Magnus Itland (itlandm) wrote,
Magnus Itland

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Is talk cheap?

I'm definitely getting speech recognition software. Since this spring, I have been forced to break my lifelong habit of writing fiction (OK, not lifelong ... I started around the age of 5 or 6) and it hurts. I even have to shorten my daily journal, where I used to write two or three entries a day and choose the one I preferred. Yeah, verily, it sucks to not be able to write as much as I want.

It is very hard to see any difference between the various speech recognition products for sale. They all seem to do the same. I'm currently looking at "Dragon Naturally Speaking" Essentials 5, which is available from Amazon.UK for 22.49. That's in a price range where I can afford to lose it all if it just doesn't work. Irritating, yes, but I would still be able to pay my rent.

Evidently the downside to this version compared to the "preferred" version is that you have to train it for at least 45 minutes before it makes sense at all. Well, I'd be happy to pour a whole evening into it if it can save my hand from a horrible, painful death.
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