Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Assistive tech update

So I finally got around to learning some python not to long ago. My python skills are still pretty basic. Hopefully I can get good enough with it to crank out some text to speech software for autistics. The software will probably end up being open source.

On the hardware side of things. Once I can afford it, I want to get an Asus EEE PC. Those are small enough that they might make good text to speech devices. Also, the newest flavor can apparently run for 5 to 7 hours. The other thing I want to look at is a PDA that can run linux. That would be sweet. Although a small laptop would be more convenient for entering text. Inputting text on my Palm PDA is a bit of a pain.

Thats about it. I will keep you updated.

Monday, September 1, 2008

It's that time of the year folks. It's "lets pity those poor unfortunate cripple kids day".....err the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon. So get get out your credit cards to help pay the high priced salaries of the executives at the MDA.... I mean, those poor children suffering from muscular dystrophy. Seriously though. The MDA, their telethon and Jerry Lewis can all burn in hell. For years disability activists have been complaining about how the telethon is demeaning to people with disabilities. I personally haven't ever seen an MDA telethon. But, I plan on watching it this year. I will probably write a blog about it.