Because I have arthritis in my hands, typing can become painful after a while for me. So two years ago I bought Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, and it has really increased my ability to churn out a lot of words in a day. I’m a two finger typist at best, and on a good day I might be able to get out 3,000 words, but then I would pay for it the next day. But with Dragon I can easily do 5,000 words or more in a day, and on a few occasions I’ve managed up to 10,000 words.
But we have a love-hate relationship. The program is not nearly as perfect as the TV commercials would have you believe. It has a lot of problems with similar sounding words such as their, there, and they’re. It confuses the words in and and all the time. The same with the words if and of. And for some reason, it doesn’t like certain words at all. It always wants to make Gypsy Journal into one compound word, gypsyjournal. And about half the time when I say Winnebago, it says win a bagel. I’ve done all of the voice training the company recommends and it didn’t help the problem. But even with those quirks, it’s still a lot better than typing for me.
Lately, the program has developed a new peculiarity. Once in a while, when I want to work in a Word document, Dragon will not respond. Sometimes I have to close Dragon and reopen it to make it work. Other times I have to close the Word document and reopen it before Dragon will work. Other times I have to close both programs. And, just to muddy the waters a little bit more, while it won’t work in Word, it may work in my email program, or on Facebook. Other times it won’t. I’ve tried unplugging the microphone and plugging it into a different USB port on the computer, and again, sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t. There is no continuity in what resolves the problem. A few times I’ve been forced to completely reboot the computer. Like I said, it’s a love-hate relationship.
I’m on my second Logitech USB headphone/microphone, and one of these days I want to upgrade to a better quality, I’m just not sure what to get. I tried the Logitech wireless headphone/microphone, but couldn’t get it to work consistently. Does anybody have a good recommendation for a USB or wireless unit that might be better? I’m always open to suggestions.
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Thought For The Day – Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it to the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.