So I'm back from Target with a $20 microphone to use with my voice recognition . I bought a GE portable headset with detachable mic, which is turning out to be pretty good.
I always get this gut-wrenching feeling when a piece of equipment breaks, especially one that I depend upon for work. Often I just can't go to a regular store and pick up a replacement item. So t's refreshing to be able to spend $20 to replace an item and get something that is workable. And it shows how far voice recognition has come that I can plug a microphone in on a new profile without much training and get right to work on basic things.
Of course voice recognition is still new with some things, like cars. It helps to know what the commands are - or it can be more aggravation than it's worth.