Tried the Windows Speech Recognition thing again today...

Guess it can be said that I don't give up easily! Anyway, I tried to use the Speech Recognition function built into Windows again to do some writing and the results were mixed once more. Before I fired up Word, I did went through two sessions of the software to "Improve Speech Recognition." Even after that, the results were lackluster.

I notice a big problem with my pronunciation of the letter "r." I roll my r's and the software doesn't seem to like that at all! I kind of have to liquefy the sound and only then does it register well enough. The challenge is that I need to consciously do that while talking to it, which is not very intuitive. Maybe I can eventually modify the sound I make to the program on that letter so that it eventually understands me. I can tell that the feature is very powerful; besides writing I also switched apps, navigated the Start menu, and played around with a few other features and it wasn't really such a bad experience. It's just the dictation that doesn't quite agree with me, but I guess I can start to understand it as that is a free-form situation and that must be really difficult logic to get right. Commands seem to go off without a hitch, so I guess I will have to settle into some sort of hybrid use scenario in which I minimize the mouse and keyboard as much as I can while only dictating very little. Anyway, according to the Improve Speech Recognition sessions, the software should keep adapting to me as I use it so I won't fully discount it just yet...