Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Blue Asterisks!

Over on Kickstarter, the beautiful Asterisk keyboards are almost ready to ship, and surprise! They're not white -- they're blue! Which I'm really happy about, personally. I like blue way more than white! Can't wait to get mine and try it out!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Talking about Open Steno to Court Reporters

I'll be addressing a group of professional court reporters tomorrow, telling them about my career as a professional captioner and also about The Open Steno Project. I've found in the past that court reporters are often unimpressed when I try to explain about Open Steno. They don't see the point, or think the project is doomed to failure, or... Something! I've never quite been able to figure it out. I find the idea of making steno open source and unlocking it to a vast pool of amateurs and hobbyists thrilling and empowering, but in the past I've gotten the sense that those who don't find it futile find it threatening somehow. Anyone have any ideas on how I can break through their indifference or suspicion and make my case? Any suggestions welcome.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

PyCon Jarne Demo Video

My friend and colleague Miss Steno just uploaded a fun video of the two of us playing with the Jarne on the roof deck of the convention center at PyCon last month!

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The Open Steno FAQ is Really Good!

Maybe this is old news to y'all, but have you read the FAQ over at the Plover Wiki lately? Turns out it's really thorough and well written and full of useful links! You should totally check it out if you haven't already!

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Plover at PyCon 2024

me with a giant steno bag against a brick wall
me with Vanessa AKA Miss Steno

Last weekend I got to caption PyCon US 2024 in Pittsburgh alongside my fellow captioners working with White Coat Captioning, including the illustrious Vanessa, AKA Miss Steno, one of the very few professional captioners on the planet who owns nearly as many DIY/Hobbyist steno boards as I do! We got to nerd out about captioning and open steno, I got to show her my TinyMod, TinyMod Split, and Jarne, and we even recorded a What's In My Steno Bag video together! Stay tuned for that! I hadn't gotten the chance to caption PyCon since 2019, so it was all such a treat. I got to show off my big screen captioning using Plover writing into Vim and got some lovely comments from attendees, and I got to hang out with colleagues, which is a relatively infrequent occurrence in the life of an independent contractor like me. I had a blast.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Open Steno at the New York Tech Alliance

I had the pleasure of speaking about the Open Steno Project at the New York Tech Alliance Meetup this week! I might post video when it becomes available, but in the mean time, here are a few photos of the event. I had both my Jarne and my Infinity Ergonomic connected to my laptop, with the cursor in the Streamtext Connector window, which was outputting to Streamcast on the big screen in the room and also to Zoom for the one remote tech demo of the evening. I was able to caption myself with the Jarne while speaking at the podium, and then I used my Infinity Ergonomic to caption the other speakers. It all worked pretty seamlessly, and I had a great time! Thanks to Doug and Xian of the New York Tech Alliance for the invitation!

Me speaking at a podium
Me typing on a Jarne
Photo of my Infinity Ergonomic
Slide with stats about steno
Doug from NYTA introducing Open Steno with live captioning and a bunch of steno machines on the slide

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Typey Type Updates

The marvelous Di writes:
New on Typey Type!

There's a new "Qwerty steno" mode for beginners to learn the steno layout in the KAOES game before they have a stenoboard or steno engine. Thanks to trustyset for feedback on this idea.

A new exponent numbers dictionary.

Lesson: The Chaos

New Voice settings to speak words with sound

Completed lessons with accuracy less than 90% now nudge you to repeat the lesson. Thanks to Paul Fioravanti and Kaoffie for suggesting ideas along these lines.

Updated Announcer for screen readers and bug fixes

New focus styles so you know where you are when using a keyboard