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Accessible Games Websites

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via Accessible Games Websites.

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Copying Dragon to another computer

Last night I copied over the User Profile from my home PC to this laptop. Then installed Dragon here. This morning I ran Dragon and tried to install my Profile but it spat the Dummy and wouldn’t recognise it. Back to the drawing board and see if I can find another way to get this copied system working the same as my home PC.

Always such fun working with programs isn’t it. Sigh.

Chasing the Tale of the Dragon

The theme of today was very similar to yesterday, plenty of pain, not much of work.

Earlier today I rang the Disability office at Curtin University to seek help with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I have been getting all sorts of bad responses when trying to use Dragon to navigate the Internet through my Firefox browser and I asked if they had somebody that could assist me sort it out. Thankfully there was somebody able to help me, he rang me later that day and we set a time whereby he would work with me to take over my machine (using Team Viewer 8) and correct the default settings of Dragon back to something that was more usable and user-friendly. We worked together for almost an hour and now I can use Dragon inside a browser with a great deal more success.

Certainly the time spent mousing has been cut down considerably and there has been a similar reduction in the frustration rate that I had been going through. He also had me go through a training exercise where I read the text on the screen presented by Dragon so that it can process the way that I speak and improve the accuracy of its responses. I’m still getting some silly answers but most of the time it is picking up what I want to say.

I also managed to get some interesting works from the Elizabeth Branch of the Playford City Library today, they’ve been on hold through the Salisbury library, but because all of the South Australian libraries are linked. Now I was able to arrange to pick them up at the Elizabeth library or officially the Playford City Library.

As I’m doing Assignment 2 on wikis and Wikipedia. I found these to be an interesting reference source:
“Good Faith Collaboration the Culture of Wikipedia” by Joseph Michael Reagle, Jr. ISBN 978-0-262-01447-2
“wiki – Web collaboration” by Anja Ebersbach, Markus Glaser, Richard Heigl, Alexander Warta. ISBN 978-3-540-35150-4

This will give me something to read while I’m on the plane on Sunday heading to Canberra for the linux.conf.au – LCA 2013. I am proud to say I have been selected as a representative under the Regional Development Program which means they’re paying to get me there and to look after me while I’m at the place. There isn’t any way I could have afforded to go 🙂
Monday and Tuesday are what they call Miniconfs with a wide range of speakers and topics ranging from Programming your Arduino to getting government and local authorities to use open source software. Wednesday to Friday will be the main Conference. One of the highlights for me will be at listening to Tim Berners-Lee present the Keynote speech on the Friday morning. For those of you not aware Tim Berners-Lee was the inventor of the World Wide Web you are currently using back in the early 90s.
I will be flying back to Adelaide on Saturday the 2nd.

Dear Reader, if you are attending the conference or you live in Canberra I would love to catch up with you to say G’day. Just drop me a line to set up a meeting place.

Time out for bad behavior

Took today off. Can’t study in pain, been doing too much mousing around. Trying to do research but Dragon not cooperative.

Found how to use the Mousegrid tool. It puts a 9 box grid up and you call the number of the box that has your button you want to click. It then provides a smaller grid to gradually isolate the button. When it is focused on that button you simply say “click”.  How can this be efficient?
Dragon doesn’t want to accept commands as much today, kept calling them text and opening the dictation window GGRRRRRR!

Maybe tomorrow, if the pain has gone I can get some work done. So far behind which just added to the stress which enhances the pain in a vicious circle. Painkillers make me groggy which stops use of the computer. Round and round we go …
Saturday is a big Australia Day for me, my daughter (12) go to community breakfast and Citizenship Ceremony then in the afternoon we will be in the city joining thousands of others in the Multicultural Parade down Adelaide’s King William St.  We’re walking as part of the local Japanese community, I in my red Matsuri Happi coat, she will be in young girl’s kimono or the lighter weight yukata.
Happy Australia Day to all my readers.

Sunday I fly to Canberra to attend Linux Australia conference. Will post more on that later.

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