Dragon Naturally Speaking

January 17, 2008

Funnily enough, this is a review of Dragon NaturallySpeaking using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. For those of you who read this blog, and don’t know what Dragon NaturallySpeaking is it is a piece of software that relays, what you speak into text on screen. So after installing it, you read a few pieces of text to train the software and after that you can dictate text or documents or commands your computer, very accurately.

So I’m sitting on the edge of my bed with my microphone headset and dictating this review to you. The reason I found and still might find this piece of software useful is for my film review site; works often easier to dictate a film review as it comes into your mind, rather than sitting at a computer screen and composing it manually with text and correcting yourself.  I installed the software, last night and did a few set up texts, and today used it to compose the last blog entry on zeitgeist, and now this review of the software itself.

I spent roughly 5 or 10 minutes, setting up my voice recognition. So they can pick up my voice individually and compose what I speak into a readable document. And they should be able to see by the text at the end of this review, which will be the review itself but in an unedited format, is not bad for five to 10 minutes training. As I use it more and more it will become more and more accurate, and so I think an almost indispensable tool when it comes to writing and composing some work.  This piece of software is used by professions, such as doctors, to compose notes on-the-fly. I can see how it can be useful when fully trained, as it is now I’m going to correct quite a few things but that’s to be expected.  So as a summary of the software, I’d have to say that it really is excellently programmed and shows just how far voice recognition has come.  I’ll keep you updated in the future on how I get on with this programme

The unedited version:

Funnily enough, this is a review of Dragon NaturallySpeaking using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. For those of you who read this blog, and don’t know what Dragon NaturallySpeaking is it a piece of software that relays, what you speak into text on screen. So after installing yet, you read a few pieces of text to train the software and after that you can dictate text is documents or commands your computer. Very accurately, so I’m sitting on the edge of my bed with my microphone headset and dictating this review to you. The reason I found and still might find this piece of software useful is for my film review site works often easier to dictate a film review as it comes into your mind, rather than sitting at a computer screen and composing it manually with text and correcting yourself I installed the software. Last night and did a few set up texts, and today are used to compose the last blog entry on zeitgeist, and now this review of the software itself spent roughly 5 or 10 minutes, setting up my voice recognition. So they can pick up my voice individually and compose what I speak into a readable document. And they should be able to see by the text at the end of this review, which will be the review itself but in an and edited format is not being bad for five to 10 minutes training. As I use it more and more it will become more and more accurate, and so I think an almost indispensable tool when it comes to writing and composing some work this piece of software is used by what subversions such as doctors to compose notes on-the-fly. I can see how the useful when fully trained, as it is now I’m going to correct quite a few things but that’s to be expected so as a summary of the software I’d have to say that it really is excellently programmed and shows just how far voice recognition has come I’ll keep you updated in the future on how I get on with this programme

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Zeitgeist

January 17, 2008

I watched this film last night and I have to say it was a rather interesting experience. In fact, I watched it twice. Sometimes in your life, a film or documentary comes along and it changes these questions. Your most fundamental perceptions about what’s going on in the world.

I was in two minds as to whether I should include this review on my film review site chewed celluloid or simply put it in my blog. I came to the conclusion that this isn’t really a film review it is more my comments on this film or documentary.

So, where shall I begin well, the film is split into three parts. The first part deals with religion, the second part deals with 911 and the third part deals with international banking and its possible controls over the world. The first part, religion is excellently executed and totally believable as something that I actually believe myself. After this excellent introduction, some of the ideas put forward do become a little muddy. I would think that there have been 911 conspiracy theories since the day after 911 itself. And yes we all know that most conspiracy theories are a load of rubbish. However, there is some truth or something that rings of truth in this second part of this documentary. If you do get the time to watch this which I highly recommend you will see what I mean. There is the possibility that 911 was a conspiracy. However unlikely it may seem to us rational thinking people. The third part to this film is the part that really does begin to push what we can believe or at least it did with me. No doubt there will be some people who watched this film and took it all at face value.

Like I say, I watched this film twice, back to back, because it really did get me on the first watching. After second a viewing I did begin to question how real all of it could be when put together, they do say truth is stranger than fiction. And I have no doubt that this is true in most cases. All I can say is to watch this film/documentary and make your own mind up. Maybe, as it did with me it will leave you questioning, certain things that you’ve taken for granted. Or maybe they will slide over you as just another conspiracy theory. Weather you do find any grains of truth in this film. Or take it simply as entertainment, I guarantee you one thing, you will be entertained.

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A Review of My 2007

January 1, 2008

Like most peoples years, mine has had it’s fair share of ups and downs. Plus the usual personal issues and quirks.

January was the month I found out my daughter CJ was to be arrive in September later in the year.

A little later on I had spent a lot of time reading and researching the current state, future prospects and how I can do my bit towards preventing the current march of man made global warming. This led me to becoming vegan, and joining the Green Political party of the UK. You can see more about this on my about me page.

What about technology? I got my PS3, and it kind of revolutionized my living room as a media center. I continued my linux march forward with a switch from PCLinuxOS to Kubuntu. I only now use M$ products / software on my old laptop, and that’s mainly for itunes. I built my new Desktop, a Core 2 Duo 4gig monster, and purchased the amazing little Asus EEE.

Towards the end of the year I began reading some books on Buddhism. After some extensive research I decided to pursue this ideology as something of a person philosophy, and as I continue my studies, this is one aspect of my life that I really want to improve and learn more about in 2008. I already have feelers out for a possible teacher. You can find info about this in my Buddhism is a Philosophy page

The two most important events of my 2007 were the birth of my daughter CJ and the death of my Gran. CJ came into the world on the 23rd of September and I can honestly say this was the happiest day of my life. She has changed my life in so many amazing ways and given me so much in her short time here. She is the light of my life. On the other side of this coin, my Gran passed on the 29th December. She will be missed so very much. Things will never be the same again.

I opened my ebay store. Added numerous books to my collection. Started my film review site, Chewed Celluloid. Celebrated the first birthday of my blog. Saw my Dad for Christmas for the first time in three years. Did the compulsory change about of my blog, including the move to this domain name. Started my Ecology diploma. Had the usual ups and downs in my personal life and health. Watched the amazing Six Feet Under and Dexter. Watched the world and our race come closer to implosion. But in the end, I have to say that the year just gone was revolutionary in lots of ways. There are plenty of things I missed out here, but the important things must be those that sprang to mind.
Bring on the variety of last year, this year, the sweet and sour, rough and smooth.

Hello 2008.


Announcement

October 15, 2007

When I first started this specific website I intended it to be the only website I used and updated, however I just have too much content to make this site readable for each of it’s purposes so….

I have decided, yet again, to branch out with the websites I have and maintain.  This one, The Gaian, will be used for everything environmentally related.  I have set up and am using a film review site.  I am also using one just for my blog and other personal content, and soon to up and running will be one for books.  All the info contained here was just too diluted with everything in one place.

If you would like any of the links for any reason please feel free to contact me.