Saturday, April 26, 2008
My arm has been hurting really badly this week. So badly, that I've even begun to question my career. I've had some problems my wrist and forearm from time to time, and usually a valid rest it goes away. But that pattern isn't sustainable for somebody who makes a living with their hands. I know you should never work through pain, but I can't just drop everything for a month and wait for my arm to heal. Luckily, I found an elegant solution. This blog post is not being written with my hands, it's being dictated by my voice. It turns out, unbeknownst to me, my copy of windows Vista shipped with speech recognition built in; all that I had to bring to the table was a microphone. All evening I have been working: writing emails, writing code, pretty much doing everything that I usually do on the computer without having to abuse my arms any further. I can't tell you how ecstatic that makes me, I feel like I have a new lease on my future! True, the vocal commands needed to navigate the computer are little unfamiliar a first; but really it's no more difficult than learning anything else new. It just takes a little practice, and a little patience (and perhaps a spouse who doesn't mind listening to you talking to yourself). If this ends up working out really well, I'll be posting a tutorial soon about how to set this up for yourself and about some of the difficulties of working on software without your hands.