[Mm-friends] low tech
techlynne46 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 5 18:16:08 CEST 2016
Agreed. . the show was positively packed with great info!
Keep up the excellent work, Main Menu Gang!
From: Mary Emerson via Mm-friends
Sent: Monday, September 05, 2016 2:41 PM
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Cc: Mary Emerson
Subject: [Mm-friends] low tech
I really enjoyed this past week's show, having received the podcast this
morning. Thanks for such a great show about low tech!
I still have some older technology, and I think there's still a place
for it. For example, I've been an optacon user for forty years; the
optacon is a device that can be used to read print, although you need to
know the shapes of print characters to use it. It uses a camera that you
move across a page, computer screen, or other item with print on it; the
camera sees the image of each character, and sends it to vibrating reeds
that pop up on a small plate; the reeds form the image shapes on the
plate, and you feel them with one finger. I've used the optacon to read
buttons and dials on appliances. For example, my microwave has a flat
panel; I used the optacon to read the panel, row by row. I knew what
everything on each row was for, and where to put the stick-on dots.
Although optacons aren't manufactured any more, mine has served me well.
In fact, I used it to read computer screens during the first fifteen
years of my career. I used it to learn the keyboard that came with my
first PC. A couple years ago I got a Crosely Princess phone, a replica
of the ones that came out in the 1960s, but with modern electronics
inside. Instead of the old rotary dial, buttons are arranged in a
circle. The optacon came in handy because the pound and star are before
the number 1, and the numbers are arranged counter-clockwise, similar to
the old rotary phones. I put stick-on dots on some buttons to help with
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