[bct] Re: Book Port and Podcasts

  • From: "Jamie Pauls" <jamiepauls@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 12:06:30 -0600

When you say that the stereo channels being reversed will be fixed in the
next hardware, does that mean that I should wait to buy a BookPort, or will
this be available as a firmware upgrade? I've been wondering this for a


From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Neal Ewers
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 10:36 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Book Port and Podcasts 

Steve, the reason the bookport transfer is slower than simply copying the
file to the bookport as a drive is that the software is possibly doing
things like speeding up the sound, taking pauses out of spoken word files,
making it possible to skip to logical breaks in the spoken word file, etc.
You have some control over what the transfer software does.  It is slower,
but it can be nice depending on how you want to listen to the file you have
on the bookport.  One thing you will find is that the left and right audio
channels are reversed.  This will be changed in the new hardware at some
point.  I have also found that really loud files are sometimes distorted in
the bookport, but they have to be quite loud before this happens.  In other
words, you can have a really loud audio file, which is recorded just under
the distortion level and it might be distorted on the bookport.  Depending
on the kind of music you listen to, you may not even notice this.

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From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mary Emerson
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 10:06 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Book Port and Podcasts 

The book port comes with software that runs when you connect it to the PC. I
don't use that software too much since I find it's much easier to send files
directly to a compact flash card, and then put the card in the book port.
Compact flash card readers are very cheap and very small and very fast. I
find that the book port software is slower so I use the other method. Also,
I like to plug in one of the Olympus recorders and use it like a disk drive
and it's very fast also. It just depends on what you have, and the file
sizes, and the size of memory in your digital recorder if you have one.
Also, batteries get used up rather fast when you listen to MP3 files on a
book port; the battery life is a little longer with a regular digital
recorder. But you can't beat the book port for knowing where you are and
which file you're currently in, and navigating around in a file.

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