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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Testing, testing..

Whoopee, here I am up and running at long last!


my software arrived this morning, and I just got it up and running. As promised, I'm dictating directly without correction, to let you see how well or not it performs. I am giving it voice commands to delete certain Miss-heard words, which seems an instinctive and easy action to use. Capitals and punctuation, i.e., spacing, etc I'm sure I will get the hang of eventually, spacing generally tends to be included automatically, but then for no reason it'll join the odd word, and another together - but it's what did you love not enough for me to get my knickers in a knot over.


Ha ha, " did you love?" wasn't meant to be in their, I was responding to Sam, he interrupted me as I was dictating.  I forgot to tell the microphone to go to sleep. It also does seem to get confused with the correct spelling of words such as their and their - sheesh, see what I mean? well, it's not a big problem, I'm sure I can fix it given time.


I'm just getting to know this thing, but I have to say so far so good, it seems to recognise my voice pretty well. Not sure about how to add punctuation, or how to put Capitals in yet, but I have a feeling it ain't going to be too bad.


It certainly beats the Windows 7 version of voice recognition, that thingthis drove me demented! No, I have to say I'm pretty impressed so far, it seems to recognise my voice fairly well, and isn't throwing too many hissy fits.


(Wow, I can't believe it recognised hissy fits..)


Eeeee, it didn't recognise this bit (Eeeee), I had to dictate it by spelling it out. It's easy to cancel something it lists-types. Ugh, spot the deliberate typo? No, that wasn't me. This dragon has a mind of its own, guess we are going to fall out now and then. Still, all said and done,I'm pretty thrilled the way things are going, and I don't really expect for it to type everything up in a format that I can readily publish without doing any proof-reading. No, the idea is simply for me to get things down in a hurry, and then to go back to it at my leisure fbutor correction.


So what you see here is my first efforts totally uncorrected and typed as I speak. Admittedly this should not have been an S at the "end of effort". And again, this should have read their. There should have been the last word on that sentence (sigh).  yeah, it's far from perfect, but for the purpose that I want to use it, it seems fine. since I'm happy to go back and read and correct, as and when I might need to.


I'm telling you kids, this is the bees knees, works for me! Okay, this is shrinky signing over and out.


(Skipping over to hit the publish button, with a big wide cheesy grin on my face..)



54 comments:

bill lisleman said...

Thanks for sharing your testing. How does it know you are giving it a command vs. a word?

It could come in handy to have running while my wife and I have an argument. We are always saying "I can't believe you said that."

Marianne said...

Anything that gets 80% right of what I'm saying is worth marrying.

Sadly, I did not take my own advice, but I'm loving your new contraption!

Rock Chef said...

Looks like a really good piece of software. A few years ago a friend of mine got something similar that took hours to set up - he did his setting up while the tumbledryer was running, and until he reset it the thing would only work WHILE THE DRYER WAS RUNNING! Lots of LOLs at his expense :-)

mrsnesbitt said...

We will have to do a duet! lol! Must see this!

mythopolis said...

How cool! And as for this:

"what did you love not enough for me to get my knickers in a knot over."

...that is going in my file of very amusing things Shrinky confides to her computer!

Tabor said...

I am so thankful for all the beta testers out there, so that I can use this years from now when it workss perfectly.

Shrinky said...

Hi Bill, you need to pause slightly to say "comma",or whatever the command is, which seems to work.

Haa, beware of what you wish for, Bill, as it'll only record ONE side, YOUR side of the argument..!

Shrinky said...

Oooh, that's priceless, RC (snicker), wonder if he's still using it? Set-up for this was easy, just a matter of allowing the installation disc to load, and then reading aloud through the mike for a couple of mins.

Shrinky said...

You got that right, Marianne (grin), this thing sure understands me one hell of a lot better than my family ever does. Now, I may need to investigate buying me a wireless mike, so's I can happily wander about the house talking to myself (no change there, then, eh?).

Shrinky said...

You must have a play with it, Denise, you'll love it!

Akelamalu said...

WOW that's some gadget!

