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jeez, I didn't realize TTY phones were so friggin' expensive. And I haven't yet found one with a decent-sized display, or anything resembling an actual usable keyboard. still there is an impressive array of devices. I wonder if any local stores carry these things, so I could try one out before dropping a couple hundred bucks on something I may or may not be able to use....


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Jun. 4th, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
I would think there would be software you could use to just do this through a modem. there is a reason that telnet windoes and shells have "tty" formatting. or am I being terribly confused?
Jun. 4th, 2002 04:42 pm (UTC)
I believe that while the origin of the use of TTY is teh same for both unix and the devices, they do currently mean very different things.

http://www.idrt.com/TTY.html is, apparantly, a program to emulate a TTY via a modem. There are probably others.
Jun. 5th, 2002 03:58 am (UTC)
You're right about the origin of the term. From the jargon file:

tty /T-T-Y/, /tit'ee/ n.

The latter pronunciation was primarily ITS, but some Unix people say it this way as well; this pronunciation is not considered to have sexual undertones. 1. A terminal of the teletype variety,characterized by a noisy mechanical printer, a very limited character set, and poor print quality. Usage: antiquated (like the TTYs themselves). See also bit-paired keyboard. 2. [especially Unix] Any terminal at all; sometimes used to refer to the particular terminal controlling a given job. 3. [Unix] Any serial port, whether or not the device connected to it is a terminal; so called because under Unix such devices have names of the form tty*. Ambiguity between senses 2 and 3 is common but seldom bothersome.
Jun. 5th, 2002 04:01 am (UTC)
I wonder how the heck they get this to work. TTY modems work way different than the standard model.

(I went through a period of time where I became obsessed with teletypes and such, which ended when I got one and played TTYQuake on it for a little bit. I read a bit about TTY modems then..they're essentially just miniaturized teletype machines.)
Jun. 4th, 2002 05:51 pm (UTC)
Call the Mass Assistive Technology Partnership (617) 355-7820 or the Mass Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (forgot the number). Do it from work, so you've got the TTY. They should have ideas on models, funding, vendors, etc.
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