[personal profile] scallan
Yesterday, I got a new toy. And it's a fun toy, for most of the time.

A few days ago, I saw a blog post about a blind person who writes a blog, and the tools he uses to do this. The main tool that he used was a voice recognition system called Dragon. This allowed him to simply speak his commands and blog text, rather than having to use a keyboard.

There was also a comment from an autistic person, or something in that area, about how he had found this system useful as well. This intrigued me, so I had a quick look to see how much a copy of the software would be. As a complete system was pretty cheap from Amazon,I decided I would give it a try.

I installed the system this morning, and I've been playing with it ever since. So far, it's an excellent system, and I'm finding it a little easier than typing away at the keyboard. It's not a perfect system, and it makes a few recognition errors, but as long as I keep an eye on what comes out on the screen, there are no significant problems with that.

I half wish that I had come across this system years ago, as it feels like it could be a lot easier to write the things that I need to write, even allowing for the errors, and having to go back to correct them.

I have also very tempted to recommend this to my sister, as my eldest nephew has problems with his writing, very similar to mine, and it seems like it would work for him as well.
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