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Frustration is often something that settles in for people that spend long hours on their keyboard. Typing hour after hour is not only exhausting, but it can also present some health problems. In order to keep up your productivity and to avoid some very painful health issues, think about using Dragon speech recognition software.

One of the largest challenges for anyone who has to spend their day on the keyboard is being able to get through to the end of the day without their wrists and finger joints being on fire. People who do not have to type for a living will often laugh at the fact that typists complain about pain. However, carpel tunnel syndrome is hardly something to laugh about and can even require surgery.

Another physical challenge of typing is a sore forearm. When most people type, the muscles and tendons in their forearm are tense and can get quite fatigued. Over time, this can continue to get worse to the point of severe pain. If it is not addressed, it can be painful to even try and lift your arm off the table.

There is one more immediate area that is affected by spending too much time typing and it is your elbows. A lot of people will end up resting their elbows on the end of the desk as they type. This will put pressure on a tendon that is in that area and this can cause shooting pains that will travel back down to the hands, up through the back and neck. Does the word migraine mean anything to you?

In addition to health issues, there are also some very positive production reasons to use this program. Typing has become a part of just about everyone’s job these days. Unfortunately, not many people have had any formal training and they end up wasting a lot of time hunting and pecking at keys when they should be out on the floor.

By using voice recognition software, even the slowest typist can pump out upwards of 100 words a minute. Instead of taking an hour to do an end of shift report, it can take less than 15 minutes. Someone that gets paid on piecework would benefit because they can now produce double or even triple the work that they were providing before.

If you find that you are moving too slow on the keyboard or are having health issues from typing, Dragon speech recognition software may be the solution. This is far and away one of the best programs on the market and can alleviate both productivity and health challenges. You may soon find that you are not only experiencing pain free work, but that everything is also getting done a lot quicker.

Dragon Naturally Speaking Review

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Working on the computer all day long can lead to quite a few problems. While there is not much that can be done about tired eyes, the newest Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 can help with sore fingers, wrists and the possibilities of getting carpal tunnel syndrome. Moreover, creating documents with 3 to 4 times faster rate than typing them is another great advantage of Dragon Naturally Speaking. Voice recognition software is becoming more and more popular, and this is one of the best in the market. Before continuing with our Dragon Naturally Speaking Review, let’s talk a little bit about speech recognition software and what you should expect from such a program.

What you should expect from Speech Recognition Software

Understanding voice recognition software is all about having the right expectations. While they will eliminate the need to type, they will also have to be trained, and this can take some time. When we talk about “training” we mean to make the voice recognition software understand our voice better and convert our speech into written words with better accuracy. This means that if your speech is not clear enough or your annunciation is not good, the software will have a hard time to get the word right. There is some training that happens right out of the box, but the program will more than likely continue to make some mistakes. The more the program is used and that corrections are made, the more likely it is to get better. So keep in mind the training factor when using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, although the company touts a 99% accuracy for this particular product (which I believe is valid with the proper training).

First Impression from Dragon Naturally Speaking

Out of the box, Dragon Naturally Speaking is pretty easy to use. The installation goes relatively quickly and the setup does not take much time at all. The software works on all modern Windows versions (XP, Vista, Win 7). As far as hardware resources needed, the software comes with a microphone headset but requires a PC with 16-bit sound card and a DVD. Even the training process will go fairly quickly. You will need to create a user profile and train the program to recognize your voice. There are several sample text passages that you need to dictate in order for the software to get familiar with your enunciation. Pay particular attention when training to see how easy the program is actually picking up what you are saying, as this will give you a better idea of the speed at which you can talk when using the program for real.

Software Editions Available

The software’s pricing depends on which product edition best fits your needs. There are five major editions available: Dragon Home, Dragon Premium, Dragon Professional, Dragon Legal and Medical:

Dragon Home:

If you only need the tool just for its basic functionality (that is, to type words as you talk using the most popular word processors like MS Word, Open Office, Outlook etc), then go for the cheapest Dragon Home Edition. You can also create emails, search the web, update your Facebook page, speak commands for your computer and many more.

