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Diary of a Blind Madman

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nanowrimo 2010

One of those days seems to be shaping up.


It is entirely too exhausting working at a computer with none of the modifications on my home computer. I find that I need at a minimum, a screen magnifier. The reader is somewhat of a luxury for me but I have become quite accustomed to it. I am limping through word processing by doing more typing than reading and by pumping the font in Word up to 110. I hate trying to read one word at a time. It is very hard for me to keep the sense of a sentence while plowing through a word at a time.

In a way the problem I am having with reading is related to my problem listening to talking books. It is happening at such a slow speed that my mind can't throttle down to handle it.

I don't want to live the rest of my life at this speed.

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What kind of computer are you using? WHich OS? (Windows 2000 and XP have a very rudimentary screen-magnifier on them.)

Also, have you been told about the talking-book tape machines that not only have variable speed (which most of them do) but also speech-compression to mitigate the "chipmunk effect"?

My computer at work is an NT 4.0 600mz machine with 128m memory. JAWS from Henter-Joyce will be installed once the budget comes through. Probably add Zoom Text and a refreshable braille 80-column display. Unfortunately it takes a while for that to wend its way through the bureaucracy.

I have a variable speed player from the Wolfson Library, but chipmunk chat is the rule. I have it set as fast as it can deal with and still be comprehensible but it is still unbearably slow. It now takes me days of every-spare-minute listening to get through books I could have once read on my lunch hour. Frustrating. My braille studies are progressing, but I understand that 200wpm is fast for a braille reader. I used to top 1900 wpm. *sigh*

My whole life is in slow motion these days.


That is frustrating.

Sometimes adding speech compression can help up the speed of tapes.
Unfortunately, I don't recall how much the little boxes cost.
I think they can be had from The American Printing House for the Blind.

But in either case, good luck in dealing with the continuing frustrations of bureaucracies and being forced to slow down too much.

I can only imagine what ring of hell that would be like.

On the technical side, you could try some voice recognition software and let your voice carry the text, making the usual bungles and letting spellcheck or what have you manage the rest.

Otherwise, best wishes in coping.

VR is a good idea, but for some reason, most rehab places regard it as superfluous... go figure. On the input side, I type fairly fast still (30wpm as opposed to my old 65+) so I can get by once I get the cursor positioned. It is the reading that is making me bats. I'm one of those paperback-a-week types who lived in front of my computer while not reading (and sometimes while reading). If I did anything else in my life my inability to read wouldn't be such a blow.


Thanx for the suggestion...

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Sadly, I am my only resource. Everybody else in the building has a job too. While nobody in the world is busy every minute of the day, who can take me on as a task? I can't see getting somebody to read my screen to me... under what circumstances and for how many hours a day? It is an odd situation, but hardly an unusual one. There must be some solutions...

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