Emacspeak-23.0 (Retriever) Unleashed!

T. Joseph CARTER knghtbrd at bluecherry.net
Sat Nov 26 06:38:44 UTC 2005

Leave it to an emacs user to call anything else complex.  *grin*

And leave it to T. V. Raman to consistently write the absolutely most
ridiculous and hilarious press releases!  Can't wait to try it out.  It
looks like it'll fix a couple of minor irritations.

On Fri, Nov 25, 2005 at 11:09:17AM -0800, T. V. Raman wrote:
>                Emacspeak-23.0 (Retriever) Unleashed!
>                ----------------------------------
> For Immediate Release:
> San Jose, Calif., (Nov 26, 2005)
>     Emacspeak-2005: Retrieving Complete Access For   Enlightened  Users
>     --Zero cost of ownership makes priceless software affordable!
> Emacspeak Inc (NASDOG: ESPK) --http://emacspeak.sf.net--
> announces the immediate world-wide availability of Emacspeak 23.0
> --a powerful audio desktop for leveraging today's evolving data
> and service-oriented semantic Web.
> Investors Note:
> ---------------
> With several prominent analysts expanding coverage, NASDOG: ESPK
>  has now been consistently trading over the net at levels close
>  to that once attained by DogCom high-fliers.
> What Is It?
> -----------
> Emacspeak is a fully functional audio desktop that provides complete
> eyes-free access to all major 32 and 64 bit operating
> environments. By seamlessly blending all aspects of the Internet
> such as Web Services, Web-surfing and electronic messaging into the
> audio desktop, Emacspeak enables speech access to local and remote
> information with a consistent and well-integrated user interface.  A
> rich suite of task-oriented tools provides efficient speech-enabled
> access to the evolving service-oriented semantic Web.
> Major Enhancements:
> -------------------
> 0)      Alsa-powered speech server for software synthesis.
> 1)      Speech-enables emacs-jabber.
> 2)      New ssh-powered remote TTS servers.
> 3)      Atom support.
> 4)      Updated smart URLs including Blog Search
> 5)      Updated search wizards including PodCast search.
> See the NEWS file for additional details. 
> Establishing Liberty, Equality And Freedom:
> ---------------------
>   Never a toy system, Emacspeak is now voluntarily bundled with
> all major Linux distributions. Though designed to be modular,
> distributors have freely chosen to bundle the fully integrated
> system without any undue pressure --- a documented success for
> the integrated innovation embodied by the system. The integrity
> of the Emacspeak codebase is ensured by the reliable and secure
> Linux platform used to develop and distribute the software.
> Extensive studies have shown that thanks to these features, users
> consider Emacspeak to be absolutely priceless. Thanks to this
> wide-spread user demand, the present version is being made available
> at the same zero-cost as earlier releases.
> At the same time, Emacspeak-2005 continues to innovate in the
> area of speech and multimodal interaction and carries forward the
> well-established Open Source tradition of introducing user
> interface features that eventually show up in luser environments.
> On this theme, when once challenged by a proponent of a
> crash-prone but well-marketed windowing system with the assertion
> "Emacs is a system from the 70's", the creator of Emacspeak
> evinced surprise at the unusual candor manifest in the assertion
> that it would take popular idiot-proven interfaces until the year
> 2070 to catch up to where the Emacspeak audio desktop is
> today. Industry experts welcomed this refreshing breath of
> Courage Certainty and Clarity (CCC) at a time when users are
> reeling from the Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) unleashed by
> complex software systems backed by even more convoluted press
> releases.
> Independent Test Results:
> -------------------------
> Independent test results have proven that unlike some modern (and
> not so modern) software, Emacspeak can be safely uninstalled without
> adversely affecting the continued performance of the computer. These
> same tests also revealed that once uninstalled, the user stopped
> functioning altogether. Speaking with Aster Labrador, the creator of
> Emacspeak once pointed out that these results re-emphasize the
> user-centric design of Emacspeak; "It is the user --and not the
> computer-- that stops functioning when Emacspeak is uninstalled!".
> Note from Aster and Bubbles:
> ----------------------------
> UnDoctored Videos Inc. is currently looking for volunteers to
> star in a video demonstrating such complete user failure.
> Obtaining Emacspeak:
> --------------------
> Emacspeak can be downloaded from sourceforge --see
> http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/emacspeak/ You can visit
