Slaying This Dragon

Bill and I have finished Step 1 and 1/2 of the installation process for my Dragon voice-activated typing program. The reason it is not fully operational yet is because it dawned on me half-way through the voice-recognition part of tailoring the software to my voice, that I am recovering from a cold and my voice has the huskiness of a sex goddess. Realizing that this pitch of voice is not my normal one, I stopped the set-up process until my normal, uninspired, sex-less voice returns. Sigh.

However, I am confident that once I fully “train” my Dragon, it will be smooth sailing from here on out. The technology (which has been around for about ten years) has grown in popularity especially for those of us with limited hand mobility. Plus, the cost of it has dropped way down making it affordable for thrift-conscious folks like me. Sometimes it pays to be way behind the latest technology curve.

But delay in getting the latest electronic “hot thing” is not just about money. As my husband and I were installing the program, we ran into a little snafu regarding said installation. Right away, I was all for abandoning the project for fear of doing something irreparable to my desktop computer. Bill’s cooler head prevailed, he figured out the correct sequence and all was well. For me, new technology equals a rise in my stress level – no good for MSers.

Continuing to set up my profile, I was amused (which actually lowered my stress) when the prompts wanted to know if I had an accent. Do people actually know if they have one? A person once told me I did. Living in the U.S. Northeast, it seems, I’m in the habit of “dropping”  my g’s when speakin’ and lamentin’ when installin’ a bleepin’ computer program. I don’t think I do, so I entered “standard” as my accent. What really was funny to me was when it asked me my age category. I’m not sure if entering 55+ made me a doddering incompetent thus making sure the program flagged itself so as not to lose me with technical jargon, or (I like this one) it electronically senses that people my age have a better grasp on sentence structure, vocabulary, etc. and, therefore, it will treat me with respect.

So, this essay must end on an incomplete note, more details of actually using the software will follow. I guess having a disability in these modern days just means using more sophisticated technology to get things done. Those willing to overcome fear and chicken-heartedness (me) will ultimately rise above it all and enter the land of the really cool stuff!



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