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proudhawk writes "the following letter was received in my mailbox this morning. Since I am blind and use this screen reader in windows, I feel it appropriate to spread the news as widely as possible.
Dear nvda users,
Sorry for the long email, please bare with us to the end.
The time has come to show your appreciation and your determination for NVDA development to continue. Due to the economic downturn NV Access has received less grants than what we would have hoped for.
We all have a duty and an obligation to request from the organizations working for the blind such as the RNIB, UK or AFB/NFB, USA or the appropriate blind organization in your country, to tell them that NVDA has been and continues to be a useful and valuable tool to provide accessibility for all of us and that they should promote and sponsor the excellent work that is being done.
Despite all the politics and the slow movement within organizations, we the real NVDA users are able to keep NVDA development going if each one of us took their responsibility seriously. This is without having to wait for organizations or companies to give grants to NV Access.
Due to many advantages, benefits and unique features of NVDA, the number of NVDA users are growing but sadly the personal donations are not matching this increase and are often not regular.
What we want to say clearly is that any regular donation large or small, will keep Jamie and Michael in their full time employment working for NVDA. What we have to remember is that they are two blind individuals like you and me, but are gifted with rare skills that many of us could benefit from.
We should work hard not to put them in a situation where they have to choose between doing something that they love and believing in (improving NVDA), and having to provide the necessities for their families and children.
The current funding is able to keep both of them employed until september this year, and if the donations haven't increased by then they may have to look for alternative employment.
Even if one of them leaves and the other continues the work load will be a lot harder, and progress will be much slower. This will directly impact on us because we will have to wait for much longer before tickets can be solved, which will cause us a lot of frustration and anguish. This is not what we have been accustomed to in the last few years, we often see regular releases and each version is superior to the previous one.
We all need to understand that, what is required is for each one of us to donate according to our circumstances, may it be as little as 5 or 10 dollars a month, this will be enough to keep the project going. We Thank those of you who already donate on a regular basis.
Put this in context, we easily spend 5 dollars on a coffee or 10/20 dollars on a meal when we eat out, surely NVDA deserves this token amount?
Many people do charity events, such as running a marathon, doing a tandem ride, or baking and selling cakes in their community to raise money for cancer research or any other worth while charity, we can all do the same but for NV Access which is also a charity.
Please don't lose this opportunity to support NVDA, because if we fail to set up regular donations, in a few months time we will all have to start paying for expensive screenreaders because NVDA would not have been developed and updated to match our latest needs.
We are writing this email as individuals that strongly believe in open source, and as volunteer contributors to NVDA. We understand that it is hard for Jamie and Michael to keep sending emails asking for donations because it feels bad to keep asking, but we the users should act before we reach the point of no return.
Please repost/translate or anything that you feel appropriate, and please don't forget to raise donations.
proudhawk (124895) writes "from the article: In a new editorial, we take a look at the width and breadth of Apple's commitment to accessibility over the last ten years, and try to dispel some of the myths, rumors, and misconceptions which persist in the visually impaired community about Apple and its products."" Link to Original Source top
I found myself at odds between the tests. the first one indicates that I have the same focus as a low multitasker (or single tasker type) and that the second reveals that I have the same inability to switch tasks rapidly in much the same way a high multitasker would have. What does this make me, I wonder?" top
proudhawk writes "p2p blog reports today (http://www.p2pnet.net/story/15241) that
the MPAA's Dan Glickman is at it again, this time with a broadside
from the USS MPAA against net neutrality at his recent ShoWest appearance.
he was quited as saying "We are opposing so-called 'net neutrality' government action.".
sounds like yet one more way to keep us all on the short end of the stick folks." top
proudhawk writes "This comes straight out of a james bond movie.
The register reports (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/03/12/mobile_stun_gun/)
on the confiscation of a stun gun disguised as a Sony Ericsson W700 cell phone!
"The weapon was recovered from two young men on 28 February in the Hyson Green area of Nottingham, according to the Nottingham Evening Post. It looks like a normal mobile phone but boasts a handy "Stun" button which can, police forensic experts claim, deliver a 900,000-volt electric shock via two small metal prongs."
This looks like the same thing used in "007 — The world is not enough"" top
proudhawk writes "in an article posted via p2pnet today (http://www.p2pnet.net/story/15234),
MPAA boss Dan Glickman told the ShoWest convention in Las Vegas:
"Today, we stand on a new mountaintop, and I have to say: I like the view."
He further went on to state:
"We had about 5 percent growth in both the domestic and worldwide box office,
all-time highs on both fronts reminding us once again that good stories well
told always find a place in our hearts, our lives and our local theaters."
Considering the legal wrangles the MPAA (and its sister association, the RIAA) have
gotten into over the last several years regarding "online piracy" one begins to wonder?
proudhawk writes "It seems the UK Government has just as many problems with losing laps as does the US.
TGDaily indicates (http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/36324/118/)
that a report was submitted to the British House of commons on
the matter." top
"In what's rapidly becoming a major issue on- and offline,
through their RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America),
the Big 4 are claiming just about anything you do beyond merely
playing one of their music CDs is illegal and can land you in
court facing fines totaling hundreds and thousands of dollars."
"Ask Jeffrey Howell, another Big 4 victim forced to act on his
own behalf because he can't afford a lawyer."
and now it becomes interesting. the article is a very informative read
(and don't miss the lnadmark document the EFF published, its well worth
the read)." Link to Original Source top
proudhawk writes "there is a poll going on right now on the pchdtv forums (see here: http://www.pchdtv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1767 ).
the issue here is that pchdtv (and their erstwhile developers) have
failed to complete this product as advertised (advertised to work
"out of the box").
for those considering purchasing an HD card, A good read of their
entire forums site is a must."