Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?
This is the sign that is over the front door of Aileen's and my house, our home, going OUT. Meaning that when someone leaves our house they are going into the ACTUAL Mental Ward.

I've always felt that way. When it is considered how much ugliness and killing and hatred there is in the world today, it actually makes perfect sense that this sign is over the door going out of the house.

Because that's where the real mental ward is.

Monday, March 4, 2013

System Update: Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Before I talk about what I'm going to in this Journal entry I would like to make something rather clear.  During the 1970s.  I was hired to work for a computer company as the production administrator.  The company I was working for actually was processing information as a vendor for their various clients.  So part of my job as the production administrator was to analyze the amount of information being processed at any given moment during the production leg regarding to how much information was actually being processed by the CPU.  And the CPU is of course known as the central processing unit.  Which is, or at least was, back in the 1970s, considered the main body of the computer.
So part of my job involved doing approximately 100,000 calculations, every day, where I would actually be able to measure the difference in speed of processing through the CPU of the different aspects of the information that the company was processing in order so that the company would then be able to bill their clients for the various types of information that they were in fact processing.
This means I had to be able to ascertain and to differentiate between the different speeds of processing of the different types of information and more specifically.  Of that information that was being processed at different times in the production leg.
So I became rather expert at being able to ascertain and to identify various memory allocation issues pursuant to the processing of different types of information by the CPU.
I have not lost that ability.
Windows 7:
In the Windows 7 environment and error basically two main ways that a program can be initiated.  The most obvious way is by simply putting the program into the startup folder.  When that is done, the program actually is assigned its own section of memory in the Windows 7 environment.  And as a result, any control exercised on them program by Windows 7 is done so in a slightly more indirect manner.  Meaning that the program went into the startup folder is not going to be subject to the more to wreck control of the main timing mechanism of the Windows 7.  Operating system.
That does not mean or suggest that Windows 7 does not have control of the program.  It just simply means that his control is slightly more indirectly defined, and/or oriented.
The other way that you can or that is customary to initiate a program is by relegating the program to the system task scheduler.  When this is done the program actually is under the direct control of the Windows 7 timing mechanism.  Which means that Windows 7 will actually decide how much system resources and system memory that in the program will in fact be using at any given moment.  Because the task scheduler is actually directly part of an associated with an integrated with the central timing mechanism of the Windows 7 operating system.  Whereas the startup folder, while being in fact, associated with an integrated with and subject to the Windows 7 timing mechanism.  Is in actuality, more indirectly defined, and or associated with that timing mechanism.
So, what this basically means is that when you set up a program to start from the startup folder.  You are actually giving the program more control of how much system resources and memory uses, more directly.  Then you are if you set it up to run in the task scheduler.
Knowing this can be extremely beneficial.  Because if you have a program that uses a rather large amount of memory and system resources, when it is actually actively being accessed or in actuality, actively running.  Then what you can do is if you want to control that program so that when it is not actively being accessed or running.  That in fact, it will give up or return some of these system resources so that those resources can be used by other programs.  It didn't actually makes more sense, under most circumstances, stressing under most circumstances.  To at that point, put the program into the task scheduler.  Because that way, the task scheduler will actually exercise more control over the program and its use of system resources and system memory.
Normally, this is not ever really a big deal.  Because as computers came into their current status of acceptance.  The nature of how the central timing mechanism in computers of course changed.  Everything changed when the CPU went from being a series of computer towers to just one computer tower and then eventually to a desktop model.
But the principle of the CPU still was and remains the same.  Just as it does for a laptop and just as it does for and android phone.
So with that in mind, what I'm about to explain is a very critical point regarding Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5:
Would Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  The program is not really just one program.  When you install Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 what you are actually doing is installing three different programs that will operate on your system.  One of course is the Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows program.  Another program is the Dragon services program and the third program is the Dragon cell phone module.
But the problem would Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 is that what happened when the program was created was that they took control of a lot of the functionality of the speech engine and put that control into the Dragon services module.  And as a result of doing that.  It made things a little bit more difficult for the Windows 7 operating system to be able to reclaim any possible system resources and casually system memory from Dragon NaturallySpeaking if Dragon NaturallySpeaking were not actively being accessed or being utilized at any given moment.
