An Actual Voice

Voice Card  -  Volume 22  -  John Card Number 17  -  Sun, Dec 22, 1991 10:54 PM

Our newest member, Lee, made a most unusual alteration to his address card. He modified the giant icon button in the upper left corner so that when you pushed it you could hear a greeting in his own voice.

I rather like this idea. My automatic harvesting procedures ignored the change, so don't expect to hear anything on Lee's current address card. But I couldn't just toss it, so I decided to create an unusual edition of our sound of the month club instead.

I didn't have much time, so it's nothing fancy: just a blank screen with a single button. Push it to hear Lee's voice.

The reason I didn't put the sound back into the My Contributions stack is that the sound takes up 100K. If we start shipping that stack over the modem, that extra 100K will cost money (about one dollar on AOL). And the problem would be much worse if the rest of us added sounds.

For that is precisely what I would like to see happen someday. Wouldn't it be neat if all us could include a brief recorded greeting. I could fix it so that it would automatically play whenever we open a hello card. And I could also store the sounds in a separate location so that we wouldn't have to ship them back and forth.

All we need is the sounds. Several of you have sound digitizers. For those who don't I could probably arrange to digitize the sounds myself from a tape recording. In other words, this little feature is quite doable.

What do you think? Maybe our voice volumes could actually contain real voices!