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Excuses, excuses

There will be an Alsace report. With pictures. I swear it.
I've had a bit of a week. Monday, my dodgy shoulder went out really badly, leaving me with a heavy-duty headache and a lot of [pain when trying to type anything. Tuesday, I was due to take the cats for their annual boosters and check-ups, only to find that I had a flat tyre. SO I re-arranged the appointment and took the car off to be fixed.
Only to be told that that I needed four new tyres for a mere £Ouch. Sat around for 3 hours for this, paid, left, said 'ouch' physically and financially. Wed, wake up feeling lousy, take cats to vet, pay £Ouch, come home, deal with irritating stuff that has built up over the holiday.
Thursday. Decide I can take no more of the shoulder pain, book emergency osteopath appt. Keep long-arranged dental appt (ouch and £Ouch); go to osteopath, who cures the headache temporarily (Yay! I love my osteopath), gives me exercises to help and tells me to come back in a week. More £Ouch.
Go to local software emporium and buy Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred v.10 wireless edition, because typing has been long term very bad for me, I have got no writing done all week due to pain and, well, I should be writing. More £Ouch.
I'll report on D NS as I go along, but so far it's very user friendly and easy to understand. I haven't got to dictating into LJ yet, though, so this is typed with much ouch-ing. (We are still training each other.)
PS And, of course, am now bankrupt-ish. (As in I seem to have just under £30 to my name till the end of the month. Though I will get to pay myself back for the tyres from my emergency fund.) And have had bill from hire car company for diesel. Bah.
But there will be photos, I promise. (Castles! Storks! Beautiful towns! Fairy tale gites!)


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May. 22nd, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about the packet: glad book is okay.
I fairytale git.. Hmm... I'm seeing a rather goofy looking dog.
May. 22nd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
With DNS I use the 'dictation box' option to put text into LJ. It tends to give the best results.
May. 22nd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you: I will try that.
May. 22nd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Sending careful hugs
May. 22nd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I hope your shoulder feels a lot better soon. I can certainly empathise with you on that one.

I, too, have tried D NS. It's a good product but I find the dictation approach to writing very difficult to master. I suspect it works fine if you "see" well-formed sentences in your mind; but if like me you tend to throw some words at the screen (like clay), see what sticks and then start moulding and sculpting, well, um, no. As for dictating a character's thoughts in one's *own* voice, sigh! To me, it's a mental barrier that I struggle to hurdle. Anyway, some authors have dictated whole books using D NS, so I hope it proves to be the answer for you.
May. 22nd, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
That's the bit that I suspect will needs lots of practice.
May. 22nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Ouch on ouchies :(
Yay! On Dragon! I have used 3 versions of it and know all the tricks due to one of the devs who designed and worked onit who is on a forum called Knowbrainers.

His name is Chuck Runquist.

He told me this in a Post there.

First, never train individual words in the correction window or the spell dialog. This simply does not work.

Second. The words bay and day have underlying pronunciations in the DNS phonetics table that are virtually identical. These are what are called "speech homophones." Training such words individually in the correction window or the spell dialog only exacerbates the misrecognition. If you wish to train individual words, train them one at a time in the Vocabulary Editor. The Vocabulary Editor is the only place where you can be arrived any kind of significant results from training individual words.

Third, the only time you should be training anything in the correction window or the spell dialog box is if the correction and the misrecognition have significantly different pronunciations. If the playback sounds correct to you (i.e., correct pronunciation in your voice), then you shouldn't train them at all. Simply select the correction and click or say OK. If in the correction window you have to spell the correction, but the pronunciation is correct in your voice, then simply spell it and click OK. Also, increased the number of displayed from the default 5 to 9 in the DNS Options dialog (i.e., Show no more than _ options).

Lastly, if you're going to select words that are misrecognized for correction, place the cursor in the middle of the misrecognized word and then say "correct that." This will pull up the entire context containing that word and will also initiate the playback automatically if you have that option set in the DNS Options dialog (i.e., Automatic playback on correction). This is the only effective way to train words/corrections that are phonetically similar (pronunciation(s)). Otherwise, as indicated above, all you're doing is spinning your wheels and guaranteeing that the words will be misrecognized the next time around. When you train misrecognized words in context, you are modifying and adjusting the Language Model(s) to understand the difference between these two words when used in context.

These are the basic rules of thumb for correcting and/or training misrecognitions. There are a few more, but these will serve you well in terms of the problems reflected in your post.

Another tool to use for training, he said, is voctool.exe which is in the folders. It allows you to let it read your chosen files and add custom words, like my Alien names etc. I put a shortcut to it on my desktop.
If you need any help, don't worry about Posting in that forum, they are very very nice folks. :) Or you can bug me too. :)
May. 22nd, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is really useful: thank you!
May. 22nd, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
My sympathies on the pain and the unexpected car expenses. Cars seem to just wait until the worst possible time, then pounce.

I'm really enjoying Living With Ghosts, by the way.
May. 22nd, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
I hope you like it all the way through!
May. 22nd, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)

So sorry to hear about the shoulder pain: I hope it clears up quickly and doesn't interfere with the fun at plokta.con.
May. 22nd, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
I love my Dragon, but more for getting boring business-y stuff out of the way so I can type more interesting (hopefully!) things. (It does not like my accent, however, especially my pronunciation of gerunds.)
May. 23rd, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
I found that with my mix of Scots and English accent, only the US version could understand me. This was the same with Kurzweil which was bought out by Dragon before it became Dragon - obviously I have used Dictation software for a long time. :)
You could always try the US version...
I got an OEM version for a song through an online OEM seller. Legal, but just.. ;P
May. 25th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
So far, I'm liking it, although it's not hearing me correctly for certain commands (notably 'delete previous'). I will keep trying...
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