Let me get this out in the open: I am not much of a “phone person.” I never really developed the habit, as I could not really use the phone well, beyond a small circle of familiar persons. When I was thirteen, I was introduced to the TTY, and this was a minor miracle, as I could understand what the other person was saying to me through the text (notwithstanding [...]
I continue to give Netflix a shot. I’m less than impressed, and will probably cancel; I’m totally behind NAD and their current suit against the Big Red Sign. Here’s why.
I went to MacWorld last week! As a Mac user and a newly-minted resident of San Francisco, it was my holy and solemn duty to go. I made especially sure to go the day after Steve Jobs’ keynote so I could see new Apple machines on display. While my hopes for a MacBook Pro update was dashed, I was intrigued by the updated Apple TV and the MacBook Air. First, [...]
Alas, deaf people! How tragic our collective disability is! We are lacking in hearing, and because of this, the world of radio is a mysterious realm. FM 98.1 has as much meaning to us as coriander does to a person who cannot taste. How many of you know about NPR–National Public Radio? According to my dad, it’s simply the biggest thing I’m missing out on because I’m deaf. It’s a [...]
Well, it’s been a long time in the waiting. In 2005, Apple released the video iPod and began selling movies and television shows in their iTunes Store. Unfortunately, deaf people everywhere were locked out of one of this decade’s hottest gadgets because the iPod or the iTunes Store didn’t support closed-captioning. This was mystifying for two reasons: Apple had already included closed-captioning support in their Quicktime video playback software. Presumably, [...]
Today’s issue of the Washington Post covers videophone technology as used in the deaf community. Both direct VP calling and VRS are discussed, and quotes from several deaf persons (including DeafDC.com’s own Rob Rice and Lisa Wilson) are peppered throughout the article. The title’s “Saying It With Feeling.” Whoo-whoo. Nothing that screams “DEAF” in that headline. And hey, 2.1 million minutes of VRS service in June 2005. That ain’t bad, [...]