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Dragon Naturallyspeaking - Star Trek Or Precocious Two Year Old Brat
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Dragon Naturallyspeaking  -  Star Trek Or Precocious Two Year Old Brat

Star Trek has influenced what our "inner child" dreams is going to happen when we get Dragon NaturallySpeaking. We almost think that we are going to look at the screen and say. . .

"Computer, type me a series of 30 articles about How to Make Money on the Internet. Make these informative and funny pieces, maybe even exciting! I would like the first article to be about 500 words, and please have all 30 articles ready in about 5 minutes while I go get some coffee."

Now maybe we really do not think it is going to be like that with Dragon, but that all-knowing computing model was set in our minds for years on Star Trek and despite the lack of logic, our hopes are still that computers will be that easy.

The reality is that starting to use Dragon is more like getting to know an unknown two year old who just arrived in this country from a mysterious foreign land. She (He) is very smart and can spell almost every word in the English dictionary, but can not understand the definition of very many of those words. For instance, Dragon does not know the difference between "I scream" and "ice cream" so even when you say them very clearly she still might misunderstand what you have said.

This very precocious child comes with a 700 page letter of introduction and hours of video to help us build a relationship; she is very complex.

Are most of us going to sit down and go through that training material very carefully to fully understand? Not a chance!

More likely, we will just naturally go right up to her and start talking at her.

If we are like most people, we are going to assume that if we talk long enough and loud enough Dragon will figure out what we are expecting and just finally do it! Maybe, we will take a demanding tone of voice, a commanding tone of voice.

Finally, we realize that she seems to have special hearing needs and we must use a special Dragon capable microphone and we must put that microphone at exactly the correct spacing from our nose and our mouth and speak at the right volume and with no stress in our voice. . . If we insist on doing it our way, then Dragon acts like a brat and does absolutely nothing we tell her to do and she does not even tell us what is wrong!!!

Once we, as the adults, take the responsibility to learn the commands Dragon does know, then we can develop an unbelievable relationship. Essentially, if we will learn a little Dragon-eese, from that we can understand how to teach Dragon what we need her to do for us. Before you know it, she will type everything we say with accuracy (and correct spelling) and eventually so very much more.

I know people that have gone from 6 words per minute to 120 words per minute through the relationship they have nurtured with Dragon. And that can be 120 words per minute with no mistakes and no spelling errors.

If you take the time and the baby steps in creating a solid, understanding relationship with Dragon, you can experience a delightful freedom of expression. You really will be able to walk around the room while you think and dictate your articles. You will not even have to look at the computer most of the time.

No, definitely not Star Trek, but at the least Dragon is a piece of dictation and voice control software that provides a partnership that is exciting and interesting and rewarding.

Dragon is most like a helpful, charming, precocious two year old (who is sometimes bratty) who can assist you in voice-to-type dictation and eventually, if you choose, Dragon's gift to you is total voice control of your computer.


Street Talk

Kali Webb  

I had not seen Jason's video when I looked at your article. Although my site is more targeted toward disabled people on bicycles and other sports, I would like to feature your site (specifically Jason's video) on my website. Is that OK with you? I am familiar with an old version of Dragon but what I saw on the video is amazing. I had no idea (and I consider myself pretty versed on the subject of disabilities and technology. It just shows how much I don't know. Kali

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  about 8 years ago

NO problem, Kali. Jason loves it when he can be of service to others. Please just send me a link so that I can share it with him.

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  about 8 years ago
Kali Webb  

I just posted my blog about Dragon, I just linked to your page so you will get a back link. Hope you and Jason like it. SA won't allow me to send you this link, so just look at my site disabledcyclist The blog roll is my landing page or you can click on the blog titled Salvation For The Disabled Typist

  
  about 8 years ago

Great Article Kali. I clicked on the link on my website to go over. Thanks, I love the easy flow of your writing style. The writing part is like pulling teeth for me. I will see Jason this weekend. He is like some of us, he loves it when he can make a difference for others! :-)

  
  about 8 years ago
Kali Webb  

Great article. I am so glad to hear the program has improved greatly since I last had any interaction to it (probably 10 years ago). I am now following you on Street Articles, as well as Wealthy Affiliate. I like your style.

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  about 8 years ago

Thanks Kali, Did you get a chance to see the video of Jason on the my website. He was losing a lot of his vision about the time we shot this. Because of that he isn't using Dragon a lot right now. I am working on solutions. Sherry

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  about 8 years ago

"Computer! COMPUTER! Ah a keyboard, how quaint!" Reminds me of Scotty in the 4th Star Trek movie. LOL How did I know that? Great article. I was one of those that screamed and yelled and tried to get that dang computer to do what I wanted! Oh wait, I didn't have Dragon...LOL Maybe now, I should! Thanks for a great read and info.

