A sugarcane fieldI made a quick trip to India’s sugar cane producing region. I found plenty of sugarcane fields en route. Here is the photograph and a soundscape of one such field. You can clearly sense the sugarcane stocks. As always, the photograph has been taken using my Nokia E51 phone along with the vOICe.
Archives for September 2008
An image of the Large Hadron Collider
arial_view_cernAn arial view of the CERN site>
Nice view of the LHC from the BBC website. I can detect some cylindrical objects which I suspect are the electro magnets of the LHC.
Looking out the viewfinder of a camera using the vOICe
A photographer friend invited me to his house for dinner. During the course of the evening, I had a chance to play with his cannon slr camera. I used the vOICe to look out of the viewfinder of the camera. As I have observed previously, you see very little. However, at that time, the vOICe still had the bug where very little of the view was shown on third-generation mobile phones. I now tried looking out the viewfinder with the version of the vOICe that had this bug fixed. I saw more than what I earlier saw. My friend was standing against a white background namely, the door of the washroom. He had to use the flash but, the camera of my Nokia e51 managed without much difficulty. Initially, I saw a patch of bright light and then a lot of darkness. It turns out that the cap of the lens was in place. Once that had been removed, I tried to distinguish him from the door of the washroom. I found it rather hard to do but then, I was not wearing any earphones. As I moved closer, I eventually reached a stage where I could see the buttons of his shirt. I perceive them as a lot of bleeps. So, if you are photographing a person, be careful about how much detail you are getting in the photograph. If you are getting an excessive amount of detail, move the camera back a bit.
Google chrome is inaccessible
Ok, nothing esoteric about a browser but I just had to get this off my chest. Google has a fantastic search interface but with chrome, things have gone down hill. The download is very small and the installation is painless. But, Accessibility is nonexistant. See my letter to google below.
[start of letter]
At this point, google chrome is junk as far as I am concerned. It has virtually no screen reader accessability. There are no menus that I can find and I suspect the tool tips if any are again nonstandard. The search box is ok and the installer is quite accessible. It would be nice if you could put the “customize” button of the installer in the tab order.
I also use Dragon Naturally Speaking and J-Say. I cannot even test to see whether Dragon Naturally Speaking can click on anything since Chrome is not screen reader friendly at this point.
[end of letter]
The inside of a desktop computer
insidepcI needed to reseat the ram in my dad’s machine so had to open it up. Visually, the inside of the computer is not all that interesting. There is a lot of cable and it is difficult to make out much detail. The more interesting part was taking the image since I had to focus the lense myself. the cabinet was lying on it’s side between 2 tables. The table on the left has a reading lamp. This llamp was focused on the cabinet such that the inside of the cabinet was eluminated. the focusing involved me moving the phone to the correct height. The soundscape had to be crisp and I had to ensure that the maximum area inside the machine was being covered. My first image was very dark. I did not have the lamp switched on. It was ok as far as the soundscape went but sited people were unable to see much. I then switched on the lamp and got a better image.