Siri for the Dial-Up Era

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  1. Tuckerfan

    Tuckerfan BMF Staff Member Moderator

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    This is what Siri would be like in the late '80s/early '90s.

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  2. Amaris

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    Clearly, the creators of this video never knew about Julie:



    Also, by 1990 Dragon software had released their edition of Naturally Speaking, which could do many of the things Siri could do now.

    AND, while I'm at it, that speech synthesis was awful. I remember having a program called Dr. Sbaitso, which came with my Soundblaster Pro card back in the early 1990s.



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  4. Spaceturkey

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    watch the credits...
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    What is it in the credits I'm watching? I must be missing it.
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    my mistake, they credit the siri voice to a Julia...
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    It looks like a C64.
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    The great thing about the C64 was the SID chip, which was hella-advanced back in the day (so much so that I used "hella" to describe it). It blew the doors off of every sound chip around at the time.



    It also had amazing speech synthesis for its day:

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    Only people from the bay area use hella. You are right though that C64s kicked ass though. Hell, I kept using an old hand me down C128 with a 24,400 baud modem (the fastest money could buy and much faster than my old 9600 baud modem) into the early 1990's right up until I got a hand me down 386 DX2 40megahertz PC with an amazingly large 800 mb internal hard drive.

    In those old dial up days you had to play close attention to which telephone areas were toll free or else you'd get hit with a big phone bill. Also I always made sure to get each week's free issue of Computer Edge magazine (a local free advertising based handout magazine) because in the back they had a list of all the local BBSs.
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