More about speakup.

Herzog herzog at
Mon Jul 11 23:26:19 UTC 2005

Yes, the darn thing just keeps chugging along, needing only clock 
batteries.  20 Meg hard disk was rarely near full.
I still use it as never got to removing or editing all the stuff I had 
on it.  It didn't have 3 and a half floppy.
Heck, I even have my apple 2, and all programs, Probably forgot how to 
use appleworks, and visicalc. the GREAT stuff!

hank smith wrote:

> 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
> thanks
> hank
> ----- 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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