March 7th, 2007

nyah, tongueout, glasses, nerd

Start Semagic; click login; go to Subject; Dear Aunt, let's set so double...

I configured Voice Recognition on Vista and then used it for most of my Parallel Architecture homework. Despite my only using minimal training instead of full training, it's a lot more accurate than XP recognition was; this is actually really usable, while XP required so much correction it wasn't worth the trouble. I really like not having to switch between Dictation and Command modes, although I'll have to look up a workaround for when what I want to write would be otherwise recognized as a command. (Although Vista figures it out in most cases by my tone of voice, which is a remarkably clever bit of code. I've tested this- say a command word, but change the inflection, and it will change whether it dictates it (in Word) or performs the command.)

Unfortunately, I've gotten slightly too used to its voice recognition, in a very short amount of time. At least when I'm in that mindset. Voice recognition is really convenient for me with how my computers are set up; it's not that convenient to type on my Tablet PC given how my desktop takes up my entire desk space (with its two monitors), so I probably actually will be using it; it's convenient to have homework in one computer and references and the assignment in the other. (And by keeping my homework on my Tablet, I take it with me to class- if I forget to print out an assignment, I can switch the most recent copy to a jump drive and print it off a lab computer with relatively little trouble.) But getting used to voice recognition can be a problem. Let's go back a few hours to when I decided I wanted a hard copy of the general voice command reference.

"What can I say?"
ding!
"Maximize that."
ding!
"Show all."
ding!
"Print."
doot?
"1." (It wasn't sure whether I meant Print or Print Preview, so it labeled the buttons with numbers to ask for clarification.)
ding!
"OK."(Numbered commands have to be confirmed.)
ding!
"Print."
doot?
"2." (This was ambiguity between Print and Print Settings.)
ding!
"OK."
ding!
*whirrr... shoof, shoof, shoof* (well, what do you think a laser printer sounds like, if not whirr shoof shoof shoof?)
*rustle rustle*
"Staple that."
blat?
"Staple that."
blat?
"St- wait, never mind."
blat?
"Stop listening."
donk!
*kchunk*

Maybe I need to implement voice recognition on my stapler next.
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