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Testing Windows 7′s Voice Dictation

Hello everybody!  This is going to be a different type of blog post, as it’s going to be entirely based on the input of my voice.  You see, I am using Microsoft Windows 7′s voice recognition technology to write the entire thing.  I’m thinking about getting dragon naturally speaking 11, but since this is free, I might as well test it out.  Perhaps I’m not speaking very clearly, as it’s taken about 5 minutes to write these few sentences.  In the next paragraph, I’m going to be reading Lincoln’s famous speech without editing anything.  Let’s give it a go.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, we’re a nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.  We are met on a great battlefield of that war.  We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that the nation might live.  It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -we cannot consecrate -we cannot hello -this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, a far above our poor power to add or detract.  The world a little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forgot what they did here.  It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they’ll find your having thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead retake increase devotion to that cause for which they gave the last measure of devotion -that we here are highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -that this nation, under god, show of a new birth of freedom of -and the governments of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from your.

That took about 10 minutes to read.  Overall I’d say the qualities pretty good, but it’s not without its flaws.  (I’m still recording, by the way, and I’m still not editing.)
I feel if somebody was just talking into the computer, and pouring all their thoughts into a pool which they could search later, this might be a very valuable tool for them.  When cool thing about it is that you can start a program just by using your voice.  For somebody like me who is not used to dictation, however, dictating everything makes me think more about the dictation part of what I’m writing than actually writing it.
Let’s try something else in terms of testing this out.  I’m going to read the beginning of the song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted – one moment
Would you capture it were just let it slip?

His poems are sweaty, Newsweek, arms are heavy
There’s a madonna sweater already, ma’am spaghetti
He’s nervous, but on the surface it looks Colman ready to drop bombs,
But he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down,
The hope road crew was so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words will come out
He’s joking now everybody’s joking now
The clocks run out, time is up over, well!
Snap back to reality, though there’s a goes gravity
O, there goes rabbit, he’s choked
The so mad, but he won’t give up that
Easy, no
He won’t have it, he knows that his goal backs to these ropes
It don’t matter, he’s dope
He knows that, bodies broke
The so stagnant body knows
When he goes back to his mobile home, that’s when it’s
Back to the lab and inyo
This this whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment and hope it doesn’t pass and

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You want it, I you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

In conclusion, except for the fact that this post took about 30 minutes to right, I would say that dictating documents as a lot more difficult than typing, especially because you need to think about what you’re saying so much, as opposed two typing and then deleting and then typing some more or typing and then editing later.  You kinda get the feeling that what you’re doing is timed and cinder pressure and it needs to be right in the first tape.  As for the accuracy I was fairly impressed considering that Microsoft gives this out for free.  Programs like dragon costs 99 U.S. dollars, and while the accuracy appears to be better, I would expect it out of $100 product.  If you just want to start a few programs by your voice, take a serious look at windows 7′s offering.  If you want to do any serious dictation, I doubt that windows seven’s built in dictation will get the job done.