Nature is disordered, powerful and chaotic, and through fear of the chaos we impose system on it. We abhor complexity, and seek to simplify things whenever we can by whatever means we have at hand. We need to have an overall explanation of what the universe is and how it functions. In order to achieve this overall view we develop explanatory theories which will give structure to natural phenomena: we classify nature into a coherent system which appears to do what we say it does.
~ James Burke
Author: StJohn Piano
Published: 2017-08-01
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I've recorded a demo of my dictation system. Click here to download the video of the demo.

My system consists of:
- A 2008 Apple MacBook running Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard
- A heavily customised instance of Dragon Dictate 2.5 for Mac
- Various plugins for Dragon Dictate written in AppleScript
- Call-outs to several Python scripts, which interpet the text produced by Dragon Dictate, and then call out to the operating system in order to execute keystrokes or to send commands to other applications.

Full system details:
- Computer Hardware: Apple MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz 13" (White, Early 2008)
-- Order: MB403LL/A
-- Model: A1181
-- ID: MacBook4,1
-- Note: I upgraded the memory from 2 GB of RAM to 6 GB.
- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard
- Dictation software: Dragon Dictate 2.5.1 (12062) for Mac
- Dictation software requirements:
-- Intel-based Macintosh running Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard or 10.7 Lion
-- 2 GB of RAM recommended
-- 3 GB available hard drive space
-- An internet connection is required for registration
-- A USB microphone. The USB microphone should be of high quality, with noise-cancelling abilities. Ideally, it should be on the list of USB microphones certified and supported by Nuance.
- Text Editor: TextWrangler 3.5.3 (2890) of Mon, 10 Jan 2011
- Programming Languages: AppleScript 2.1.2, Python 2.7.13

I'm using the microphone headset that was included with the software package. It has the label "Plantronics" etched on the microphone boom but no model identifier. It is a single-ear headset that looks like (but is not exactly the same as) the Plantronics .Audio 610 headset. It has two 3.5mm analog jacks that plug into a USB adapter. The USB adapter is labeled "Plantronics USB Adapter-02".