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  about 9 years ago

And then there was the time he tried to talk into the mouse... At least I think that was Scotty... Thanks for reading, McK! I have so much fun teaching Dragon that is hard to slow down enough to put the stories on the internet. I bet keyboards and mice will be obsolete within 3 years; in my Universe anyway :-)

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  about 9 years ago

Well,well Sherry. You learn something new everyday! Thanks.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for stopping by Kim. Glad it was informative... and it is fun!

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  about 9 years ago

Wow, you're somebody I could learn a lot from. That's really impressive you were a NASA hardware engineer and worked on programs like this. Just as a helpful piece of advice, Street Articles is a great place to brand a website, but articles you actually put on your website will get 100% traffic flow from Google, as opposed to a filtered traffic flow that finds its way to these articles (before clicking on that blue link). But to elaborate on what you were talking about, it's almost like Google + language. When it converts an English language to another language, it mixes these languages up. There are so many conversions, loopholes, and double meanings it's hard to formulate the correct response the 1st time every time. I'll need to read about Dragon. I haven't heard about it to be honest.

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  about 9 years ago

Hey Seth, Great to get your input. I am excited about all I am learning here and impatient to do more. Thanks for your feedback on SteppingStoneToDragon also. There is so much I want to do so that I can show the world "What Dragon Can Do" and "How to Do It" :-) I am struggling to put things in order of importance. I finally found a WordPress Theme... Shelf... that I think will serve how I want to present the training materials. Next will be to figure out how to put my Affiliate Links on the website. And then my articles (Appreciate the input of the value of the articles on my website) Whole New and Exciting World for me!

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  about 9 years ago

Wow! Sherry, I tried dragon many, many years ago -- with a pencil-like awful microphone on a big box desktop computer -- and gave up because could not get it to do anything much at all. Just googled after reading your article. Yep, long ago. Hmm. Maybe will try again some day! blessings, Cynthia

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  about 9 years ago

It is so worth the effort now! I, too, had tried it years ago. We joked about it being a poetry software written by Bob Dylan because it rambled on with thoughts not connected to what I had actually said. Will have some demo video up soon.

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  about 9 years ago

Sherry, Thanks. Look forward to seeing your demo. Too focused on my products now to take a break to learn dragon. Probably true of a lot of people! Yet learning from you might make it worthwhile once I catch up with my plans. Good idea -- again, true of a lot of people in our fast-moving time-pressed world where you have to make time for priorities. Dragon could make written content easier to produce. blessings, Cynthia

  
  about 9 years ago

Thanks for the appreciation! Enjoyed your website! What do you want to bet we have been down some of the same paths... Talk to you soon! :-)

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  about 9 years ago

Sherry, this is a super article! I loved Star Trek - especially with Captain Jean-Luc Picard! I know nothing of the Dragon of which you speak, but why can't it make the coffee for you? I don't think I want a computer that speaks to me, someone may come in unannounced, hear it swearing and know I've taught it! - which is probably why I don't have cockatiels, even though they are GORGEOUS!! And NASA?!! I know precious little of their science: but an organisation that researches telepathy and the effect of prayer!! - RESPECT! I could go on with this missive but you might get bored so I'll just mention my ws it's now listed rhs of profile. I'd love it if you were to read it. Take care

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  about 9 years ago
AnnMarie  

Way cool, Sherry! Can I have one? Can I, huh, huh! Sounds like wonderful software I could really use. Thanks for your well written article.

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  about 9 years ago

Glad you enjoyed it, AnnMarie. Stay tune for my upcoming article on microphone choices... I have some video shots I think are good enough. Found out they are too big. Will make them smaller and get them posted on my website.

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  about 9 years ago

Your prose is readable and interesting--and I enjoyed the perspective on human enhancement software. Your experiences with helping beginners learn to use the software really resonates for me--I spent most of the 1970s and 1980s showing new hires the ropes of PC usage--back then, we still had to remember that a keyboard was not a typewriter--'ones' (1) and lower-case 'l's were no longer interchangeable, inputting a number that needed to have, for example, four digits required the use of 'leading zeros' (a strange concept that has become quite common here in the new millennium)--little, silly things that make a big, important difference. But you have it worse--nothing is more difficult than conveying 'computer-ese' to senior citizens! Now that I have my own membership in AARP, I even have trouble with new tech, myself.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for your feedback Christopher. My experience is that anyone can use Dragon if they function from logic... "What did Dragon think I said and why? How can I say the same thing more clearly?" After just a few days of working from that point of view, I was really spoiled!

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  about 9 years ago
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