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Re: Anyone get KSayIt working?

On Friday 15 April 2005 01:38 pm, Frederik Dannemare wrote:

> For one thing, it could be useful for those who have trouble reading. At
> least I know of some Danish schools (my girlfriend teaches in
> elementary shcool) where kids who have trouble reading can scan a book
> and have the TTS read it for them. :)

I can see this if they're visually impaired in some way, or maybe dyslexic, 
but for everyday use I would submit that if people have trouble reading, they 
should just practice reading more.  Reading is good for you.  :)

I'm mostly just curious to see how it sounds.  I played with TTS a 
looooooooong time ago, back on DOS, and it sounded pretty dismal.  I've been 
hearing pretty good TTS coming out of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration) Weather Radio lately, and am wondering if this new stuff can 
sound that good.  The power of free software and stuff.

Come to think of it, I ran into a guy the other day who's studying to be a 
meteorologist.  He's learning Linux because he says a lot of the national 
weather forecasting stuff runs on Linux, having migrated there from Unix.  It 
may well be *exactly* the same thing.  If so, that would be kind of cool.

> > again someone will have figured out how to get all of this to play
> > nice with JACK.

> Not that it helps you in any way, but it worked for me here on KDE 3.4.0
> without much hassle (forgot what I did to make it work, but it was
> nothing special).

You're running JACK?  What audio hardware?

I have an emu10k1.  It's pretty decent about letting multiple things use it 
simultaneously.  I can play JACK stuff, and then run programs that are built 
to produce output through OSS or ALSA at the same time, and the hardware 
seems to take care of sharing itself.  I definitely run a spectrum of audio 
applications from all different backgrounds simultaneously, and I have no 
problems with JACK preventing, say, aplay from making noise.

I find it surprising, therefore, that I've had so little success with this 
thing.  It seems no matter whether it's using OSS, ALSA or JACK (but not 
aRrts) it should still find a path for the noise to get out.  But it isn't 
making any noise.

Something broken with this incomprehensible gstreamer nonsense, doubtless.

Oh well, it's a project anyway.  Obviously I was bored or I wouldn't have 
bothered to go dig out super experiemental pre-release stuff to play with in 
the first place, right?  :)

Michael McIntyre  ----   Silvan <dmmcintyr@users.sourceforge.net>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek;  registered Linux user #243621

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