There are a number of programs that do text-to-speech. Here is a link to a
simple application that is free.
The AT&T natural voice is very good technology and sounds much better than
most. Natural voice is now an option for ReadPlease
By combining the parsing program I have already written with something like
the AT&T natural voice technology you can accomplish exactly what you are
looking for. Programmatically, this is a simple application.
I spend at least 2 hours or more on the road each day, so I was already
considering the same application you are talking about. I was planning to
send the output to an MP3 player to listen to while traveling. I would
record each message on its own track to simplify skipping messages. This is
low on my priority list right now.
I will keep you in mind when this project trickles to the top of the list.
I did the text extract because I was concerned that the archives might get
lost in the event of a failure at Yahoo. I felt this was a little more time
From: Kelland, Syd [mailto:syd_kelland@...
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2002 12:53 PM
Subject: RE: [hobbicast] Yahoo extract - Hobbicast
Do you suppose you could write a simple program that would be able to read
these e-mail messages to me rather than having to spend so much valuable
desk time reading it myself. I spend a fair bit of my day on the road
listening to radio 'dribble' and would much prefer to listen to my e-mail
from you guys. It almost goes without saying that the information I've
gleaned from this group is some of the best, most creative and helpful
information I come across in a day. Unfortunately, when I take a couple of
days off or find myself away from the office I quickly get behind in reading
the Hobbicast postings.
It probably wouldn't be that difficult for someone familiar with programming
and would probably make that someone a whole bunch of money it was a
it took longer to extract the data than it did to write the programs.
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