week you would have to hire someone new, because the previous one would be too afraid to drive with you again

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You are funny! Some day I will buy you a beer....
 
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Years back, I worked with this technology. Sometime around 1989, Dragon released their first product that was able to adapt (or 'learn') to the users voice, after a short period were you 'trained' it to your voice patterns.

We did think I was a good product, we were getting 95% accuracy (and we had a regional uk accent (Geordie!). However I do recall that the product was show on a TV program. It was a disaster as the presenter did not performed the initial training session, and the programme producer would not allow anyone else to demonstrate. A week later a big computer hardware company which had been promoting the technology pulled out. The market never recovered for years.

Here's a web link, there a forum here (need to register, and become a member first) - if you have questions about speech technology: Words Worldwide
- my old boss always had a talent for picking cheesy names

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The last time I experimented -- about 7 years ago now! -- I could actually get pretty good results with prose, given complete and utter lack of background noise.

But that's prose. As soon as you need to enter code -- or even pseudocode -- fuggedabowdit.
 
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I was not looking for the code part, I just want to dictate things like what I blogged about on AJAX the past couple of days. I know it is going to choke on the programming terms, but I can handle that.

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Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
You are funny! Some day I will buy you a beer....



I will take that.

Someday I will convince you to move to Southern California and work on the same project I am working on at that time.

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I applied to Yahoo, never heard from them....I guess they do not want a JavaScript Geek in CA!
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Blowing my own horn: I wrote the Vocabulary Editor for the first version of Dragon Naturally Speaking, the first continuous speech recognition program to market (continuous in that you didn't need to pause between words). It was, and still is to date, the most interesting project I've ever worked upon.

Dragon has long since ceased to exist, but the software is still marketed by ScanSoft.
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
Blowing my own horn: I wrote the Vocabulary Editor for the first version of Dragon Naturally Speaking



Seriously! So did (do) you know Duffy O'Craven? Friend of mine, worked for them until the bitter end.
 
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Yeah, he was in the QA/Build group as I recall?
 
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Yes, I think at one point; eventually worked his way up to Product Manager.
 
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Man, that seems like SO long ago, yet it was only 96-97!

One of my prize possessions is the serial number 00000001 box auto-graphed by the dev and science teams.

It was also my only foray into shrink-wrapped software. There is something that's "way cool" about walking into a CompUSA and seeing your work out on the shelves. Particularly when there are screen shots of UI you designed on the box!
 
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Wondering aloud if this was the software that, despite the training, always heard my pronunciation of "paragraph" as "Iraq"...

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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
There is something that's "way cool" about walking into a CompUSA and seeing your work out on the shelves.



This is probably very similar to how I feel in Borders.
 
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:


This is probably very similar to how I feel in Borders.



I went to Penn State and there on the shelf in the student bookstore was my book. I was impressed to see it there and I got to rub it into my college buddy that I did not see his name on campus! LOL

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I went to Penn State and there on the shelf in the student bookstore was my book.

Does the bookstore have an alumni publications section? You might be able to get them to display it more prominently.

Does your alumni newsletter have an announcements section? You could get yourself some publicity there too.
 
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They have a section for campus authors, I will worry about that when this next book comes out... lol

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One side chanting,

"WE ARE"

other side chanting,

"PENN STATE"

1982 Penn State vs Nebraska at Beaver Stadium. 1 Minute left in the game and Penn State scores the winning touchdown on a diving catch. The crowd goes insane. Just watching it on TV, you could hear how loud it was.

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The farthest I sat (Sorry stood) back in the senior section was the 4th row. The stadium is one of the largest for college and you need ear plugs if the fans are happy! I may try to hit a game this year.

lol

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