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1  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: February 20, 2013, 03:01:51 PM
Sent you an e-mail.  Let me know if you have any issues getting it.
2  MyDSL Extensions / Window Managers / Re: lightweight desktop environments on: February 04, 2013, 02:29:05 PM
Thanks for posting some of your .jwmrc settings.  Nice to see how other users are customizing jwm.

Still wanting to script a program to do settings changes for jwm, but have a couple of other projects I want to get further with before I get back to it.
3  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: February 04, 2013, 02:23:25 PM
This prototype IS FULLY WORKING for DSL-N users on compatible hardware (see below). CMU-Sphinx2 is accurate and WAY MORE REACTIVE THAN the later pocketsphinx version, that is used on my MS-XP platforms...

LM, if you're still in the corner, what about the MinGW compilation of CMU-sphinx2 to get MS-Windows binaries Huh Possible or not???

Was definitely wondering if CMU-Sphinx2 or Pocketsphinx was the better way to go.  Thanks for the information.  Haven't tried building Pocketsphinx, but CMU-Sphinx2 builds with MinGW.  I have the binaries if you want them.  Would be curious to hear if it performs better on Windows versus pocketsphinx too or if it's just a Windows versus Linux performance issue.  Going to try building CMU-Sphinx2 on Linux from source when I have more time.  Want to see if the build scripts I created work cross-platform.
4  Non-DSL Topics / water cooler / low bandwidth web site recommendations on: January 21, 2013, 02:33:13 PM
Anyone have recommendations for web sites that work on slow Internet connections/connections with low bandwidth?  Am interested in news or web portal sites, but would appreciate any recommendations in general. 

Sometimes I try mobile versions of sites that may be optimized for bandwidth and most forums usually work pretty well.  Lynx friendly sites typically load well too.  I optimize my own web site for low bandwidth computers.  I've also seen some users with older computers recommend programs like surfraw.  Would be interested in other tips for machines with slow Internet access and any pointers to sites that load well on low bandwidth systems.  Thanks.
5  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: December 20, 2012, 12:26:18 PM
As for me, i'm very interested if you can send me the windows binaries of sphinx2, and for your codes or executables...

Needed some minor patching, but it sphinx2 0.6 appears to build fine with MinGW (4.7.2).  I haven't tried running the executables yet.  Sent you an e-mail via your web site e-mail address.  We'll have to work out how to get the binaries to you.

Also curious if sphinx2 is the best option (since it's no longer actively developed) or if some of the other sphinx projects would be worth looking into.  You also mentioned pocketsphinx, any improvements with that version?  One web site mentioned sphinx2 is currently used with some commercial products.
6  MyDSL Extensions / Window Managers / Re: lightweight desktop environments on: December 12, 2012, 04:44:01 PM
Anyone have any .jwmrc files or JWM setting tips to share?  Thanks.

Anyone besides me interested in a program or script to change themes and settings in jwm?  If so, I can share the code when it's finished.
7  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: December 12, 2012, 04:39:13 PM
Not sure if uploads are working to this board.  Couldn't find the attached script.  If you have it somewhere at your site or add it there, I should be able to download from there and check it out. 

I have espeak and flite compiled from source on Windows using mingw so I can cross-test some applications on that machine.  Haven't tried cmu-sphinx2, but it looks like it should compile with mingw as well.  Don't have my Windows development system up at this time or I would have tried it already.  If I do test it out and get it working, do you want a copy of the executable?

The murgaLua download and scripts at your site look really interesting.  I'm personally more comfortable with C/C++ than Lua, but I've done a little Lua programming for use with SciTE.  Look forward to trying murgaLua out with some of your scripts.

