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Subject: Re: "R" prize

Re: "R" prize

From: Glenn Ervin at Home <>
Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2004 20:33:59 -0500

I think some of us would contribute to the prize money if the TalkBox
feature was included so the Blind can also go to the store and get an
off-the-shelf product that works for us.
Heck, if this was written as a requirement, maybe a consumer group of the
Blind would contribute to the prize money too.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Neon John" <>
To: "Rockbox development" <>
Sent: Saturday, July 03, 2004 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: "R" prize

On Sat, 3 Jul 2004 17:07:22 -0700 (PDT), scott

>--- Glenn Ervin at Home <> wrote:
>> John,
>> Would you be willing to include that the voice output (TalkBox) be
>> maintained to at least the level of output which currently exists in
>> at the time of development?
>thats already covered.
>>> * The port must contain all the features of the then-current Rockbox.

and I said

>No. For two reasons. One, I'm not interested in it and two, it may
>complicate the port of the core RockBox functionality. This same concept
>extends to games, video/jpeg playing and all the other stuff not directly
>related to RockBox's core functionality - playing mp3 files.
>Just like the current RockBox, once a working port is out there, people who
>are interested in things like TalkBox will port their code.

I didn't think TalkBox is part of the official release (yet?) Anyway, to
clarify, what I said about the then-current RockBox goes. However, if there
is a valid technical problem that would make implementing the talking part
time consuming and significantly delay the release of the port then it may
excluded. If that problem arises, we'll discuss it here on the list and
make the final determination. The purpose of discussing it on the list as
opposed in direct mail with me is that I expect the discussion to bring
ideas and potential solutions from others.

With any questions or ambiguities like this, my main and perhaps sole
motivation is to get a Rockbox (like) port out there so people who want the
RockBox experience don't have to scrounge for obsolete hardware. My goal is
to get it like it used to be where one could walk into Circuit City or
whatever, buy an off-the-shelf jukebox, install RockBox and enjoy without
hassles. Any decision I make will be to further that goal.

BTW, Iriver has put most of the ebook features I requested in their latest
firmware update for the H100 series. They call it the "study mode". A good
description is here:


John De Armond
Cleveland, Occupied TN
Received on 2004-07-04

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