So as a result, if you were to put Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 into the startup folder.  And then you were to put Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 into the off position.  Because you had put into the startup folder.  It would make it a little bit more difficult for the Windows 7 timing mechanism to exercise control over Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  Whereby in the off position Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 would of course maintain its memory footprint of approximately 498,000 K.  But because it was in the startup folder, the timing mechanism for Windows 7 will have a harder time reclaiming system resources.  And as a result Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 would thereby cause the computer system to accelerate meaning to work faster and thereby create more noise.  Or at least sound a bit louder.
The way to work around that is of course to relegate Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 to being started by the task scheduler.  Because under those circumstances, when you put Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 into the off position.  And it has been initiated by the task scheduler.  The task scheduler actually takes control of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and decreases the amount of memory and system resources proportionate to those resources and system memory being used by other programs.
And under those circumstances, the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Windows module itself will actually decreased from approximately 498,000 K. down to approximately 52,000 K.  And sometimes even as low as 38,000 K.
But in order to get Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 to behave in that manner you actually have to have a program started by the task scheduler.  Meaning that you have to give Dragon NaturallySpeaking over to the control of the Windows 7 task scheduler.
Because what we are talking about here is not just using the program.  But we are talking about the management of system resources and system memory that any given program will in fact be used.  When it is active as compared to an active.
So with the foregoing in mind, it becomes quite obvious that Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 is very much what might be considered a memory or system resource hog.
And that is unacceptable.  In point of fact, when Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 is running and it is mushrooming up to about 498,000 K.  The services module for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 might actually get up to be about 98,000 K.  Not much more than that.  But because the service module actually relates more to the system resources than to system memory, it becomes a little bit more challenging for the Windows 7 environment to regain control of system resources would Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  If, stressing if.  If Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 has not been initiated by the system task scheduler.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5:
Now we are going to see the actual difference.  Because with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 there is no service module.  There is no cell phone module.  Everything is built right into the core program.  So when you initiate Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 from the startup menu or the task scheduler.  The results basically as far as system footprint is the same.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 generally on the average uses approximately 390,000 K.
Furthermore, since there is no service module to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5.  There is no auxiliary program in addition to the core program that Windows 7 needs to keep track of or to manipulate control over of.
Consequently, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 when you put it into the off position behaves much differently than Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.
In Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 when you put it into the off position Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 will actually give up certain amounts of system memory and system resources to the point whereby after a certain amount of minutes of not actually actively accessing Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 will actually decrease its memory use all the way down to approximately 24,000 K.
And while that is most definitely efficient.  The downside of that is that what is not happening in a lot of cases.  Especially when the program has been relegated to the startup folder.  Is that the Dragon NaturallySpeaking service module is not giving up the system resources even though Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows the main core program has given up a certain amount of memory.
So the way of combating that would Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 is to never have the program being started from the startup folder.  But that always have it being started from the task scheduler.
But with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 is completely different.  Because it doesn't really matter whether you put the program in the task scheduler or in the startup folder.  Because when you turning the microphone to the off position.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 will maintain its 390,000 K. memory allocation.  But when you put into the off position.  It will automatically, regardless of whether it is been started from the startup folder or the task scheduler.  It will automatically give back system resources that it is no longer using in order for those resources to be better used or to be used at all by other programs in the Windows 7 environment.
And that is a major difference between Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 as compared to 11.5.
So consequently Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 because of his behavior does not cause the Windows 7 operating system to accelerate.  At least nowhere near as much as Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  And when the system is not accelerating it means it's not working harder and it means it's not making as much noise.  And for anyone using a speech program noise is a big factor.  So if the program you are using is causing the system to accelerate and make more noise that means that your speech program is going to have a harder time hearing you correctly and its effectiveness or its accuracy is in fact going to be possibly compromised to one extent or another.
So that is the main difference between Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 as compared to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  The manner in which the two different versions of the program relate to and access and interact with system resources and system memory and the Windows 7 environment.
I have always called Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 the Windows Vista of the Nuance Corporation.  And in fact that's exactly how I feel.  Because there was no reason for Dragon NaturallySpeaking to go through the big huge process of relegating these support services for the Dragon NaturallySpeaking core program over to bear programming module of Dragon services.  Just like there was no reason for them to allocate the Dragon NaturallySpeaking interface aspect of their program over to the cell phone module, which is exactly what they have done.
