v1.32 A Clock application which speaks the time to you (Obsolete)
This simple application sits in the tray notification area
under Windows 95/98 and NT 4 and periodically speaks the current time of day.
Even with the time of day being displayed in the tray as
standard under the Windows 95 shell, I often find that I lose track of time while testing
the programs I produce. I developed this program in response to this for myself. After I
had finished developing it, I thought that it turned out so well that other people might
also find it useful.
The program allows a number of options to be tweaked
including how often to say the time and what voice to use. The following dialog is used:
Full installation instructions for TClock are included in
the enclosed zip file which contains the TClock executables. You
will also need to download this zip file which contains
the text to speech engine I use. The speech engine is a large download (Just under 2 MB),
so be warned.
v1.3 (9 June 1998)
- Fixed a problem relating to TClock not closing correctly if you
happened to close it while text was been spoken.
- Fixed possible crash with overruns on an internal buffer used during
speaking the time.
- Fixed problems with incorrectly reported the localtime when daylight
savings is in effect. Thanks to Stephen Charchuk for discovering this problem.
- Now includes a program tpath.exe which adds an App
Path to the registry to allow TClock to be run without a fully qualified path. This
also means that you no longer need to add the LHSP directory to the path to get the speech
- Fixed a number of typos and invalid hyperlinks in the help file.
- TClock is now compiled with Visual C++ 5.
- TClock help file now includes a Contents .CNT file.
v1.31 (10 November 1998)
- Added a command line option /exit to the program. When this is
supplied the program will speak the current time immediately and then exit. This allows
the program to be called externally e.g. from an scheduling program such as Task Scheduler
in IE 4.
- Fixed problem where tray icon was appearing blurred.
v1.32 (5 September 2000)
- Optimized the reading of registry values. The values are now read at startup only instead of periodically. This helps improve performance especially when the program is running all the time.
- Speech options are now changed once the Test button is used in the configure dialog.
- Hyperlinks in the about dialog are now functional again.
30 September 2012
- Please note that I have not worked on this application in many years and
is considered obsolete. Microsoft provides a Text To Speech SDK in recent
versions of Windows and it is very easy to implement something equivalent to
TClock using even just script.