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How to Make Your Computer Talk to You
« on: September 21, 2016, 06:30:37 PM »
Intelligent machines capable of speech are often the stuff of futuristic sci-fi movies, but you can turn any computer into a chatty Cathy. Even though we aren’t yet at the stage with computers where they can interact with us like people, there are a few tools and simple scripts we can write to make any computer that is running Windows speak to us.

A Little (Visual) Basic History

In 1988, the first iteration of VBScript or (Visual Basic Scripting Edition) appeared and was still a very primitive version of what we have today. Over the years, the need for an easy to use and lightweight scripting language for Microsoft increased. Because of this, the company kept working on it and finally released it to the public in 1996.

It is a simple script that uses COM (Component Object Model) to create, read, update, and delete files within Microsoft operating systems. Since Windows 98 was released, it has been installed with every computer. It is highly versatile because of the fact that the VBScript host environment can be embedded within programs using Microsoft Script Control. It is used quire often with Internet Information Services, Windows Script Host, and Internet Explorer.

But, that’s enough of the technical jibber jabber. Let’s get down to it and learn how to make your computer talk!