Dec 312010

For Christmas I gave Molly and Apple iPod touch 32 GB (4th Generation).
I have always personally written apple stuff off for me because of the touch screen.  I just didn’t think it would work too well with my very poor vision.  As it would turn out My old beloved Creative labs Zen W seems to be dying a slow death so I thought I’d look at Molly’s IPod.

After looking up accessibility for it I saw that they had a way to make the text large and reverse contrast which is what suits my needs best.  As a matter of fact my computer screen is white (or at least light text on a dark background now and that of course is how I have my browser set up to display pages.

I found the screen very readable on the IPod although I didn’t play with it for long since it’s her gift and I’m sure she wanted to play with her new toy!  When My old Zen finally dies I believe I’ll have to look closely at the Ipod because it seemed as it it would work well for me.  The other thing is it just makes sense for us so we could just bring one cable when we go someplace since it would work in both devices.

I haven’t tried it but I have also read voice features too which sound like they’d be helpful to me.  I am thankful a company would take the time to at least try to address accessibility in a mainstream product.

I do hope they’ve made some changes with the iTunes software for windows though, last time I had to look at that it was almost impossible for me to read.  That was a few years ago though and I only use windows when I have to so I haven’t tried it since then.

I really like how thin the IPod is.  It seems like it would be perfect to take to the gym which we will be doing regularly again soon.  I was pretty impressed with it for my first impression.

Feb 122009

Amazon’s new kindle 2 looks pretty intersting.  I’d consider getting one if I coud just see it first.  It seems like you can change the text size on it so that might just be the perfect thing for me but I’d like to see it in person too so I can tell whether the contrast is good for me.

It also seems to includee a feature to read     the book to you.  That to me is huge and could give other low vision users the freedom to have a book read to them when they want.  Sure there are other options but this just seems so convieniant. It could allow sigted people to listen to a book while doing something else too where reading it isn’t really an option.

This is where the shit comes in.  A group that represents writers is saying having the device read the book outloud violates copyright.  Thanks autheor’s guild.  Isn’t it enough that you can only use the book you bought on the kindle?  You want me to have to buy it to read on the kindle then buy a seperate audio book?  How about if I buy neither instead?

I just love when greed gets in the way of innovation.

 Posted by at 9:54 AM
Jan 102009

Well I had a Delorme pn-40 which I liked a lot.  It had good accuracy from what I could tell but I never really got the chance to use it.  The first time I got very short battery life.  I returned it and they repaired it.  The second time I got it back and it just didn’t power on.  Then I  received it again and If I had to guess I put the batteries in backwards and it didn’t work.  The markings are all but impossible for me to see.  I am returning it for a refund which I’m very disappointed to do but I just don’t see it working out for me.

It seemed to be on par with my Garmin 60csx as far as getting and holding a lock on satellites.   The screen is smaller but very bright and clear and I could see it just as well as the 60csx.  I will surly consider any other gps Delorme may come out with.  The best thing about it is the maps are included with the gps unlike some of the other hand held gpsrs where they are an aditional cost (and not cheap.)

Jan 072008

I just saw that Garmin is releasing a new gps.  From what I read they may have actually improved over the 60csx.  I think I will be getting on as soon as I can.  I’m looking forward to playing with it.

The best thing about it is the fact that it seems to support paperless caching better by having the cache writeup and previous logs right on the gps.  That means we wouldn’t have to use the ipaq for caching which would be a good thing since Molly has a habit of letting the battery die completely in it.

Garmin Colorado 400t Handheld GPS Unit with US Topographic Preloaded Maps