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Londonne Corder, an Excite spokeswomen, said the Web portal chose to offer advanced messaging features for Mac users because they often are the first to embrace innovative new technologies.
   "Generally, Mac users are good at picking out and appreciate winning features, such as the text-to-speech features," she said.
http://detnews.com/2001/technews/0110/02/etech02-307167.htm
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exicte (parent company AT&T) can tie in that
revolutionary skinable text -to- voice software
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Just what we need, computers that won't shut up. Bad enough that we can't get Oprah to shut up. Do we really need to revolt against quiet peaceful non-blabbering computers? These days in light of recent action adventure horror movies gone real, do we really need revolting computer software that creates more wars? I think not.

Think Totally Different tm
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Bad enough that we can't get Oprah to shut up.

Best thing you've said in at least six months Ken. An instant classic.

Agent
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Yapping computers! LOL

You know that it would be a "feature" in Windows that would be as intrusive and obnoxious as Clippy the "Unhelp" feature. Ah, but you know on a Mac it would be easy as pie to disengage that talking feature. Point and click, unplug and play.

Somehow I get the feeling that on a PC, it would just be like a nagging spouse. It never shuts up and you can't get rid of it so easily.

milleniumfalcon

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Author: Y2Ken     Date: 10/3/01 7:58 AM    Number: 57409

<revolutionary skinable text -to- voice software>
Just what we need, computers that won't shut up. Bad enough that we can't get Oprah to shut up. Do we really need to revolt against quiet peaceful non-blabbering computers? These days in light of recent action adventure horror movies gone real, do we really need revolting computer software that creates more wars? I think not.

Think Totally Different tm
-Y2K
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shut up




















hehehe
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You know that it would be a "feature" in Windows that would be as intrusive and obnoxious as Clippy the "Unhelp" feature. Ah, but you know on a Mac it would be easy as pie to disengage that talking feature. Point and click, unplug and play.
Somehow I get the feeling that on a PC, it would just be like a nagging spouse. It never shuts up and you can't get rid of it so easily.
milleniumfalcon
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it is one of those "processor intensive" activities that i believe will define the NeXT decade of growth.
See, it's lame to Instant Message back and forth
typetypetype
>ding<
typetpyetype
>erase<
typetypetype

having to read conversations is lame
AND
it doesn't allow us to REALLY express ourselves
because it doesn't cONvey our tONe correctly
which really matters
when being ironical
and sardonic
or dry
or clever

all "sticky" personality traits that keep em coming BACK FOR MORE

the problem is, i think
?][k
is that you're thinking of apples voice program
or windows'... does windows even have speakable items?
i dunno
anyway
yes it works to say
"computer, tell me a joke"
and that's great
but it's not "revolutionary"

what will be revolutionary, and What AT&T talked about having "in the can"
is the voiceSkinner
that can put George Clooney on your IM
so that when your lonely self goes trolling in the IM universe
looking for love in all the wrong places
you can "send" your text to be spoken by Clooney

but more importantly
for instance
when David posts a post about stuff
he can choose "Austrailian Male, 20-30"
and when I click "play" i can hear david's delightful
aussie accent
and then the various voices on the boards would be distinguished
not only by the words...
but by the tone and timbre

of course you are thinking
"blue, i don't listen to the posts now
and i don't want to, i like to read"

see the "killer app" will be the one that allows david
to make a southpark-like character
be "him" and the voice synth
would be the sound of the voice
and then he would just type his post
and we would see and hear an english accented
3-d viewable hand gestaculational character

and not just text

if god wanted us to communicate with variable tone
and 3-d images
he would've... ohh wait He did.

now, imagine a 3-d immersive area
that we could navigate
like TombRaider or whatever
and in there is the Fool.com2
and behind door number 34825
is the AAPL room
and we walk in
and see various characters
"online" at the moment
I might be a fish with feet
(evolution baby...)
and when you tap me on the shoulder
and say "Hey"
I know your voice...
that is virtual reality

and my auto-response says
using cartman-skin-voice2020
"I'm sorry, blueHerring is not available right now,
please try again later"

gettin it?
all it is is bandwidth
and processor power
and DSPs

][erring
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Herring:

