[bct] Re: Hey Larry

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 07:27:45 -0600

The program was called Pro-word, it might have been Pro-Words, I don't
remember.  I used it with my apple 2plus, Apple 2, and my 
Apple 2gs.  It was a great program that not only did exactly what I
needed it to do, but did it very quickly.  So, Larry is very much ahead
of the curve.
 

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of randy gilkey
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 6:58 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Hey Larry


Hey Larry Randy here, I wanted to ask you a question.  Do you remember 
a computer program for the apple2e called words?  I think I am wanting 
to relive my childhood or something, I was reading some old rdc news 
letters on the net, and I saw a mention of a program that you wrote 
called words.  This issue was from 1985 you were probably in your late 
20s like I am now.  I'm not a computer programmer like yourself, but I 
used to use an old apple 2e and the echo plus software in school.  I 
sometimes wish I could have owned that system it was pretty great for 
the time.  Back to rdc for a minute, it also mentioned Compuserve and 
getting on line.  I know computers have changed allot over the years, 
but in a way their still the same.  I know we can use allot more 
mainstream software now days, but it still seems we must still use some 
kind of special software to make it work.  It seemed like back in the 
80s different computers excelled at different things.  For example the 
old commodore 64 could do some nice music, the apple was used allot in 
the blindness community and you had the Tandy and ibm and all of the 
other's.  Now their's only three different operating systems, I wonder 
why.  I mean I know their are other's besides the three but you never 
here about them.  What if you could design a computer from the ground 
up that was built for blind people.  I mean you could make it so a 
sighted person could use it also, but what if you wrote the operating 
system and the software all for blind folks like us.  The computer 
could have all of the things we use now, but it could be optimized for 
blind folks.  Imagine a computer Ware the whole thing works and all of 
your programs have speech and Braille, and their was an accessible 
recording package and dvd and every thing Else that a blind computer 
user would want.  I know such a computer would be expensive at first, 
but think about it for a minute, google is getting ready to make a low 
cost computer with their own operating system.  I know I'm rambling a 
bit I just have Ben thinking about my computer past and present.  I 
have only Ben using a computer for about a year now, I used to have the 
apple in school.  When I graduated in 1994 I did not mess with a 
computer again until November of 2004.  I had a friend of mine download 
the 40 minute demo of jaws and I haven't looked back.  My state rehab 
is getting ready to help me get jaws and cakewalk and the cake talking 
scripts for my recording studio which is not accessible to me yet.  My 
cousin is helping me with it now, but I don't know we are kind of going 
in different directions and I'm going to have to learn how to run the 
recording software myself.  I'm a little nervous to say the least, what 
if I have a major crash during an important session, and then I can't 
see the screen to fix the problem.  Oh well I just wanted to wrap a 
little with you all, and tell you what is going threw my blind 
computing mind.  Talk to you soon.

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