Shrinky said...

oooh, when you quote it like that Dan, it does come out sounding a wee bit on the smutty side, doesn't it? (Laughing) I have this awful habit of often mentally tuning out when Sam is deep into repeating stuff to me (he's been focused all day on my promise to do my "biker-groupie" bit tonight, and take him up to see his favourite riders at "The Paddock", and to take loads of embarrassing photo's of him next to the team lorries). He came running in to tell me another lorry making it's way from the ferry, had beeped at him as he'd waved from our drive, and he'd yelled a hello to it. So I automatically said, "Did you, love?" without so much as a pause in my dictation..

Shrinky said...

Ha, Tabor, I've never worked perfectly anyway, so I hardly spot the difference here (wink).

Shrinky said...

it is, it is, it is, isn't it Pearl (can you tell how excited I am)??

Joanne said...

I was referred to an arthritis doctor. He went through the exam and then said I must be quiet while he spoke to his computer. Then he made corrections while I twiddled my thumbs for another ten minutes. I was prepaared to be impressed with him at the outset; he wore cords and work boots and his knees were too high in the too short chair, like a grown up in a kid's chair. The computer session totally obliterated his humanity.

Suldog said...

Thanks for daring to publish that as is (was). Not too bad, all things considered. I hope you have a long and enjoyable life together :-)

Anthony said...

Looks like the beta test went pretty well.

Vince said...

Best of luck with it. I expect there is a code word that allows for switching between there/their and other near words. Like on the T8 with the phones.

Speaking for meself I like the point that the keyboard forces my mind to form. I think my focus would wander with that thing. Still I expect it would train a person into its methods soon enough.
Faith the Royal Mail is still up to snuff for all the reports to the contrary if the thing arrived that quick. And offshore to boot.

Furtheron said...

definitely better than the old one I remember us testing with the Scotsman years ago

Leslie: said...

This is like SO cool - can you hear my teenage voice? However, like Vince, I seem to think better when my fingers are on the home keys. I can type so well and fast that it's easy for me to gaze out the window and just keep on...like I'm doing now, looking at the neighbour's yellow rhodos and their peony buds that will be in full bloom in a few days. I'm so lonely right now I could just cry - can't believe how much I miss L even though he emails every day and I've already received 2 snail mail letters from him. I think I'll stay on in London for another week at the end of my holiday with Cathy!

sage said...

What was the name of your program? And does it put extras letters in words (the letter U in particular)as those of you on the other side of the water have a tendency to do?

wishihadakarmaanghia said...

Wow - get you! So modern! I think you should always keep Sam's interruptions in! And test it for expletives....I'd love to know what it makes of those! Good luck intrepid explorer (and lovely trusty commenter on my blog - thank you!!!) xxxx

Ms. A said...

"then to go back to it at my leisure fbutor correction"??? What's fbutor?

Wonder how it does with "hick"?

I'm impressed!!!

Mamma has spoken said...

Actually it read great! Few bumps here and there but for the most part was able to make it all out! Now try this: give yourself a 'speech impediment' and see what happens. I've done this before and it's HILARIOUS what shows up on the screen. Well until the program knows your speech patter that is...

Fenstar de Luxe said...

I'm with Miss A, what on earth is a fbutor? LOL. Seems you're enjoying your new toy!

Skunkfeathers said...

I could demonstrate how one of my columns 'evolves' via a tool like this...but my "pre-three-cups-of-coffee" ramblings are NOT in my best interest ;-)

Dave said...

It looks like heaps of fun Carol. I wonder if it argues with you over words and spelling? - Dave

Giancarlo said...

buona giornata e felice week end...ciao

MarkD60 said...

I'd rather see a video post, or listen to an audio post. I liked the video you posted a few months ago.

~Babs said...

Wooo-Hooo
It even knows hissie fits when it hears it.
Gotta love that.
So glad it's working out for you!

And I forgot to say how much I've enjoyed your illustrations, (previous post)
Will it learn to do that with proper prompting?
:-D

Shrinky said...

Oh Joanne, what a wretched, poor excuse for someone entrusted with the care of others - I am so sorry to have triggered such a rotten memory. Rest assured, this device of mine will never injure anyone in the way that it was used to bypass your very presence (hugs).

