There's lots of equipment in the Arctic Fox that I would hate to live without or couldn't live without. But when it comes to writing my blog there's two things so essential that the blog wouldn't exist without them. One is obviously a computer and the other is a Headset.
A Headset is headphones with a microphone attached and is what I use to dictate my blog everyday because I can't type. It's not that I'm physically unable to type is just that I type so slowly and my spelling is so atrocious, that writing my blog would be so arduous I never would've even attempted it. So you could say that without a Headset and the voice recognition software that writes it all down for me my blog wouldn't exist, and instead of reading this you would be doing something more useful, and productive with your life.
The reason I'm mentioning this is because I ordered a new headset from Amazon the other day and it should get here this afternoon. Right now I'm using an inexpensive headset from a company called Corsair that I bought about four years ago, and like me, it's starting to show its age. The ear cups are looking a little raggedy, and the microphone doesn't stay where I put it for very long, but the worst part is it's a wireless system and the batteries in the headset are starting to die rather quickly. And sometimes I can't make it through my blog without having to stop and charge the headset.
The new headset is called a Steel Series Arctis 7, its a higher-quality headset than I'm using now. Its also wireless, but the battery's supposed to last for 20 hours, which is great because I could only get a couple of hours of use out of the ones I have now when they were brand-new.
The other part of my dictating system is the Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software. This is the magic software that somehow listens to what I say and writes it out on the computer. It works amazingly well and it's spelling abilities are way beyond mine. It does make mistakes that I have to go back and correct but overall I never would've had a blog without it.
For those of you that know how to type, and are good at it, you probably think all of this sounds like a lot of trouble just to spend a few minutes on a blog, and you're probably right. But for me trying to do this while typing with one finger, and looking up every other word in the dictionary to make sure it's spelled correctly takes so much time that writing my blog wouldn't be any fun, and at this point in my life if something's not enjoyable I don't want to do it.