Thursday, November 19, 2009

Getting Hyped-Up Over HSBB

There’s so much buzz around HSBB (High-Speed Broadband) in Malaysia lately that I can’t help but write a blog post here.

Word has it that HSBB residential customers would be offered download speeds between 10Mbps and 100Mbps. These speeds are unheard of for residential “broadband” users in Malaysia and should get a lot of people excited — me included.

For years, Malaysian broadband users have been lamenting over the poor speeds. Being one of the early Streamyx adopters, I had my fair share of complaints.

The fact is the law of physics also plays a role here. The copper lines can only do so much. As they say, wired-broadband in Malaysia will never progress much until something is done to the last mile.

And indeed, certain prime areas will finally see something done to that tune. These areas will have fiber connection to their premises or homes.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Introducing SpeechPlayer

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a nifty text-to-speech (TTS) application that I’ve been working on for the past few months. The application is called SpeechPlayer and is near final release. You can download the beta today and give it a try.

(UPDATE 06/2009: Version 1.0 has been released.)

Why SpeechPlayer?

PortalGroove SpeechPlayer There are tons of TTS apps in the market — some free and most of them shareware. Some of them give you a browser plug-in and with a press of a button…voila!…the web page speaks!

Others require you to copy a piece of text into the clipboard or into the TTS application window for the text to be read out aloud. The TTS application window will then “highlight” the word that is “spoken” out. Great but then when you want to do some multitasking like switching to your browser window to view other stuff, the TTS window is obliterated and basically, the word-highlighting visual cue provided by the TTS application is hidden from the user.