The Mac speech synthesizer has to be aware of context as it speaks. Otherwise, if you had “$1000” in your sentence it would say something like “dollar sign one thousand”. I get that.
Did you know that it can speak roman numerals? We stumbled on one phrase that triggers it: “Mac OS X”. Specifically “OS” triggers it. The numerals must be uppercase as well. I imagine that when Apple demos the Mac speech synthesizer, they want it to be able to say its name correctly. However, you can also substitute any other valid Roman Numeral for the “X”. How sophisticated is the Roman Numeral processing? 1987 seems to be complicated enough for me, but my Mac handles it with ease.
Try the say command in Terminal: say “OS MCMLXXXVII”. Cool.
Congress is about to vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). If passed, this bill will allow the United States government to censor the Internet. Many sites on the Internet are protesting on January 18 and we’re joining them.
I’m upgrading our mac mini (the machine this blog is on) from Debian 5 to Debian 6. Hopefully it comes back.
brian@minimac:~$ uptime 13:16:58 up 100 days, 1:11, 1 user, load average: 0.70, 0.64, 0.36
See you on the other side. 🙂
UPDATE: We’re back! That was easy. I love Debian.
Okay, I forgot (okay, well, I was putting it off) to set up redirects for links pointing to stuff on the old website to stuff on our new site. This meant that your RSS reader never saw any updates for us since December 29. Now those old RSS feed URLs should permanently redirect you to the new RSS feeds. Similarly, Google’s index still contains old links and I’m sending those visitors to a landing page. Soon I should have that landing page automatically do a search here for the same content the user searched for originally. It’s not perfect, but it’s just about the only thing I think I can do.
Hi! Welcome to the new mauter.com. Brian finally caved and switched to WordPress instead of his custom-written Java code. The old code served us well, but it’s time to move on. We hope to load all of our old pictures and news items into this site. Stay tuned!