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Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 18:47:47 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Telephony nostalgia -- dialing POP-CORN for free time of day Message-ID: <537962C3.firstname.lastname@example.org> On 5/17/2014 9:19 PM, Thad Floryan wrote: > We had a thread today (Saturday, 17 May 2014) in ba.internet that I felt > readers of comp.dcom.telecom might find interesting noting "ba.*" is > Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. > [...] > So there was a good reason (then) for dropping POPCORN. To which one person responded quoted by "|" here and again below: | No, not really to which I replied: And why not? Cellphones are ubiquitous and every single one I've seen displays the current date and time. And some people still wear wristwatches. GPS units all display time. And some of us can tell the time reasonably accurately day or night looking at the Sun or the stars as can be seen at the 2nd thumbnail here or by using a Sundial daytimes: http://thadlabs.com/Planispheres/ | Anybody, you or me or the other people watching this newsgroup, | could write a simple program that could do exactly what the | Audichron did. I'd do it under Windows, since I'm way more | familiar with its various API calls. Heck, it wouldn't take more | than an hour or two to write and debug it. This assumes that the | audio distribution to the phone circuits stays in place, but | being solid state I don't see why it wouldn't. Even simpler would be to use a Votrax Type 'N Talk (T'NT) and one doesn't have to write any code -- simply type text to the Votrax using any terminal program over RS-232 serial and it speaks. A simple command-line or GUI program could be easily and quickly written to send specific speech text strings to the T'NT unit for quick responses when one needs to camouflage/conceal one's voice [but Caller ID would probably throw the proverbial monkey wrench on that idea nowadays]. I bought one in the early 1970s and it's amazing: simply send ASCII chars to it over RS-232 as either text strings to be spoken or as phoneme codes to be pronounced and it does it all automatically; 3 pix taken about 4 years ago: http://thadlabs.com/PIX/Votrax_1.jpg 126kB box and Votrax T'NT http://thadlabs.com/PIX/Votrax_2.jpg 98kB Votrax front panel http://thadlabs.com/PIX/Votrax_3.jpg 83kB Votrax back panel I still have a tube "somewhere" in my garage of the SC-01A speech synthesis chips used in it if I wanted to make a new speaking accessory. The Votrax sounds much better than whatever-it-is Stephen Hawking is using (per his speeches that I've heard to date): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking My Votrax TYPE 'N TALK still works fine today and I control it using a serial port on any one of my computers (*BSD, Linux, Solaris, Windows). It's great fun to use it to carry-on a conversation with someone on the phone and changing speech parameters to vary the accents, pitch, and more. By tweaking the parameters it can even mimic the speech of a help desk person for whom English is not a primary language which is hilarious when wanting to prank someone over the phone -- I did that once and it was difficult stifling my laughter in the background -- noting I'm a very fast typist so I could keep the T'NT going in realtime. :-) More info about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Votrax The Votrax Type N Talk - Kevtris.org http://kevtris.org/Projects/votraxtnt/index.html Tasty Crepes: Votrax Type 'n Talk http://tastycrepes.blogspot.com/2011/08/votrax-type-n-talk.html SC-01A Speech Synthesizer and Related ICs http://www.redcedar.com/sc01.htm And it seems I had the "last word" with the above comments in ba.internet Thad
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 04:14:34 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: New gTLDs Are Now Available for Registration Message-ID: <email@example.com> By FHH Law, CommLawBlog, May 18, 2014 Put your thinking caps on, review the ICANN list, and get started -- NOW is the time. We have previously alerted our readers to the impending arrival of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) on the Internet and the opportunities that their arrival will be opening up. And now the time has come -- or, at least, it has come for some new domains, with others to be rolling out periodically for the foreseeable future. Anyone contemplating expansion of their Internet presence into any of the new gTLDs should already be regularly reviewing the website of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). That's where ICANN lists the opening and closing dates for the various filing periods (e.g., Sunrise, Landrush, etc.) for each new gTLD as it becomes available. We'll be keeping an eye on the ICANN list as well, looking for new gTLDs that, in our purely subjective view, might have some particular interest for our readers. When those pop onto our radar screen, we'll post about them here. This will be an ongoing process. There are still more than 1,500 gTLD applications working their way through the ICANN system, so attention must be paid to periodic developments for months, if not years, to come. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/05/articles/internet/theyre-heeere-new-gtlds-are-now-available-for-registration/index.html -or- http://tinyurl.com/mdprkda Neal McLain
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