July 6th, 2007

Change of Plans

Apparently, a number of members of the group who actually could ride Segways objected to going downtown for an event when we're moving the office downtown in August. (I still appear to be going to Westchester -- keep your fingers crossed!) So we'll be doing something else instead.

Right now, we're looking at lunch and a trip to LaserQuest out in Arlington Heights. I might be a large target, but at least that's a game I'll probably be allowed to play. :)

Secret Plots

Please note that decadentdave is not on this filter. There's a fine reason for that.

Dave's screen-reading software is from a company that no longer exists. As a result, it is no longer updated and is getting progressively cruftier. It certainly won't run on a new machine, nor work with a number of the newer accessibility features.

It also turns out that new screen-reading software is annoying expensive, on the order of $1000 U.S. And Dave would really need a new machine to put it on.

Well, it happens that my old studio computer can be resuscitated by adding a new hard disk, after which it will be a pretty robust dual-processor Windows XP Professional system. And Dave will be visiting in just a couple of weeks.

It also happens that you can get a 60-day trial of one of the better screen-reading packages for about $40. So I can certainly set that up for him and see how it works.

But in the meantime, I was wondering how many of you would be willing to contribute to the "let Dave read his screen" fund. We actually collected about $65 at Confusion this year; then I ruptured my knee the day after the con and became, well, distracted is a good word.

So do you think we can raise around $1000 for this?