Crack! That’s the sound of my knuckles being freed up to start posting some text. My blogging keyboard seems to have become little dusty of late.
Actually, I’m not using a keyboard at all to do this post. Right now I’m resorting to using DragonDictate for Mac version 3. for some reason it seems that every time there’s a new version DragonDictate out for the Mac, my right arm goes into apoplectic rage and refuses to have anything to do with either a trackpad or a mouse.
Handily, this updated version seems to be working perfectly fine on OS X Mountain Lion. Version 2 seem to have no end of problems on Lion, so much so that I ended up having to stuff it in a drawer and forget about it. I think that last version was the first time I’d had real reliability problems of Dragon, and so I was a little apprehensive about rolling to the new version. So far the apprehension seems unfounded.
I’ve tried to use the built-in voice recognition for OS X, however it seems to be subpar for me. Probably something to do with the fact that I have such a gruff Northern accent. I’m not sure that endless CPU hours have been used in researching Yorkshire accents for use around the globe. That said, it might be something they want to invest in for call centres. The automated response systems would be far more believable in blunt Yorkshire dialect.