Interactive Services Dialogue Detection 

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Good Morning,  !
It's Tuesday, May 17

It sure cooled off!
Seems to be quite traditional. Second weekend in May is nice
enough for planting, then it gets cold. When I was a kid in 
Austria, we had calendars, that had every day named after 
some saint. The Saints in this part of May were called
the "Ice Saints", and everybody knew that some rude cooling
off for a few days was to be expected at that time.

Gullible warming has not changed that. At the moment the 
outside thermometer reads 2 degrees below frezing.

And it did not stop me from my walk, even though I was
wearing my big old parka.

Quite a few people asked today how they can email voices 
generated with that Text To Speech link from yesterday.
Some were even afraid to try it.
OK, here are a couple examples:

You can record the voices with whatever recording program,
that works on your machine. I use Audacity. It is old and
crude, but it works well and I am used to it. You may have to 
try two or three sound recording programs, before you find
one that both you and your computer get along with.

Have FUN!

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please donate what you can!
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From the Tech Support Pits: From: Lee Re: Interactive Services Dialogue Detection Dear Webby, Have subscribed to your humorous, informative and always enjoyable newsletter. Delighted you're on the road to a healthful recovery. That is not a problem. Something called Interactive Serices Dialogue Detection keeps appearing every few minutes, literally, as long as I'm online. Have tried living with it; however, it has finally begun to drive me batty. What is it and WHY do I keep getting it? (As a matter of fact, it has just reappeared.) It states "a program can't display a message on your desktop". It has really become nerve-wracking. Also, my eyes have been bad since roughly age 6 or 7. Is it okay to try the large version a few times to see if it would help me see better then, if not, go back to the normal version? My experience and knowledge of computers is almost nonexistent. However, it's no problem to print the page and then follow a step-by-step procedure. Maybe I should simply starve for a year, then buy a new one? You have no idea how much your help means to 'dumb' peope like myself. Thanks for the years of humor and help. Lee Dear Lee That Interactive Serices Dialogue Detection message is a VISTA and W7 "feature". Disabling that message is easy, but that would be about as silly as removing the "Oil Low" warning light from the dash of your car. You might be able to get around it by switching from IE to FireFox, but that does not permanently solve the underlying problem. You will have to contact Microsoft support about that problem. Re Large Size: You already got the large size. Just hold down the CTRL key and scroll the mouse wheel to zoom everything to comfortable size. Have FUN DearWebby
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Four retired guys are walking down a street in Milwaukee. Then they turn a corner and see a sign that says "Old Timer's Bar " " ALL DRINKS 10 CENTS !". They look at each other, then go in. The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, "Come on in and let me pour one for you, what'll it be, Gentlemen?" There seems to be a fully stocked bar, so the men all ask for a martini. In short order, the bartender serves up 4 iced martinis -- and says, "That'll be 10 cents each, please." They can't believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round. Again, four excellent martinis are produced with the bartender again saying, "That's 40 more cents, please." They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity is more than they can stand. They've each had two martinis and so far they've spent less than a dollar. Finally one of the men couldn't stand it any longer and asks the bartender "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?" "Here's my story. I'm a retired tailor from Brooklyn, and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the lottery for $25 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime, wine, liquor, beer, all the same." "Wow. That's quite a story" says one of the men. The four of them sipped at their martinis and couldn't help but notice three other guys at the end of the bar who didn't have a drink in front of them, and hadn't ordered anything the whole time they were there. One man gestures at the three at the end of the bar without drinks and asks the bartender, "What's with them?" The bartender says, "They're from California. They're waiting for happy hour."
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