[bct] Re: Hello to all

  • From: "Vince Thacker" <vince@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 23:26:48 -0000

Hi Don,
Yes, I'm very happy to know that, so thanks. I'm wondering what the system requirements for Vista are going to be - I realise it's all up there at Microsoft as a beta but I haven't dared look at it too hard. As I'm about to buy a new PC to replace this 9-year-old antique, I need to get it right, and must eventually take a good look.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Don" <donter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 3:58 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Hello to all

Hi Vince,

You'll be happy to know that in the next version of Windows called Vista,
Narrator will use any SAPI-5 compliant speech engine, so you will have much
much better voices available to you than Sam which I agree is awful.

Don Barrett

-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Hope Povenmire Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 10:55 AM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: Hello to all

Hello Vince,
As I absolutely love culture, any podcast you record will be thoroughly
enjoyed; the river walk already sounds lovely. I love hearing the way other
people or countries, and cultures, live and go through their daily lives.
Ah, another lovely U.K. voice to add to the charm of BCT!
I know you were hesitant to mention you were a musician, but you have peaked
my interest. What sort of music do you compose/play? As a fellow musician,
and synth lover, it is wonderful to see there are others that enjoy music as
well as playing it. I currently own an Alesis qs8, and it is a beautiful
keyboard! It isn't as full of lovely things as the Kurzweils and some
others, but it has some amazing patches that I just cannot find anywhere
Ok, my apologies, I am going off on a Hope tangent again, and the main
reason for writing was to welcome you and to say hello. <smile> You'll
notice this is something I do often.



----- Original Message ----- From: Vince Thacker <mailto:vince@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 8:15 AM
Subject: [bct] Hello to all

Hi everyone

While it's relatively quiet, and my BlindCoolTech folder is actually
empty <gasp!>, I thought it would be good to introduce myself. I've already
pitched in to reply to one or two posts, but haven't said hello, so here

I'm Vince, living in Leicester, UK, a place about as land-locked as
you can get in the UK, about 150 miles north of London.

I first came across BlindCooleTech when Larry was demonstrating a
talking tape measure - hey, not computer stuff, I thought, that makes a
change! And Larry explained it all so thoroughly and calmly I ended up
wanting one.

Soon I was hearing about musicians with synaesthesia, audio
equipment, audio games, healing and all kinds of slices of life that
contributors let us share. I was pretty well hooked after a few podcasts and
have been astonished by the range and depth of it all. My podcatcher has 60
or so podcasts listed in it - too much stuff to listen to in any ordinary
week - and BlindCoolTech is always one of the must-listens.

Not sure whether I'll ever make a podcast myself, as I'm not sure
I've got that much to say, though ideas keep on popping up. For example,
even in this boring glove-making town in the Midlands, I'm living on top of
about 3,000 years of history and there might be something of interest there.
Also there are some good places to record environmental sound, like the
river walk I sometimes take into town. There again, this has become an
amazingly multi-cultural city, so there are Hindu festivals, and the
Caribbean Carnival and many more events.

And it's occurred to me that I might have a slightly different take
from some other people on accessibility issues. I'm in the process of losing
my sight, but still rely to some extent on my residual vision. I have to
re-learn all kinds of everyday tasks as I go. On the computer, factosrs such
as font sizes and colour contrasts are more important to me than they would
be to a totally blind person, so I need different coping strategies. So, who
knows, maybe I'll have plenty to talk about after all!

I don't have Jaws or Window Eyes or the likes yet, though I'm
starting to use speech-based software  more and more. When I get tired of
trying to read with my eyes I often paste text into ReadPlease and get it
spoken to me. If I'm desperate I even use Windows Narrator at times, with
the dreaded Microsoft Sam.

I'm almost reluctant to mention being a musical person, as it's such
a stereotype to be blind and musical! Anyway, there it is, and if I get set
up with my didgital recorder soon, I might convert some old cassettes of my
keyboard and synth stuff to digital format and send them off to Podsafe or

That's more than enough from this quarter, I'm sure. I'll look
forward to being part of this amazing group.

Good wishes,


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