Dragon Christmas List 2018

Fifteen years ago there were thriving speech input users’ groups. I spent a lot of time at the groups in Boston and New York. In late 2003 the Boston users…

Using InSite to Illustrate a Video

Once we built the open source InSite system and started using it, it became obvious that the technology has uses beyond enabling the interactive interview transcripts that are central to…

Hey Developers: Two Things

I’ve been thinking about two things that make it easier and faster for people to use computers. Both things tap computers for something computers are very good at – keeping…

Trump’s Showdown Goes Interactive

I’ve written previously about PBS Frontline’s Putin Files, which are interactive transcripts of all the source interviews that went into the documentary Putin’s Revenge. The source interviews are shareable by…

InSite Update: A Better Index

We’ve added a better index to the InSite interactive transcript system that powers Duke University’s Rutherfurd Living History website. From the Living History front page, click Interviews. This will take…

InSite Update: More Interactive Pages

We enabled interactive pages as part of the InSite system a little while back. InSite is a workflow and open source publishing system that makes audio and video easier to…

A Nice Take on Human-Machine Grammar

It’s nice to be appreciated. James Stout, who explores the state of speech input via his blog Hands-Free Coding, has a nice take on the Human-Machine Grammar system I worked…

Want Better Speech Input? Speed is Key

I periodically get questions about the best computer setup for speech input. And I always advocate going way above the minimum specs for speech, especially if you’re planning on using…

Reaching Into a Webpage

Ever want to point someone not just to the top of a web article, but to a particularly good quote – or even several? I’ve done a lot of thinking…

Software Needs to Focus

When you use a mouse or touch as input you automatically bring focus to everything you do. You’re literally pointing at what you want to do. And if the cursor…