Dragon Premium:

The Premium Edition includes all the features of the Home Edition plus many more. You can dictate text into all software applications that you use every day, no matter if it’s a custom program or your favorite instant messaging client. It supports also mobile devices among many other features.

Dragon Professional:

Professional Edition is for office use with its networking and security capabilities, support for filling out forms and for custom commands etc. It is ideal for enterprise environments where you can deploy centrally managed voice profiles, custom vocabularies etc. It is also Section 508 Certified and can help organizations meet their disability management needs.

Dragon Legal and Medical Editions:

The Legal Edition and Medical Edition are for lawyers and doctors respectively, as they include extra preconfigured vocabularies with legal and medical specific terms.

Drawbacks:

I think the biggest drawback of Dragon NaturallySpeaking is the microphone headset that comes with the product. It is recommended that if you do not already have a good headset, get one. You can find a good noise-canceling microphone for under $20. The quality of the microphone will go a long way in making this software much more effective. The one that comes with the program is of low quality, but that is par for the course with these programs. Do not let the added cost of the microphone deter you from buying the product because it will be the same regardless of the program that is being used. I suggest you to try the included microphone first to see how it works for you, because some people found it ok.

Accuracy:

Accuracy is pretty good, but you are going to have to take your time when speaking. They tout 99% accuracy, but this is going to take some time to achieve. Very few of us speak clear enough for the program to truly be able to recognize every word that we say. If you take your time and annunciate every word, after a few weeks the program will do a great job of picking up just about every word. It may not be so much a matter of training the software as it is retraining you on how to speak.

Conclusion:

Overall, Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 is about as good as it gets. We consider the microphone inconsequential because every program out there that included one is of low quality. While this headset will serve its purpose, the software is much more effective with a high-quality headset. There is also the price to consider, but you do truly get what you pay for when it comes to voice recognition software. It will take some training, but the software offers the best alternative to typing. Once you become proficient in speaking to the software, 100-120 words a minute with few or no mistakes is very achievable. Actually, this article was created by dictating using Dragon. It made a couple of mistakes but overall I’m very satisfied with this software.

All the devices and hardware components that you install on your computer have drivers. A Driver is a special piece of software code which is responsible to make a specific device or hardware component to operate properly and communicate with the computer operating system. Every once in a while these drivers get updated, either to synch them with new devices that might be attached to the computer themselves such as peripherals, or simply get them to run better. While most operating systems have automatic driver updating features, not everyone get updates especially those copies not certified by the software company. Windows, for example, does not update pirated operating systems.

So the option for the computer owner is to manually search and download the updates, get certified drivers, or buy a program that updates drivers automatically.  This last option is often the most preferable, because manual updating is time-consuming as well as highly prone to errors, some irreversible. Getting certified drivers means you have to pay for the license, and you sometimes get unwanted bothersome information from the manufacturer that clogs up the driver databank. Automatic updating gets the job done quickly and efficiently, and often worth more than the cost.

There are several top driver update tools available online: DriverCure, DriverChecker, DriverDetective, and DriverGenius. All of them promise perfect solutions to your driver update problems and instant updates from all over, but one software that surpasses all is DriverRobot.  It boasts of a number of advantages over the others that puts it ahead. Some of them are:

  • Database of drivers for over 100,000 devices: obsolete, discontinued, in market, new. The biggest driver database.
  • Automatic and constant search for new updated drivers released from manufacturers so database of drivers is never outdated
  • Compatible with all Windows versions including 64-bit Vista and Windows 7
  • Money-back guarantee for 60 days
  • Updates installed in proprietary servers so updates are available although the device manufacturer’s website is down
  • Usable even in new computers without drivers that are not online
  • Complete old and new updates
  • Full or repair backups available
  • 24/7 service and technical support
  • Most reliable hardware scan to detect all devices on the computer in order to update with the most proper drivers.

