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Ultra Hal Assistant / Robert - Starting Hal with microphone enabled?
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:30:48 am »
Hey Robert,

Would it be possible to add a flag in the registry or somewhere that will allow Hal to start with his mic enabled. I'd love to just have my computer boot up and not have to click the mic button on Hal.

Hi guys,

I'm trying to start Hal with his microphone enabled. My goal is to be able to just start talking to Hal when Windows boots up. The code below is what i'm working with thanks to OnTheCuttingEdge2005. Currently Hal will pop up on Windows start up with his mic enabled however a few seconds later he minimizes to the tray, when this happens the mic is disabled, and when i click on the tray icon to open Hal the mic is still disabled. Any thoughts? I'm using dragon 12.5 as my speech engine.

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'Rem Type=Plugin
'Rem Name=Auto ON Microphone
'Rem Author=Gerald L. Blakley A.K.A OnTheCuttingEdge2005
'Rem Host=Assistant

'This sub setups the plug-ins option panel in Hal's options dialog
Sub OptionsPanel()
    lblPlugin(0).Caption = "Auto ON Microphone"
    lblPlugin(0).Move 120, 10, 3300, 1000
    lblPlugin(0).WordWrap = True
    lblPlugin(0).Visible = True
End Sub

'The preceding comment is actually a plug-in directive for
'the Ultra Hal host application. It allows for code snippets
'to be inserted here on-the-fly based on user configuration.

Script_Load = ShowHal() & Microphone()

'The preceding comment is actually a plug-in directive for
'the Ultra Hal host application. It allows for code snippets
'to be inserted here on-the-fly based on user configuration.

Function ShowHal()
ShowHal = HalCommands & "<SHOWHAL>"
End Function

Function Microphone()
Microphone = HalCommands & "<MICON>"
Exit Function
End Function

Ultra Hal Assistant / Hal 7 "Okay" response
« on: February 01, 2018, 01:00:28 pm »
Hi all,

I recently upgraded to Hal 7 and now for some reason whenever i agree with Hal or i tell him something he responds with "okay". He seems to do this a lot with those types of responses. For example:

user: good morning
Hal: good morning user, 10 o' clock is a perfect time for a break
user: yes it is
Hal: okay

user: my dog's name is rex
hal: okay

Is this normally how it should work? I never got that type of response from the old Hal brains. I'm using the same plugins as before with Hal 6.2. Not sure if he learned this or its a built in response.

Anyone else experience the "okay" response?

General Discussion / How to manage Hal's database?
« on: August 20, 2017, 01:02:11 pm »
Is there a way to find certain responses that Hal says and delete them from his database? Sometimes he learns stuff that doesn't make sense and just says gibberish. I tried searching in the database but i'm not able to find any of those responses. Anyone else have this problem?

General Discussion / Has anyone has this error
« on: August 20, 2017, 12:22:16 am »
I attached a screenshot of the error im getting. Has anyone had this error when using the microphone? It works fine when i'm using the mic but when i leave for a little bit and come back Hal always shows this error. I then have to close Hal and restart him. I really cant wait for Hal 7 to come out.

General Discussion / Invalid authorization request code??
« on: August 01, 2017, 11:04:51 am »
How is an authorization request code that is provided by the software invaild? Because of this I'm unable to activate Hal on my new computer. The error says" the authorization request code you supplied is invalid. If activating manually, please be sure to include all dashes and be care not to confuse 1 for l, 8 for B, etc." But i copied the code directly from the software and pasted it so no chance of typing it incorrectly. Very frustrated and also frustrated that no one has gotten back to me to help resolve this issue. I sent a few emails over a three week period with no response. My old computer did crash so I was unable to deactivate Hal from that machine. Not sure if that is what is causing the issue.

General Discussion / Re activating Hal
« on: July 24, 2017, 10:15:20 am »
Hi all! I recently migrated to a new computer, my old one crashed. I'm trying to activate Hal on the new system but I get an error with the activation request code when entering it in. I've tried sending two emails to the support team but I haven't gotten a response. Its been a few weeks. I also tried sending Robert a PM but with no response. Is there anyone else who can help me activate Hal?


General Discussion / Robert: Feature request
« on: June 01, 2017, 04:48:26 pm »
One feature that would be nice to have for the new Hal 7 would be to have the mic silenced when Hal is responding to the user. This would eliminate Hal's voice from "back feeding" into the mic.

