Saturday, 20 June 2009

By-Voice: Free online text-to-speech synthesis

I stumbled across a cool little service at Basically, this is a simple web-service by which you can get text converted to computer-generated speech. The service works by making a HTTP request to by-voice, which means its a little awkward for everyday users, but it's wonderful for programmers, because you could, if you were to sign up to the service fully, write programs that would on-the-fly download speech and play it.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Linux Tips: SSH

It's been a while since I posted, having gotten most of my rants off my chest in the early days of the blog. Rather than just spout my opinions again, I thought I'd do some posts about Unix/Linux tricks that I find myself using time and again.

First up, uses of secure shell 'SSH'. These tricks should work with any unix that has an ssh command, so they should also work with MacOSX, I think. Obviously, you need two machines for them to communicate between, or it's all pointless.