Wednesday, November 12, 2003

I finally got some press releases put on our website about my local speeches and press interviews, but I had to write them myself. So be it. In a small company I tend to associate 'sales' and 'marketing' together, so I assumed this was something Jack would handle, but I finally just did it myself to get it out there. From a business perspective, what's the use of doing all these speeches if you're not going to use them in your own PR?

The Trump/Obama convention speech alvin July 20, 2016 - 11:24pm

Kudos to whoever came up with this image. I just added the text.

A Mac OS X text-to-speech web service (Play Framework, Scala)

I’ve written a variety of small Scala apps that take advantage of the “text to speech” capabilities on Mac OS X (Sarah, Wikipedia Page Reader), and a few days ago I started thinking about consolidating these by creating a Mac “text-to-speech service.” I initially created that as an Akka server (here on Github), then thought to make it a little more generic as a REST web service.

A Kickstarter project for SARAH

SARAH is a speech interaction application for Mac OS X computers. It's a little like Siri for the Mac, though it's more limited in some ways, but also more open than Siri. It's open source, and developers can create plugins for SARAH.

I've received a lot of emails about SARAH since I first created it, so, in short, I decided to create a Kickstarter project to see if people would like to have SARAH created as a simple, easy to install Mac OS X application. (This will require several months of full-time development and testing.)

Here's a link to the Kickstarter project:

Kelly Kingman captured the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference talks

An artist named Kelly Kingman did a wonderful job of capturing the 2013 Buddhist Geeks Conference talks. I’ve never seen anything like that, and they are a wonderful way of visually capturing a talk. (Sadly, my phone camera is messed up, and I don’t have any higher-resolution images than this, so I hope some other geeks will post their photos over time.)

SARAH, a Mac OS X speech interaction app

SARAH ("Sarah") is a speech recognition/interaction application for Mac OS X computers, created by Alvin Alexander. Summary info:

Apple trademarks VoicePass - But it's not for voice passwords

Apple trademarks VoicePass: I just read that Apple has trademarked the phrase "VoicePass" (or "Voice Pass"), and when I first heard the name, I assumed it stood for "Voice Password", meaning you could finally log into your Mac using a voice password instead of a text password. I'll be able to walk up to my computer, say "Soylent green is people", and the system will log me in, just like in the old tv show Millenium.