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March 6, 2017

My sincerest apologies! It has been months and months since my last update. I have been using my Frontier V6 wheelchair more or less as my primary mode of transport these days. DragonDictate for the Mac has finally caught up with its PC brethren as far as accuracy is concerned and so I can use either the Macintosh or a bona fide PC machine using Windows 10.

I'd say the two systems have advantages!

(By the way I failed to mention that I sold one of my Macintoshes and bought a PC box) because I found running Windows 10 under Mac emulation did not quite cut it for me).

I'm certainly going to be very active in updating my website with new material:

Updating the video section, updating some of the icons and getting word of others.

There is so much that I want to say now and the main focus for me will be writing my book of my life to date.

Of course technology has always been a preoccupation of mine and this focus will continue; the difference being that the site will be updated often. I've got something to say so why not say it – welcome to 2017.

DragonDictate Version 4.0.2

Recently my voice recognition package had quite a significant update!

DragonDictate Version 4.0 is now being released for purchase, as some of you may know I’ve been using voice recognition for extremely so I’ll seen the progress that has been made really since around 1994. 20 years of voice recognition is seen a vast improvement in how accurately the programs can pick up your speech – and a reduction in the amount of training time it takes to get the program up and running! I think this last point, is the real advance in how accurately these programs work right now. Command and control is better than it was but still not up to the standard of general dictation. I use this program primarily to get my thoughts down on paper and I must say that since Nuance took over from MacSpeech (well in actual fact Nuance bought them out)!

I would really be lost without the ability to get my words down on paper quickly and accurately it really does make a difference to my productivity; but what I really like to see would-be speaker independent voice recognition. Really, this will be some years away I feel because computers still aren’t powerful enough to accomplish this (I have heard that they do have speaker independent voice recognition running on the large servers somewhere and I working on speaker independent systems; but I guess at the moment they are not particularly viable? Watch this space because regardless of how voice recognition goes in the future I will be along for the ride!

Have a fantastic day!

Malcolm.