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Don't tell me you'll try it and report back.

Just try it and report back.

Dnes mám off. Off! Dnes! Krásne prší. Krásne!

I bought a book called “Do It Yourself Surgery.”

When I opened it, would you believe it? The appendix was missing!

@NVAccess it would be great to be able to run #NVDA on #Linux. As a developer this would help a lot to test pages for NVDA. I have tested with #wine to a small extent it works, so maybe is possible to make it work on wine.

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in reply to nulll

Wine is your best bet. It would be technically possible to make a Linux version of NVDA, but would require rewriting the vast majority of NVDA's code. This is different to say a Word processor where the application is largely self contained and just needs the right hooks into the relavent operating system (How do I call for a save dialog on Linux vs Windows etc). Because NVDA relies on a lot of low-level OS-specific features, it would be a lot of work that we're not planning currently.

Hoy comienza el plazo para pedir el kit de voto en braille para las europeas. ¿Alguien más puesto que yo en la materia tiene el teléfono al que hay que llamar?

✨ Artist: #HERA / #Herakut in City: #HongKong Square Street Gallery, Sheung Wan, HK 🇭🇰 2024 - Title: "„You should check: Maybe there's a whole universe inside your mind."("Das solltest Du überprüfen: Vielleicht gibt es ein ganzes Universum in Deinem Kopf.") - #Art #Streetart #Mural #HKwalls #GoetheinstitutHK #UrbanArt #Artist ✨ #GoodMorning ! ☕🥐

Welcome to Stephen Farrell as #curl commit author 1260:

we will be updating the system toolchain to #LLVM 18 later today

alongside it there will be an assortment of related updates (e.g. rust 1.77) and some other enhancements (cross runtimes for 32-bit armv6 and armv7)

in reply to Chimera Linux

YESSS finally I can use sanitizers with musl+libc++ programs again! (there was a bug in LLVM 17 that caused consistent crashes while linking, fixed in LLVM 18).

Okay! I've finally done it. I now have my own instance. Mostly, I got tired of asking other admins to unblock threads, I wanted my data in Canada, I wanted longer alt-text limits, and larger file upload limits. Let's see how quickly this breaks!

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Mastodon stuffed toy coming soon

vedieť fotiť resp. si robiť screenshoty v snoch to by bolo... toto som pozeral pred spaním a v sne, v nejakej forme som tavil kľúče #dobréRáno #sen
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CSUN 2024: Strap Tech Ara Wearable Mobility Device for the Blind

2024 CES: Ocutrx AR Headset for Patients with Macular Degeneration

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Buenos días desde la Administración Pública.

Ayer no se aprobó la estructura de las consellerías, así que seguimos igual que estábamos.

Atento a las comisiones de servicio que salen por si hay que solicitar. El miedo es libre.

Apple Vision Pro Review: The First Pass At Spatial Computing Is An Accessible One For All

Počasí skočilo znovu přímo do zimy, na teploměru 3,4 st. a fouká jako blázen. Takové pěkné léto už bylo a je to pryč. Zatrsakr.

RNZ changes its pips!

Supporting tinkering and general "power user" shenanigans in your software is a genuine accessibility thing tbh. I see some people complaining about Linux users who use a non-systemd init system, X11 instead of wayland, or just generally some "non-standard" configuration. The attitude seems to be that since these users are "smart enough" to stray off the sacred defaults to suit their needs better, there's no need to consider them at all because "they can figure out how to make it work".

Obviously it's not possible to satisfy every accessibility need and use case simultaneously, but it's still harmful to categorically dismiss and actively remove support for a certain group of users just because you perceive them as "gifted nerds". Someone who extensively modifies their system to make it fit their needs may be able to solve the problems you've introduced to their usage of your software on their own, but every single application that needs this extra wrangling adds work and friction to the pile. It's kind of like replacing a wheelchair ramp with stairs because "they have it better than armless amputees, they can just bring a plank of wood with them"—yeah, TECHNICALLY they can do that, but such an arrangement is only desirable if your baseline reference is "being pelted with stones".

Also, while we're on that subject, "just use the defaults" is kind of like suggesting that wheelchair users just get someone to carry them around like a sack of potatoes all day. I don't think it's acceptable to force people to give up more autonomy/control over their lives than they absolutely have to in order to get support, especially in circumstances where a better, more equitable solution could easily be found. Perhaps I'm being somewhat extreme with my comparisons, but it's more about the similar mentalities and attitudes at play, not equating the severity of the access needs.

