January 31st, 2008

Bruce, Caroline

RelationSinkingShips

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Poll #1130549 Can You Relate?

Are you currently in a relationship?

Yes, a vibrant, happy one.
6(75.0%)
Yes, but it is in jeopardy.
0(0.0%)
Sort of, it might best be termed a close association.
1(12.5%)
No, but I want one.
1(12.5%)
No, and I'm not looking for one.
0(0.0%)

If you are currently in a relationship, how would you label it?

marriage
5(55.6%)
living together
0(0.0%)
engaged
0(0.0%)
dating
3(33.3%)
not in a relationship
1(11.1%)
other, please specify in comments
0(0.0%)

Excluding any relationship in which you may or may not be at present, how many relationships have you been in before?

none
1(11.1%)
1
3(33.3%)
between 2 and 4
3(33.3%)
between 5 and 10
2(22.2%)
more than ten, and you know how many
0(0.0%)
too many to count
0(0.0%)

What is the most important thing to remember for a healthy relationship in 250 characters or less?

What do you like about camping?

campfires/roasting wieners and marshmallows
1(11.1%)
singing silly campfire songs.
0(0.0%)
sleeping on the ground with a tree root or rock pocking into your back.
0(0.0%)
getting hammered
0(0.0%)
making out behind the trees
0(0.0%)
making new friends
0(0.0%)
having to hike a mile and a half if you want to do anything at all
0(0.0%)
swimming
1(11.1%)
It's so much funpeeing behind a thorn bush, then falling into that thorn bush and spending the rest of the weekend picking thorns out of sensitive body parts.
0(0.0%)
Absolutely nothing, there is no such thing as an enjoyable part of camping, give me a hotel.
2(22.2%)
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Bruce, Caroline

A Promising Service

I am a dedicated user of the JAWS screen access program from Freedom Scientific. But while JAWS is still very much my screen reader or choice, and I absolutely don't see that changing, I have to give credit where credit is due. A company called Serotek has teamed up with a new nonprofit organization called The AIR Foundation to make its screen-access-over-the-web product available free of charge. This is a big thing, because now I could walk up to many computers, plop myself down, and get the computers talking. While the big screen reader companies, namely Freedom Scientific and GW Micro haven't taken Serotek particularly seriously in the past, they're going to have to sit up and take notice, because they are able to offer, free of charge, some of what we are now paying many hundreds of dollars for. There's a fair bit this product will not do, or will not do as well as the competition, but there's also an awful lot that it will do, and will do well. This alliance, and the competition it will bring, will only be a good thing for blind people, I think, not to mention the opportunities that are being made available. From a personal standpoint, I don't particularly like the idea of getting accessibility through charity, but that's a personal thing and not one I'm going to let my pride make me lose sleep over.