<{You know that it would be a "feature" in Windows that would be as intrusive and obnoxious as Clippy the "Unhelp" feature. Ah, but you know on a Mac it would be easy as pie to disengage that talking feature. Point and click, unplug and play.
Somehow I get the feeling that on a PC, it would just be like a nagging spouse. It never shuts up and you can't get rid of it so easily.
milleniumfalcon}
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it is one of those "processor intensive" activities that i believe will define the NeXT decade of growth.
See, it's lame to Instant Message back and forth
typetypetype
>ding<
typetpyetype
>erase<
typetypetype

having to read conversations is lame
AND
it doesn't allow us to REALLY express ourselves
because it doesn't cONvey our tONe correctly
which really matters
when being ironical
and sardonic
or dry
or clever

all "sticky" personality traits that keep em coming BACK FOR MORE

the problem is, i think
?][k
is that you're thinking of apples voice program
or windows'... does windows even have speakable items?
i dunno
anyway
yes it works to say
"computer, tell me a joke"
and that's great
but it's not "revolutionary"

what will be revolutionary, and What AT&T talked about having "in the can"
is the voiceSkinner
that can put George Clooney on your IM
so that when your lonely self goes trolling in the IM universe
looking for love in all the wrong places
you can "send" your text to be spoken by Clooney

but more importantly
for instance
when David posts a post about stuff
he can choose "Austrailian Male, 20-30"
and when I click "play" i can hear david's delightful
aussie accent
and then the various voices on the boards would be distinguished
not only by the words...
but by the tone and timbre

of course you are thinking
"blue, i don't listen to the posts now
and i don't want to, i like to read"

see the "killer app" will be the one that allows david
to make a southpark-like character
be "him" and the voice synth
would be the sound of the voice
and then he would just type his post
and we would see and hear an english accented
3-d viewable hand gestaculational character

and not just text

if god wanted us to communicate with variable tone
and 3-d images
he would've... ohh wait He did.

now, imagine a 3-d immersive area
that we could navigate
like TombRaider or whatever
and in there is the Fool.com2
and behind door number 34825
is the AAPL room
and we walk in
and see various characters
"online" at the moment
I might be a fish with feet
(evolution baby...)
and when you tap me on the shoulder
and say "Hey"
I know your voice...
that is virtual reality

and my auto-response says
using cartman-skin-voice2020
"I'm sorry, blueHerring is not available right now,
please try again later"

gettin it?
all it is is bandwidth
and processor power
and DSPs>

Who should shut up?

ROFL

Think Quietly Different tm
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http://detnews.com/2001/technews/0110/02/etech02-307167.htm
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exicte (parent company AT&T) can tie in that
revolutionary skinable text -to- voice software


Hahahahaha

text-to-speech is like the easiet thing to interface with programmatically on the Mac - and they are hyping it like their software is 'advanced' or something.

Sheesh.

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Just what we need, computers that won't shut up. Bad enough that we can't get Oprah to shut up. Do we really need to revolt against quiet peaceful non-blabbering computers? These days in light of recent action adventure horror movies gone real, do we really need revolting computer software that creates more wars? I think not.

I'd love to hear your comment when you are blinded by an industrial accident as your Dell laptop battery explodes in fire and burns your eyes with gooey reagent.


How will you communicate then? I guess you will rely on text-to-speech, just like millions of other disabled and injured people.

But, I suppose kenny being able to winge about everything is more important than helping blind people read.

Dvid
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I think that the voice-skinning software should be named "Do Shut Up" after that delightful British sitcom on PBS.

Which would also be good advice to Kenny.

"Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! You scalded me, you did!"

DVid
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now, imagine a 3-d immersive area
that we could navigate
like TombRaider or whatever
and in there is the Fool.com2
and behind door number 34825
is the AAPL room
and we walk in
and see various characters
"online" at the moment
I might be a fish with feet
(evolution baby...)
and when you tap me on the shoulder
and say "Hey"
I know your voice...
that is virtual reality


I don't know if you know/remember but few short years ago they actually used to have thing like that. It was 2D auditorium with hosted events - like movie theater or a talk show. You could wear various avatars - or even design your own and you could IM/Chat only to people next to you or you could submit question to the guests on the floor. Some events were huge, they gathered tens of thousands of participants. Guests included very prominent people like President Clinton. Some premier events even had voice webcasts for guest responses. Overall product had much of functionality you are describing now.

Unfotrtunately Excite failed to monetize this (IMO most excellent) product and costs added up...
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