[bct] Re: Microphone and visual verification scheme

  • From: "Darrell Shandrow" <nu7i@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 19:17:42 -0700

Hi Rick,

Please visit the following link:


Your support and that of other Blind Cool Tech listeners and readers will be 
hugely appreciated.


Darrell Shandrow - Shandrow Communications!
Technology consultant/instructor, network/systems administrator!
A+, CSSA, Network+!
Visit http://www.petitiononline.com/captcha and sign the Google Word 
Verification Accessibility Petition today!
Information should be accessible to us without need of translation by another 
Blind Access Journal blog and podcast: http://www.blindaccessjournal.com
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Rick Harmon 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 7:11 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: Microphone and visual verification scheme

  Hi Lisa,

  thanks for the advice, I was looking a Radio Shack earlier today.  Where do 
we sign the petition for google?


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Lisa Hall 
    To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 3:36 PM
    Subject: [bct] Re: Microphone and visual verification scheme

    Hi Rick,


    A few years ago I bought a microphone with a stand from Radio Shack and it 
uses 2 triple a batteries and it works fine on my computer. I don't have much 
equipment to work with in terms of digital recorders; however, I have used my 
PacMate BX 440 with braille display and braille keyboard with internal 
microphone to do the recordings. Usually it records in .wav format. In order 
for me to prepare the file to .mp3 format, I usually send the .wav file to 
Larry Skutchan and he converts the file for me to .mp3 format and puts it on 
the server. Usually I'll put the file on the server, send him a personal email 
regarding that file, and he will do the conversion. If I do another podcast in 
reference to braille which I love to do, I will try to get the courage to 
convert the file myself by using Sound Forge to convert it.

    I am still learning slowly but surely. I hope to be doing my own podcast 
soon. One of the barriers I am having is the lack of sighted assistance in 
setting up an account that requires the dreaded visual verification scheme that 
so many providers are utilizing. I wish that more companies would listen to our 
needs to have an alternative way of dealing with the graphical images of the 
code because our screen readers will not read them. It would be nice if an 
email was sent with the code inside the body of the text message that will 
benefit both deaf-blind and blind people who may not be able to understand the 
audio file that one provider is doing such as paypal and yahoo if I am not 
mistaken. If anyone has comments in reference to visual verification, let's 
encourage everyone to sign the petition that Darrell Shandrow have started in 
the campaign. It is my understanding that there are over 2 thousand signatures 
so far that will be prepared to be sent to CEO of Google. Let's get serious 
about this problem.


    Lisa Hall,

    Former Consultant for Adaptive Technology for Northwest Vista College, a 
college of the Alamo Community College District. 

    Web page: http://home.satx.rr.com/lisahall

    Phone: (210) 829-4571

    E-mail and MSN I.D.: lhall10@xxxxxxxxxxx







    From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rick Harmon
    Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 10:06 AM
    To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Subject: [bct] Microphone


    Hi all,


    I use Total Recorder Standerd and a cheap $9 microphone to make voice 
recordings and did a submission for BCT.  The problem is that on the playback 
the high end of the sound kind of sounds odd.  My question is, what microphone 
would you sugguest for use?  I don't want to spend $100 but would be willing to 
spend maybe up to $50 for a decient mic.





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