Re: Scanner/Stuff...

Yes I'm always the person you believe me to be, and what a delight you must be to work with. but again, this doesn't change the fact that you're posts are often off topic consisting of ramblings, irrelevant name droppings, and verbose retrospective looks at a long gone part of your past. The message below is a prime example. Please re-read your messages before posting them and ask yourself: "is this directly programming related?" If your first thoughts is "not really," please don't post or ask your question in a different and direct manner. I realize the truth is very hard to take sometimes, but I'm only trying to help you as you probably post similar messages elsewhere.


Sincerely,

Matthew
----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Hofstader" <chris.hofstader@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 7:53 AM
Subject: RE: Scanner/Stuff...


Mathew,

The only truly succinct question I can come up with right now is: are you
always an asshole or is it something you turn on and off?

To be succinct about the vagaries of international copyright law and a
method for distributing scanned books to our friends outside of the US is
impossible as there is a lot of ambiguity in the laws, treaties, UN
Convention on Human Rights and people with Disabilities, ASEAN and many more
trade agreements ranging from GATT, NAFTA, African League, WTO etc.
governing this sort of thing.  I want to hear suggestions rather than
precise answers to a query without a definite answer as there is no pure
answer to the highly inexact notions I posed.

Ho ho,
cdh

-----Original Message-----
From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Matthew2007
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 9:52 AM
To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Scanner/Stuff...

It would definitely be to your advantage if you were more succinct and asked

a more direct question. What exactly do you need help with?

Matthew
----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Hofstader" <chris.hofstader@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 4:36 AM
Subject: Scanner/Stuff...


Hi Guys,

My parents are in town so I'm fairly distracted from vocational and other
programming related tasks.  I did, however, manage to find a scanner with
a
document feeder (they used to call these sheet feeders, were consumers
stupid enough to think they had something to do with bedding or is using
the
more sophisticated term a way to hit me up for an additional $25 or so by
making me think it's a device far more interesting than something that
simply scans sheets of paper - which, in fact, is what I want it to do).

I bought a new Canon from the low end of their "professional" line which
wasn't terribly expensive and only slightly slower than the one that died
on
us last week. It is expected to arrive by UPS mule by Thursday so Sue can
start the Drupal scanning project on Friday while I'm having a tattoo put
onto my left forearm. Assuming we don't get bogged down in a lot of paper
jams and other scanning hell, we should have the book done by sometime on
Saturday.

This brings me to a minor conundrum - currently Bookshare.org is my most
profitable client (the amount I earn from my different projects varies on
a
monthly basis depending upon how much attention I can devote to a gig and
the project's level of urgency).  I want, therefore, to promote BSO
subscriptions to help defray the cost of the work they pay me to perform
and
to help keep the non-profit running smoothly as possible.

At the same time, I don't want to exclude our friends outside the US from
having access to this and other books on programming and technology that
we
process.  Also, any web site that posts the book without the protections
afforded by BSO, NLS and the others runs into a possible copyright problem
with the publisher as, although we claim it is intended for blind people
only, we have no way of protecting the content to ensure that proof of a
print disability has been proffered before we share the book.

I'm open to all sorts of ideas, please make suggestions.

Yesterday, I spent an additional $250 on a birthday gift for my twin niece and nephew. I got them the Lego robotics starter kit which includes a ton
of really neat features (you can read about it at lego.com), there are at
least a half dozen books on Amazon describing projects one can make with
the
set, loads of add on parts, the ability to write code on a PC and download it to your bot and so many other very cool features that I could write for
hours.

The kids were first introduced to these Legos as part of their charter
school program that brought them to MIT for two hours per week, one hour
on
robotics using the kit I got for them and the other on crypt-analysis and
code breaking.  Where were such programs when I was eleven years old?

On a more topic based question, though, if I recall from my own childhood,
Lego bricks and other pieces were highly tactile - does anyone know of
blind
kids using this kit to make their own robots?  Does anyone know of any
trials with children with vision impairment and such a kit?  I'm curious
to
learn if it could be fit into a middle school course for budding blind
hackers.

Enjoy,
cdh

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