Thumbs Up for Dictating Posts
I've got a trigger thumb. Here it is, well wrapped to keep it from bending much. I've had it for a few weeks and the medical advice is to keep it wrapped and to rest it. A couple of days ago, I pushed my limits as I was doing housework projects. Bad me, that should teach me to do housework because now it hurts. So I'm going to see about dictating as others here have recommended. This first paragraph is typed in my usual way, using the trigger thumb.
This morning I tried several things on my Windows 8.1 laptop. I googled the topic of dictation to text and found a couple of apps to try but my microphones did not work. Well, finally I got one of them to at least be read by Windows, but I simply couldn't get anything to go into a Google doc which is supposed to be one of the easiest things.
So I messed around on my laptop for an hour or more.
When it was time for me to quit and go cook lunch, for some reason my old iPad occurred to me. When I say old, it's seven so in computer age that's very old. But I went and I found that on it I had a Dragon program which is even older than my iPad. I gave it a quick try before cooking lunch, and it worked much better than what I had tried on my laptop. Plus it's easy to carry my iPad anywhere in the house. Since I share an office with my husband, that the idea of dictating in the dining room, the greenhouse, the mudroom, or even outside is appealing.
After lunch and my obligatory short nap, I went back to my old iPad while still lying on the bed, because the cat was on my chest. I discovered that I can dictate nicely there even with a cat purring on my body. She does not seem to interrupt my train of thought.
So now I've got a nice dictation setup which does not require dangling cords or microphones. I think I will be using it a lot going forward.
Thumbs up for dictation! And just in case you're wondering about that trigger thumb, I got it when I mashed my thumb into my wilder dog while playing with her. Perhaps more interesting to most of you is the fact that my dictated post only had a few errors.