From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jan 03 2009 - 13:50:08 CST
Leo Broukhis <leob at mailcom dot com> wrote:
>> (I almost wrote "chirping." Are audio-enabled characters on the
> I pray that Smell-o-Vision (cf. wiki) never materialize.
About 15 years ago, Microsoft sold a small package of sound bites that
could be inserted into Word or WordPad documents. These included short
spoken phrases like "Good work!" or "Make a choice!" which might be
added by a manager reviewing a subordinate's report. This was in the
declining days of the period when people still thought it would be a
Really Neat Idea™ for workers in a quiet office/cubicle environment to
talk to their computers and have them talk back.
Suppose this idea had caught on, and Microsoft wanted Live Search to be
able to find these sound bites in documents on the Web, just as Google
wants to be able to find inline images in documents on the Web. The
analogy is not as far-fetched as it might seem.
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