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.



February 7, 2009


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!

Medieval Help desk

February 6, 2009

An oldie but a good one…