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And you probably know that Apple is shipping their stuff with 10.3, which ads some more cool cool stuff, mainly more F in the F keys. F9 triggers ExposeŽ, which shows every open window, F11 shows your desktop, which is about the smartest thing I think anyone has ever though of except, MAYBE, fermentation or perhaps the wheel. as always F14 and F15 turn display brightness up and down. I don't know where you are supposed to find this information but pushed all the F keys to see if they did anything. voila! If anyone does know where to find the apple guide to the galaxy, I'd love to see it.
But the coolest thing my Mac does, and I guess its done this since I bought it, but I just 'discovered' it, for lack of a better word.
Speakable Items lets me boss my computer around with my voice. Wicked. Do all computers do this? Why doesn't apple plug this more? Did they, back in the 80's and I just missed it?
Switch to iTunes.
Switch to Safari.
Minimize this window.
What time is it?
How's the weather?
Show me the desktop (oh wait, I have F11 now!)
cancel last command.
show me what to say.
Thank you computer.
Log me out computer
I can seriously talk to my computer for a while.
I'm doing it right now.
When I get to something I can't speak a command for I say,
Make this speakable.
and continue on. When I want to replace a keysroke or shortcut with a voice command I say,
Define Keyboard Command.
and keep on rollin.
It makes me feel like I was born at the right time, and I love you, Apple Macintosh.
Whats that? Oh, you love me too?
Who programmed you to say that? Oh yeah, I did.
And still promising to be out in the first half of this year? 10.4 "Tiger"
10.4 offers a mind-blowing a/v conference experience. I didn't know that I needed real-time reflection mapping in a chat room, but WOW. More importantly search technology is built into the core of the OS in 10.4 and finding what you are looking for is dazzlingly fast. when i say dazzlingly, I mean dazzlingly fast like how programs open, or the rate at which your Macintosh generally responds to your requests.
It looks for text in all corners of your mac. You could have a photoshop file inside a PDF file, wrapped in an RTF, and obsured by a large .OBJ.
Ironically my mac is round.
Thank you and keep up the good work, whatever you do.
I'm new to h2g2, it seems neat, I just turned on speech for the first time and don"t know how to use it yet but it is speaking to me in a cyborg voice. I have an ibook g4 and it seems to be the center of my life. I love it! Regards trieste26 in San Francisco
since I made that mind blowing discovery, I have come to the conclusion that apple doesn't plug spoken items more because they realise, like I do now, that most people with a mac are listening to music while they work. and since the spekers in a lot of their computers are inherently close to the microphones, its a pain in the arse to speak to your computer over the music. I love talking to my computer, but I hate yelling at it. it makes me feel less cool and more crazy.
still i think its super sweet to ask your computer "what time is it"
and if you haven't figured it out yet, the 'bells' voice is the coolest.
thank you for coming to the first meeting of my very very tiny club.
Great to see that everyone realises that the Mac is indeed the centre of their lives and the object of their undivided attention.