My overall point is that the split between "software for nerds" and "software for normal people" is due to a difference in use cases and access needs, not just a superiority complex in the minds of either group. You can build software that accommodates both groups, but you have to actually listen to them and not unilaterally dismiss one as egotistical and obstinate. And you should treat choosing not to accommodate either group similarly to choosing to ignore any other access need: necessary in order for you to better serve a specific demographic, perhaps, but certainly not a decision with zero negative consequences.

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i applied for some sites which are part of the tildeverse this morning, haven't gotten any responses yet but hoping i'll get some tomorrow! always wanted to experience being a user on a shared linux system, like the mainframes of the past
in reply to Maddie :fishe:

There are also some that aren’t strictly part of it but are still social pubnixes, like and

I opened Native Access and what do I see? 24 updates? What? Why?

I met with Prime Minister Fiala to celebrate the Czech Republic's 25th anniversary in NATO and our defense partnership.

We discussed support for Ukraine because Czechs know Putin’s ambitions don't end there.

Together, we're committed to bolstering freedom for people everywhere.

Earlier today, Microsoft released new WizardLM-2 7b, 8x22b, 70b with great benchmark result, (of course, they say as good or almost same as GPT-4), but they removed weights on Huggingface, repo on Github, and their whitepaper. Someone on Reddit joked maybe they released GPT-4 by mistake! lol Quantized. weights from other people are still around on Huggingface! #ML #LLM #AI
#AI #ML #llm
in reply to victor tsaran

@vick21 How do you use Copilot? IOS App? edge browser, Windows 11 machine? VScode plugin? I think I tried on the web a while ago, and I didn't like the interface. I stil pay $20 to OpenAI. lol
in reply to Chi Kim

Yeah, mostly on iOS. I’d say they are doing pretty good job and work the best for me out of them all. Wouldn’t mind free ChatGPT but it’s only up until 2023, whereas Copilot brings in Bing Search.
in reply to Chi Kim

Also, I think we talked about this before, I cannot justify 20 USD per month for either Copilot pro or Chat GPT. They really need to try harder or just lower the price. Make it a Spotify, for example! :)
in reply to victor tsaran

@vick21 Chat GPT Plus isn't worth it, you can just load up on $6 of developer credits and use an altertnative interface to GPT-4. I'm a fan of the commandline LLLM (, but GUIs do exist. Copilot for VS Code is another matter entirely, I get it for free via the Github Student pack, to which I have access, but I'd probably pay up if I needed to.
in reply to Mikołaj Hołysz

@miki @vick21 I access GPT-4 in both ways with ChatGPT Plus as well as API. If I use custom gpts, voice, etc, I just use ChatGPT web or iOS app. I just pay $20 for convenience and seemlessness. Mostly I use API for testing my apps I developed like VOLlama and VOCR, as well as when I need to feed a huge context.

The smallest zip file you've downloaded in awhile? Here it is: A dump of more Braille Lite 2000/ BNS files:

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in reply to Tamas G

Now we just need to find a way to run .bas files on the BT Speak. I'm sure something like this might be easy to implement:

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Just out of curiosity, what mastodon clients are people who are screen reader users using other than tweesecake on windows?
in reply to Mendi Evans

I use Enafore .social and love it. It's forked from Pinafore which is no longer receiving updates, but the developer of Enafore has been really responsive thus far and has added new features like post editting and support for things like Markdown for servers that support that.

Could someone please direct me to a link about the physical keypad or whatever it is that's supposed to be available for iPhones? I didn't pay a lot of attention when it was announced because I'm an Android person but now I'm curious. Thanks in advance for any help.

Just lost my job. If you need a broad skilled Python dev who has a passion for sharing information, strong full stack skills and data pipelines experience? I'm your girl.

(I also do public speaking, and I run an open source project in case that wasn't enough of a skill set for you.)


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I wish there was some way to add a content warning to my reposts. The only thing I know to do is to make them quoted posts, and then I could add the CW. That's not an official Mastodon feature though, and not all clients support it. There's no good solution, which is frustrating.

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Microsoft announced their latest round of FOSS fund recipients. We're thrilled to share that @NVAccess are among this quarter's recipients. From:

"A project of the Microsoft Open Source Programs Office, the FOSS Fund provides up to $10,000 USD in sponsorships to open source projects as selected by Microsoft employees."

