Tuesday, November 02, 2010

my Dell Latitude X1

I need to praise my sturdy little Dell Latitude X1 laptop that I've had for the last five years and that has always stood up to its expectations. it's a Pentium M 1.1 GHz, and it only has 60G of hard disk memory and 1G of RAM. Yet I happily run Visual Studio 2010 on it, even in cramped airplane seats. Also I can carry it in a small bag.I recently scanned the market for a new small laptop. I looked at all the brands and Dell's M 101z came up as a potential favorite. But even with its dual core and its 4G, there was not enough new value to make the change.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional

I just installed Dragon NaturallySpeaking professional. It takes getting used to the speaking without making mistakes, but so far so good. The pros are that so far in this blog, what I have spoken is exactly what is being typed; and that after the minimal amount of training. Another high point was that I fed it a an MP3 recording that I made on a windy day and it came out 90% correct. The negatives are that even on my six core AMD machine the software lags in reactivity: I purchased professional version which allows me to hear my voice over the text that has been transcribed, and switching between correcting the text and listening to my voice takes a half second and that's too long. Still I'm very happy with the product.

This blog entry for example needed only four minor corrections from its original transcription.