If you have any other tips on useful software that runs well on older systems would enjoy hearing about it.
8  MyDSL Extensions / Window Managers / lightweight desktop environments on: December 07, 2012, 02:52:05 PM
If anyone's interested in some lightweight desktop environments, here are a few links:

I'm also currently looking into writing some scripts to customize themes and settings for jwm ( http://joewing.net/programs/jwm/ ).  Anyone else using the jwm window manager?
9  MyDSL Extensions / Multimedia / Re: SPEECH Synthesis and Voice Recognition on: December 07, 2012, 02:46:37 PM
Would be very interested to hear more about your project and how it's going.  Do you have a web site with more information on it?  Any opinions on flite versus espeak?  Would also be interested in any other optimizations to reuse old computers that you're working on.  Thanks.
10  Damn Small Linux / DSL Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Your favorite lightweight apps? on: October 05, 2012, 03:06:21 PM
Another link, Amigo has a bunch of gtk 1.2 apps ..... http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/amigolinux/download/Applications/ .

There's mention in an old Cinepaint thread ( http://osdir.com/ml/video.cinepaint.devel/2004-04/msg00009.html ) about FL-GTK, a compatibility layer for GTK 1 applications to build using FLTK.  FLTK's been through some changes, so a library like this would probably need an update.  However, FLTK 1.3 now has some internationalization (Unicode and UTF-8) support which is a plus.  I'm currently working with a patched version of FLTK 1.3 that offers themes by setting the FLTK_SCHEME environment variable.  So, there is some theme changing capability in version 1.3 too.  It would be really nice if we could port some useful GTK 1.2 applications over to FLTK 1.3.  There are also quite a few applications that already work with FLTK including a desktop (Equinox Desktop Environment).  Other applications available for FLTK include graphics editors and viewers, a beta version of Cinepaint Glasgow, flwriter (word processor), two lightweight browsers (dillo and dplus), a xine front end (multimedia player), daily journal program, todo and disk usage utilities, minimal file manager, alsamixergui, games and a nice front end to synclient for touchpad users.

If anyone would be interested in something like this, I'd be very willing to help attempt to port some other applications over to FLTK 1.3.

11  Damn Small Linux / User Feedback / Re: My experience with DSL and lightweight software on: October 01, 2012, 05:54:38 PM
As I became aware of problem of software bloat, I made a conclusion: there's no such thing as a slow computer. There's only such thing as poorly optimized software

Enjoyed reading your post.  I have more modern computers, but I also have an old Sony laptop with 64 MB RAM.  The machine works perfectly well (probably better than some newer machines), so I don't want to get rid of it.  I started trying to track down lightweight applications that would work well with it.  I also built several applications myself from scratch.  The more I look at the code of some of the slower running applications, the more I prefer small, lightweight applications that do one thing well.  They're so much easier to build, modify and run.  Lately, I've been looking for applications that can be built with more lightweight GUI toolkits like SDL, curses, FLTK and possibly Fox Toolkit instead of more heavyweight GUI libraries like GTK+ and WxWidgets (which uses GTK+ on Linux).

Very nice to hear when others are also interested in lightweight, well-designed software.  Most Linux users I've talked to don't seem to care about the issue.  Hope to share application ideas and tips with other users.
12  Damn Small Linux / DSL Ideas and Suggestions / Re: Your favorite lightweight apps? on: October 01, 2012, 05:22:55 PM
Am very interested in lightweight applications.  Personally, I'm using dplus ( http://sourceforge.net/projects/dplus-browser/ ) instead of dillo.  I have applications I need to run on Linux, FreeBSD and Windows and dplus works better cross-platform than dillo.  Would be curious to hear what you're using in place of flminicalc.  I have flcalc building successfully.  There's also a calculator with Fox Toolkit and there's a lua script to run a calculator within SciTE (my current favorite programming editor).  I've been experimenting with writing a theme changer for jwm.  Several of the lightweight applications I like are listed at http://www.distasis.com/cpp/osrclist.htm  I'm currently working on finding lightweight applications, writing scripts to automate the build processes for them and modifying the code to fit my needs as necessary.  Would love to share ideas and code.
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