Hi Joni and welcome to the list. I too am very inexperienced at digital
recording, but love all the podcasts. I have set my homepage in Internet
Explorer to the Blind Cool Tech website. I actually got to take a tour of
the American Printing House for the Blind a long time ago and it's a neat
place. To answer your question about talking ATM's, yes there is Braille on
the machine itself. The keypad has raised markings on it. This is true of
all Bank One ATM's, but I'm not sure about other ones. To activate the
speech, you need to bring along a headset of your own. I heard on another
list that the bank will supply headsets upon request, but I have forgotten
the number to call. Anyway, plug the headset in and the speech starts. On both my visits to a Bank One talking ATM, the spoken instructions were very easy to follow. The speech was clear, and quite sexy! The instructions contained a very good orientation to the machine, and I could tell exactly how to make my transactions. The keys emitted tones when pressed, and in some cases the function or number entered was spoken. When I entered my PIN, only beep tones were emitted. I have heard that some blind people are opposed to talking ATM's, but if one strives to be independent I should think these would come in quite handy.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Joni Colver" <joni.colver@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, 27 November, 2005 8:22 AM
Subject: [bct] Intro and thanks
I have been listening to BCT podcasts for several months but just joined this list. I have enjoyed so many of the podcasts that I could never remember everyone's name to say thanks. It has been so much fun sharing slices of life experiences with people from all over the world.
Neal I really liked your In The Well podcast. You did an excellent job of describing lots of sensory experiences and your description of being in the well was a unique perspective. I hope you will let us know when the second edition of your book is available. I also enjoyed hearing the story read by you.
Jeff I enjoyed walking in the Minnesota snow with you and meeting your wife. I share her enthusiasm for roller coasters. For anyone who likes coasters, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is a must visit. They have over a dozen coasters and some of them are truly awesome! The amusement park is on Lake Eerie and you can stay at hotels very close to the gates of the park. The last time my husband and I were there we went parasailing which was a blast too.
Lynette I have heard about talking ATMs but never actually heard one demonstrated. I would love to use one of them. How do you activate the speech in a talking ATM? Are any of the keys Brailled or is the keypad fairly straightforward and easy to intuit? I have never even examined an ATM, just stood by while my husband did transactions.
I love the sound seeing tours and career casts. I am not experienced with digital recording in any way, shape or form, but maybe one day I will be brave enough to try to learn what so many of you all seem to know so well. In the meantime, I look forward to visiting the BCT website every day to see what is new and listening to the podcasts I download on my Book Port.
I enjoyed Robert Carter's demonstration of the BrailleNote GPS. I would love to hear a description and demonstration of the Trekker if anyone out there is using one. It seems like the least expensive GPS option for the blind that I am aware of, which is why I am considering buying it.
My husband and I have lived in Nashville, Tennessee, for the past twenty years but we are planning to move to Florida in the spring to live near my family. This year my job of twenty years at a local hospital was outsourced. I am now doing medical transcription for the company the work was outsourced too and so my job is portable, which is one nice factor in many bad factors in losing a 20-year job.
Thanks Larry for hosting the website and thanks to everyone who adds podcasts and makes it such an irresistible place to visit.