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ppatel

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I am a blind technologist, humanist, a voracious devourer of books, speaker, writer, and a thinker, who finds himself championing #accessibility for fun and necessity. I'm currently exploring the complex world of AR and VR worlds to find best ways to achieve full accessibility for disabled people.

Oh and give me your fun book recommendations: be it nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy, romance, mystery, and more.

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As usual, I'll be doing #iOS and #iPadOS #accessibility testing with the new operating systems that Apple is about to release. I'll post the findings in this thread.

Considering the rumers, I suspect more instability. If you can, wait till people have at least given things a go before installing new beta operating systems on your primary devices. It won't be fun.

#WWDC24 #Apple

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Hardware is hard, yo!

Humane warns AI Pin owners to ‘immediately’ stop using its charging case

https://www.theverge.com/2024/6/5/24172377/humane-ai-pin-battery-case-issue-warning

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I'm almost ready to buy a new laptop. Still debating Lenovo models.

ppatel,
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@TheQuinbox As much as I want to do it, there are still too many reliability concerns. For work reasons, the next day complete support option can't be beat.

ppatel, to random
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Windows Recall sounds like "Total Recall."

ppatel, to random
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Trying to get myself out of a book funk, meaning I haven't picked up a book in more than a month. No. It's not the lack of good books in my library or ones I can get.

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Windows Recall demands an extraordinary level of trust that Microsoft hasn’t earned

Op-ed: The risks to Recall are way too high for security to be secondary.

https://arstechnica.com/ai/2024/06/windows-recall-demands-an-extraordinary-level-of-trust-that-microsoft-hasnt-earned/?utm_brand=arstechnica&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social

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It's good to be back here after a shortish break.

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Sometimes I look at a particularly bad spam message and wonder if people really fall for the crap. And, then I don't wonder.

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If a descriptor for a day could be described as "hell," today comes close.

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RobW, to random
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The latest Freakonomics claims the ADA does more harm than good in terms of people with disabilities being hired.
This is the first time I have heard this. Is there truth here or is this just some capitalist lobbying?

ppatel,
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@RobW Complete BS imo. These are the same people who have praised Boris Johnson. I take what they say with a whole heap of salt.

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New beta release of Sonata-for-NVDA, formaly known as Piper-for-NVDA
NVDA 2024.1 compatibility
Support for fast variants for Piper voices. These fast variants improves responsiveness significantly because they use streaming synthesis
Improvements to responsiveness and speed across the board
Release page:
https://github.com/mush42/sonata-nvda/releases/tag/v3.0-beta.1
Direct download link:
https://github.com/mush42/sonata-nvda/releases/download/v3.0-beta.1/sonata_neural_voices-3.0-beta.nvda-addon

ppatel,
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@mush42 @twynn I'm going to uninstall the voices I managed to download, uninstall the add-on, and reinstall. I'll get you the debug logs. BTW, the voices were those I downloaded through the voice manager.

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@mush42 After updating to the latest beta, the issue i reported still exists. I removed all voices, uninstalled the add-on, reinstalled it, and added voices again. Here's a link to the log.

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/914e332qia2bv2akdbys9/Piper.log?rlkey=ervz1dazlxjjak33hnvh11nwi&dl=0

ppatel,
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@mush42 And my apologies. I forgot to mention that I'm using NVDA alpha builds. It's more than possible that this has something to do with it.

ppatel,
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@mush42 Thanks for trying to troubleshoot this. I'm running this on a Windows 64 bit on an Intel machine. Not Arm. The log file is not generated. Trying to run sonata-grpc.exe from the bin directory results in the following message:

The term 'sonata-grpc.exe' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

ppatel,
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@mush42 I ran it as "./sonata-grpc.exe" and it gave me

"Starting sonata-grpc serverr at 127.0.0.1:49314"

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I went to go look up some of the classic Boomerang episodes I was raised on as a kid! Disappointingly, I'm not able to access their website. https://boomkids.squarespace.com/classic-episodes

There is supposed to be a list of episodes here to purchase, but none of the content is reading for me, I just see the navigation section and "powered by squarespace." Is that because there's an accessibility issue with rendering it to screenreaders, or is it not loading for anyone?

ppatel,
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@objectinspace @pesh Can you pass the images through the NVDA OpenAI add-on?

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Not sure how many are interested, but we are doing a group online Earth Day Community Ritual on Sunday.

You can do the ritual provided (I can DM it to you) or one of your own choosing then post pics if you want.

Witches all over the US will be doing rituals on that Sunday (the day before Earth Day, April 22) so it's a great time to lend your energy to the collective cause.

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ppatel,
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@baxaphobia @Pawpower @Bruce_Toews This is a fabulous explanation. I do similar things with breathing and meditation everyday. It's about intention for me.

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