FYI - Command Line Programs for the Blind

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Thu Apr 14 01:11:12 UTC 2022

<karen claps loudly and cheers!>

On Wed, 13 Apr 2022, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Oh wow! I can't see who you are because this list obscures the sender's email 
> for security reasons, but I love everything you just said. My whole focus 
> when I was doing my computer business thing was to work with everyone, not 
> just certain everyones. I probably had more customers who could see than I 
> had who did not have working eyeballs, but my point of sale for everyone was 
> to upgrade the OS on their computers to make it run faster and more securely. 
> Yes, I did at one time work with Sonar and with F123, and even worked a 
> little with the attempts to revive Vinux, but it actually didn't hurt too 
> much when both Sonar and Vinux pretty much went the way of the dodo. I guess 
> I could express my feeling as a slight disappointment, but not much more. 
> F123 was a little different, as I was a paid contractor working on it, so 
> that did hurt quite a bit more, I mean no one wants to stop making money, but 
> even that was manageable.
> Now that I know that I am to make a major career move, I will be having to 
> put my face out there for the world to see. But the one thing I noticed is 
> that my instructor in the class I'm taking to get me started on this new 
> career path, when she learned that I am blind, kept this fact to herself when 
> I asked her specifically about a non-visual alternative to something in the 
> class, saying instead that she knew why I was asking the question and tried 
> to answer it to the best of her ability. I felt like this recognized my 
> humanity above all, and that is a very good thing. ANd having been selected 
> for this class and having worked with this instructor prior to it, having 
> purchased related educational materials and even having won a contest from 
> her based on my abilities, not on my non-working eyeballs - she had no idea 
> at that time that they don't work - I know that I am in the right place at 
> the right time dealing with the right person/people. I'm not "the blind," I'm 
> not treated as "the blind," and I'm not even selected for anything because of 
> my blindness. I am human, and my skillset and the fact that I know I want to 
> improve my skills and am passionate about the career path I'm taking are what 
> propell me to my destiny, and that just feels much better somehow. I tried to 
> express this to someone who is on this same career path who said that we 
> should support people just because they are blind, but he didn't seem to get 
> it. I simply couldn't make him understand that it's our skills and our 
> abilities, as well as the positive impact that we make on the people around 
> us and on the world that make us successful, not the blind beggar mentality 
> that says I need you to support the poor blink. These are people who I would 
> say exude negative energy, and I have decided that I only want my spirit to 
> be fed by positivity.
> ~ Kyle
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