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In one of the free boxes of computer stuff I got I received versions 4 & 5 of Dragon Naturally Speaking. For those that don't know, Dragon Naturally is speech recognition software. I posted them on the local Freecycle network and have had three people (so far) respond to the post.

  1. One woman wants it for her husband who is a "hunt and pecker" (her words, not mine :P)

  2. The next from a woman who has a son with a learning disability. Basically, he has a huge vocabulary but can't use it when writing. Apparently his psychologist says he has the words, and can use them orally, but he can't write it out the way he would say or think it.

  3. Finally we have a person with Multiple Sclerosis who thinks it would help her out a lot.

I've narrowed it down to one of the last two, but I'm not sure who to give it to. So YOU get to decide! You have until midnight tonight vote in the poll below. And what the heck, I'll even make this a public post and you can get all your friends to help make up my mind!

Poll #739527 Make up my mind: Who gets Dragon Naturally?

You should definitely give it to:

The woman with MS.
The boy with the LD.

Thanks in advance for the help. :)

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27pugs From: 27pugs Date: May 31st, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Make copies and give them each one :)
evanescenced From: evanescenced Date: May 31st, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would be illegal.

Though there is version 4 and vesion 5. I could maybe give them both to whomever and tell them to pass on the unused copy to the other person...
dognotspicy From: dognotspicy Date: May 31st, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the boy would benefit the most. The woman with MS probably has speech problems, or will eventually have her speech affected by the disease. Besides, the boy seems to have compensated with his verbal skills because of the LD, so having this program available for him will allow him a good chance at really accomplishing something in his life.

As for the woman, I feel bad for her, because I understand that disease is degenerative and things aren't going to get better. :-(
evanescenced From: evanescenced Date: May 31st, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's kind of what I was thinking as well. Though there is a version 4 disc and a version 5 disc. I'm now thinking of getting whomever (and right now the boy has a 3-0 lead) to pass on whichever one they don't use to the other person.
corwinok From: corwinok Date: May 31st, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cut it in half and give part to each of them.
evanescenced From: evanescenced Date: May 31st, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

I don'

I shall bow to your wisdom, King Solomon.
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evanescenced From: evanescenced Date: June 1st, 2006 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
He 'hunts' for each of the keys and when he finds the one the wants, he 'pecks' it.
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evanescenced From: evanescenced Date: June 1st, 2006 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I figured the other two would benefit more. Another reason I'm leaning towards giving the software to the boy is the MS woman didn't go into any details on *why* she wants it. Just that she had MS. The boy's mother explained how it would help him in school with reports and stuff.
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