[TUHS] UNIX/32v & speak....

Carl Lowenstein carl.lowenstein at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 03:44:02 AEST 2009

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Jason Stevens <neozeed at gmail.com> wrote:
> I was going to upload the various man pages of 32/V so I'd have a 'nice'
> collection of them, and to help with my eventual conversion of the help text
> into RTF for a windows helpfile when I was reading through the number
> command...
> http://gunkies.org/wiki/32v_1m_number
>> Number copies the standard input to the standard output, changing each
>> decimal number to a fully spelled out version. Punctuation is added to make
>> the output sound well when played through speak(1).
> So it seems that VAX's could do audio at some point?  Does anyone know how
> it worked?  Naturally the speak command seems to be missing, but it does
> seem very interesting...!

See "Votrax" in Wikipedia for more information.  "Vocal division of
Federal Screw Works".
A speech synthesizer, predecessor of Digital's DECtalk.

> I wonder if this was the start of the UNIX/IVR relationship....?

What's IVR?

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