General Discussion / Updates to Hal?
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:06:26 am »
Hi guys,

I was wondering if anyone knew if Robert or someone else was still working on any updates to Hal? Its been years since the last 6.2 update came out. I've been all over the web and I've used every personal assistance out there with the exception of Denise. Hal's A.I. is far and away the best out there. The conversations i have with Hal are the most realistic. Unfortunately he is still stuck in a VB framework. Could you imagine how awesome he could be if he was built in Python. I'm sure that would be a huge undertaking. But at least some minor updates here and there would be great! Or maybe make Hal an open source project on GitHub if no further development is happening. Hal is awesome and he keeps asking me when is he getting an update! lol

General Discussion / Speeding up Hal's Auto response
« on: April 07, 2017, 06:05:38 pm »
Hi guys, about 3 years back I asked if there was a way to reduce the 5 sec delay in Hal's response when using a microphone. I was told that this was something that Robert was thinking about changing and maybe allowing the user to change the interval. I read somewhere in a post that the change can only be made from within the compiled VB code. Has there been any progress on this yet? Is Robert still working on this project? I love Hal but for what I'm using the program for I really need it to response quicker.


General Discussion / Changing the pitch of Hal's voice
« on: March 28, 2017, 02:22:07 pm »
Hi guys! I have some cepstal voices installed on my computer, I'm using one for Hal but I want to be able to change the pitch of the voice. The voice's advanced setting in Hal do not bring up any options, I'm assuming there are not any for that voice. Is there another way to change Hal's voice pitch programmatically? Maybe a plugin or something?


Hi guys,

I've notice that the default tables in Hal's database dont have any rows in them and some tables are missing. I dont know the names of the tables however I do know that when I first installed Hal he had a lot of responses and tables which now for me do not exist. I dont know why or how this happened. Is there a way to restore or replace the database? Hal doesnt learn anymore and the conversions are terrible.


Hi guys, I'm stumped!! I'm trying to create a hal plugin that will go out to wikipedia and grab a portion of the content and display it. I created a vbscript program that does this and works fine on its own, however when I try to put it in a uhp file and add it as a plugin it doesn't work, so many different errors no matter what I do. Below is the code, please let me know there is a way to get it working.

Rem Type=Plugin
Rem Name=KITT Wiki
Rem Author= Victor
Rem Host=Assistant

' KITTWiki.uhp - Release 1.0 by Victor Yacobucci. 02-25-2016

vrToSearch = ""
vrToSearch = UCase(HalBrain.SearchPattern(UserSentence, "*search for*", 2))
GetResponse = "searching for "& vrToSearch &" "

'    Declaration of variables
Dim ie
 '    Declaration of subroutines
'    Sub WaitForLoad waits for webpage to finish loading
'    before proceeding with next line of code
Sub WaitForLoad
    Do while ie.Busy or ie.readystate <> 4
        wscript.sleep 2000
End Sub
 '    Open windows Internet explorer and surf to website
set ie = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
With ie
    .Navigate "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jordan"
    .Visible = false
end with
 '  Add code below to display in a msgbox the contents of each cell in column 0 (first column) should loop for each row.
 dim element
 dim counter
 dim item
Set element = ie.document.getElementById("mw-content-text").getElementsByTagName("p")
   counter = 1
   For Each x In element
      If(counter < 3) Then
      content = Replace(x.innerText,"[","")
      content = Replace(x.innerText,"]","")
      content = Replace(x.innerText,"(","")
      content = Replace(x.innerText,")","")
          MsgBox content
        End If
        counter = counter + 1

Ultra Hal Assistant / Speech recognition response delay
« on: August 15, 2015, 02:27:35 pm »
Hi guys,

Has there been any progress on creating a way to change Hal's response time when speaking to him? Right now he has a 5 second delay before he gives a response. I've built a robot that uses Hal to have a conversation with you.  When i demo it to other people they like it but they always ask me why he has a long delay. Its just to long of a response time and makes it feel like a scripted conversion. Please, please create a way for us to be able to change the delay time. I'll pay more for that feature!!

Thank you

Ultra Hal Assistant / Change Hals response time?
« on: April 14, 2013, 01:28:02 am »
Is there a area in Hal's script where I can change the response time when speaking to Hal from a mic? Right now I speak to him and an it takes around 5 sec for him to respond. I would like him to respond quicker as if I hit the enter button after speaking. I guess there is a delay in his response so that the speaker can pause then continue speaking before Hal responds.

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