I normally try to read everything that someone takes the time to type in a given thread. Sometimes though, I get impatient and either skim or skip the really really long responses. Ever tried to read the Rivendell Reader... OY VEY!
Most Mac users are probably aware of the speech funtion. Once set up, all you need to do is highlight the text and hit the appropriate hot keys, then simply sit back and let your computer read it to you!
My favorite voice is "Fred".... not only is it bicycle appropriate but it is the "Stephen Hawking" style computer voice. It cracks me up to hear some of these responses out loud.
Here is how to set it up:
- Go to system preferences
- Select "Speech"
- Select "text to speech"
- Check "speak selected text when the key is pressed"
- set any key or combination of keys you want to use (I use Cmnd + Shift + X)