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View Silver Screen Media on Your Apple TV from another Disk

Want to watch movies via Silver Screen that aren't in your Movies folder? Just create an alias in your Movies directory and select that as your Media Directory in Silver Screen's preferences. It will even be automatically mounted if needed when the folder is browsed in Silver Screen. To make the alias, mount the server or other disk in the Finder, locate the folder containing the movies and Command-Option-drag the folder's icon into your Movies directory.

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Singing Macs

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In honor of the Mac's 10th birthday, Jon Kleiser <jon@hdo.hdata.no> worked up this set of embedded speech commands (with some bits modified intentionally to sound better - hence "Mackintosh") for Apple's Speech Manager. You must have the Speech Manager installed, and you need one of the many programs that can translate the text below into speech. I found Speaker 1.12 on my hard disk and it worked fine. You can find these on the nets as:

ftp://ftp.apple.com/dts/mac/sys.soft/speech/ speech-manager.hqx
ftp://sumex-aim.stanford.edu/info-mac/snd/util /speaker-112.hqx

 [[rset 0]] [[pmod 0; rate 110; pbas 45]] Happy [[pbas +2]]birth[[pbas
 -2]]day [[pbas +5]]to [[pbas -1]]you, [[pbas -4]]Happy [[pbas
 +2]]birth[[pbas -2]]day [[pbas +7]]to [[pbas -2]]you, [[pbas -5]]Happy
 [[pbas +12]]birth[[pbas -3]]day [[pbas -4]]to [[pbas -1]]Mackin[[pbas
 -2]]tosh, [[pbas +8]]You are [[pbas -1]]ten [[pbas -4]]years [[pbas
 +2]]to[[pbas -2]]day.
 
 [[rset 0]] [[pmod 0; rate 110; pbas 45]] Happy [[pbas +2]]birth[[pbas
 -2]]day [[pbas +5]]to [[pbas -1]]you, [[pbas -4]]Happy [[pbas
 +2]]birth[[pbas -2]]day [[pbas +7]]to [[pbas -2]]you, [[pbas -5]]Happy
 [[pbas +12]]birth[[pbas -3]]day [[pbas -4]]to [[pbas -1]]Mackin[[pbas
 -2]]tosh, [[pbas +8]]I have [[pbas -1]]heard [[pbas -4]]worse [[pbas
 +2]]than [[pbas -2]]this.

 

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