[bct] Re: Hello to all

  • From: "Don" <donter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 19:32:57 -0500

Well, get at least 512 megabytes of RAM and should be fine, but a gig would
be ideal; just my opinion, I have no inside knowledge regarding Vista.  Good
luck with the upgrade.

Don
 

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Vince Thacker
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2006 6:27 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Hello to all

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.

Vince.
----- 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
> else.
> 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.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Hope
>
> ----- 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
> goes.
>
> 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
> similar.
>
> That's more than enough from this quarter, I'm sure. I'll look
> forward to being part of this amazing group.
>
> Good wishes,
> Vince
>
>
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