Too many communication modalities

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The latest xkcd:

(Click for a larger version.)

The mouseover title is "Sadly, this is a true story. At least I learned about the OS X 'say' command."


  1. Mayson Lancaster said,

    January 14, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    And the obligatory implementation:

  2. Apple user said,

    January 14, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

    Of course I tried the SAY command after reading this- I am amazed at how far computer speech has come, at least since I last played around with it in SimpleText! The terminal has a very fluid reading style, and very good pronunciation. The youtube audio preview has better cadence, but Apple's computer speech sounds less artificial.

  3. phleabo said,

    January 14, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

    osascript -e 'set Volume 10'

    according to the first result that popped up for me Googling "command line osx volume" (not as a quoted phrase).

  4. Apple user said,

    January 14, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

    …and the YouTube audio preview feature was actually the result of an XKCD strip!

  5. Nathan Myers said,

    January 16, 2009 @ 1:15 am

    Doorbells never work.

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