Matthew----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Hofstader" <chris.hofstader@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 8:14 AM Subject: RE: Scanner/Stuff...
The publisher can send the content of a book to whomever they choose, insideour outside the US. People like us, not in the publishing biz, are restricted by all sorts of copyright laws in the US and around the world which complicates the issue terribly. -----Original Message----- From: programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx[mailto:programmingblind-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Octavian RasnitaSent: Monday, May 12, 2008 10:38 AM To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: Re: Scanner/Stuff... I have never read a book from bookshare.org because I think that it costs money, while very many good books can be found for free. But, before bookshare started to give O'Reilly books, O'Reilly had a free service for the blind, and I received books from them. They created an FTP account where I could download the books I wanted, and before creating me that FPT account, I needed to send them a scanned paper that proves that I am a blind. They accepted my paper, even if I live in Romania, Europe, not USA. They told me that it is not a problem that I live in Romania, because they also had some romanian employees, and I think they use to accept those papers no matter the country. Octavian----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Hofstader" <chris.hofstader@xxxxxxxxxxx>To: <programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 2:36 PM 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 onus last week. It is expected to arrive by UPS mule by Thursday so Sue canstart the Drupal scanning project on Friday while I'm having a tattoo putonto my left forearm. Assuming we don't get bogged down in a lot of paperjams 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 protectionsafforded by BSO, NLS and the others runs into a possible copyright problemwith 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 tonof 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 theset, 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 forhours. 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 __________ View the list's information and change your settings at http://www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind__________ View the list's information and change your settings at http://www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind __________ NOD32 3093 (20080512) Information __________ This message was checked by NOD32 antivirus system. http://www.eset.com __________ View the list's information and change your settings at http://www.freelists.org/list/programmingblind __________ NOD32 3093 (20080512) Information __________ This message was checked by NOD32 antivirus system. http://www.eset.com
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