A love letter to a Dragon

Hello again Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I never thought I should say this but, I’m actually really, really, really glad to be back. I’ve been trying for a while now to use the Danish speech recognition software called Dictus, and it’s just nowhere near as amazing as you are. I mean, I’m just talking to you and you are writing it down! it’s like you know what I’m saying! With Dictus I have to learn to use the software, teach it to understand me and then still speak in a funny way. With you, you’re just learning what I’m saying and I can speak almost exactly as I always do. In fact, right now, I have to fight a rising urge to just start laughing because I feel so free. Mwuahahahahaaaa!!!

Ahemn, sorry.

Okay, sure, you make a few mistakes here and there. It’s to be expected. But you have to tools to correct those mistakes too, usually in a quick and simple way. Dictus… doesn’t. Or, at least, none that I have found so far.

I really wanted to like Dictus.

I really, really, really wanted to like it.

I need to like it.

But I don’t. I hate it. Maybe I wouldn’t, if I hadn’t met you first Dragon. But I did meet you first and now? Now I am sad, sad panda.

Disclaimer: I am not actually a panda. That was what we in the wordsmithing business call a lie. And yes, Dragon recognized “wordsmithing business” first try.

I am back baby!

In my increasingly desperate attempts at finding a way to use my computer, I decided to give Dragon NaturallySpeaking a chance. So far that has not been a mistake. I’m actually very impressed with how well it understands what I’m saying. I started my little project with the expectation that I was in for a lot of tedious work training the program to understand what I was saying, and a lot of frustration when it would ultimately fail miserably. But, lo and behold, it works! Mostly. Having dictated everything you have read so far, Dragon has made few errors and none that I wasn’t able to correct by using only my voice. The biggest frustration yet has actually been installing Windows 7 on my aging MacBook Pro. According to the Internet I have Apple to blame for this, which has been duly noted in my big book of grudges.

I will probably continue to keep you updated with my experiences as I use the program more.