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Dragon 'Speaking Naturally' & IBM's ViaVoice are two of the better ones. I've used them both. It will take some time for the program to learn how you speak. The word 'for' is a great example: not only will you get the numeral 4 at times, if you had pronounced for=four, and you said for=fer, guess what? You get 'fur'. It gets better over time, but the first week or so can be pretty infuriating.
Also, there's a freeware program out there called HalReader, and yes, Hal like 2001. It's the stripped down version of a pay-for version, but it works fine, especially for free
. There are a few default voices, and you can vary them to suit yourself. It reads whatever text there is on the screen, including WIndows pop-up error messages! When your friend gets really bored, he can type in text, save it, and then use them to replace the sounds that windows makes. My friend has his computer yell 'D!ckhead!' instead of that clunk noise when there's a critical stop, and 'Die B@stard Die' for emptying the recycle bin.