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Subject: Re: Enqueing all types.

Re: Enqueing all types.

From: Neon John <>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 12:41:24 -0500

On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 16:00:27 +0100, "Henri" <> wrote:

>And how do you "WPS" a TXT file ?
>How is the time lengh of firmware ?
>On top of all what would the use for this ?

I can think of several uses for this. Let's suppose you're listening to an
audio course such as are available from The Teaching Company and other
sources. It would be extraordinarily nice to be able to display a screen of
text or graphic displaying, say, an equation while the audio segment is

Another application might be to display an info page about a band before or
during the music play.

If Rockbox is extended a bit more to be able to detect and record responses
(YES or NO, for instance), the application could be extended to the industrial
arena. As a retired nuclear engineer, my experience is in the power plant
setting. Any activity in the plant is governed by a written procedure that
requires "verbatim compliance" and in many cases, second party verification.
The procedures are very detailed such as "connect the plus lead to cabinet A,
terminal strip B, terminal C". Some facilities still use paper procedures but
many have gone paperless. Currently very expensive handheld computers such as
the Telzon are used, all without audio.

A "procedure execution extension" would display the pertinent info (plus lead
to cabinet A, terminal strip B, terminal C) on the screen while the audio
gives detailed instruction such as where to go, what precautions to take (call
the control room, for instance), etc.

We could have default behavior settings in the config. Say, scroll, noscroll,
scrollspeed, page, nopage, pagedelay, persist, nopersist (to keep the text
file on the screen while the next selection(s) play), etc. We could then
enable a small set of metatags in the text file to change the default behavior
on the fly.

Rockbox has broken the "music player" paradigm with the audio book, text
display and other extensions. Why not take it further outside the box to
other mixed media applications such as self-instruction.

Non-music extensions such as the "procedure execution extension" might just be
the bludgeon needed to penetrate the skull of the decision-maker of one or
more hardware makers, the idea dawning that many more sales could be made to
the commercial/industrial market. A consumer box won't be as rugged as a
Telzon but on the other hand, at >$2500 for a Telzon, many "throwaway" units
can be purchased for each Telzon.

Just something to think about.
John De Armond
Cleveland, Occupied TN
Received on 2003-12-17

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