But by doing that they are actually taking up more system resources and more system memory by segregating the functionality of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 programming to three different modules rather than containing it in one program module, which is exactly the way Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 operates and functions.
And so as a result, this makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking one hell of a lot more efficient and effective as a speech program.  What it also does is show very clearly that the Nuance Corporation has been less than honest with the consumer.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking meaning the Nuance Corporation basically presented Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 has a tremendously faster and more expeditious version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, when in fact, that is not true.
The above clearly shows that Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 uses much more system resources and system memory.  In addition, has a more difficult time giving up were returning various system resources to the system.  When it is not actively being accessed.  And the reason for that is again, because Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 is made up of three different programs rather than having the entirety of the functionality of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 built into a single program module, which is exactly how Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 operates and was created.
And that ladies and gentlemen is exactly why I am so displeased with the people of Nuance Corporation.  They lied.  They lied to me, and they lied to the people in this world who are or who could be potentially their consumers.  They told everyone the Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 was faster and more efficient.  And while Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 m in fact, the faster it was not more efficient because when you run Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 on your system unless you've actually relegate the initiation of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 to the task scheduler.  And this is something that most people would not understand how to do.  What would happen is that Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 would actually become a memory hog.  And in addition it would also become a system hog because it would gain control of system resources to such an extent that it would for the most part or many times not return those system resources to the system to be used by other programs.
And that point of dishonesty is exactly why I have said all along that Nuance Corporation is guilty of the same kind of dishonesty as Steve Ballmer.  And there's no excuse for that.
The amount of production time that I have lost screwing around with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 and going back and forth between 10.5 and 11.5 has been well over thousands of hours.  In addition, Dragon NaturallySpeaking still, to this very day, has issues with the shockwave flash module or aspect within the Firefox browser.  And I believe that the reason for that is because of how the specific Java code for Dragon NaturallySpeaking, known as the C. runtime routine, interfaces with various other aspects of Java code in the Windows 7 environment.  And more specifically, how the C. runtime routine Java code has potential software incompatibilities or inconsistencies between itself and how Firefox presents and relates to and initiates the shockwave flash module within the Firefox browser.
And that really is in essence a potentially minor point.  But it is indicative of the potential expediency on the part of Nuance Corporation regarding the delivery of their product to the consumer pursuant to speech recognition.  Because if they were more concerned about making their product actually compatible or having the highest degree of compatibility with the various programming that people use in Windows 7 environment than in reality.  Of course the shockwave flash issue would not exist.
And again, the nuance Corporation has been dishonest, because the amount of memory and system resources.  The Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 uses as compared to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 is at least one and a half times more memory and system resources.  Which is not in fact, put into any of the release notes that are in fact part of your purchase when you buy Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  In other words, nuance Corporation does not tell the consumer that while Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 me actually operate faster that in fact, it will use a lot more system resources and memory.  And then it will have a harder time returning any of the system resources it is using even when it is in the inactive mode.
So that basically makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 exactly what I have said.  It is a very poorly designed version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking is not one that is as efficient as it is advertised.  And it is in many ways a system and resource hog.
Furthermore, there is a very substantial difference between Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 as compared to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5.
In Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 when you make a correction Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5% street you the physical representation of the word that you have just spoken.  But in addition also presents the physical representation of the word that you are trying to speak.  And if not you can then type that word into the box and it will then present to you both versions of the words you are trying to speak.  The one that you actually said, as compared to the one that you are actually trying to say.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 will at that point give the user the ability to record both versions so the Dragon NaturallySpeaking will then more accurately have recordings of both versions.  So that it will have a better opportunity and be more effective at differentiating between the version you are actually trying to say.  And the one that you said.
But that's different with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  Because when you have to correct a word in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  You as the user, are confronted with only a single window.  Where you will record the word you are trying to say.  But you are not given the opportunity to comparatively make that correction to the point where you will say the word you are trying to say as compared to recording the word that you said by mistake.
And in reality, that makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 less effective as a speech program because it is not giving the user a comparative corrective process.
And that is another point of dishonesty on the part of the nuance Corporation.
In all fairness, I don't believe that this and dishonesty is completely intentional although I believe it is somewhat intentional.  Because programmers a lot of times will become so consumed with their program that they are making that they will be so concerned about the effectiveness of the program operating system environments that the program is actually going to be used in.  Which is exactly why there are and have been with the desktop computer so many different instances of computer software conflicts.  And when I say a number of instances.  I'm talking in the hundreds of thousands of instances.  Almost every single person who has ever owned a desktop computer has run into a software conflict of one type or another.
So the software maker's were really doing their job effectively than their programs would be much more interactive without as many conflicts.  And that is not something sinister, because it's not really being done with any direct motivation is just being done because programmers get more concerned about certain aspects of the efficiency or the effectiveness of their programs than they do with the total picture.
And the reality that very well may be just simply nothing more than being human.
But on a broader Dragon NaturallySpeaking we are not talking about that kind of behavior.  Because Dragon NaturallySpeaking had a tremendously workable and very effective viable product with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5.  Furthermore, for anyone who has been reading my Journal articles for years.  It is very easy to go back to my Journal articles during the time my darling Aileen was dying in 2010.  Because if you go back to those Journal articles and I have copies of all of them.  If you go back to those articles you will see prior to the delivery of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 I had reservations about memory allocation use and system resource use would Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.
Furthermore, I also made statements to the fact that the only difference I could see from all of the release notes regarding Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 as compared to 10.5 was that Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 had a few extra programming calls.  And I said that prior it least six months before I ever use Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 and in actuality based on the foregoing.  I was correct.
So what we are talking about here is Dragon NaturallySpeaking or the new ones Corporation actually being more expedient with the release of their software.  And that they are being more expedient to the point that they are more interested in the money they are getting then the service they are offering.  Because they are not addressing some of these extremely potentially troublemaking issues.  Like the issue of Dragon NaturallySpeaking not returning or giving up system resources when it is in the inactive mode.
Which is as I have said above, is completely different with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5.  Because for six hours last night.  My Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 was simply in the off position.  So it's memory allocation did not decrease one bit from 398,000 K.
But during that time I was running other programs including my onboard television.  Which uses approximately 60,000 K.  And with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 when I would run my television program that would run or use approximately 60,000 K.  The system would accelerate so loudly that you could barely hear the TV.  So the way that I fixed that problem was that I took control away from Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 by not initiating the program from the startup menu.  But by always initiating the program from the task scheduler.  So that one Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 was in the off position the task scheduler would literally take memory and takes system resources away from Dragon NaturallySpeaking in order to give that memory and system resources to the other programs that needed those system resources and memory.
But with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5.  I don't have to even be concerned with that issue.  Because I can start Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 write the startup menu.  That I can place it into the off position.  And I can run any other program I want on my system.  And while Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 is still maintaining control of 296,000 K. of memory.  It is not doing so with the system resources and thereby causing my system to accelerate and make more noise.
Which in actuality means exactly what I said back in 2010, six months prior to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 being put out on the market.  The Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 was actually a better program and would actually relate to and interact with system resources and system memory more efficiently than Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  And I was able to make that decision based on the technical notes that were being published at the time about Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.
And that point of dishonesty is exactly like Steve Ballmer.  And that is what I am not impressed with.  Nor do I find it conducive to making business being done in the computer world better.  Because it's not.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking meaning the people at nuance Corporation that every ability to be more forthright about their product and how their product operates and relates to and interacts with the Windows 7 operating environment.  And I don't believe they are choosing to move in that direction.  Because I believe their behavior clearly shows they are much more interested in getting money from the consumer than being really forthright and open with the consumer.  Because if that were not true.  Then there would not be so many memos on the Internet in various technical discussions, where customers are complaining about the customer service at the nuance Corporation.  Basically being a joke.
If the nuance Corporation were actually taking customer service seriously those discussions would not be taking place.
And because of the foregoing there is just no way in the world that I am going to be using Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 12.  Because the other side of the coin is something else that the Nuance Corporation has not been honest about.
When you go back to Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9 what you basically see is that where Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9.  The home version was much different from the preferred version.  The home version really did not have the ability to control various office documents.  The home version basically controlled your web browser and e-mail and WordPad and Notepad.  It did of course have the necessary programming calls for any of the programs that you need to run your system.  Meaning, to be able to call them up.
But Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9, the home edition, had virtually none of the necessary programming calls to interact with or interface with MS office.  Except with the exception of potentially MS Outlook.
So under those circumstances, the consumer was positioned in such a way as to believe that by going to Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9, the preferred addition.  That doing so would expand Dragon NaturallySpeaking's ability to interact with the other programs such as MS office.
So at that point, consumers like myself were put in the position of realizing that if we did not upgrade to Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9 the preferred version.  We would really not be able to have Dragon NaturallySpeaking interfacing with the various office documents we might need.  So, like most people I upgraded from Dragon NaturallySpeaking the home addition to Dragon NaturallySpeaking the preferred addition.
And at that point, there was a major difference between Dragon NaturallySpeaking nine as the home edition compared to Dragon NaturallySpeaking by preferred addition.  Because the preferred addition, actually used a great deal more system resources and memory.  And also have a certain number of issues with regarding to how it was going to give up any of the system memory or resources back to the system in order for those resources and memory to be used by other programs.
This of course made Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9, at least the preferred addition, rather difficult in many circumstances to use.
And as I look back on the discussions, technically speaking, regarding Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9.  There was a great deal of dissatisfaction among consumers regarding Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9 the preferred edition.
So with that being the case the nuance Corporation basically had its back up against a wall.  Because they were in fact trying to market your program, but they were finding that a lot of the consumers did not like the preferred edition of Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9.
So at that point, the nuance Corporation got really busy.  And as they were modifying Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9.  Good old Steve Ballmer at Microsoft was in a power struggle with Bill Gates.  Wherein as a result, Steve Ballmer basically pushed Bill Gates out of the company.  Because Steve Ballmer was desperate to make a name for himself so he rushed to reduction the operating system known as Windows Vista.
And this is where the nuance Corporation actually had a little bit more brains than Microsoft.  Because the people at nuance Corporation saw that Windows XP was changing in the direction of Windows Vista.  And the people at nuance Corporation realized that once that change was made that no one would really ever be going back to Windows XP.  At least not in the longer picture.
So at that point, the nuance Corporation then modified Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9 into Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.  Which amazingly took into account all of the various programming calls a Windows XP but in addition all of the programming calls of Windows Vista.  And what they did was that they modified Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 10, the preferred edition.  In such a way so that Dragon NaturallySpeaking the preferred edition actually would be much more effective than Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9.  But it also had more to the program.  Version 9 did not really have a very effective transcription aspect of the program.
Version 10 enhanced the transcription aspect and also even expanded it to include potential cell phone or android recording.
And so a bad point Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 10, the preferred edition was out on the market.  Windows Vista was also on the market and was basically self-destructing.
Which as everyone knows.  Steve Ballmer ended up looking like nothing more than a racketeer.  And the programmers at Microsoft basically told Steve Ballmer to put up and shut up and to go back to his office and to leave them alone.  That they would fix the program, which they did.
They then modified Windows Vista into Windows 7.  All the while Dragon NaturallySpeaking was watching this and the people at nuance then came out with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5.  And the reason for that was that 10.5 had slight modifications in the programming calls so that it would not only work with Windows Vista but would in fact work with approximately 90% of any of the programming calls of Windows 7.  In short, the nuance Corporation was attempting to second-guess Microsoft.  Which they did very well.  Mostly because Steve Ballmer was basically told to go away and leave the programmers alone.
And then because there were very slight additional errors of recognition in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 as it related to Windows 7 it almost seems that the nuance Corporation panicked.  Whereby the nuance Corporation felt it was in their best interests to upgrade the functionality of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which they did to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 and 11.5.  But the problem is that when the nuance Corporation did that they basically took on the same kind of rather flat minded thinking that Steve Ballmer had when he created Windows Vista.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking or the nuance Corporation created this huge monster of a program Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  And rather than keeping the program tightly configured and built as Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 was.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 came out with three different programming modules.  And most of the functionality over various aspects of Dragon NaturallySpeaking were no longer part of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Windows core program they were now part of the auxiliary program known as Dragon services.
