[access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips

Never heard of that one either, guess I am too young *smile*!

Eleanor
----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Leake" <paul.leake@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 10:44 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips


i remember the lavender david, a cheaper version to the perkins with poorer braille but a lot lighter and very unreliable. it ought to be in the museum
though!

Cheers

Paul

paul.leake@xxxxxxxxxxxx
----- Original Message ----- From: "David Russell" <david.russell8@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 10:35 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips


I still have my old Eureka somewhere and I bet Jackie has more than one
Talking Teletext.

I also may still have a rather plasticky braille machine called a
Lavender.
Who remembers those?


David

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf
Of Jackie Cairns
Sent: 10 July 2009 20:37
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips


Such a conversation about a possible access tech museum is being debated
on
the BCAB list today Carol.  I really think that such a display or museum
is
a winner if people are prepared to give up any access technology they no
longer want, and would like to see being displayed somewhere.  I bet each
of
us has something we could donate?


Jackie Cairns
Braille Specialist
Email: Jackie.Cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sight and Sound Technology Ltd
Welton House North Wing
Summerhouse Road
Moulton Park
Northampton
NN3 6WD
Telephone: 01604 798024
Fax: 01604 798090
Web: www.sightandsound.co.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of
Carol Pearson
Sent: 10 July 2009 13:58
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips

Well, George has already given me the best laugh about Louis Wolfson,
Jackie!  I didn't think too much either but was persuaded to buy his
product
once the tapes were available, supposedly to back up the machine.  He
didn't
tell me how many times they'd just fail!  I lived very near to where he
was
living at that time and someone told him about me ... so I got caught!
<Grins>

Then of course there was the Libra which never went for very long without
braille cells giving trouble ... and that poor guy would travel miles to
try
to oblige ...  I didn't know until very late on that he'd gone bust
either!
(The case of the Libra was good though and I still have it!  Oh, what's
more, DR DOS on that machine did things DOS never did!)

Mike's just shouting Versabraille at me.  He was a great fan!

Hey, anyone want to make money by collecting these things and making a
museum available for people to visit!  <Grins>

Now I'd best stop my input to this thread or I just dare not tell you what
I
think George might do!  ...

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Carol
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---- Original Message ----
From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2009 12:21 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips

Hi Carol

I remember the BrailleWriter, or whatever it was called, with the
toilet roll holder on the back as I crudely named it! (smile).  Didn't
think much of the guy who supported it though ... Lewis Woolfson or
something?


Jackie Cairns
Braille Specialist
Email: Jackie.Cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sight and Sound Technology
Ltd Welton House North Wing Summerhouse Road Moulton Park Northampton
NN3 6WD
Telephone: 01604 798024
Fax: 01604 798090
Web: www.sightandsound.co.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Carol Pearson
Sent: 10 July 2009 10:22
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips

Ah!  What about the old handframe???  Come on folks, some of us can
still do that when we want to!

I really thought the BBC and its word processor was good for its time
...
Oh, then that Braillewriter.  The one good thing with that was its
little onboard printer - excelllent for a printed shopping list to put
quickly into someone's hand!
<Smiles>

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Carol
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---- Original Message ----
From: "Iain Lackie" <ilackie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 11:09 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips

Many years ago I used an Optacon every day of my working life. It was
hard labour using it to read a video display unit and of course it
was impossible to type and read at the same time. However, having
said that, I wouldn't have been able to do my job at that time
without it. Iain

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From: "JILLIAN GRANT" <geordiecompuser@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 9:25 PM
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips


Funnily enough, on the BCAB list, they've been talking about
Braillen print machines.  But now the subject has moved on.
Does this phrase ring any bells for anyone, baring in mind it wount
sound right.

"Ready master."

That's what the thread's moved onto, the Vincent workstation.  I
used this so much in my primary school days.
One more thing I've mentioned on that list.  Did anyone own or use a
Brother AX20 which had the speech box attached?  I got 1 and as an
immature 9 year old used to love to get it to swear.  But the
funniest one was its pronunciation of Hazel, Hazzel.
lastly, who learned to use the Opticon?  I tried and failed
miserably with it.  I actually had to train 2 fingers as my index
finger had some sort of injury when I first started.  Just as well
that I did though.  My fingers were just too sensative to the pins
and they used to hurt after a while. I wasn't very good at tracking
with the camera either, and some lettters were difficult to decipher
as well. was glad to give it up.
they cost £3000, and those not in the know were convinced they'd be
great when shopping etc.  My parents had to go through charities to
get 1, and that was true for the AX20 too. Jill.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kulvinder" <kbhogal1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 6:53 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips


Wow, all that brings back some memories.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "JILLIAN GRANT" <geordiecompuser@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 6:14 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Technology Now & Then for Vips


I don't use my perkins much nowadays but it has its uses for things
like labelling cds.  I know there's the dymo gun, but I like to use
all the contractions available to me and of course the dymo gun
doesn't have them all.  I did try with the dymo tape and adaptor
but the tape used to fall through no matter how tight I pulled it,
so dots didn't come out very well for me.  I use the sticky back
plastic sheets and get someone to cut the lines out for me then I
cut the labels.  I write as many words as I can on each line.
that may be a few album titles or just 1.
I still have my old tandy talking clock.  It's 25 years old or so
and I guess if I put batteries in it should still work.  I don't
though as it takes 3.
quaint and dated  though it may sound, I love it.  I used to have
the sharp talking calculator, the 1 with the alarm and timer and
all that on it.  would love to have 1 of those again, plus the
Sharp talking clock  and the Vox talking watch, though I bet
there's few  of  those left. They were so fragile. Jill.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony Sweeney" <deirton711@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "access-uk" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 12:36 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Technology Now & Then for Vips


Hi All,

I'm intrigued with recent posts re technology on lists which have
assisted us over the last while!

This kind of question has , in different approaches appearred on
other listts also!

Trust that George is with this.

 The good old Perkins has stood the test of time!

Great machine and it is/has  beenng upgraded!

Great product!

Any other product or device which stands the test of time
"technology related" it would bee glad to hear about!
Let's not forget before!

Simple and swift reply!

Many thanks

Tony

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