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Having an apache2 server running to test my websites, I installed doc-base and doc-central today. OMG, that is a really nice interface for reading the documentation in Debian. It takes some fiddling to get it to work, but when it does work, WOW.
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I agree with +Andrew Daley on this one. It is a really good article. It makes a person think, just a little.
 
This article is one of the best I have read about accessibility, accomodations and universal design I have read in a while. Please read. 
Accessibility is not just about meeting the needs of the disabled or catering for edge cases. Accessibility impacts everybody.
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Navigating Youth Hockey: The Definitive Guide for Parents and Players was released today on Amazon. Download it for free Sunday (4/26) and Monday (4/27). This is a great resource for parents and players written from an American perspective. I am very grateful for any and all reviews written on Amazon, blogs, Google+, etc. Please share publicly, to your extended circles, Twitter, Facebook, et al.  Thank you in advance to all who download or purchase and review! #freebooks #Kindlebooks #KindleDeals #freebies #KindlePromos #HockeyAdvice #Hockeybooks #Parenting #scholarships #Juniorhockey #nhlplayoffs #download  
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Sure glad to see this happening.
 
Dusting KMouth
Besides gardening lately (more on that next time) lately I've been looking into what needs and used to use KSpeech/KTTS/Jovie. As QtSpeech will replace the functionality Jovie provided I thought I'd look at what needs doing to get stuff using QtSpeech. Okul...
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Jeremy this is good timing, or so I think anyway. Thank you for taking this nightmare on.

I've been on the stump for the past two to three weeks, calling for improvements for text to speech software in Linux. Being a KDE user, I was extremely dismayed with both the quality the voices and the heavy coat of dust that's accumulated over Jovie and Kmouth. An effort is being put together to try and make TTS in Linux a usable option for those of us who are speechless. I lost my voice by choice. Pre-cancerous growth on my larynx prompted me to pre-empt this monster and take away its playground. But for now we are looking at MaryTTS and hoping we can do something with that app. Maybe get a deb or rpm package made so that getting it installed isn't such a nightmare

The biggest problems users face when trying to get TTS to work in Linux is the convoluted and maddening process it takes to add more human-sounding voices. And even then if you hit the "I screwed up and did something right" lottery, those voices supplied by Mbrola aren't all that good. And that's being polite.

You can get an idea of what we are doing and why at fossforce. I hope we can collaborate sometime soon. Kmouth was promising at first blush but as you mentioned, there's a lot to do to bring Kmouth up to current standard. If you have any ideas, especially if you've found a secret stockpile of actual human sounding voices that aren't guarded by hell hounds (patents and skyrocketing licenses) let me know.

If interested, here's an idea of what we are doing and the direction we hope to go. This is more fluff than substance...I can say that because I wrote it.  =:^))  I hope we get some time to talk and to compare plans of direction and scope.  http://tinyurl.com/k89q3xc
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Because you could change the world.
 
The community is stepping up and getting involved, discussing various topics such as hardware projects and whether they actually qualify as open source hardware, as well as planning a meetup to work on improving the development of open source CAD programs. There is also great movement from the community on working toward an open hardware repository to be a resource for all open source hardware users, hackers, and creators.
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Doesn't say if they liked each other . . .
A man shot an armadillo, but the bullet ricocheted off the armadillo and struck his mother-in-law.
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This article is one of the best I have read about accessibility, accomodations and universal design I have read in a while. Please read. 
Accessibility is not just about meeting the needs of the disabled or catering for edge cases. Accessibility impacts everybody.
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Malaria is a horrible disease to die from. (It's not so much fun to live through it, either)
 
600,000: The number of people who die from malaria every year 
It’s not 100 percent effective, but it’s the best solution out there
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Choices are really good.
 
Here are 8 Linux file managers that will streamline and simplify the "necessary chores" that come with being a computer user:

http://opensource.com/business/15/4/eight-linux-file-managers
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This looks interesting.
 
PressForward is a multi-user, collaborative RSS feed reader that integrates with WordPress's publication workflow and provides users with the ability to curate content for a target audience.
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What does Disability mean? on the Autism Acceptance Month site. http://ow.ly/LjkEH #Acceptanceis
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Currently retired, I write book reviews and sometimes help with Linux operating systems
Skills
I can do anything I choose to work at
Employment
  • Book reviewer, Accessibility Protagonist, Linux Advocate
    when I choose to work, 2003 - present
  • Journeyman Plumber, 1994 - 1999
  • United States Air Force
    Enlisted, 1972 - 1992
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Currently
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Previously
Bessemer, Michigan - Boise, Idaho - South Korea
Story
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Never let anyone steal your DREAM.
Introduction
I am Charlie Kravetz, formerly of Bessemer, Michigan. I am living in Idaho, in the northwest United States. I am a computer geek, who enjoys helping others.

Please visit http://keepingdreams.com to read my entire profile.
Bragging rights
Survive 18 months as Xubuntu Project Lead, to gain some experience in Open Source and Free Software. Advocate for linux, accessibility, and reading.
Education
  • School of Experience
    Linux, Accessibility, Self-help, 1972 - present
    How to use and promote linux, public-domain, and non-proprietary software. Accessibility in computing and in life. Self-help books, dreams, wishes, and life in general. A never-ending school of learning new things. I try to learn something new every single day.
  • A.D. Johnston H.S.
    General, 1969 - 1972
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