blind_html Re: my concerns with bookshare and Humanware

  • From: "Nimer Jaber" <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blind_html@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 22:58:55 -0600

I fully agree with your statements here. Humanware is out there for profit,
and bfore anyone tells me that all companies are out there for that, I
understand. There is a difference, though, between profit and cheating. The
Bn is one of the most out of date piece of shit. It used to be a good
device, the operative phrase here is used to. The disk space is small, the
browser is out of date, the hardware sucks, and every time they come out
with a new update, people are forced into a hardware upgrade. How about they
do it right? I mean, look at the icon here. It is much cheaper and does a
zillion more things than a BN will ever do.

Nimer J

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[mailto:blind_html-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Paul Tandy
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 22:33
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Subject: blind_html my concerns with bookshare and Humanware

Hi all, I wrote this before I knew when keysoft 8 was coming out.  
So in other words, it's kind of old.  I sent it it Humanware.  It 
was directed at them.  It's kind of mean I know, but I'm not 
rhrhrhrhrhreeeeeely happy with their service and things like 

If ya all want, I can send ya all the What's wrong with Humanware 
thingy I wrote again to refresh your memory.


Hi, my friend and I and many people all think the same about your 

You guys don't care about your customers.  For, your going to put 
bookshare on keysoft 8? How are we suppose to un-zip the zipped 
books right now with bns?
I suppose your probably thinking, why don't you just un-zip them 
with your pc?

Just to let you be informed, a lot of  people that use bns do not 
have a computer to un-zip the files.  Yes, I know that we have 
the old bookshare site, but,  it's not being up-dated with the 
latest books and newspapers.  For how are deaf-blind users 
suppose to know about the modern day issues? Are they just going 
to have to pay for keysoft 8 and pay a ton of money just to have 
accessibility to bookshare? And what about all those people that 
are losing their jobs? How are they suppose to pay for keysoft 8? 
They don't have that kind of money.  And for the classic bn 
users, i assume that some of them don't have that kind of money 
already.  Maybe that's why they haven't upgraded their bns to 
keysoft 7.5.  Have you ever once thought of that?

I, however am a person that just has my Bn.  I don't have a 
personal computer to un-zip the files with.  And also, I am one 
of those people who can't afford new upgrades for my bn.  AM I 
just going to have to wait until I have enough money for keysoft 
8? But what am I suppose to do til then? Am I just suppose to 
wait and take the braille notes advice?
The bn always sayseaplease
wait.  please wait.  You know, we've been waiting for keysoft 8 
since last fall.

I understand you guys would like to make money with your 
products.  But do you feel for those who suffer? I don't believe 
your company does.  That's one of the things  I like about 
gwmicro.  They really care for their customers and warn  them of 
up-coming events.  Oh, I wish Humanware could do that.  You guys 
used to care.  Why don't you care any more? Is it because your 
company has to much pride in your unit of the braille note? If 
that's the reason, let me tell you that your unit has it's little 
share of bugs.  I'm not saying that every computer is perfect, 
but I'm saying there's a pretty long list of bugs on your 

Did you know that gwmicro makes a product called the braille 
sense? It's cheaper than a braille note and you know? It actually 
works with bookshare.

You need to fix this  for all the bn family including the 
classics.  Other companies are fixing this problem.  For right 
now, no one knows when keysoft 8 is coming out.  It could be a 
week, month or even a year.  If you don't care for your customers 
than why do you make products like the braille note? Oh, that's 
right, just to make some money.
I understand you have your products, but honestly, why can't you 
just put bookshare on the m-powers and the classics? Is it 
because you can't? No it's not, I believe that you can.  Can't 
yMake it another build or something? You made build 29 for 
keysoft 7.5 free.  So why can't you make a build 30, so we can 
access bookshare? Or make a build for the classics too.  I 
believe you should make this build for free.

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