In doing some cleaning out of storage spaces recently, I came across ten reels of magnetic tape with no labels on them. My parents had given them to me several years ago when they were cleaning up.
I was fortunate to be able to listen to there contents thanks to a friend who still has a working tape deck capable of playing them. These tapes were recorded when I was a teenager. It is amazing to hear sounds that were recorded over forty years ago. I heard one piece of a recording that continued the voice of my Mother as well as my Grandmother. It is almost like bringing those memories totally alive.
I wonder if the feelings I experience are similar to those that one experiences when looking at old photographs. I definitely think so. There is a resonance a feeling of excitement as if one is living out history. When I think of the countless hours that we spend interacting with each other that never get recorded, it makes me think about how special the glimpses and small pieces that we do record, which make that impact which is timeless. Listening to the history of my childhood got me to thinking about a cassette tape that we had made of our children at Christmas in 1996. I found it and played it, and was truly amazed at how memories were rekindled. Memories are not to be hidden behind but held up as milestones to be cherished.
In my quest to move all my activities to the Mac one of the first items that needed to be handled was an accessible Twitter client. Although I am not a power user, the number of people that I follow on Twitter has crossed the three thousand mark. This means that there is a need for a precise filtering mechanism that permits one to take a Twitter stream of over Twenty Thousand tweets a day and quickly glean the high priority Tweets.
I chose Vienna version 2.3.4.
This solution is totally accessible with VoiceOver and permits one to specify the RSS entries for each person that I wish to filter. Once the RSS entry has been added to the list to follow one can group various RSS entries into smart search folders which facilitates grouping of tweets by category.
The coolest thing about this solution is that one can actually see the web based twitter post and respond to it directly within Vienna.
I remember in the late 90’s buying a Palm Pilot for my wife because it was the latest thing out there for organizing one’s life! Organizing is a very general term and definitely means that the Palm Pilot could claim to be a general device.
The razor blade concept was just as true for the Palm Pilot at that time as for the razor manufactures. I think we spent more on replacement pens for that Palm in the first year than the entire cost of the Palm Pilot and it’s accessories. WIth the iPhone we now have a device that is one thousand times more powerful than the original Palm. And to think that it is totally accessible to the Blind is absolutely awesome!!!
For as long as I can remember I have marveled at the various methods we employ in an effort to stay in touch with our world. I remember the first time I saw a bible. I was amazed at how many pages were in the compact book that I held in my hands as a child.
I received my first new testament in the third grade from my grandparents. The new testament in Braille consists of four volumes. Each volume is at least three times thicker and four times longer and wider than that first printed bible I was shown. I asked someone to show me how much thickness was taken up by the new testament in the printed bible and was shocked at how few pages were used. That same year when I was in third grade I visited a library which had a Braille Encyclopedia that required five book shelves to hold it and was over a hundred Braille volumes.
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Thanks for stopping by. I’m Kevin Fjelsted, and I’m glad to meet you. I’m excited about connecting with you and hope you’ll say hello either here on my blog or on your favorite social community site. Community matters to me, and you’re part of it.
I’m a guy who likes people, all kinds of technology, and the possibilities created when the two combine. I’m a business entrepreneur which lets me use my passion and interests to help people everyday. I’m a problem-solver, and I’ve been known to tame computers of all kinds, including the old reliable punch card IBM and Control data antiques of the 1960’s and 70’s, modern Macintosh and Microsoft technologies, esoteric cell phones, and strange but still usable palm pilots. I love to work on voice over IP phone systems and make them sing.
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