> Emacspeak on the WWW at http://emacspeak.sf.net.  You can subscribe
> to the emacspeak mailing list emacspeak at cs.vassar.edu by sending
> mail to the list request address emacspeak-request at cs.vassar.edu.
> The latest development snapshot of Emacspeak is available via
> anonymous CVS from sourceforge.
> History:
> --------
>  Emacspeak 23.0 -- AKA Retriever --- goes the extra mile in
> fetching full access.  Emacspeak 22.0 -- AKA GuideDog -- helps
> users navigate the Web more effectively than ever before.
> Emacspeak 21.0 -- AKA PlayDog -- continued the Emacspeak
> tradition of relying on enhanced productivity to liberate users.
> Emacspeak-20.0 -- AKA LeapDog -- continues the long established
> GNU/Emacs tradition of integrated innovation to create a
> pleasurable computing environment for eyes-free interaction.
> emacspeak-19.0 --AKA WorkDog-- is designed to enhance user
> productivity at work and leisure.  Emacspeak-18.0 --code named
> GoodDog-- continued the Emacspeak tradition of enhancing user
> productivity and thereby reducing total cost of ownership.
> Emacspeak-17.0 --code named HappyDog-- enhances user productivity
> by exploiting today's evolving WWW standards. Emacspeak-16.0
> --code named CleverDog-- the follow-up to SmartDog-- continued
> the tradition of working better, faster, smarter. Emacspeak-15.0
> --code named SmartDog--followed up on TopDog as the next in a
> continuing a series of award-winning audio desktop releases from
> Emacspeak Inc.  Emacspeak-14.0 --code named TopDog--was the first
> release of this millennium. Emacspeak-13.0 --codenamed
> YellowLab-- was the closing release of the
> 20th. century. Emacspeak-12.0 --code named GoldenDog-- began
> leveraging the evolving semantic WWW to provide task-oriented
> speech access to Webformation. Emacspeak-11.0 --code named
> Aster-- went the final step in making Linux a zero-cost Internet
> access solution for blind and visually impaired
> users. Emacspeak-10.0 --(AKA Emacspeak-2000) code named
> WonderDog-- continued the tradition of award-winning software
> releases designed to make eyes-free computing a productive and
> pleasurable experience. Emacspeak-9.0 --(AKA Emacspeak 99) code
> named BlackLab-- continued to innovate in the areas of speech
> interaction and interactive accessibility. Emacspeak-8.0 --(AKA
> Emacspeak-98++) code named BlackDog-- was a major upgrade to the
> speech output extension to Emacs.
> Emacspeak-95 (code named Illinois) was released as OpenSource on
> the Internet in May 1995 as the first complete speech interface
> to UNIX workstations. The subsequent release, Emacspeak-96 (code
> named Egypt) made available in May 1996 provided significant
> enhancements to the interface. Emacspeak-97 (Tennessee) went
> further in providing a true audio desktop. Emacspeak-98
> integrated Internetworking into all aspects of the audio desktop
> to provide the first fully interactive speech-enabled WebTop.
> About Emacspeak:
> ----------------
> Originally based at Cornell (NY)
> http://www.cs.cornell.edu/home/raman --home to Auditory User
> Interfaces (AUI) on the WWW-- Emacspeak is now maintained on
> SourceForge --http://emacspeak.sf.net-- and  is mirrored
> world-wide by an international network of software archives and
> bundled voluntarily with all major Linux distributions. On
> Monday, April 12, 1999, Emacspeak became part of the
> Smithsonian's Permanent Research Collection on Information
> Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American
> History.
> The Emacspeak mailing list is archived at Vassar --the home of the
> Emacspeak mailing list-- thanks to Greg Priest-Dorman, and provides a
> valuable knowledge base for new users.
> Press/Analyst Contact: Hubbell Labrador
> Going forward, BubbleDog acknowledges her exclusive monopoly on
> setting the direction of the Emacspeak Audio Desktop, and
> promises to exercise this freedom to innovate and her resulting
> power responsibly (as before) in the interest of all dogs.
> About This Release:
> ------------------
> Windows-Free (WF) is a favorite battle-cry of The League Against
> Forced Fenestration (LAFF).  --see
> http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/cases/f3800/msjudgex.htm for details on
> the ill-effects of Forced Fenestration.
> CopyWrite )C( Aster and Hubbell Labrador. All Writes Reserved.
> GoldenDog (DM),  BlackDog (DM) etc.,
> are Registered Dogmarks of Aster and Hubbell Labrador.
> All other dogs belong to their respective owners.
> -- 
> Best Regards,
> --raman
> Email:  raman at users.sf.net
> WWW:    http://emacspeak.sf.net/raman/
> AIM:    emacspeak       GTalk: tv.raman.tv at gmail.com
> PGP:    http://emacspeak.sf.net/raman/raman-almaden.asc
> Google: tv+raman 
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