Some of the drivers DriverRobot can update automatically are drivers for sound cards, printers, routers, DVDs, AC97s, USBs, motherboards, Bluetooth, FireWire, Ethernet, Windows Vista,  Windows XP, wirelesses, chipsets, webcams, video cards, and so on.  Now if that is not a comprehensive coverage, none would be.

But definitely, DriverRobot is not a perfect software that can universally solve all of your computer problems, since all the problems cannot be foreseen. What it can do, however, is update your drivers and solve any device hardware problems discovered by the manufacturer; the rest may be solved by the technical support that you can reach anytime, all the time.  But by far, DriverRobot is still the best option you can take when it comes to updating computer drivers automatically.

Unless, of course, you love updating drivers manually, and would like to gamble on your computer crashing because of device conflicts and incorrect driver installation. The choice is still up to you. As always.

SpotMau Powersuite 2010-2011 Review

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If you have been using computers for sometime, then you understand that even computers —the marvel of modern times— can also experience difficulties and even crash once in a while. After all, it is only a machine and machines can go wrong as well. So if you have experienced some computer crashes and you need a windows recovery solution, you know how hassling that can be. You definitely need something that will correct it fast, if not avoid it altogether forever.

Well, don’t worry: there is Spotmau PowerSuite 2011. It is the most preferable, all-in-one repair kit for your Windows operating system (supports all Windows versions like 98, 2000, 2003, XP, VISTA, Windows 7). It can boot up your crashed computer (the CD is bootable), then allows you to operate recovery tools to bring the machine back to normal operation, and perhaps even enhanced.  It can recover deleted or corrupted data in the hard disk, fix registry errors, recover the master boot record and Disk Partition Table, and generally perform any windows repair where needed. Best of all, it does everything safely without risking any data loss in your Windows system so you are back on an even enhanced machine very quickly.

What Spotmau PowerSuite 2011 can do
It can:

  1. Boot up a crashed system and recover data even from a corrupted drive
  2. Repair errors and find missing files
  3. Recover forgotten and lost passwords, or misplaced and difficult-to-find product keys
  4. Optimize the computer’s registry, hard disk and performance
  5. Improve start-up and networking speeds
  6. Remove unwanted pop-ups and toolbars
  7. Uninstall unused and no-longer-wanted programs
  8. Reprogram your start-up menu
  9. Clean up system redundant and obsolete trash
  10. Partition or reformat your hard drive as you wish
  11. Back up or even copy the whole system
  12. Record memorandum, hide active windows in one click
  13. Reset or change Windows Administrator/User password
  14. Recover lost passwords such as email, windows live, google talk, outlook, yahoo messenger.
  15. Troubleshoot hidden running programs and free up system resources
  16. Encrypt and decrypt files
  17. Delete or wipe clean the entire disk
  18. Create a special hidden space that does not show up in the directory for your extremely confidential files
  19. Lock programs for your own use only
  20. Protects your privacy
  21. Protects against Identity Theft
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In addition, technical support is 24/7 free for a year, obtainable either online or via the telephone, whichever is more convenient to you.

Perhaps the most important thing is that Spotmau PowerSuite 2011 is quite easy to use, even newbies will love it. The tabs and simple icons it uses make it easy, the interfacing is organized and navigation is rather direct and very intuitive. The suit consists of many component utilities, but meshed so well together you’d think it was a solo package instead of being a compilation.

The two major components are WinCare and BootCare. The first is composed of the utilities you need to make your computer perform at the optimum, while the second is the component to use when your computer fails. Just restart the computer with the CD, and you will be guided on what to do with step by step instructions in recovering data ,whether deleted, formatted or corrupt.

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RegCure Review

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Those who run Windows often find out that after frequent use of their computer, it starts to slow down considerably. Many people run their disk defragmenter, anti-virus software, and anti-spyware software to no avail. Some of these people assume that their computer is just broken, but many take the next step and run a registry cleaner.

