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Foreign languages – not Dragon’s forte … or fort hey.

While just about any born English speaker knows this common Spanish phrase, it certainly freaks out Dragon NaturallySpeaking:  What I actually said to my computer: muchos gracias.  How my voice software translated it: Just get a yes. So, if I … Continue reading

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What’s inside a biker

What I actually said to my computer: mountain bikers and trails  How my voice software translated it:  mountain biker’s entrails

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Correcting Craig?

Dragon NaturallySpeaking struggles most translating spoken names and less familiar terms. Here are two recent voice recognition errors that occurred in one sentence: What I actually said to my computer: Kreg pocket hole joinery (it’s a woodworking thing).  How My … Continue reading

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A Cruise for Crews

As I’ve said before, even though voice recognition software is continually improving, it’s still not good enough that you can close your eyes and dictate to it, safely assuming that it will get everything you’re saying right. Fortunately, I was … Continue reading

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F’ing Laughter–Literally!

When using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, or some other voice recognition software, it’s important to remember to turn off your microphone when you’re done dictating. Otherwise, Dragon just keeps listening.  And Dragon doesn’t know what to do with any sounds coming from … Continue reading

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He Punched You Where??

What I actually said to my computer: write and deliver How my voice software translated it:  right in the liver

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Loopy Slopes With Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Any of you guys a fan of the song Hang on Sloopy, like I am? Apparently, my voice software is not:  What I actually said to my computer: Hang On Sloopy.  How my voice software translated it:  Hang On’s loopy.  … Continue reading

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Voice Software: It’s a Gas!

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is not too friendly with any of my friends south of the border: What I actually said to my computer: Muchos gracias   How my voice software translated it:  Which is gaseous Voice recognition – it’s a laugh a … Continue reading

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Smoking Pot on a Long Run?

I was sending out an email to some of my running buddies, and what I actually said to my computer:  …with 10 of us doing the long route.  But how my voice software translated it:  with cannabis during the long … Continue reading

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Puerto Potties and Spearing Toledo

What I actually said to my computer:  porta-potties at the event… How my voice software translated it:  Puerto bodies at the event… And one more: What I actually said to my computer: Allay those fears How my voice software translated … Continue reading

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Close, But No Cigar

Sometimes the smallest of voice recognition software errors can completely reverse the meaning of your message. For example: What I actually said to my computer: reduce joint inflammation How my voice software translated it:  produce joint inflammation Until Dragon NaturallySpeaking … Continue reading

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Knee-high Resolutions & Medicating Issues

A voice recognition error by Dragon NaturallySpeaking software this week that left the recipient scratching his head, I’m sure: What I actually said to my computer: communications issues How my voice software translated it:  key medications issues And one more … Continue reading

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Skating Options

What I actually said to my computer: I think he will obfuscate this. How my voice software translated it:  I think he will opt to skate this.   I just hope he’s up to it.

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That Takes the Cake

This voice recognition software error, brought to you by my installation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, makes me hungry: What I actually said to my computer: I assume you’ve seen How my voice software translated it:  Icing you’ve seen

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No Christmas Spirit at All

You’d think that the engineers who make Dragon NaturallySpeaking for voice recognition (you-talk-it-types stuff) would have programmed the software to properly recognize this phrase and its common context.  But that’s what you’d get for thinking: What I actually said to … Continue reading

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Bowling with Spit and Worshiping Deena

Here are two recent voice recognition errors, the first of which changed a common expression about brainstorming into a new kind of sport: What I actually said to my computer: spit balling How my voice software translated it:  spit bowling … Continue reading

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Ric’s Wreckage & Al’s Address Key

This first voice recognition error is from Google voice mail’s blundered attempt at turning a phone message into an e-mail text message: What the caller said:          Hey, Ric, it’s Sheila. How Google translated it: Hey, wreckage, Sheila. I didn’t take … Continue reading

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God did it, not me

Oops.  This voice recognition software faux pas slipped by me, going straight to a client’s inbox!  What I actually said to my computer: The file has everything that got adjusted in today’s meeting. How my voice software translated it: The … Continue reading

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Dragon Not Even Trying?

Sometimes, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is so far off in its translation of my words that I’m tempted to think it’s messing up on purpose.  Like on this one, in which I was describing a bit part performance my daughter had in … Continue reading

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Anti-Democrat voice recognition software!

What I actually said to my computer: Barak Obama How my voice software translated it: Morocco bomber Apparently, Dragon NaturallySpeaking isn’t shy about its political opinions.

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