And as a result of that kind of flat minded thinking.  The nuance Corporation founded Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 was nowhere near as effective, nor did it relate as well to the Windows 7 operating system as Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5.  Which I actually predicted in 2010 when I first saw the release notes.  Because those predictions are in my Journal entries of that time.
So here we are now.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 is actually one of the best versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking that has ever been produced.  The people of the nuance Corporation are firmly convinced that by relegating Dragon NaturallySpeaking into separate modules, pursuant to the programming suite is a better idea when in fact doing so is actually using far more system resources and memory.  Then, having everything put into one core program the way the Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 was built.
Now as to whether or not Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 12 is actually operating the same way.  That's a different matter.  Because from the release notes I've seen so far Dragon NaturallySpeaking is in fact, moving in the same direction as Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  But that in fact, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 does handle the relationship of and interaction with the Windows 7 timing mechanism and of course now the Windows 8 timing mechanism more effectively than Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  There is every indication to believe that is so.
Still, when you compare having a program that has three different sub programming modules, that are auxiliary programming aspects to the programming suite.  As compared to having the entire program in one core program with all of the different aspects into that one core program.  There is no comparison.
A core program having all of the elements built right into the program will in fact work a great deal better, because the code is tighter.  And since the code is tighter it means all of the interactions or the algorithms within that code in fact will take place with less system impact or less system footprint than if you had the code separated into various programming modules.  That's just logic.
So again, under those circumstances, I don't really feel very comfortable in going to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 on till I actually take a closer look at the technical notes to see exactly how the various programming modules, if in fact, that is the direction in which Dragon NaturallySpeaking has gone.  How those programming modules are in fact interacting with the timing mechanism of Windows 7 and of course possibly and potentially with Windows 8.
And that ladies and gentlemen is exactly what I have seen taking place with the nuance Corporation from Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9 to the present of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5.  Which is why I have taken all of the copies of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 and I have thrown them out.  I have made sure I will never use Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 again.
Because like it or not, on my system requirements on me are succinct and quite demanding.  Because on my system my computer.  Not only has to monitor and run my security program.  But it has to run my television, and it has to run all of my computing.  So the last thing I need is a program that has been split into a number of modules would each module having its own algorithm whereby the transmission of information from one module to the next ends up mushrooming the system footprint to the point where the system accelerates.  Because of the system accelerates it makes more noise and if the system makes more noise.  It is harder for my voice to be recognized by the microphone which means the program is not going to have as much recognition effectiveness as a program that actually has everything part of one single core program.
And this brings me to the other potential issue.
Microphones:
Anyone who has read my Journal entries has seen me jump around from one microphone to the next almost as if I were on a pogo stick.  They were been so many different reasons for this is ridiculous.  Part of the reason of course is because I had throat cancer.  As a result my voice has a kind of raspy quality to it.  And that means that for example the desktop microphone actually might have a harder time recognizing my voice succinctly to the point where recognition will be as effective as if I were to use a different type of microphone.
And of course in my home noise is an issue.  This is a very small eight room house.  So, the furnace is actually just below the den.  So when I furnace kicks on a rather loud sounding blast of air comes through the heating vent in the den.  And that could pretty much obliterate any kind of recognition that a desktop microphone is going to have what I'm trying to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
So one thing I did was to simply shut off the vent to the den.  So that the heat would come into the down from other rooms and there would be no real loud blast of air coming into the down, which would give me an easier time of having my voice recognized by the desktop microphone.
And of course over time, I kept going back and forth between the desktop microphone and various headsets.
I maintain absolutely without any doubt whatsoever that using a desktop microphone is just as effective as using the headset microphone.  With the only criteria being that if you are going to use a desktop microphone like the very good Logitech USB desktop microphone.  But if you do that you need to have your environment have to a certain degree a certain level of quiet.  Because if you don't have your environment somewhat quiet your desktop microphone will pick up extraneous sounds that will make it harder for the Dragon NaturallySpeaking program to accurately recognize what you are saying.
So with all that I have done as far as trying to make this den as quiet as possible.  My desktop microphone this morning was still having issues.  But because using what is known as a double-sided headset is so uncomfortable.  And a double-sided headset is a headset with earphones on both sides.  And the reason it is uncomfortable is because it actually positions my neck.  In such a way so that it is more uncomfortable for me to turn my head or make any real head movements because of the headset having two earphones.
