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The Dragon gets new teeth

An update to my problems trying to get Dragon NaturallySpeaking to navigate the Internet through the Firefox browser. Earlier this week there was an update to a tool called NatLink / Unimacro which you can find at:

  1. Natlink (old pages)
  2. Unimacro & Natlink (new pages)

This tool does many things using scripts that plugs straight into Dragon NaturallySpeaking but the one that is really helping me at the moment makes the Firefox add-on that I had talked about before, Mouseless Browsing work under the Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 which is what I’m running. Until this latest update of NatLink / Unimacro, Mouseless Browsing would not respond to voice commands, it would only operate from the number pad of my keyboard. Now when I have Dragon NaturallySpeaking running and Firefox running with Mouseless Browsing turned on. Then I give the voice command to Dragon NaturallySpeaking, “Numbers on” and the numbers appear alongside every link. Then I just tell Dragon NaturallySpeaking to ‘Press 6’ or else ‘Press 107’ and that link will be slected and activated.

mouseless-browsingIf you click on my screen grab (see alongside) it shows you how these programs put numbers onto the screen for every link, the goal of course is to minimise use of the mouse. Some things on the browser still have to be “mouse’d” but nowhere near the same amount had I not installed those tools.

My next trick is trying to get Zotero to work responding to Dragon NaturallySpeaking within Microsoft Word. All I’m getting for my effort is frustration up to DEFCON 2.


Trackballing instead of mousing


Kensington Orbit Wireless trackball from the Kensington web site

I have a new photo of me to go up on this site, the old one was a quick shot from my web cam. Problem is that I need to run it through Photo Impact to take out the distracting background. That means manipulating the cursor to mark the edges to be cut out. That means lots of mousing.

The mouse triggers off pain if I do too much moving around so I have a Kensington track ball that is much easier, I still can make the movements but there isn’t any additional squeezing task associated with the movement hence less pain.
Normal squeezing to hold the mouse creates what is called static loading to the muscles so the trackball only needs muscle action to shift and position the cursor so there is no static loading, only micro-movements.

RSI is very similar in symptoms to fibromyalgia except fibro affects the lining covering the muscles, RSI is a series of micro tears to the muscle fibre bundles themselves.

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