Digitizing audio cassettes and extracting the contents of digital cartridges.
Linux for blind general discussion
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Wed Sep 13 17:49:27 UTC 2017
The one thing I heard over and over again from humanware when they created
the new digital players for NLS is seniors.
They assumed that all patrons were older, something I thought was goofy
since I have been a member going back to age 7.
In fact that is part of why I am so surprised by all the bard focus.
I am not a smart phone user, the digital voices make me dizzy. I do not
belong to bard either, but for different reasons.
Speaking only for myself, I prefer my cassette player, knowing from nls
that not all titles in the collection will be converted, and I find time
and time again something I need for research only exists on tape,
sometimes even on disc. To me tapes sound better as well.
But that is me. I am no senior, but can honestly say almost all tech
stuff mobile wise is not accessible for me. I am sure I am not alone in
the nls population either.
On Wed, 13 Sep 2017, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> I'm not sure this is a safe assumption. Sure, when you're on a list like
> this, it seems that everyone has a mobile device, but how many Talking Book
> subscribers fall into this category? Talking Books are for everyone and not
> just tech savvy people. I think the NLS places a premium on ease of use and
> durability, and I'm not sure the current product doesn't deliver on this
> admirably. As others have mentioned, just as with the cassette players, you
> can get more mobile options from other vendors.
> On 09/13/2017 07:45 AM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Assuming those for whom big buttons etc. is an advantage are a minority
>> perhaps there is a good compromise.
>> If there were to be a pad containing al the large controls and a speaker
>> which can attach to a pocket size device using headphones which is the
>> actual book reader; all needs could be met?
>> On Tue, 12 Sep 2017, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> > I'm one of those who like the big buttons and the decent speaker of the
>> > NLS digital player, but you make a good point about the value of a
>> > device you can put in your pocket.
>> > Al
>> > On 09/11/2017 08:22 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> > > My apologies if it sounded like I was complaining. I'm actually
>> > > pleasantly surprised the players are Linux based as opposed to
>> > > something custom or even Windows based, and honestly, sticking to a
>> > > working model for a decade is actually kind of refreshing compared to
>> > > the mainstream electronics manufacturers who release some trivial
>> > > redesign every few months and try to push some resource hogging bit of
>> > > eyecandy or some alpha quality new feature that breaks or replaces
>> > > existing functionality that actually works on older models as a reason
>> > > to spend hundreds of dollars on a device with only marginally better
>> > > specs.
>> > >
>> > > If I have a complaint unique to the NLS player(limited file format
>> > > support and DRM are endemic problems with digital media players and
>> > > digital media distribution respectively and a wide range of devices
>> > > don't let the user swap in a spare battery), it's the fact the players
>> > > are bulky compared to just about anything battery powered made this
>> > > century. Granted, I imagine their are plenty of NLS patrons that
>> > > appreciate the overly large buttons and the large, room filling
>> > > speaker, but a cartridge player that could fit in my pocket or in my
>> > > fanny pack with all my other gadgets would still be nice.
>> > >
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