Well I’ve taken the plunge. I have finally broken down and decided to dictate blog post, articles, and other documents. Speech recognition has come a long way over the years, and it’s time I make use of it. Does that mean I’m getting typing altogether? Not exactly. One of the biggest problems is learning how to speak in a way that isn’t exactly natural. It also changes the way I write.
One of the things that people who know me know that I am dyslexic. My hand writing is horrible and my spelling is so poor that it is not unusual for the spellchecker in each article I write to completely miss a word or two. It also means that even when I see a word misspelled it looks perfectly okay to me. So, between the spellchecker missing words, and my inability to spot incorrect words means I spend a lot of time editing and proofing all my work. For short e-mails this isn’t a big problem. But, on average my blog posts are between 1000 and 2000 words, this leaves a lot of room for error. So, here we are leaning on technology. It also means I can “write” while away from my computer via my Sony recorder.
I don’t know how well this is going to go but, with a minimum of training I was able to dictate this post via the crappy head set they ship with the software 🙂