Congratulations also to The GNU Compiler Collection, Urllib3, CLAP & MSW.

#OpenSource, #FOSS #Free #Software #NVDA #ScreenReader #Accessibility #A11y

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in reply to NV Access

Congrats, both for being selected this year and for possibly being the only project to get funding twice. It also shows there aren't just a tiny scattering of people who are onboard with accessibility at Microsoft, which is a useful reminder sometimes.
in reply to Simon Jaeger

@simon MS seems like the only big company who really takes enterprise accessibility seriously. If you've never seen Azure for example, you'll be astonished how fricking good it is. Sure, it's not perfect, but the vast majority of things are labeled, modals are actual aria modals, notifications come through live regions, the cloud shell is actually accessible, controls have proper roles, landmarks are there etc. I even wrote about this on Twitter once and the feedback was tremendous, I'm reliably informed that people "up top" in the Azure team saw and discussed my tweet in some kind of executive meeting. I've also played briefly with other enterprise tools of theirs, including Azure Data Studio, PowerBI and whatever the SQL Server thing was called, and they were all great accessibility-wise. Same with VS Code, Visual Studio, the now discontinued Visual Studio for Mac, it just all works. Compare this to something like App Store Connect, which I fortunately never had the misfortune to use, but which barely works with a screen reader if you can say even that.

“Socks, lies, and accessibility”

Where @janmaarten shows that just a couple days after #accessiBe’s CEO promised to stop being such a lying liarface it went and used sock puppet Twitter accounts to promote its #overlay.

As I keep saying, past behavior is a predictor of future behavior (side-eyes #AudioEye, #UserWay, #FACILiti).

#a11y #accessibility

Really happy to share !

Back in 2020, during grant-funded work on the next-generation pip resolver, @sprblm did fascinating user experience research & design work.

They wrote several useful documents that took a while to get merged, but now live in pip's documentation! Like:

how to design a survey

how users think pip should react to dependency conflicts

security practices

in reply to Sumana Harihareswara

It was so valuable to get to work with UX experts on pip. Example: their research findings helped us improve the format and content of the "ResolutionImpossible" error message, so users could actually work out what went wrong and how to fix it.

There's a wealth of information in the resources that Superbloom (formerly Simply Secure) developed.

Not just for for Python packaging tools developers! For anyone working on developer experience, especially on the command line!

in reply to Sumana Harihareswara

The thing I want to shout from the rooftops is: THIS IS POSSIBLE.

#opensource projects can hire UX experts, who gather quantitative & qualitative data, and who then recommend specific choices. Maintainers don't just have to guess how to design good, usable features and interfaces.

Yes, even for command-line tools.

Yes, even without a big company running the project. We got grants:

And tool*chains* can pool resources to invest & learn together!

The U.S. government is warning that smart locks securing entry to an estimated 50,000 dwellings nationwide contain hard-coded credentials that can be used to remotely open any of the locks. The lock's maker Chirp Systems remains unresponsive, even though it was first notified about the critical weakness in March 2021. Meanwhile, Chirp's parent company, RealPage, Inc., is being sued by multiple U.S. states for allegedly colluding with landlords to illegally raise rents.

I think we're focused on the wrong thing when we look at what tech works for a company like Amazon or Facebook or Netflix.

We should be looking at what tech works when you *don't* have a small army of staff engineers optimizing it. I want to know what I can scale *without* paying someone a half million dollar salary to do it.

There should be more case studies on things that don't have a billion-dollar company propping them up, humming along quietly on a cheap-ass VPS somewhere.

Everette Bacon, Aira’s Vice President of Blindness Initiatives, was featured on the most recent episode of Talking Technology sharing Aira’s history, functionality, and future developments including the new Access AI feature and recent Eclipse event coverage.

#AccessForAll #OnYourTerms #AssistiveTechnology #Accessibility

wooh. " Reclaim is a program for changing unusable, deleted file storage space in the flash memory of a Blazie Engineering note-taker back into useable memory. When Reclaim is run, the program scans flash memory for "dirty" areas and "reclaims them" so they are again useable.
" So serial transfer worked, that was easier than I thought.
in reply to Tamas G

Oh, wow, haven't used Reclaim.bns in ... 25 years? Brings back memories.

well, I have the serial cable and USB port converter, just no manual on how to even transfer files over from the computer to the BNS. Guess this isn't happening tonight. Feels overly complex. Blah.
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