Each program that is installed in Windows leaves registry keys. Moreover, when the programs are deleted or uninstalled, they also leave behind many of these registry keys. This is fine after a few programs are removed, but over time as more software is added and removed on the machine, the machine can really get bogged down. Registry cleaners work by removing the registry keys from programs that are no longer installed on a machine and other temporary keys that existing programs no longer need. By running a registry cleaner, many machines are able to run faster and better since they are no longer bogged down with unnecessary registry keys. The operating system (Windows) accesses and reads the registry very often, so by having a cleaned-up and compact registry area will make your PC much faster.

The Internet’s top selling registry cleaner is RegCure Registry Cleaner and many attest to how well it works. Go ahead and download RegCure Cleaner below and perform a free scan to verify its capabilities by yourself.

Some actual user testimonials that I have gathered over the internet are shown below:

sre94 (CNET Forum User)

Last year, my computer would barely run. Seriously, it took like 10 minutes for a web page to load!!! Then, I stumbled upon some registry cleaner review sites and they said RegCure was the best registry cleaner. So, I decided to try this registry repair software, and it worked! My computer wasn’t all of the sudden lightning fast, since it needed more memory, but it ran a lot better than it had before…

lhendri479 (CNET Forum User)

I have had RegCure for about 3 months now and I DO like it very much. I also tried CCleaner, but I prefer RegCure.

Jason Andes (petri forum)

We wanted to do a thorough RegCure review to see if it was worth your time and money, so we ran it on one of our IBM T42 Thinkpad Laptops that was running very slow….The results of our RegCure review test run were pretty amazing. The total boot time of our laptop decreased from 4 minutes 42 seconds to 2 minutes and 44 seconds! This was a huge improvement. The overall speed of the laptop is also much improved, and there have been no errors or crashes.

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The application looks good and integrates perfectly in Vista shell. All the menus and options are in plain view and easy to access. The scan is fast and the areas covered are quite important.
RegCure manages to detect huge numbers of errors in the registry. However, not all of them are fatal to your system and not all of them will contribute to your system’s low performance.

The company behind RegCure is ParetoLogic.com which was created by four software professionals (brothers) who recognized that modern computer users don’t need to be at the mercy of expensive computer repair technicians to maintain, secure, and optimize their own PC’s. Read some facts about ParetoLogic below:

  • Established in 2004, ParetoLogic is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau
  • ParetoLogic and its CEO have been the recipient of several awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, Emerging Technology Company of the Year, and Innovative Excellence
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Back to our product review, some popular features of RegCure include the ability for users to perform a registry backup before starting and also to decide whether they would like to clean their registry manually by selecting which keys to keep and which to remove. Moreover, the program allows those users who are slightly less computer savvy to do an automatic registry clean which selects and deletes the keys for the user. Maybe the most important feature however is the ability of the software to perform SAFE and THOROUGH registry cleaning.

RegCure also allows users to run the software when they feel it is needed and allows for regular scheduled registry cleaning. The scheduled cleaning is great for those who don’t want to be bothered with their work on their computer by running a registry scan. Instead, the user can schedule it for a time of the day, week, or month that they will not be using the computer so they won’t be bothered by the software.

The interface for RegCure Registry Cleaner is considered to be one of the most user friendly. It allows the user to watch it scan different areas of their machine and see the progress as it finds errors. This is an important feature for those who like to learn what is going on with their computer.

Different registry programs work differently, so it’s important for those looking to buy registry cleaners to look into some that work well. With over 60 million users, RegCure Registry Cleaner optimizes the speed of the PC and fixes computer errors safely and thoroughly. RegCure Registry Cleaner also allow prospective buyers to try out their software before buying. Visitors to the RegCure site can download the software and run a free scan to see if the software fits their needs.

Studies have shown that registry problems in computers can lead to system errors and crashes so it’s important to run a registry cleaner regularly.

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