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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

n1hilist Re:What's stopping me you ask... (550 comments)

I had ICLs implanted in 1997, I'm severely myopic, -22 diopters in each eye and my VA still 20/200 without glasses now since the operation. I also had the swelling in one eye because of the procedure but fortunately I was rushed back to hospital (OMG the pain of eye swelling.. ech!) but everything is OK now so far about 17 years later, mostly except that I'm developing cataracts (I'm 34 now) and have to get that treated but as a severely myopic person I'm at a high risk for retinal detachments, whee! WE MAY HAVE TO PUT A BAND AROUND YOUR EYEBALL!

I have a ton of other eye issues - extremely crap contrast sensitivity, bad photophobia, non-degenerative macular dystrophy, astigmatism and bilateral amblyopia. And just for kicks some neurological visual issues thrown in for more fun!

Can't use a black on white GUI at all, and if I turn the brightness down then there's not enough light to see it so I have Windows 8 (or whatever O/S I'm using) set to some form of white on black/dark grey and then I can sit with the screen on max brightness for hours on end without any issues. (So please, any developers reading this, PLEEEASE follow the colour scheme set by the operating system/user choice or allow custom colours, some of us really battle to function). The stock Gmail app on Android, for example is barely visible to me and after about 5 mins I feel literally sick.

My verdict is: If you're coping with glasses, don't be too eager to get any procedure done. There are always risks and no matter how small the chance of failure is, it's not something want to lose, I don't really regret my ICL operation simply because my glasses were HUUUGE and HEAVY and cause headaches, face pain, so work out the pros/cons.

about 2 months ago

The State of Linux Accessibility

n1hilist Re:Buy A Mac (138 comments)

I know, the hard coded font stuff pisses me off to no end.

I need win7 for my music production software, it needs a lot of RAM and WinXP's magnifier isn't full screen, doesn't use acceleration so it's a pretty rubbish magnifier for me personally. I really wish I could do what I do, apart from work, in Linux (gaming, music prod) because then I could use KDE/Gnome which is a lot better with themes, and Compiz's magnifier is really nice.

Oddly enough, Windows 8 has much better theme control, although it's bloody ugly. If you use the 'classic' dark theme, you can still benefit from the full screen magnifier and a lot of the UI elements behave better in terms of using correct user chosen colors.. I'm just not terribly fond of Win8's metro thing and some other stuff irritates me. But I'll give it a bash once the final version is out and see how much I can gain from it, accessibility wise.

If you don't mind me asking, were your eyes that bad from birth? It's very rare I find someone with eyesight as bad/worse than mine, it's quite comforting to know there are others out there, and are also geeks :)

more than 2 years ago

The State of Linux Accessibility

n1hilist Re:Buy A Mac (138 comments)

What tools/features are you using for Windows? I'm legally blind, -22 diopters of correction for each eye. What I'm currently using is a modified dark theme so that I can use the built in accelerated magnifier (I can't tolerate bright themes) and I've mapped the magnifier to win+mouse wheel to make it more like compiz. I'm also nearly entirely hotkey driven, I use the mouse very little for every day tasks.

Of course there are so many applications that don't follow the windows colour scheme, even the built in High Contrast classic theme is ignored by so many apps, hardcoded font colours and so on.

What really erks me are web pages. I use Firefox with Stylish (or just vanilla FF and set my custom colours to my taste) but most sites have issues rendering correctly because it overrides a lot of colour/style rules.

I can't really comment on Linux's features as I don't use Linux as a desktop, just for servers. Mostly because it doesn't run my music software or my games and I hate dual booting.

Accessibility is still a joke in Windows and for internet browsing.

more than 2 years ago

Golden Delicious Now Shipping Hackable Openmoko GTA04

n1hilist Golden Delicious?! (71 comments)

Golden Delicious .. GOLDEN DELICIOUS.. a German company? I see the Japanese culture bomb has been dropped good and proper! Maybe the name sounds tougher in German ;)

So it costs a bit less than my Galaxy S2 and is way uglier.. pass. Though I'm sure a lot of hardware & software hackers will have a field day with it.

more than 2 years ago

Some Windows 8 Laptops May Come With Built-In Kinect Sensors

n1hilist Re:Exciting (140 comments)

That pretty much sums up my experience with Excel :)

more than 2 years ago

Nuclear Crisis Stopped Time In Japan

n1hilist Better theory: (188 comments)

It was Hiro!

more than 3 years ago

High Performance Gaming Mice Don't Perform

n1hilist It's about comfort and features for me. (283 comments)

I love my Logitech MX1100R, it's an office mouse AFAIK, not really a gaming one, works great in gaming and standard use. Comfy, replaceable batteries and the extra 3 buttons are handy in some games. It was a bit pricey but I haven't looked back because it's so comfortable to use for extended periods.

Buying 'bling' mice to me personally, like "high performance gaming ram" is just stupid.

more than 3 years ago

An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

n1hilist Re:One can only hope... (609 comments)

Oh, more for the 'just in case' factor / there might be something on the original install I may need, but yes, I wouldn't push on the bloatware to others and I haven't done so in the past.

more than 3 years ago

An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

n1hilist One can only hope... (609 comments)

Apart from the obvious reasons, one of the things that vendors should take seriously is the initial impression a bloated system has on their reputation. Joe Average is going to get a bitter taste in their mouth when that fancy new laptop is bugged down with crap.

What they should really do is have a Startup menu on first boot that shows a list of special deals & promotions with quick and easy download links for popular free and commercial software and/or have the installation files on the drive that one can delete, but definately not pre-installed.

It doesn't bother geeks, the first thing I do is image the drive (in case I want to re-sell the machine) and slap on a clean image of my OS.

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Kids Foil Finger Scanner With Gummi Bears

n1hilist Those kids better watch out! (303 comments)

Duke Igthorn is NOT going to be happy when he hears about this!

more than 3 years ago

IBM Demos Single-Atom DRAM

n1hilist Re:Big deal... (150 comments)

I overclocked mine and it split :(

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Says It Owns 'Book'

n1hilist Re:reading it wrong. (483 comments)

I read it as boning a mosquito :(

about 4 years ago

Creative Uses For Extra Drive Bays?

n1hilist Re:First toast (366 comments)

Pfft, nVidia have been doing that for ages! And now with 3 way SLI I can do 3 slices at once!

more than 4 years ago

Poor Vision? There's an App For That

n1hilist What would be nice.. (146 comments)

If you could tie this in with your OS with some useful tools so that it could make a useful profile for your desktop environment based on your visual acuity.

I'm legally blind myself (-23 diopters in both eyes) and I also sometimes help visually impaired kids customise their desktops for better use.

Obviously there's no one size fits all approach and configuring DPI, colour etc; in a UI is a very personal thing but I'm sure this could be of use for PCs and even cellphone user interfaces.

more than 4 years ago


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