Hi Matthew, I too have been quite concerned for a the past few years
about what will happen when the 'electricity gets turned off'... ;-)
In that regard, I started creating a stand-alone CD of everything at
Player-Care and the two other web domains (that I use to store content
that's used at the site) about a year ago. The project is a bit
involved because it means redirecting every link in the web pages to
directories and files on a CD.
However, here again, new programs are helping. HotDog has an excellent
editing program that makes it relatively easy to change html tags on
every page in one step. The trick is creating replacement tags that
call up the correct directories. It's a work in progress. (Actually,
I've already created a few working models. Now I'm fixing the bugs.
Also, another problem that has no solution involves links to other web
Also, for at least the last two years I've bugged Jody and Robbie to
create CD's of everything in the MMD Archives. In my opinion, cost is
not an object. Preservation of the information for future generations
is paramount. In an effort to 'protect' everything I've contributed
over the years, I downloaded all my postings some time ago. Now, on
a somewhat periodic basis, I go to the Archives and download recent
Voice-to-type has also come a long way in the past year. IBM seems
to be in the forefront, but its programs are a bit cost prohibitive.
Lesser programs do work, but you have to teach the program to recognize
the way you speak before it works fairly well. The funny thing is that
the lesser programs seem to have less difficulty recognizing my speech
patterns when I speak with a southern accent. Most people say that I
have little or no perceptible accent. So, the only thing I can figure
is that the voice-to-type programs have problems understanding words
that are spoken without an accent. I've also noticed the same problem
with the voice-recognition programs in place at larger companies, like
ATT, Verizon, and others.
Text-to-speech programs have been quite functional for a number of
years, and they keep improving. They've even gotten to the point where
the voice almost sounds like a real person is speaking.
John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA