Control your PC with these 5 speech recognition programs Dragon has long ruled supreme over the landscape of speech recognition—but no more. Simpler or less expensive (if not quite as powerful) options are carving out little fiefdoms. The more choices, the better, too, given that using voice commands can stave off or reduce repetitive strain injuries. The spoken word also suits some projects better than typing. We found five Windows-based options worth a test drive. They were tested under pretty rugged conditions, too: my native Scottish brogue, and my German accent honed by 13 years spent in Wuerzburg.
Paste the text you want to speed read Simply start by clicking on the Play button on the left. Reading is that one activity that we do every day but we don't really practice. Most people learn the basics of reading in kindergarten and never graduate to the next levels. You are probably using the same basic rudimental tools and techniques that you learned when you were 6. The average American person reads at an average speed of 180 to 240 words per minute and has done so since he was 16 years old. Does it make sense that we hit our best performance at age 16 and that we don't improve much after that?
Music Genres: Most Complete List TechnoTrance.org PRLog (Press Release) - Aug. 24, 2011 - This is a list of some of the world's music genres and their definitions. It is presented by your friends at the Techno Trance Radio Show. This list is the most complete list of music genres ever assembled. We hope you find it eye-opening and helpful in your search for new styles of music to calm and/or excite you. 25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online - Virtual Education Websites posted by Mark on June 18th, 2009 Just because you’re online doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the world first-hand — or as close to first-hand as possible. Here are websites that feature virtual learning experiences, exposing online visitors to everything from history to geography, astronomy to anatomy, literature to government. 7 Wonders Panoramas – 360-degree views of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Top 10 Ways to Find Better Answers Online (that Arent Google) - Lifehacker A warning about Quora: parts of it are pretty much taken over by Paleo diet... not sure what to call them, maybe 'missionaries' fits best. Expect it in any area involving diet, exercise, health, and even some history ("Why did people in the OT live so long?"). Wikipedia's got issues, too. It seems fine in the hard sciences, but beware in history, biography, and investing - probably others.
10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work Do you feel like you can no longer cope with the stress of meeting your deadlines? Does the lack of concentration stop you from focusing on your goals? Are you stuck or stressed out? 10 Websites To Make You Think | The Online Learning Blog from Study2U Supposedly browsing the internet requires more brain power than watching television. Although judging from some of the websites we’ve come across that assumption is cast into doubt. Here’s some of the sites we like that might get your brain to sit up and listen. Ted A conference that started in 1984 bringing together experts in technology, entertainment and design quickly grew into so much more. The conference itself is invitation only, but the website features all the talks at the conference in high res video format.
experiments Visit Always Beautiful. Microsoft challenged Big Spaceship to take on the beta release of IE9 – to explore the new features and functionality of the browser and push the limits of what’s possible. We responded with "Always Beautiful" – an interactive experience that uses the history of the web as a personal paintbrush. IE9’s new support for web standards and SVG are impressive, but hard to comprehend in the abstract – we wanted to show how these new capabilities translate into unparalleled opportunities for users and developers. Drawing inspiration from the ever-evolving trends of the Web and setting them against a soundtrack from recording artist Ming, users generate a completely unique piece of artwork from a library of Web-inspired graphic assets we created.
Audioboo Welcome to Audioboo It's fantastic for many things: interviews for your website, wonderful ambient sounds, music you've made, your children growing up, even a full-on radio show. You can use it for reporting, storytelling, education, as an online dictaphone, or just to let friends know what you're up to. Audioboo works on iOS and Android devices or via the web, and soon blackberry and windows 8. Our mission is to be the one platform you use when you want to record audio, share it or save it for the future. Recording Audio Data Visualization Definition: Tools that help users discern patterns in data--dynamic graphs, charts, maps, plots, etc. Tools: Chartle: Create simple interactive charts. (Web-based, free)ColorBrewer: Interactive tool for selecting most appropriate colors for maps and other visualizations (Web-based, free)Dundas: produces digital dashboard visualizations (Web-based, commercial) Exhibit: "enables you to create html pages with dynamic exhibits of data collections without resorting to complex database and server-side technologies. The collections can be searched and browsed using faceted browsing.
Bell Carol A musical realization of the motion graphics of John Whitney as described in his book "digital harmony" Animation and music by Jim Bumgardner of krazydad.com and the wheel of lunch. Jim makes free puzzles, including sudoku, killer sudoku, kakuro, mazes, and thousands of other puzzles. Gmelius Makes Gmail's User Interface Awesome and Ad-Free Agreed on the ads - not a bad swap for what you get in return. On the other hand, I like the option to turn off entire widgets for my work computer. Less stuff on the screen is a more productive experience for me. Agreed.
Make Your Own Book | Blurb If that sounds a little “all over the place” when it comes to types of books you can make at Blurb, it is. By design. Because if you can think it, dream it, draw it, write it, or photograph it, we can help you turn whatever “it” is into a beautiful print and ebook. We’ll never tell you what kind of book to make. Our job is to help you bring whatever book you choose to make into the world and then help you tell the world all about it. Just imagine: Amazing photo books, ebooks, and other print books, made by you, with Blurb.