SAYDAY -- The Reminder
Public Domain Software by:
SayDay has just one function -- to remind you of the day of the week. It
does this in a rather unique way: It talks to you!
WARNING: This program has been known to lock up certain IBM-compatible
PCs! It does no harm, but if your system locks up, you'll have to reboot,
and you won't be able to use the program on your hardware. It has to do
with the nature of the timer chip on your motherboard. Happily, it DOES
work on at least 90% of all IBM-compatible computers. That said, let's go
on to how to install it.
SayDay is very flexible. The easiest way to install it is to simply copy
all the files onto your boot disk or into the root directory of your hard
disk. The files must include:
If you do this, you can call SayDay any time you're in the root directory.
Most users will want to put the files elsewhere, however, to avoid
cluttering up their root directory. That's easy too.
SayDay understands your system environment. You can place all the files in
any directory you wish. To make the program work, put SAYDAY.EXE in a
directory included in your PATH statement. If you don't understand PATH,
see your DOS manual. Copy the remaining files into any other directory you
want. YOU MUST INCLUDE THE FILE named CR, which is essential to the
Now, add the line that follows to your AUTOEXEC.BAT file:
Replace [path] with the full path information to your SayDay files. For
example, if you copied the SayDay files to your C:\UTIL\ directory, the
line would look like this:
SET DAY=C:\UTIL\ (The closing backslash (\) is essential!)
Now, SayDay will know where to find your files on your hard disk, making it
possible to run the program from ANY directory at any time.
You can run the program by giving this command:
If you want SayDay to speak up when you boot up, just include this line in
your AUTOEXEC.BAT file:
You can also disable the screen message by adding any non-blank character
to the command line. For example:
SayDay requires very little memory, but does need DOS 2.0 or a later
version if you use the environmental variable method of calling the
program. As stated before, SayDay may not run on all IBM-compatibles. The
only way to find out is to test it. If it locks up your system, just
reboot and give up on the program.
HOW IT WORKS
SayDay used true digitized voice files to speak. Information on a simple
voice digitizer you can build is available on the SLO BYTES BBS (805)
528-3753 in the file, DIGITIZE.ZIP. That file includes all the information
you need to duplicate the digitizer. It's a lot of fun.
The SLO BYTES BBS also offers a number of other programs which use voice to
add new dimensions to your computing. Those files are stored in file area
"Y" and are available on your first call. The SLO BYTES BBS supports
300/1200/2400 baud, 8 bits, no parity, and 1 stop bit. It's on-line 24
hours a day.
SayDay is hereby placed in the public domain, and may be used by anyone for
any purpose. The program was written in Microsoft QuickBASIC 3.0. For
heaven's sake, keep all the files together and don't make any
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