Oct 05 2015

Windows 10: Speech Recognition Performance And Accuracy


If you’re moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you’ll notice a slight improvement to the speech recognition interface in the new version. In Windows 7, the speech recognition interface didn’t work at all with applications unless they had fulltext control. This is something that Nuance has done as well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, but their customer base didn’t appreciate it as much. But the change that Microsoft made, is actually an improvement over what was available.

The speech recognition engine and Microsoft is not that bad. What’s horrendous about Microsoft speech recognition is the user interface. It lacks serious attention to detail in usability.  It has no intuitiveness to it.

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Oct 02 2015

Windows 10: Big improvement with TTS Voices


For those people for those people who use accessibility options in Windows 10, or in previous versions of Windows, you be glad to know that Windows 10 has upgraded their text-to-speech voices.

In Windows 7, the text-to-speech engine was better than previous versions, but still had this computer’y type dialect to it. In Windows 10, you can choose from David or Zira. The two different voices actually sound very good.

In my particular case, I like to use the text-to-speech voices for sometimes doing proofreading or to create audiobooks.

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Sep 30 2015

Upgrade to SSD: Give new life to older PCs and laptops


Last week, I got into a quick discussion with my dad about his Acer 7750 laptop. He was telling me that he thought that his laptop was getting slower and slower. Normally, this wouldn’t be an out of place comment if someone was using a laptop on a relative basis, adding a lot of files a lot of music and video and surfing the web a lot, but he didn’t do that.

My dad had his laptop for at least the last four years and it’s worked perfectly, but knowing that sometimes you get the best components with laptops, I decided to check the hard drive for errors and to also check the hard drive S.M.A.R.T. status.

Come to find out, hard drive did have a few errors on and the hard drive S.M.A.R.T. status was showing that the drive was on its way out. I used crystaldiskinfo to get the S.M.A.R.T. status.

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Sep 25 2015

Windows 10: Microsoft Print To PDF


Since the release of Windows 10 from Microsoft, everyone has been talking about all the benefits that the new operating system can offer. One of these small things that Windows 10 offers for me, and others might find beneficial, is that Windows tend now has the ability to print natively to a PDF.

For years, anytime that I would have to reload the Windows operating system, one of the first things I would do would be to load a PDF printer. I always loaded a PDF printer just in case I wasn’t going to be able to access one, if I ran out of ink or if I was traveling and I needed to save an important document for later. Saving important documents to PDF for later is one of the best things that I think people can do because I strongly believe in document imaging.

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Sep 23 2015

Automatically Dim Monitor Based On The Time Of Day

I think anyone who has ever used a PC experiences the same problems either walking in late at night or early in the morning to use the computer; it’s that abrupt and painful brightness of your computer screen coming on and just blasting your eyes. It can be painful.

In the age of mobile devices and smartphones, one of the best things I’ve learned to like about mobile devices is the ability to dim the screen based upon the lighting in your surroundings at the time. I really liked the ability and concept behind adapting the brightness of your PC screen to a particular lighting condition or time of day.

I have been looking out for an application that could use my WebCam to adjust the screen brightness on my PC, but I haven’t found anything yet; and I’m not sure how that would actually work with just a WebCam, but I did find a very interesting application that will adjust the appearance of my screen based upon the time of day.

It’s called F.lux.

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