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April 26. Margaret Gray presents The Chiron Return ($30)

April 26. Margaret Gray presents The Chiron Return ($30)

Life Transitions: A Webinar Series with Margaret Gray MSW D. Psych. Astrology $30 for a 2-hour session beginning at 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time Space is limited, so please sign up...

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Next Workshop April 25: By popular demand - Writing for the Astrology Market

Next Workshop April 25: By popular demand - Writing for the Astrology Market

10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT)  Saturdays – individually priced at $39.00Students will receive handouts and a recording of the workshop Last year, astrologers responded to...

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FREE: Apr 19-Astro-Assessment of Constitution by William Morris

FREE: Apr 19-Astro-Assessment of Constitution by William Morris

April 19, 2014 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time In this discussion, we will explore a method for assessing constitution – regardless of zodiacal preference. It is a day-month-year...

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Starts Apr 28: The Day-Signs of Mesoamerica

Starts Apr 28: The Day-Signs of Mesoamerica

Three sessions presented by Bruce Scofield ($89)Mondays: April 28, May 5 and May 12 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time The 260-day astrological calendar, also known as the...

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FREE: May 10 The Way of the Moon: How to use Lunar Mansions

FREE: May 10 The Way of the Moon: How to use Lunar Mansions

Presenter: Donna WoodwellTime: May 10, 2014 1:00-2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight TimeAstrologers are familiar with the 12 signs of the solar zodiac – Aries, Taurus, Gemini and so on. But did...

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Using Free Speech Recognition Software to Create Documents

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I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my work life more efficient. Since I’ve recently started on a research project, I’ve wondered how I can make my note taking easier. This led me on a journey into the world of speech recognition software.
While investigating my options, I discovered that Windows 7 and Windows 8 have speech recognition software built into the operating system.

It’s easy to enable the software: just follow the instructions on the Windows website, take a simple tutorial, reboot your computer, and your computer will respond to voice commands as well as take dictation.

For instructions, click here for Windows 7, click here for Windows 8.
If you want to write blog posts or newsletters, or make notes about your clients, but have not learned touch hyping, speech recognition software may be exactly what you need. In fact, I’ve written this entire post using the speech recognition software on Windows 7. It works best if you spend at least 20 minutes training the software and have a good microphone. But to test the idea, you can just open a document in your word processor, and start talking. I’ve found the software to be quite accurate in transcription, though a little slow.
If you are using Windows, and speech recognition software sounds intriguing, it’s worth playing with—especially since it’s free! If you find yourself hooked, you can also check out Dragon Naturally Speaking, which has been getting better with each new version.
P.S. For iPhone and Blackberry users there’s also a free application from Dragon Naturally Speaking which turns your phone into a dictation machine. You could take notes on a client on your phone, e-mail the notes to yourself, and save them in a client folder.

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