More about speakup.

hank smith hanksmith4 at
Mon Jul 11 23:07:46 UTC 2005

yeeeee  was that a 386 or something?
I have one of those thingys the old 386 sitting up in my closit hasn't been 
booted up sense like 1992 don't even know if it will even boot ever sense 
y2k it had those 2 floppy drives the bigger one and then the 3 and a half 
ench ones

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Herzog" <herzog at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 3:42 PM
Subject: Re: More about speakup.

>    I had a deal wherein the reading edge could accept inputs from an 1986 
> PC, which had vocal eyes, but used the speech synthizer of the reading 
> edge.
> It only needed serial cord interfaces, and worked well with Q-modem mail 
> program.
> Will
> PS I'm told that reading edges go for $300 now, but know someone looking 
> for one. Will
> ==========
> John G. Heim wrote:
>> Wow... You know what just occured to me... Wouldn't it be cool if there 
>> was a hardware speech synthesizer emulator?
>> You plug a null-modem cable into your new computer, connect the other end 
>> to a machine with speech already working, and run an emulator on the 
>> machine with speech already running. The new machine thinks it's talking 
>> to a doubletalk LT for example but it's really talking to another 
>> computer.
>> It shouldn't even be very difficult to write.  You wouldn't have to worry 
>> about what is speaking. Just display whatever the synth is supposed to be 
>> saying. It would be up to whatever speech engine is on the old machine to 
>> do the talking. Write it in perl so it would be portable, run on any 
>> platform.
>> Wow. I'm going to have to try this when I get home tonight. Connect a 
>> null modem cable to the port my doubletalk would normally be connected to 
>> and see what comes out on a terminal emulator on another machine. Then, 
>> write a perl script to send the same string to the double talk and see 
>> how it responds. And then write a perl script to say that same thing to 
>> the linux box on the other side of the null modem cable.  Keep doing that 
>> until I essentually have a doubletalk LT emulator script.
>> Might take me more than one night though.
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