Ultra Hal Assistant

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What's new in Ultra Hal Assistant 6.2 since 6.1:
  • Hal's brain and database now incorporates many concepts and phrases taught in the book "Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases" by Grenville Kleiser, Copyright 1917 now in public domain
  • Hal's low quality response routines (what Hal says when he isn't sure how to respond) have been reworked to sound less random, offer more variety, and use phrases taught by Grenville Kleiser
  • Hal can do unit conversions (How many feet is 2 miles? What is 30 degrees fahrenheit in celcius? How many cups in a liter?)
  • Native support of IBM ViaVoice's SMAPI interface
  • When speech recognition is enabled, microphone is automatically muted when Hal is speaking and unmuted when Hal finishes
  • New speech recognition command mode allows you to bring up Hal with a voice command, close Hal, turn dictation on and off, and clear the line to retry saying something before Hal responds
  • Optional loneliness plug-in is available in Hal's brain options. It allows Hal to initiate a conversation with the user if the user hasn't said anything for a while.
  • Hal Brain Editor sorts tables alphabetically
  • Hal's licensing system is less touchy to real or perceived hardware changes, especially in Vista.
  • Various bug fixes including minute timer problems

Application Details:

Version: 6.2
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.25

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What works

Can Install Ultra Hal After many retries.

What this means is that after a clean WINE install. The first time to install Ultra Hal will fail.

It you run the installation a few times It will eventually install.

Once Installed. Ultra Hal will start. (after 5 minutes)

You can run through the configuration options, choose the Avatar and choose the voice of HAL.

Hal will then speak to you. However he will ignore everything typed , except for the "ENTER" button.

What does not

Cannot type any input into the text box.

Ultra HAL starts after a very long delay, ( about 5 minutes)

Can consume lots of CPU

Installation is problematic.

Avatar of Ultra Hal does not appear.


What was not tested

Most functions cannot be tested due to the lack of an input box that works.

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Tested with a clean Wine install.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowSlackware64 14.0Apr 25 20131.5.25Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 17 20091.1.21Yes Yes GarbageBrendan Clarke 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 29 20091.1.17Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 

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