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today == good

finally got all the miscellaneous hardware bits I was missing to set up the modem - put that together, installed the TTY software, and called MetLife.

(I can already tell what's going to annoy me about using a TTY regularly - people on the other end seem to insist on talking to me in the third person, i.e. "tell her that she needs to... ask her if....". natural enough reaction in someone unfamiliar with the idea of a relay, but it still bugs me. it does bug me far less than saying "what? what?" every two seconds, though.)

my other big accomplishment for the day was finishing a complete section of the front walk - stones inlaid, mulched, edging trimmed, and everything. And damn, it looks good. *beam*

I should figure out what I'm doing for dinner before the game starts. Note to self: post later about party and trip scheduling.


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Aug. 7th, 2002 04:33 pm (UTC)

I did exactly that the first time I talked to someone via TTY. And, as soon as she said "Talk to me, not the relayer," there was this brilliant flash of the obvious that said "I should have figured out that part for myself".

When the military had me in foreign countries, where I had to use a translator, sometimes the same things happened - people would address my translator with "Tell him...". Perhaps having made the mistake myself the first time I had to use someone else to relay communications, I was much more tolerant of others making the same mistake as me...

Do you suppose that the TTY people could make that part of the standard spiel? When they introduce themselves over the phone saying, "This is a TTY call" etc, just add in a bit about, "And please, talk as if you were conversing with the caller, do not talk to me".

- Eric
Aug. 7th, 2002 10:22 pm (UTC)
Technoclogy in a communication era
I remember when My dad had one of those real old oldschool tdd's they were huge machines that made the house shake. I remember the sheriffs dept would use a similar machine too. Ive seen the tdd technology evolve in 30 years. To TTY's and even think pad style tty's Its fantastic! Now in a communication era the opportunities are endless. My step mother emails me saying. "Since I have got this computer I have learned so much about family that I didnt know because of my hearing." Now shes emailing family members and quite active as a networker on her computer which I think is absolutely fantastic! Im actually interested in this tty software can you point me into the direction of where you found yours?

Yeah i know what you mean about being talked to as if you were the 3rd person. You can avoid that by telling the operator to treat you as the 1st instead of the 3rd :)

Aug. 8th, 2002 06:18 am (UTC)
Re: Technoclogy in a communication era
The software's called myTTY - I got it from Adco (www.adcohearing.com). Was about $90, but that's a lot less than the cheapest actual phone I've found, and it actually has a full-page display, plus other nifty features.
Aug. 8th, 2002 07:57 am (UTC)
Okay, so if I want to call you, I should just call your home number through relay, right? :)

(although I'd use the actual TTY if I were calling from work. woo).
Aug. 8th, 2002 11:13 am (UTC)
you can try that, sure, but I don't always have the modem on... if you call by voice, though, someone else can tell me to be ready for a tty or I can just try and talk to you. or IM.

I'm mostly going to be using the tty for business-type calls - I'm starting to get better at using voice for people I know :)
Aug. 8th, 2002 11:32 am (UTC)
But you're always idle on IM! :)
Aug. 8th, 2002 11:40 am (UTC)
Still, if I'm logged on at all that means I'm nearby. Ping me anyway and you'll have a decent chance of getting a reply within a few minutes :)
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