Posts Tagged ‘technology’

I am thankful for…

February 21, 2012

My eyes.

As bad as my eyesight is getting as I get older, at least I can still actually see.

I was reading this article on the BBC web site today and it made me realize just how lucky I am, and how much I take my sight for granted. I’d never really thought about the problems a sightless person would have using a touch screen device until I read this.

And whilst that article covers the input problem, it does not really address the output problem, although it seems there are already a good many braille readers out there that can be used with iPhones and iPads. Even so, I cannot even begin to imagine how hard it must be to use touch screen devices when you cannot see.

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Don’t…

February 7, 2009

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Buy an Archos video player. We bought one for my wife last year for when she is traveling. It’s not actually been used yet but I was trying to record some TV programs for her this weekend for an upcoming trip and the bloody thing died with what I can only call ‘the white screen of death’.
I managed to get it working after missing half an hour of the program I was trying to record and it lost pretty much everything on there, including wiping the saved videos from the SD card I had in there.

So it’s gone off to be repaired. Thankfully we bought an extended warranty for the thing so no questions asked but it’s a nuisance all the same and if it’s not reliable, what’s the point of it. Seems the error codes (101, 102) it throws is pretty common too.

It’s a shame because it’s a nice unit otherwise and the screen is much easier to see than an iPod Touch, but as I say, if it’s not reliable, what’s the point.

Bloody technology!

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February 6, 2009

An oldie but a good one…