So I have gone back to using the Koss headset microphone, which is known as a single-sided headset.  It's known as a single-sided headset, because it only has one earphone.  And it's very much like the old-style telephone operator earphone.  And that is also similar of a lot of the modern-day headsets.
And while it's not my first choice.  It's actually a choice I have had to make.  Because there are so many other factors involved in what I'm trying to do with my life at this point that I can't keep screwing around with.  Not having what I'm trying to say being represented correctly.  I can't.  I don't have the time to keep screwing around getting a document to generate correctly.  I just have too much to do and my body has become limited to the point where I just don't have the freedom to keep screwing around trying to get things right.
And it's proving to be a very correct decision.  Because the Koss headset microphone actually has an 8 foot cord.  And that is great.  Because most of the headsets only have between a five and 6 foot cord.  And that amount of cord really is not a great deal if you are then bound or semi-bedbound like I am.  Which is why I chose the Koss headset microphone.  And why I have gone back to using it.
's but since I am now using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5.  And I have not really developed an effective user profile with the Koss headset microphone.  I am of course going through a certain amount of training to get the microphone to have a higher degree of recognition.  And I should realize a much higher degree of recognition within the next I would say 48 hours.
But the foregoing is exactly what I have seen taking place with the Nuance Corporation.  And is exactly why I don't really feel they are being as honest as they should.  In all the years that I have seen various programs interact with the CPU or, what is now looked on as the desktop or laptop computer.  In all those years every single time I have ever seen a program split into various modules, the algorithms within each of those modules that have a lot more calculations in getting their information transmitted from one module to the next in addition to transmitting all the information from the overall program and all of its modules to and through the CPU.
When you relegate a program no matter how large it is to one major core program with most of the algorithms or all of the algorithms or algorithmic calculations within the core program.  Not only does the core program utilize less memory and less system resources.  But it actually interacts with the court timing mechanism of the system in such a way so that it does not take into or grab hold of undue amounts of system memory and system resources.  And with all of the various things that computers are doing these days it is really almost becoming imperative that programs actually behave or react in such a way in the various operating systems.  Whereby as a result, they are not taking in undue amounts of system memory and system resources.  To the point where they are in fact affecting other programs.
Which again brings me back to the very same point with regard to Nuance Corporation.  Because they are splitting their program and all the different modules thinking that it's going to be more effective and more efficient.  When in reality all that is happening is that each module has its own series of out rhythmic calculations, which then in turn have to transmit that information to the core program, which then in turn has transmit that information to the central timing mechanism of the operating system.  While at the same time, all of the submodules themselves with their own algorithmic calculations are transmitting various aspects of information to the core central timing mechanism as well.  So you have with these multi-sub programming aspects of various programs you have possibly three in four different aspects of out rhythmic calculations and dialogue were informational exchange taking place at one time.
As compared to the program being built into one program module itself.  Whereby all of the algorithmic calculations at informational exchanges taking place are within the core program whereby the informational transference and transmission and reception in exchange is taking place by the core program and not the core program and all of the sub programming modules.
It's just more efficient.  And in point of fact without really looking at the technical aspects.  I can pretty much safely say as a hunch that most of the programming on the android phones and iPhone's are in fact of that type.  That in reality, when an application is created for the iPhone and android phone is created is one central core program without any of the extra parts like you see on the desktop computers, because there just is not room for it.  And these programs work better.
And I'm writing all this down because not only is this my Journal, but I'm doing so because I realize there are other people who are having just as much trouble with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 as I did.  And we know that's true, because all you have to do is go on to the Internet at any time and you will see tons and tons of discussions going on regarding Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.5 as compared to 11.5.  And in almost every single case consumers are saying they don't like 11.5.  That it is system intensive memory intensive that it doesn't give back or return to resources like 10.5 does.  And that comparative corrections, which are what is done with version 10.5 are much more effective for speech recognition than a singular correction window.
Bullshit walks.  Money talks.  Actions speak louder than words.
And of course I will write later.
Thank you very much for listening.
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The mind is like a book. Opened and much is learned. Closed and nothing is learned. (N. Maschke – 1994)
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