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  1. Getting my 1400XL working and listening to the voice output of the Votrax SC-01 speech synthesizer reminded me of a much earlier experience I had with that chip, involving a project my dad worked on in the early 1980s. My dad was the administrator for the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin. One of my earliest memories of using a computer was when he would take me to his office and let me play with his Apple II Plus computer. He didnt have any games on it, but he would load up the text to speech software for the Sweet Talker voice synthesizer card installed in the computer and I would have a great time typing things for the computer to say in its funny robotic voice. I especially got a kick out of typing in gibberish and listening to the computer try to pronounce something like 20 Rs in a row. Why did my dad have an Apple II Plus with a speech synthesizer? It served a very useful purpose. The professors and graduate students at the Department of Zoology often ran experiments involving samples that needed to be kept cold. If the refrigeration for one of the 23 cold rooms maintained by the department failed over the weekend, much hard work would be lost. This happened enough that my dad started trying to think of a solution. He bought an Apple II Plus computer and had twisted pair wiring installed from his office to temperature sensors in each of the cold rooms. Enlisting the help of a friend who had programming experience, he wrote a monitoring program to continuously display temperatures for the different cold rooms. When the temperature was out of spec, the screen line for that room would flash in inverse. Now, my dad could monitor all the cold rooms from his office, and over the weekend he could stop by and quickly check to make sure everything was ok. However, my dad started wondering if there was a way he could ensure everything was working without having to go in to the office. If only there was some way to check from home! We didnt yet have our Atari computer, so we couldnt dial in with a modem to download the data remotely. However, we did have a telephone. Enter the voice synthesizer. With the Sweet Talker and an AppleCat modem, my dad and his friend programmed the computer to literally call home any time there was a problem. I remember picking up the phone and hearing the strange robotic voice announce, There is a freezer alarm in room one-ten. Now the weekend trips to the office to check cold room temperatures were a thing of the past. Im guessing all the hardware required to build this setup cost thousands of dollars. I cant help thinking that if the 1400XL had made it to production, it would have been the perfect solution for this application, and at a much lower price. Maybe Ill see if I can get my 1400XL to make some of those robotic phone calls I remember so fondly.
  2. Does know any good sources for my "Failed gaming systems" speech? I have to do a speech for my speech class that has: At least 1 book At least 3 articles No more than 2 websites as my sources
  3. I have just seen a cool YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvWSpTg8oA4) by "n1jbq" published 5/21/14 of a TI99 singing the 1892 song "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two)" composed by Harry Dacre. In 1961, physicist John Larry Kelly Jr and his colleague Louis Gerstman used an IBM 704 at Bell Labs to demonstrate their voice recorder synthesizer. Arthur C Clarke witnessed this speech demonstration and referenced it in his 1968 novel and film "2001: A Space Odyssey". I am sure everyone remembers the HAL 9000 singing this while being deactivated. The TI-99/4A being my first computer, and it having the Speech Synthesizer and the game Parsec, made it sure seem like the HAL 9000 to me! Therefore, I would like to obtain a copy of the program from the video, and to ask your help in locating it. The video's description mentions floppy disk from the 1980's distributed by the Boston Computer Society TI-99/4A User Group. The disk can also be seen 0:11 seconds in the video. The disk is labled "Public Domain Disk #73 - TI-Sings". In the comments Stephen Hoffmann posts that he remembered typing that particular program from what he belived was from a TI-99er magazine. Would anyone here have a copy of the disk and/or know the reference to the magazine article? I would love to hear my TI sing this particular song. Thank you in advance, TWoodland
  4. Does anyone have a .bin of Terminal Emulator II (TEII) (PGM3035) Basic? I would like to run it from my FinalGROM99 (FG99) cart. When I run the ones that I can find (TE-IIC.BIN, TE-IIG.BIN) they are like selecting option 2 and 3 from the TEII cartridge. Even if I do a warm boot and select option 1 Basic when the TEII options 2 and 3 are showing, the Basic does not have the speech functionality. Is there a trick or is there a separate TEII Basic .BIN available?
  5. When I issue a CALL SAY("GOOD") from XB it sounds something like "illip" although "good" is supposed to be a word in resident vocabulary. Is this a know issue or are my ears playing tricks on me?
  6. Hi folks: I am a blind user in Dalton, GA. Many years ago, when I had a TI 99/4A, I was sent a disk of programs written by a gentleman in the Atlanta area named Jim Foust, that were all written to use the Terminal Emulator II text-to-speech capibility. Among other things, he wrote an addressbook/HAM call look-up program, a checkbook program, a hangman game, and even a rudimentary word-processor, all written in TI BASIC. I am searching through content on WHTECH, but, so far, haven't been able to find these programs. I thought they might have been shared from Atlanta to other groups, but, so far, no success. Can't remember all the file names, but, the word-processor was named "WORDFOUST" and the checkbook program was named "BANK'N". If any of you have seen them and know where I could obtain them again, I would really appreciate the help. Thanks!
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