[Mm-friends] thoughts on this week's episode

Chase Crispin chase.crispin at gmail.com
Tue Aug 16 01:41:00 GMT 2011


Hi Luis,
Thanks  

For your suggestion.  I will pass this along to the staff for evaluation.
Thanks,
 
 
 
 
Chase Crispin
http://www.blindmobiletech.com/
chase.crispin at gmail.com
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Luis Eduardo Peña [mailto:lpena57 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 8:33 PM
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org; chase.crispin at gmail.com
Subject: RE: [Mm-friends] thoughts on this week's episode

Thanks for the explanation. Another suggestion might be to invite
representatives of the developers to express their opinions about the
limitations of the devices raised by some of their users. Something like
that is done by the Access Word magazine when they review a product.

Kind regards,

Luis 

-----Original Message-----
From: mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org
[mailto:mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Chase Crispin
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 8:28 PM
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] thoughts on this week's episode

Hi Luis,
We had a few panel participants who were unable to attend the discussion.
As I said in an earlier message the entire staff is currently working to see
how we can better cover this topic in a future show.  At this point, though,
we do not know what we will do or when that show will air.  Please stay
tuned to this list for more info.
Thanks, 


 
 
 
 
Chase Crispin
http://www.blindmobiletech.com/
chase.crispin at gmail.com
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org
[mailto:mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Luis Eduardo Peña
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 8:26 PM
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] thoughts on this week's episode

Hello Jamie and Chase;

I found the show very interesting. However, it would have been better if you
had invited people who are using the latest notetakers. All the participants
in the show were using notetakers that have been discontinued or that are
out of date. 

Kind regards,

Luis 

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From: mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org
[mailto:mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Lynne
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 7:11 PM
To: mm-friends at acbradio.org; chase.crispin at gmail.com
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] thoughts on this week's episode

The podcast was excellent.  Thank you, all, for making such valid points.

Choice of assistive tech is extremely important.  No one piece of assistive
tech fits all and I'm thrilled that you stressed the necessity for choice. 
Additionally, it was music to my ears to hear Tim Cumings say that the
horrific label of "ghetto" should not be applied to blindness-specific
technology.

I look forward to the next one.
Regards,
Lynne

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chase Crispin" <chase.crispin at gmail.com>
To: <mm-friends at acbradio.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:56 PM
Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] thoughts on this week's episode


> Hi Mary,
> I agree with a lot of what you said.  We are considering how we can 
> cover this topic more in detail.  We appreciate your feedback on the show.
> Thanks,
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> Chase Crispin
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org
> [mailto:mm-friends-bounces at acbradio.org] On Behalf Of Mary Emerson
> Sent: Sunday, August 14, 2011 12:08 AM
> To: mm-friends at acbradio.org; Main Menu Friends list
> Subject: Re: [Mm-friends] thoughts on this week's episode
>
> Hi again list,
>
> I'm writing thoughts as I hear the podcast, so I hope this won't be 
> too disorganized.
>
> I love the Pac Mate QWERTY keyboard and am very comfortable with it. I 
> use it for reading files that require 40 cells, such as books of 
> poetry from various sources, recipe files, etc. I use the Apex for 
> braille reading; I love sitting outside reading a novel, and the Apex 
> is great for that, although I find it hard to get used to only 32 
> cells. I miss the advance bar and think Humanware could add an advance 
> bar to the Apex.
>
> I have the pac mate Omni set up in reverse advance mode, so that I can 
> read with one hand and keep the other hand on one of the advance 
> buttons.
>
> Third-party software: I've tried it on the pac mate and never liked 
> it; it was just too slow, or not compatible with the Omni.
>
> Music, NLs Bard, Audible.com, Learning Ally, Bookshare, and MP3 files: 
> I use a Victor Stream and am about to wear out my second one. It's 
> with me all the time and I find it works incredibly well. I even like 
> the monaural feature when the speed is set to 1; I'm deaf on one side 
> and can't hear stereo.
> Music sounds a little weird when the speed is at 1, but I've gotten 
> used to it and I'm not missing anything.
>
> PC: I use it for e-mail, file conversion to various formats, sound 
> editing, web surfing.
>
> Direction of note takers: If screen reader manufacturers could add a 
> few functions to screen readers that would make note taker 
> capabilities work, that would probably steer me away from note takers.
> The main one i'm thinking of is having screen readers translate and 
> speak grade two braille files. I love the pac mate, braille lite, and 
> Apex ability to vocalize braille files. If I'm doing something else 
> and can't read a grade 2 file in braille, it's great to have it speak 
> without worrying about back-translating it first.
>
> cell phone: I don't have one. As a retired person, I don't do a lot of 
> traveling and I don't commute any more, so I'll use a land line until 
> land lines go away.
>
> One aspect of note takers that wasn't mentioned is immediate access to 
> braille. I'm hearing-impaired, and really appreciate how braille use 
> is built into these devices, or can be added with separate braille
displays.
> These days there's so much emphasis on talking devices that the 
> deaf-blind community often gets left behind.
>
> I agree that note takers are not so-called ghetto devices; they have a 
> place in the blind community. It will be interesting to see where 
> things go in the future.
>
> Mary
>
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