Shrinky said...

Me too, Jim, only I need to be ALONE to enjoy it, and that's something in short supply around these parts!

Shrinky said...

Sure did, Anthony.

Shrinky said...

Yeah Vince, I need to sit down to the tutorial for all the finer points, once I get a bit of peace and quiet to do so. I know what you mean about needing to see what you write to format what it is that you really want to say, and I'm also rather inclined that way too. I hope to use this program as more of a jotter, a place to fling out whatever fancy it is that might cross my mind, as I'm going about my day to day bits - which is why (now that I know it's usable) I'm thinking of complimenting it by investing in a wireless headset to wear about the house.

Shrinky said...

That story just cracks me up, Furtheron (grin)!

Shrinky said...

Oh Leslie, I can feel the ache in your poor, saddened heart as I read this. I can only imagine the emptiness his parting has left (hugs). It sounds from what you say, he is suffering some, too. It is awful to have an enforced absence like this, but it won't be so very long before you can join him, at least for a little while - and after that, the time will be that much shorter before he returns for good. Yes, if you can manage it, perhaps an extra week tagged on over here might help to combat the lonely withdrawals?

Shrinky said...

Hi Sage, it's manufactured by an American company, and is called Dragon. I was able to select "UK English" as I loaded it (it made me smile looking through the list, it even had "English with an Indian accent" option, should anyone want it!

Shrinky said...

Hey Katrina, don't jest, I fully plan on "training" it to swear like a washer-woman. It allows you to add any words peculiar to only you (and there's none more peculiar than me), which comes as a huge relief to know!

Shrinky said...

"fbutor", Ms A? Well, isn't it obvious? It's the breakdown I've already managed to induce to it, in all of just a few minutes of trying (wink)..

Shrinky said...

Oh Mama, I had enough of that malarkey when I tried out the Windows 7 version of this type of program - ye Gods, what a load of gibberish I never knew I could talk!

Shrinky said...

Hiya Fen, doesn't EVERYONE know what a fbutor is? Jeez, you can help but to show yourself up, can you? (Giggle)

Shrinky said...

Skunk, you are such a spoil-sport!

Shrinky said...

Yikes Dave, perish the thought (nervous shudder)..!

Shrinky said...

Thankyou Giancarlo, hope you have a good weekend too.

Shrinky said...

Ack, Mark, go and wash your mouth out with a lump of carbolic soap, me lad, I'll be having no talk of any more video's posted about in here, not after that last debacle of a one (I'm still trying to live it down).

I swear, I am at least twenty years younger than I looked and sounded up there (at least I am in my head) - I tell you, there is nothing more depressing than being confronted by the stark, sad truth, is there?

Shrinky said...

Heh, now wouldn't THAT be something, eh, Babs? Mind, I am kinda' enjoying doing those silly doodles of mine, who ever knew "paint" could be such fun?

Barbara Shallue said...

Very cool!!!! I'm tempted... very tempted...

Bone said...
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Bone said...

I echo the "very cool!"

Can you reply to comments with it? I dunno how you're gonna get it to capitalize "Bone" :)

chewy said...

This new dictation thing-a-ma-thingy is soooo cool. You can ramble on for hours. (tease) - OH! Oh! Oh! No excuses...get to dictating your book! :-)

MarkD60 said...

You looked and sounded good in your video.

CiCi said...

Does the talking thingy work faster than or as fast as typing the post?

Have fun with your new toy. You are sounding like a legitimate author now. Don't forget all your blogging buddies when you rise to published author status.

foam said...

oh, the heart wrenching pain and helplessness of a parent when their child suffers! i could so feel for you.
my youngest periodically suffers from migraines. the worst case was a month long migraine which kept him in bed when he was in 5th grade
happy birthday to your beautiful (inside and out) daughter! May she have many more healthy and happy birthdays.

Hilary said...

Oh that sounds like fun. I got a good giggle out of this and the previous post. If it types everything up quickly for you, it would seem to me that you'll have time left over for some decent editing.